Gallery to Exhibit Paintings of Ed Wong-Ligda

Published 02.04.2009


%E2%80%9CGwendolyn as America Wounded,%E2%80%9D 2007, oil on canvas, 48 inches by 70 inchesThe Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology's Madigan Library, will host "Beauty, Vulnerability and Inevitability," a collection of paintings by Ed Wong-Ligda, from Feb. 10 to March 6.

This exhibit comprises three separate but related bodies of work that examine beauty, vulnerability and the inevitability of change. One group depicts scars that are markers of conflict or medical interventions. The second group uses theatrical scars as metaphors, and the third explores how pregnancy changes the roles and relationships of women. The pieces represent the artist's attempts to resolve the juxtaposition of disparate facts and situations.

Wong-Ligda was born and raised in Palo Alto, Calif. He attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Tulsa University in Oklahoma. He is a professor of illustration at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

Wong-Lidga is a proponent of public art. He has lectured on the subject and produced a 6-foot by 9-foot painting, "Levels of Knowledge," for Grand Valley State University's 45th Anniversary. To learn more about Wong-Lidga's work, visit online.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place in the gallery from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Wong-Ligda will offer an artist's lecture at 4 p.m. in the first-floor Presentation Room of the Student and Administrative Services Center, followed by a 5:30 p.m. talk in the gallery.

Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

"Beauty, Vulnerability and Inevitability" is part of the college's Current View Artist Series, which showcases contemporary artists working in a variety of media. Sponsored by the college's media arts department, it provides an opportunity to broaden and enrich the educational experience at Penn College.

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