POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The exhibition Voyages: The Art of Evelyn Metzger will be on view at the James W. Palmer III Gallery from Thursday, June 25, through Friday, July 31, with an opening reception on June 25, 5–6:30pm. Please call the Office of Campus Activities for gallery hours: (845) 437-5370. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
The paintings of alumna Evelyn Metzger (1911-2007), Vassar Class of 1932, span most of the 20th century. As the daughter of wealthy New York socialites who had a passion for art, she grew up traveling extensively to study the great art of the world. After her studio art and art history studies at Vassar, Metzger continued to develop her painterly skills while traveling and mounted her first solo exhibition in Argentina in 1950.
The next four decades saw both developments in her personal life, as she became a mother and grandmother, and tremendous developments in her art as she continually experimented with realism, Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, abstraction, Fauvism, and Cubism with subjects ranging from portraits of family members to religious and genre scenes.
The emotional and stylistic journeys inherent in her life are underscored and informed by her world travels as she captured compelling scenes from China, India, Algiers, Turkey, Yemen, Singapore, France, and the Arctic. From the thousands of paintings Metzger created over most of the 20th century, 42 have been assembled that represent the range of her temporal, stylistic, and physical journeys as an artist.
Metzger was memorialized in the book The Age of Grandeur and a Woman Who Lived It: Artist Evelyn Metzger by Brett Topping and Nancy G. Heller. Her work is in the Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
ABOUT THE JAMES W. PALMER III GALLERY
Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.
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