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January 18, 2007
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Contact: Joanie Harmon-Whetmore
"The Artist Revealed" - National Portrait Show Puts Best Face Forward
Carson, CA - “The Artist Revealed,” an exhibition on loan from the Syracuse University Art Collection,
brings together media ranging from painting to sculpture that examines artists’ self-portraits
as well as their portrayals of other artists, actors, writers and musicians.
An opening reception will launch the show on Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the University Art
Gallery at CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). A tour of the exhibit, led by artist and educator Linda Jo
Russell from the Otis College of Art and Design, will be held during the evening at 6 p.m. “The Artist
Revealed” runs through March 7.
Works by Milton Avery, Chuck Close, Leonard Baskin, Edward Steichen, Norman Rockwell, and Anders Zorn are
featured, as well as portraits of James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Eakins, Charlie Chaplin, C.S. Lewis, and
“We have been fortunate to borrow other exhibits from Syracuse and have a great rapport,” says
Kathy Zimmerer, director, University Art Gallery, who presented “Modernist Prints 1900-1955: Selections
from the Syracuse University Art Collection” on the CSUDH campus in 2000. “Because the exhibit includes
both historic and contemporary images by major artists, it was the perfect fit for our students, faculty,
and community audience.”
According to Zimmerer, traditional portraiture, which is expected to be flattering to the sitter, can become
more than just a favorable likeness in the hands of a gifted artist.
“An artist with a genius for portraiture captures the spark of life,” she says, “whether it is a businessman or
an artist they are portraying, for example, the Dutch painter Frans Hals’ exuberant portraits of wealthy merchants.
As for self-portraits, Zimmerer notes that, “A self-portrait is an artist’s opportunity to make a statement,
a visual diary of their life. With some artists, their own image is among the most intriguing of their oeuvre
and gives us a deep window into their soul, such as the passionate works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Degas.”
The exhibition and related events are presented by the City of Carson Fine Arts and Historical Commission and
the Instructionally Related Activities Committee of the Associated Students, Inc.
Admission is free to all gallery events. The campus is located at 1000 E. Victoria Street in the city of Carson
near the junction of the Harbor, Artesia and San Diego freeways. Visitor parking permits may be purchased for
$3.00 at the yellow dispensing machines at the front of each campus lot. The University Art Gallery is open 10
a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For more information, call (310) 243-3334 or go to
CSU Dominguez Hills - University Communications & Public Affairs
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747