The Arts Council of Princeton presents an Artist Talk with sculptor Patrick Strzelec on Tuesday, November 22 from 7-9pm. Strzelec’s outdoor exhibition features four sculptures on display on the Arts Council’s Graves Terrace through June 2017. Parking is available in the Spring and Hulfish Street Garages and at metered parking spots along Witherspoon Street and Paul Robeson Place. Free and open to the public. Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777.
Patrick Strzelec makes abstract sculpture using a full range of materials. He has been a recipient of numerous awards in sculpture, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ballinskelligs Project in Ireland; the Rome Prize, Rome, Italy; the National Endowment for the Arts; and numerous New Jersey State Council for the Arts grants. Strzelec has shown with the Michael Schultz Gallery, Berlin; Jay Grimm Gallery, New York City; Gary Snyder Fine Arts, New York City; Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York City; and OH&T Gallery, Boston. He is represented by Garth Greenan Gallery in New York City. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Strzelec is the former Rudolph Arnheim Lecturer in Sculpture at Harvard University. Strzelec currently serves as Associate Professor in Sculpture at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Of his work on view at the Robeson Center, Strzelec says, “Pure abstraction can provide a visual, intellectual, and visceral impact. The outdoor work on Arts Council of Princeton’s sculpture terrace has been an investigation of this concept for the past 25 years. The ambiguity of form illustrates a type of narrative allowing for a personal interpretation. This group of work is intended to inspire a conversation with or by the viewer through its reference to our connection to life but through a reality transformed.”
This Graves Terrace exhibition will provide the public with an introduction to Strzelec’s work preceding the installation of his work on Witherspoon Street at the site of the new Avalon Princeton residencies. In 2013, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert brought together the Arts Council of Princeton and developer Avalon Bay to commission a work of public art for the Avalon Princeton project on Witherspoon Street at the site of the former hospital. The process of reviewing artist proposals for the creation of a public sculpture occurred over the course of eighteen months, resulting in the selection of artist Patrick Strzelec. Mr. Strzelec conceptualized his sculpture entitled ‘Connectivity’ as a tribute to Albert Einstein and his connection to the location and town of Princeton. The proposed sculpture will be seventeen feet tall, constructed of stainless steel, and located directly in front of the main entrance of the Avalon Princeton apartments. Strzelec’s Witherspoon Street public art piece is scheduled to be installed in spring 2017.
The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.
For more information, please visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777.