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Constance Pierce Exhibits Retrospective Works on Paper

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “Lachrymae Rerum: Retrospective Works on Paper,” by artist Constance Pierce. The exhibit will run from April 8 through May 15, 2010. It opens with a reception on Thursday, April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.

"Epiphany" by Constance PiercePierce is drawn toward the archetypal aspects of the Judeo Christian religious experience, but expresses these themes in a contemporary idiom. She often works with images of pilgrimage, lamentation, absolution and transcendence. Pierce uses such themes to flesh out parable, and to reveal the relevance of the ancient stories to our world of dissonance and division.

Pierce is not afraid to confront these images in all of their darkness and light, and embraces them for the revelations they provide about the human soul. One series entitled “Lamentations” is a visual meditation expressing the haunting and disturbing consequences of war, and posing questions on issues of faith, tolerance and ethics.

Pierce is associate professor of painting and drawing at St. Bonaventure University in New York. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art where she was awarded the Helen Green Perry Award for European Travel and Study. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the Hoffberger School of Painting of the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore.

Her sketchbooks were featured in two exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Her monotypes and sketchbooks are in the permanent collection of this museum, the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, Georgetown University Special Collections, the International Marion Research Institute at the University of Dayton, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Constance has exhibited regionally and nationally. In March she will be part of an invitational exhibition of 12 artists entitled "Art on Paper" at the Toyota Museum of Fine Art in Aichi, Japan. Her work has been featured in articles in the Washington Post, Chicago’s New Art Examiner, The New York Times, the New Haven Register, the Yale Bulletin, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and IMAGE: Journal of Art and Religion.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours: Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. 

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For more information about the exhibit, contact Karen Zoller at 216.373.5267 or kzoller@ndc.edu.