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Installation art pioneer to visit York College

January 06, 2015
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Artist Judy Pfaff

YORK, Pa. – Judy Pfaff, an influential pioneer of installation art, will exhibit her work at York College Galleries from Jan. 22 – Feb. 24. The exhibition will open on Jan. 22 with an artist lecture at 5 p.m. in DeMeester Recital Hall and a reception at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Evelyn and Earl Wolf Hall. All events are open to the public free of charge.

Pfaff is a dynamic artist working in a variety of media, including drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Her work is often described as Post-Minimalist. She exhibits often, including 21 solo exhibitions and 35 group exhibitions in just the last five years. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in major museums, including The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was the U.S. representative at the 1998 Bienal de Sao Paolo in Sao Paolo, Brazil. 

Pfaff has been the recipient of many major grants and awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, multiple National Endowment of the Arts grants, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Sculpture Center in 2014 and the Southern Graphics Council International Conference in 2010. She also received an Honorary Doctorate from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1999.

The New York Times art critic Roberta Smith has described Pfaff's work as having an "everything-and-the-kitchen-sink attitude" with a "liberated decorative sense." Art:21's season four profile of Pfaff says, "Balancing intense planning with improvisational decision-making, Pfaff creates exuberant, sprawling sculptures and installations that weave landscape, architecture, and color into a tense yet organic whole."

The Cora Miller Gallery and Brossman Gallery – the York College Galleries – are located within the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. Gallery Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, check the website at http://galleries.ycp.edu/ or call gallery director Matthew Clay-Robison at 717-815-6622

Located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,600 undergraduate students. The College also offers master's programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. A center of affordable academic excellence, York is dedicated to the intellectual, professional and social growth of its students. The College helps them develop a concrete plan to attain academic growth and career success; encourages them to try in the “real world” what they learn in the classroom; and prepares them to be professionals in whatever career they pursue.


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Contact:  Mary Dolheimer, assistant dean, Office of Communications

717-815-1584717-577-0810 (cell) or mdolheim@ycp.edu