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A Figural Presence

Robert Bauer, Adam #1 September 24 - November 25, 2009


Exhibition Brochure (PDF/1MB)

A Figural Presence embarks upon a new way of learning at the Chapel Art Center, with selections of significant contemporary American figurative works of art. This special exhibition sought to engender the power of poetic regard through dialogue about these paintings, drawings, and sculpture.  

This project was supported in part by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.

Associated Events

A Figural Presence is a special exhibition, which sought to combine learning with the experience of beauty through the study of contemporary American figural works of art in painting, drawing, and sculpture. These accompanying programs and events were part of an interdisciplinary dialogue among curators, faculty, poets, musicians, and other special guests. See pictures from the events on our Flickr site.



Session 1: What is Poetic Regard?
September 29, 2009
Introductory remarks by Iain MacLellan, O.S.B., Director, Curator

Session 2: Keynote Lecture
October 1, 2009
John O'Hern, Guest Curator, former Executive Director and Curator of the Arnot Art Museum, Senior Editor of American Art Collector and Western Art Collector

Session 3: Elements of Poetic Regard
October 20, 2009
Facilitated by Jessica Pappathan, Assistant Curator

Session 4: A Conferral of Ideas
November 17, 2009



Visiting Artist: Michael Bergt, Painter and Sculptor
October 1, 2009
Painter and sculptor Michael Bergt demonstrated and taught his technique, and discussed his long career as a figurative artist.

Premiere Performance: Sonata No. 5 by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee and George Lopez, Piano
November 12, 2009
A program entitled Centuries of Sonata, featuring representative piano sonatas of the Classical through modern styles, will culminate with the premiere of internationally recognized composer Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee's work, Sonata No. 5. This sonata was commissioned by the Chapel Art Center expressly for A Figural Presence.The

Night of the Poet F.D. Reeve, Poet, Novelist, and Critic
November 19, 2009
Award winning poet F.D. Reeve read his newly composed work A Girl and Two Doves, commissioned in conjunction with A Figural Presence.


Image credit:
Robert Bauer
Adam #1, 2009
egg tempera on paper
Alva deMars Megan Chapel Art Center permanent collection


National Endowment for the Arts logo  This project is supported in part by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.

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