Altoona offers works of faculty artist Brundage

"Precious," an exhibition of work by faculty artist Susan Marie Brundage, will run March 14 to April 14, in the McLanahan Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. March 14, in the Titelman Study of the center.

Brundage received her master of fine arts degree in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2009 and her bachelor of fine arts in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. Since moving to Pennsylvania in 2002, Brundage has been actively exhibiting her work both regionally as well as nationally. Notable group exhibits include the 2004 "Mid-Atlantic New Painting" at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.; the 27th and 29th "Small Works" exhibitions at the 80 Washington Square East Galleries of New York University in New York City; "Sleight of Mind: Magic Realism in Contemporary Art" at the Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, N.Y.; and most recently "Vox VI" at Vox Populi in Philadelphia and "Inside/Outside" at GoggleWorks, Reading, Pa. Recent solo exhibitions include, "Imitation of Life" at Penn State Altoona and "Don’t Tread On Me" at Fleetwing Gallery, Lambertville, N.J. She was recently accepted into to The Viewing Program, the curated artist registry of the Drawing Center in New York, N.Y.

Brundage stated about her work, “'Precious' is a series of small gouache paintings that explores a persistent fascination I have had with open pit mines. This type of mining digs away enormous layers of earth creating very large craters in order to expose the mineral deposits to be extracted. I am particularly interested in open pit diamond mines and the geological devastation they create to extract these sparkly little stones that our culture deems more precious than the actual Earth that they come out of. These mines in some respect are the residue of human hubris in our perceived war with nature. It can best be summed up in the following quote from a Russian individual commenting on the Mirny Diamond Mine: 'Funny, people are outraged by this hole in the ground. What I see there is human greatness. Such a big hole to fetch us what we want. … So much engineering. … So much boldness. … And also such a tiny hole in this boring forest. So much left for us. ... What some see as destruction, I see as greatness.'”

The Galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and before and during all performances. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452.

Last Updated March 26, 2013