Bonfoey Presents George Mauersberger – Modern Botanicals
George Mauersberger: Modern Botanicals
March 3 – April 1
The Bonfoey Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new watercolors from Cleveland artist George Mauersberger. This illuminating exhibition, entitled Modern Botanicals, will be on view in our street level gallery from March 3 – April 1, 2017. An opening reception with the artist will be held 5 – 8 pm Friday, March 3.
Concurrently, Mauersberger will have a retrospective of his pastel work in the Guffuni Gallery at The Butler Institute for American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. The retrospective, George Mauersberger – Pastel Drawings – 1991-2016, will be on view March 5 – May 14. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 1 – 3 pm, with George Mauersberger giving a gallery talk at 2 pm.
Mauersberger finds the immediacy of drawing and its elemental nature the most attractive feature about working on paper. He is highly skilled in many mediums including charcoal, graphite, pastel, and watercolor. The works in the Bonfoey exhibition were influenced by antique botanical prints and illustrations, the summer light (as seen in Ohio and Florida), and his desire to work with color. He has taken the traditional art form of botanical illustration, expounded upon it and pushed it in a distinctly modern direction. His deft use of watercolor and his handling of light, form, and composition have created a series of works that portray flowers in all their beautiful grandeur.
Mauersberger began his education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA in drawing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and his MFA in painting from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He has been Professor of Drawing at Cleveland State University since 1987, while also serving eight years as Art Department Chair. In 2011, Mauersberger was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship, and in 1999 he received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. He has won awards in a variety of national exhibitions, including the Best in Show Award in the 2006 Rockford National at the Rockford Art Museum (IL) and the Best Drawing Award at the 2006 National Prize Exhibition in Cambridge, MA. Mauersberger won the top award for works on paper in the 1986 May Show at the Cleveland Museum of Art and appeared in seven subsequent May Show exhibitions. His works are included in many private and corporate collections.
For more information about George Mauersberger – Modern Botanicals or other upcoming exhibitions, please contact The Bonfoey Gallery at 216.621.0178, or visit our website bonfoey.com. For more information about George Mauersberger – Pastel Drawings – 1991-2016, please visit The Butler Institute website at butlerart.com
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