Situated in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery is a museum quality gallery featuring well known artists, visiting artists, and specially selected artists.
Exhibits at the Heftler Gallery have included works by individual artists including Frank Lloyd Wright, Annie Leibovitz, Will Barnet, and Pablo Picasso. Group exhibitions have featured the Society of Illustrators, the National Association of Women Artists, and Provincetown Artists: A Survey of American Modern to Abstract Art.
The gallery was donated by Patricia Heftler (Class of 1966) in memory of Margaret and Pierre Heftler. The mission of this space is to provide our students, the Endicott and the North Shore communities the opportunity to view important works of art that pertain directly to our students’ majors. The gallery is free and open to the public.
CAROL PRUSA: Dark Energy
Thursday, February 1 - Saturday, May 19
Artist Reception: Thursday, March 29, 500 - 6:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Friday, March 30, 10 - 11:00 a.m. in the Rose Performance Hall, refreshments to follow
As an umbraphile (shadowseeker) I traveled to the banks of the North Platte River in Nebraska in August 2017 to experience totality as the moon eclipsed the sun, precipitating a series of work that express being caught between day and night. My worlds, created from erotically charged geometries, distill accounts of the chaotic interactions central to the formation of the universe. As I embrace indeterminacy and the fundamentally unstable boundaries between infinitesimal and immeasurable realms, I seek to give form to thin spaces permeated by the dark energy that both surrounds and binds us together.”
Prusa states: “My rigorous geometry and precision resulted in beautiful containers of reason, much as the ancients visualized the limits of their world in a dome. Ever since images of my work were projected onto the dome of a planetarium causing me to gasp, I have wanted to manifest work with the immensity I felt then.”
Carol Prusa exhibits widely in museums and curated exhibitions. Her work has been supported by fellowships including the Howard Foundation and South Florida Cultural Consortium. Selected for the 2015 American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational, her work was purchased for the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Additional museum collections include the Perez Museum of
Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Museum of Art F. Lauderdale, Hunter Museum of American Art, Arkansas Art Center, Telfair Art Museum and Daum Museum of contemporary Art, among others. Prusa participated in a four month funded Artist in Industry Residency in ceramics at the Kohler company and most recently she explored glass through a residency at Berengo Furnace, Murano, Italy. Carol Prusa is represented by Brintz
Gallery – Palm Beach, Bluerider – Taipei, Le Salon Vert-Geneva, Kostuik Gallery – Vancouver, Jenkins-Johnson, New York City and San Francisco.
Originally from Chicago, Carol Prusa studied chemistry and soon found art, and the two became intertwined. She received a Bachelor of Science in medical illustration from the University of Illinois, and an MFA in painting and drawing from Drake University. She is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida Atlantic University.
This exhibition is funded in part by the van Otterloo Family Foundation. Exhibition, reception, and gallery talk are free and open to the public.
Hours of Operation:Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat and Sun, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Gallery closed: February 19, March 10, 11, 17, 18, April 16.
Please note: March 12 - 16 and May 5 - 19 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 pm.. No weekend or evening hours.
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