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Internal Architecture: Paintings by Stephen Niccolls, will be on view at Vassar's Palmer Gallery, November 7-27, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Palmer Gallery at Vassar College is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by artist Stephen Niccolls.   Internal Architecture: Paintings by Stephen Niccolls will be on view November 7 – 27, with an opening reception on Thursday, November 9, 5-7 pm. Admission to the Palmer Gallery is free and all galleries are wheelchair accessible.  The exhibition is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00am - 6:00pm; Wednesday from 9:00am - 5:00pm and weekends 12:00pm - 4:00pm. 

According to Niccolls, “The phrase ‘Internal Architecture’ refers to a sense of order that can be intuitively perceived in everything. When I use the word ‘architecture,’ I mean ‘the structure of anything,’ rather than referring only to the design of buildings. The word ‘internal’ is used here to assert that this view of structure is my own personal view. My paintings come out of this fascination with structure. I have always been interested in the way that things are put together, and the way that natural forms appear to develop in an orderly fashion.”

Renowned as a painter's painter, Niccolls has exhibited widely, receiving numerous awards for his work including the Mayor's Prize and a Phelon Award in the annual Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Regional exhibitions.

About the Palmer 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.

Because of the Palmer Gallery's central location, casual ambiance, and frequent exhibition rotation, it has a large and loyal following and has become an important contributor to the art scene at Vassar. The gallery hosts approximately eight shows a year. Recent exhibitions ranged from Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Their Families, a touring photo-text display created by the award-winning Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Massachusetts, to Knowing Where To Stand, a collection of 44 stunning color landscape photographs from around the world by landscape architect and photographer Anne Whiston Spirn. Recurring annual exhibitions include the projects of Vassar's studio art majors, artwork created by children attending local elementary schools, and the portfolio work of participants in the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, October 11, 2017