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Rider University Art Gallery presents
Mel Leipzig: Octogenarian

originally published: 09/21/2018

Rider University Art Gallery presents Mel Leipzig: Octogenarian

(LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ) -- The Rider University Art Gallery will present an exhibit of works by Mel Leipzig, titled Mel Leipzig: Octogenarian Wednesday September 26 through Friday, October 26.  Leipzig, born in Brooklyn in 1935, resides in Trenton, NJ.

Leipzig taught painting and art history for 45 years at Mercer County Community College. He retired in 2013 at age 79 and is now Professor Emeritus. He has had over 40 one-man shows, including shows at museums, art centers and university galleries in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He had a Retrospective at the New Jersey State Museum in 1998. In 2009 he was the subject of two exhibitions at the New Jersey State Museum, one a selection of his paintings, completed in the first decade of the 21st century, “Mel Leipzig, Selected Paintings,” and the second “Mel Leipzig, The Artist as Curator,” an exhibition of figurative paintings from the collection of the museum.

Leipzig’s works are in the collections many museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City. the New Jersey State Museum the Woodmere Art Museum and the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.

 He has been described by art critics as “New Jersey's greatest living painter,” “A New Jersey legend” and “The Dean of New Jersey Portraiture.”



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An opening reception is Wednesday, September 26 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and artist’s talk is Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00pm.

The Rider University Art Gallery is located in the Bart Luedeke Center on Rider University’s campus, 2038 Lawrenceville Road, in Lawrenceville, N.J. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday from noon to 4:00pm. To learn more, visit www.rider.edu/arts. 

IMAGE: “Portrait of a Family” is one of the paintings included in the exhibit “Mel Leipzig: Octogenarian” at the Rider University Art Gallery





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Event calendar
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018


MUSIC

DiTrani Bros: Folk, Swing, Jazz, Ragtime!! @ Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen - 7:00pm

Jazz Guitarist Abe Ovadia @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Gypsy Jazz Brunch with Pyrenesia and Max Hansen Buffet @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

Dryden Ensemble: Bach Cantata Fest @ Miller Chapel (Princeton), Princeton - 3:00pm

Suzzanne Douglas @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm


THEATRE

The Ghost Princess @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

CDC Theatre presents A Few Good Men @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Wait Until Dark @ Somerset Valley Playhouse, Hillsborough - 8:00pm

World Premier of, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, A Horror of a Play @ Forum Theatre (Metuchen), Metuchen - 3:00pm

The Color Purple @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Almost, Maine @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Black Tom Island @ The 1882 Carriage House, Liberty Hall Museum, Union - 3:00pm

*Uncle Vanya, Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 7:00pm

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie @ Westfield Community Players, Westfield - 2:00pm







DANCE

DRACULA - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 4:00pm


FILM

A conversation with John Cusack Following a screening of Say Anything @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:00pm


KIDS

Summit Farmers Market Pumpkin Painting @ Summit Farmers Market, Summit - 10:00am


POETRY

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 9:00am


MISC

HAUNTED ILLUSIONS LIVE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 3:00pm

THE MAGIC OF BILL BLAGG LIVE! @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm

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