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Penn State York Faculty Member’s Art On Exhibit

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10/27/2006 —

The work of York County artist Fred Haag entitled "Recent Paintings and Drawings" will be on public exhibit in the Morrison Gallery of Penn State Harrisburg's library October 27 through December 22.  A public reception for the artist and gallery talk will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.  

An associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York, Haag explains, "My drawing and painting is tied to my immediate surroundings and personal experiences, hence it is autobiographical. The subject and technique is apt to change quite drastically depending upon changes in my life or in my environment."

His work "focuses upon the technical integration of found objects, observed situations, drawing media, and paint with an open approach to discovering what the form needs." Haag is currently working on a series of figure paintings and on a separate series of drawing narratives in pen and ink.

Haag was raised in Pennsylvania and attended the University of the Arts (the Philadelphia College of Art) in Philadelphia, where he graduated with honors in 1984 with a bachelor of fine art in painting and drawing. He went on to earn a master of fine art in painting and drawing from Penn State. Since 1987, he has taught a variety of classes at Penn State York, including art appreciation, drawing, design, and painting.  He is the adviser for the campus Visual Arts Club and each year takes students to the National Gallery as part of his class.  He also provides students the opportunity to work on T-shirt designs for the campus' Unity Day celebration each April.
In addition to numerous awards for his art work, Haag was the 2003 recipient of the James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn State York and in 2002 was named the recipient of the Penn State York Advising award, for his outstanding advising work with students.
Exhibits of his work include the Art of the State in Harrisburg, the National Midyear show at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Washington and Jefferson College National Painting Show, the annual Maine-Maritime Flatworks Exhibition in Presque Isle, the River Walk Arts Festival in York, Chowan College in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, First Street Gallery in New York City, and the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh.

Haag and his wife, Marcy, reside on a small farm in York County.

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