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Faculty Member’s Painting Wins “Best of Show”

Fred Haag Painting
9/16/2009 —

“All of this lll,” a painting by York County artist Fred Haag, associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York, won “Best of Show” at the Yorkfest Arts Festival held earlier this month in York. Haag has two paintings on display, including the prize winner, through Sept. 26 at YorkArts, 10 N. Beaver Street, York. The Juried Art Exhibition hangs in the YorkArts Gallery during the festival and throughout the month of September. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“’All of this III’” was developed from a series of interior paintings that I worked on during the spring and summer of 2008. The piece was completed in October of 2008. It started as a stencil painting of a piece of fabric and a poem, and ended as the interior,” said Haag. This work was done with oil and acrylic on canvas.

Since 1987, Haag has taught a variety of classes at Penn State York, including art appreciation, drawing, design and painting. He was raised in Pennsylvania and attended the University of the Arts (the Philadelphia College of Art) in Philadelphia, where he graduated with honors in 1984 with a bachelor of fine art in painting and drawing. He went on to earn a master of fine art in painting and drawing from Penn State.

In addition to numerous awards for his artwork, Haag was the 2003 recipient of the James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn State York and in 2002 was named the recipient of the Penn State York Advising Award for his outstanding work with students. Haag also serves as the adviser to the Penn State York Visual Arts Club.

Exhibits of his work include the Art of the State in Harrisburg, the National Midyear show at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Washington and Jefferson College National Painting Show, the annual Maine-Maritime Flatworks Exhibition in Presque Isle, the River Walk Arts Festival in York, Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C., First Street Gallery in New York City, and the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh.

In January 2010 Haag will be curating and participating in a four-person show in York called Bau Movement (www.baumovement.blogspot.com) and will include Haag’s work as well as the work of three former Penn State York students at Studio Gallery 234 in York. Future exhibitions include a four-person show at the Art Association of Harrisburg in February 2011, and a one-man show at the DOSHI Gallery/Susquehanna Art Museum in the fall of 2011. The fall 2011 exhibition will feature Haag’s figure paintings.

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