New exhibit opens in Haas Gallery

For immediate release: Jan. 22, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — "Evolving," an exhibition of large-scale figurative drawings by visiting artist Kim Banister, is on display until Friday, Feb. 5, in the gallery of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Haas Center for the Arts. A reception will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the artist speaking about her work at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. adjacent to the second-floor gallery.

"Evolving" consists of 14 medium- to large-scale charcoal drawings on paper. According to Banister, "The most unusual aspect of my work is the technique. The drawings are made on paper that is drenched with linseed oil, and powdered pigment is blown onto the wet surface. The color oozes and drips over charcoal outlines."

Banister earned a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College and a master's of fine arts in drawing from the University of Cincinnati. She had solo and group exhibitions across Pennsylvania and the northeast United States. She taught at Dickinson College, the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati and, currently, at Harrisburg Area Community College, where she is also the gallery curator.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.