Prichard Art Gallery to Feature Robert S. Neuman’s “Definition of Place: 1950-2012” Exhibit

Friday, August 16 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The Prichard Art Gallery kicks off the new school year with Robert S. Neuman’s “Definition of Place: 1950-2012” exhibit, opening Thursday, Aug. 22 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 12. A reception will take place on Friday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Prichard Art Gallery.

This will be Neuman’s first exhibit in the state of Idaho since 1969. “Definition of Place: 1950-2012” is his largest and most comprehensive exhibit to date. As one of Idaho’s most important living artists, Neuman hopes this retrospective will reintroduce his work to museum professionals, art enthusiasts and the youth of his birthplace.

“The years immediately following WWII were very important for America and American artists. Coming back after the war, Neuman's expectations of what was possible began to expand. His journey through the prevalent art movements with his own sensibilities is evident through this exhibit. It's great to be able to bring his work back to his Idaho roots,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery.

As a second generation abstract expressionist, Neuman explores regional, historical and metaphysical themes. He pulls his inspiration for his work from architecture, landscape, and history, and his passion for color, application, drawing, and geometry. “Definition of Place” includes work from 12 of his 15 major painting series.

Neuman was born in Kellogg, Idaho. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he briefly attended the University of Idaho. He received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1953, he was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship to Stuttgart, Germany. He taught for more than 25 years at Keene State College in New Hampshire. He currently lives in Winchester, Mass.

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are Tuesday- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 pm. The gallery is closed Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho, is located at 414/416 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth and Main Streets in downtown Moscow. Admission is free. Additional information is available at www.uidaho.edu/caa/prichardartgallery.
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