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Pat Fallon Retrospective: Now and Then Exhibit

June 30, 2016
Location: Ursuline College

Ursuline College Hosts 2016 Pat Fallon Retrospective: Now and Then June 3rd - June 30th

The Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery will present the “Pat Fallon Retrospective: Now and Then” with an Opening Reception on Friday, June 3rd from 5 - 8 pm in the Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery on the Ursuline College campus, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio. The Wasmer Gallery is located adjacent to the Fritzsche Building at the western edge of the campus (it is building #9 on the map located at here. The front and patio entrances are wheelchair-accessible, with free parking available in the adjacent lot.

Pat Fallon, a tenured professor in the Ursuline College Art Department and academic core program, has been creating portraits, etchings, landscapes and abstract painting as well as advocacy artwork for more than 50 years. Her artwork is in collections in the United States, Germany and Ireland.

Fallon says, “I have been drawing and painting since childhood but it was through my studies in philosophy that I came to realize how art has been the guiding light of culture throughout human history; because I realized that art has shaped our world, I knew I wanted to be a part of that. Like most artists I began with the personal and then expanded to a means of expression that could give voice to the needs of others.  Printmaking became a very useful means to express that voice.” She continues, “Eventually, I conceived of, and taught, a course on Art and Advocacy. Though I still make prints, paintings and drawings on other themes [apples] and take commissions for portraits, advocacy is not far from my mind and sketchpad.”

At the beginning of the 21st Century, she began focusing on the genocide and ethnic cleansing taking place in Darfur and Rwanda, the camps in Bosnia, and recently in the refugee camps of Syria.  Using her artwork as social commentary, Fallon, “gives voice to people we don’t usually see, understand, or want to hear about.”

Fallon was born in Cartagena, Colombia, where her father, Captain Carlos Fallon of the Colombian Navy was stationed and the Fallon Family has been since the 1820s.  Pat traveled to the United States with her Mother, a native of New Orleans, by way of Chicago where her Fallon Grandparents served as Consul General of Colombia. After the war, the Fallons moved to Washington D.C. where Pat grew up and began her artwork. 

A working artist since the early 1960s, Fallon studied philosophy to ground her art and began investigations of cosmology and epistemology at Antioch College, receiving a B.A. degree in 1962.  Moving to Cleveland in 1973, she pursued printmaking and received her second B.A. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1980.  She continued to create art for clients, while pursuing her education, first in the master’s program at Kent State University and then as Graduate Assistant in Printmaking and Drawing, receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982.

As an academic, Fallon has spoken at national conferences on the relation of studio foundations to a liberal arts curriculum, established an art history major and BFA degree, given presentations in NYC, St Louis and Colombia, Missouri on foundation programs, digital media and values as well as at a social service conference for Kent University in Ashtabula, Ohio. She also created a course in art history, painting, drawing and printmaking, and a course in visual art and advocacy at Ursuline College. In addition to taking a sabbatical year to work with the homeless, she made etchings, sketched and created a video and a life size shadow box, drawings and prints for a previous  exhibition at Wasmer Gallery. There, amid a large installation of the streets of Cleveland, she played a tape of sounds of the streets and the voices of the people on those streets.

Fallon explains that her “artwork focuses closer to home when expressing her relations with her children, sweethearts, family and portrait clients. The joy that she, “gets from her music and use of color tracks a different path via landsc8apes, musicians, apples and an on-going series called Blind Gods.”

Reception
Friday, June 3rd, 5-8 PM
Ursuline College’s Wasmer Gallery

2550 Lander Road
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124

The exhibition runs through Thursday, June 30th, and it is free and open to the public. Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery is open Tuesday - Friday 12 – 4:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

For more information about upcoming exhibits, contact Anna Arnold, Gallery Director at aarnold@ursuline.edu or 440 646 8121. To follow Wasmer Gallery, visit Facebook or www.ursuline.edu/wasmer

 




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