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Abstract Painting Exhibit on Display at ONU

Mar 11, 2008
The Ohio Northern University department of art proudly presents a solo exhibition of recent abstract paintings by Kylie Heidenheimer. The exhibition, "Bursts, Atmosphere and Stasis," will be on display in the Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery from March 3-28. A public lecture by the artist will be held Friday, March 28, at 3:30 p.m.

A first-generation American, Heidenheimer uses her art to reconcile the dissimilar, processing her Australian grandfather's survival of the Battle of Gallipoli and her Jewish father's escape from Nazi Germany. On canvas, light, airy regions are contrasted by thick splashes of paint, an interpretation of the dual nature of the painted surface that is representative of her own dual heritage. Of her work, Heidenheimer says, "I bring together the divergent via abstract subject matter, suggestive of the celestial, primordial, calligraphic and other urban and natural phenomena."

Heidenheimer holds a BFA in painting from Washington University and an MFA from Hunter College in New York City. She has attended residencies at the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony in Austerlitz, N.Y., Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar, Va., Byrdcliffe Artists Colony in Woodstock, N.Y., Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minn. Her work has been included in exhibitions and flat files at a number of galleries in and around New York City, including Holland Tunnel, Sideshow Gallery, Condeso Lawler Gallery, PS122, Streitt's Matzo Factory, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Charas and Mascot Studios. In addition, Heidenheimer has staged solo exhibitions at Columbia University in New York City and the Glenn Eure Gallery in Nags Head, N.C. Heidenheimer lives and works in New York City.

Admission to the Elzay and Stambaugh galleries is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. The Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery also is open prior to events held at Ohio Northern's Freed Center for the Performing Arts. For additional information, to schedule a tour or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art at (419) 772-2160 or

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