Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stephen Smalley Art Exhibit

Stephen F. Smalley will exhibit his art in the Bridgewater Public Library’s Flora T. Little Gallery from April 17th through June 10th. The collection includes twenty new selections from his Henry VIII series and twenty earlier works.

Stephen F. Smalley, a Bridgewater resident since 1972, was raised in Boston and Quincy. Smalley graduated from Massachusetts College of Art, State College at Boston, and Pennsylvania State University. Joining the art faculty at Bridgewater State University in 1972, he served as art department chair, 1972-1984, and retired from full-time teaching in 2005. As professor emeritus, he continues to offer honors art history colloquia. Other teaching positions were with the Cambridge Public Schools, Pennsylvania State University, Tyler School of Art/Temple University, Massachusetts College of Art and the American College in Paris.

His ongoing Henry VIII series focuses on the legendary British monarch and attempts to playfully re-invent Hans Holbein’s portrait of a pivotal figure in England’s history. Smalley has visited London and the United Kingdom numerous times over the years, conducting art history study tours to London and serving as a faculty associate in the Bridgewater State University Program at Oxford. His work frequently blends aspects of popular culture with the stateliness of Ol’ Blighty. He will also exhibit a small number of works from his earlier years at Bridgewater.

An Opening Reception will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, April 17th from 5:30-7:30p.m.

The gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday-Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m., and is accessible by elevator.

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