Works by painter Vera Klement showcased

September 26 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The works of renowned painter Vera Klement will be on display at Indiana State University’s Art Gallery through Oct. 26.

The public is invited to a reception honoring this distinguished artist on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5 to 7p.m. Klement, who is this year’s Williamson Memorial Artist-In-Residence, will also present a lecture about her work and career on the same evening beginning at 5:30 pm. in the Recital Hall.

Klement, born in Danzig, Poland, has had a prolific career spanning 50 years. After attending The Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in New York, Klement relocated Chicago, where she taught painting at the University of Chicago from 1969 until her retirement in 1995. She is widely recognized for her large-scale expressionistic paintings, with lush textured marks contrasting with the surrounding flatness of the canvas. Klement takes inspiration from a group of German and Russian poets from the 20th Century including Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, Paul Celan, and Rosa Auslaender.

Her paintings have been exhibited at The Fort Wayne Museum of Art; The University of Arizona Museum of Art; the Renaissance Society at the University of Chiacgo; the Tarble Art Center of Eastern Illinois University; the Abner Hershberger Art Gallery, Goshen College; Miami University Art Gallery; the Mary & Leigh Block Museum, and Northwestern University. Klement is currently represented by Alfedena Gallery in Chicago.

Klement has received numerous grants and awards, including being named as a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant in 1998, the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981 and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 1954.

Her exhibition, "Poetry as Painting," is made possible by the support of the Department of Art, College of Arts and Sciences, Arts Illiana, Alfedena Gallery (Chicago, IL) and the Williamson Fund. The Williamson Memorial Artist-In-Residence Series was initiated in 1989 through the generosity of Alyce Williamson and friends in memory of the late Michael M. Williamson. The purpose of the program is to present exhibitions, lectures, and other residency activities by prominent artists so Indiana State University students and Wabash Valley citizens can have a better understanding of art in American life.

The University Art Gallery is located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut Streets. The Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public and the facility is wheelchair accessible. For additional information call (812) 237-3720 or go to


Contact: Melissa Vandenberg, director of University Art Gallery, 812.237.3787 or

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or

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The works of renowned painter Vera Klement will be on display at Indiana State University's Art Gallery through Oct. 26.

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