PSU Visiting Artist Series Hosts Kim Barnard Nov. 5

October 17th, 2008 by Adam

Photo I.D.

Top Left: Kim Bernard, Spiral Down. Encaustic, mixed media, H36″xW48″

Bottom Right: Kim Bernard, “Carapace” encaustic, plywood, lead ,H26″ X W42″ X D15″

PLYMOUTH, N.H.—Kim Bernard, a nationally renowned artist working in the medium of encaustic used for painting and sculptural works, will be the fall 2008 Visiting Artist hosted by the PSU Department of Art.

The public is invited to an artist’s talk from 1:30–2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Draper and Maynard Building Room 314.

“The process of beginning with nothing but a vague idea and seeing that idea materialize as a painting or sculpture which communicates through visual language provokes me,” Bernard said. “Working with the infinitely forgiving medium of wax, I layer, burn, scrape, embed and transfer. Often implementing contrasting materials, like encaustic, lead and ceramic, I am intrigued by the rapport, whether it contrasts, harmonizes, opposes or complements.”

In addition to her public talk, Bernard will present demonstrations and discussion opportunities for students.

The visiting artist initiative will expand the tradition of bringing fine artists and graphic designers to PSU during the academic year, and for extended summer workshops at both the graduate and undergraduate level. A presentation to the public will be included in each instance.

Cynthia Vascak, chair of the PSU art department, describes the goal of the program as cultivating relationships between artists and designers of national repute or with specialized areas of expertise, within the PSU and regional communities.

“The emphasis is to build a network of professional relationships for our students that will enrich our programs, curriculum and mission, and provide deepened cultural access to the regional community,” Vascak said.

For information about the visiting artist series contact Vascak at (603) 535-3001 or

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