Professor Anthony J. Miraglia's New Digital And Mixed Media Work At Star Store Gallery 244

This new body of work, inspired by trips to his native Sicily, incorporates digital collages that are printed on various types of paper and then worked over with colored pencil or acrylic paint. Professor Miraglia began experimenting with this new technology during a sabbatical leave several years ago in an effort to keep pace with the many students in his classes that were working digitally.

Who: Professor Anthony J. Miraglia, a professor of painting in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, work began to change after he began teaching painting at the University of Messina in Sicily through UMass Dartmouth’s Mediterranean Studies Program in 1999. His annual summer visits back to his native homeland began to provide him with a rich source of history, visual culture and subject matter taken from old walls, political posters and architectural fragments. The work explores issues of the passage of time, mortality and in general, things ephemeral. 

Professor Miraglia chaired the Department of Fine Arts for 20 years before stepping down 2 years ago to pursue his interests in international programs and his own research. He was appointed Academic Advisor and Coordinator for International Programs for the College of Visual and Performing Arts last year. In addition to teaching in Sicily, he also teaches and directs a two-week program in Nocciano, Italy for high school students through the Mediterranean Studies Association. 

What: An exhibit of new Digital and Mixed Media work 

Where: Star Store’s Gallery 244, 715 Purchase Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts 

When: August 11-31, 2005. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held on Thursday, August 11, from 5-8 p.m. 
Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 9am -6pm and Sundays 12-5pm. 

How: This new body of work, inspired by trips to his native Sicily, incorporates digital collages that are printed on various types of paper and then worked over with colored pencil or acrylic paint. Professor Miraglia began experimenting with this new technology during a sabbatical leave several years ago in an effort to keep pace with the many students in his classes that were working digitally. Additionally, he will be exhibiting several of his mixed-media 3-dimensional constructions on wood panels with Japanese rice paper and thin-set mortar. 

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