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Refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs through April 10, 2018.
This retrospective exhibition celebrates a glimpse into the work of Eugene Rutkowski, (1936-1973) liturgical artist of Pittsburgh, PA during the late 1960s and 70s.
The works not only reflect Rutkowski’ s personal artistic/religious views but also hint of the societal changes taking place at that time. Traditional views on race, religion, war, love and sexuality were all being questioned. Even the Catholic Church experienced Vatican II, which addressed relations between the church and the modern world. This questioning influenced the liturgical art world through techniques, point of view and materials.
Rutkowski’ s art took a new look at ancient scripture, a new and more abstract view of God when compared to the traditional representational and renaissance view seen in most Catholic churches. Controversial 50 years ago, they still simply and beautifully portray the scriptural messages of hope, love and faith.
Rutkowski attended Carnegie Mellon University for art and design and was prolific in the Western Pennsylvania region where he resided. His modernistic views of traditional scripture were making national ripples when his life was tragically cut short at the age of 37, possibly due to the new synthetic materials being experimented with by artists of the time. Rutkowski lived his faith. He was a devoted family man to his wife, Barbara, and five children Leon, Lori, Dina, Michael and Matthew. His eldest daughter, Lori, followed in his footsteps and made art her career as well. She is currently the director of Gannon’s Schuster Arts Gallery and Programs.
We hope you enjoy these images that represent ancient truths, questions and stories in a different way. As a Catholic University, Gannon believes this retrospective offers the viewer examples of faith, artistic leadership, and inclusiveness.
Lake Erie Fiberarts Guild
The Lake Erie Fiberarts Guild is a group of artists creating original work in fiber. This vibrant and
exciting group, which formed in 1998, consists of artists from New
York, Pennsylvania and OhioSept 5 - Nov 5Reception GALLERY NIGHT Friday Sept 22, 7 - 10 pm
CompetitionThriving and Surviving in
Global Admissions and Outreach
OPEN TO ALL
Gannon Students for details contact Office of Global
Support and Student Engagement. Submit all photos as a .jpg to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Oct 27. Limit of 3 entries
per personNov 10 - Jan 25Reception *GALLERY NIGHT Friday Dec 1, 7 - 10 pm
The Liturgical art of E. N. RUTKOWSKI
45 years later, an exhibition of this Pennsylvania Artist Jan 30
- April 10Reception *GALLERY NIGHT Friday March 9, 7 - 10 pm
GANNON ARTS Spirit of Gannon
Gannon Students/Community showcase their works where Gannon students help with the workings of this exhibitionAPRIL 15 - May 10Reception Thurs. APRIL 26, 5 - 7 pm *meet the artists
Center for Communication and the Arts700 Peach StreetErie, PAHours: Tuesday - Friday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. )
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