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Renowned artist Dewey Crumpler to visit UH Hilo

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Date: Monday, March 11, 2002
Contact: Wayne Miyamoto 808-974-7307

For Immediate Release

A renowned visiting artist will present a slide lecture of his work in painting on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 7:00 pm in the Gallery of the Art Department (Building 395, Manono Campus) at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo.

Dewey Crumpler is an artist from the San Francisco Bay Area and is professor of art and art history at the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to the Art Institute, Crumpler has also taught at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and at San Francisco State University. He currently lives in Berkeley, California. Crumpler has participated as an artist-in-residence at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix, France and lectured at the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. In 1995, he received an artist's fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has received fellowships and awards from the Fleishhacker Foundation, California, the California Arts Commission, and the National Conference of Artists.

In a recent exhibition of his paintings at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, California, Crumpler was lauded as a Bay Area Master of national and international reputation. The Triton exhibition presented work from Crumpler's visual meditations on nature and the cosmos. The vehicle for his explorations was the tulip, which he employed in abstracted forms. His painted surfaces resonated with references from the European and African visual perceptions.

The tulip, viewed in vast fields, has been an inspiration for Crumpler since his 1994 trip to the Netherlands. "The tulip," he says, "permitted me to have a form that could translate the sort of emotional quality that lay at the base of my interest in painting. It could express, had the power to grip, could be erotic and ominous simultaneously. This form permitted me to go right for the force of nature I was interested in."

Crumpler earned an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California and studied mural painting with Pablo O'Higgins and David Alfaro Siqueros in Mexico City. He has completed nine mural commissions in San Francisco and in Detroit, Michigan. His work has been exhibited at the Triton Museum of Art, Dominican College, San Rafael, Porter Randall Gallery, La Jolla, Campbell Gallery, University of Houston, Galerie Reshe, Paris, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Museum of Art, San Jose, Else Gallery, Sacramento State University, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many others.

Crumpler's visit is in conjunction with the 2002 Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition, which opens in Fall 2002. The Print Exhibition and the Visiting Artist Series is made possible in part through funding from the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. For more information, please contact Wayne Miyamoto at 808-974-7307.

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