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Fine Arts Department hosts visiting artist exhibit

Teghan Simonton Jan 24, 2018

The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department will host a visiting artist exhibit from Monday, January 29, until Friday, February 23. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception from 6  to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The visiting artist will be Colleen Nelson, a local freelance reporter. According to Andrew Heisey, chairperson for the Fine Arts Department, most people don’t know that Nelson is also a strong prolific artist in the community. Her work, which Heisey described as “almost Post-Impressionist style,” will stretch all the way from the 1980s to the present.

“In her written work, she frequently documents our community, and her artwork is no different,” said Heisiey. “She has been creating images of historic Waynesburg for years.”

Heisey hopes students learn from Nelson’s unique style, as well as her resiliency in pursuing her artwork.

“One thing I hope people will glean from Ms. Nelson’s work is that you can always fulfill your dreams,” he said. “Never let someone tell you that you cannot do what you love. Even though Colleen makes her living writing for the papers, she still can follow her passions in the visual arts.”

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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