Date: Jan. 11, 2013
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director,
Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267, firstname.lastname@example.org
PNC Presents the Exhibit "ambiguous references"
Artist Jay Zerbe
WESTVILLE – The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series will present the exhibit "ambiguous references” featuring the work of artist Jay Zerbe, through May 17 in the f irst floor, north study area of the PNC Technology Building. It is free and open to the public.
Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. during the school semester; otherwise the building is closed on Sunday.
The medium of Zerbe's exhibited works is acrylic and crayon on canvas. Zerbe describes his work as, “Abstract but not cerebral. I tend toward painterly, even calligraphic mark-making, but I keep the surface fairly flat. My work is basically about two things: space, and color. There is generally a landscape but sometimes an interior feel to the pieces, although nothing is recognizable. Everything is in flux. There is a constant visual flow through the pieces, so the eye is entertained by a journey that never ends. The color is generally intense enough to grab attention, while usually being non-abrasive. The color is the emotional soul of each piece.”
Zerbe completed a BA from the American University of Beirut, and an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington. His professional art career began in 1968 in Beirut with several exhibitions. His work was first shown in Chicago in the 1977 Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition at the Art Institute. Mr. Zerbe has worked as a graphic designer (PBS), web designer (IBM), and virtual world designer (IBM). He now works full time as an artist. His work has been shown in Chicago, Santa Fe, New York, New Orleans, Atlanta, Omaha, Lincoln, Novato, and Nacogdoches. He has gallery representation in Chicago and Santa Fe.
For information about this exhibit or the Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Campus Relations, at 785-5200, ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.