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Stargazing with the Heavens by Nicholas C. Turton in UB's The Spectrum

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

From Nicholas C. Turton's article in The Spectrum

For countless years, artists have been fascinated with the heavens, the stars, the moon and other celestial bodies. The vast and boundless sky above has been a continual source of mystery, awe and inspiration in the artistic mind. Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967) – a prominent American watercolor painter of the 20th century – knew this all too well.

Burchfield’s accolades are as vast as the heavens he studied. He sat on juries for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art, was the first artist to receive a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1930 and was recognized as an “artist for America” by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

On Friday, the Burchfield Penney Art Center – named in honor of Burchfield’s artistic contributions – opened an exhibit featuring a collection of Burchfield’s celestial-inspired works entitled Oh My Heavens.

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