Artist whose work is featured at the Palmer Museum to lecture Nov. 4

November 03, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Craig McPherson, an artist known for his New York murals, paintings and mezzotint engravings, will give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium at the Palmer Museum of Art, on Penn State's University Park campus. McPherson is one of the artists featured in the Palmer exhibition "At the Heart of Progress: Coal, Iron and Steam since 1750, Industrial Imagery from The John P. Eckblad Collection." His lecture is co-sponsored by the Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series and the Palmer Museum of Art.

McPherson has spent much of his career painting and drawing on the road, at the side of the road, above the road, and even under the road. In his lecture, he will talk about his work as a draftsman, mezzotint engraver, painter and muralist during the past 40 years.

McPherson's work has been exhibited in one-man gallery shows in New York, where he is represented by Forum Gallery, and in group shows all over the world. His body of work also includes a number of corporate and museum commissions. In 2008 McPherson was commissioned by the Frick Museum to create an exhibition reflecting the heritage of steel production in Pittsburgh as part of that city's 250th anniversary celebration. His most recent show at Forum Gallery, Steel/Stage, focused on images from heavy industry, experimental theater and theater interiors.

After earning a bachelor of fine arts at the University of Kansas in 1970, McPherson spent several years curating and lecturing for the National Endowment for the Arts. He was director of the Michigan Artrain before moving to New York in 1975 to pursue his career as an artist. He has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, Art in America and The New York Post.

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