George Mauersberger: USA Leather & Other Drawings

The Bonfoey Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by George Mauersberger: USA Leather & Other Drawings. These drawings and etchings will be on view in our street level gallery from November 16, 2012 through  January 5, 2013. We cordially invite you to join us for an opening reception with the artist, Friday, November 16, from 5–8 pm at the gallery.

George Mauersberger is known for his meticulously detailed pastel and charcoal drawings. The main focus of this  exhibition is a series of charcoal, pen and ink, scratchboard, and etchings depicting hanging leather jackets through the  differing black and white media. Mauersberger continues to work in series as means of meditating on his subjects,  believing that “drawing is thinking”. The status of the leather jacket as an American cultural icon makes it particularly  interesting subject matter to Mauersberger. Heralding Brando, Elvis, Springsteen and the Ramones, Mauersberger uses  traditional formal execution to contrast contemporary content.

Other drawings included in the exhibition will be several floral drawings from his “Wallflower” series, a small series of self   portraits and two watercolors returning to his vegetable imagery of the 1990s.

George Mauersberger is a foundations graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Ohio University  in Athens, OH. Currently, George is a Professor of Art at Cleveland State University in Cleveland. He has been awarded  numerous prizes for drawing, including the Creative Workforce Fellowship in 2011, Best in Show at the Rockford Art  Museum in 2006, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 1999. Mauersberger boasts numerous exhibitions across the country in galleries and museums including exhibitions at The Butler Institute of  American Art and McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, the Cooperstown Museum, and South Bend Museum of  Art.

For more information about George Mauersberger—USA Leather & Other Drawings, or upcoming exhibitions, please contact The Bonfoey Gallery, 216.621.0178, or visit the company website at