Sculptures Capture Personal Moments at SJU Gallery

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Donna Christine Kutz exhibition opens October 1

PHILADELPHIA (September 17, 2007) – Donna Christine Kutz opens the second professional exhibit of the year at Saint Joseph's University Gallery. Entitled "Passages," the sculptures of the award-winning ceramist will be on display October 1 – 31, 2007. The artist's reception will be held Friday, October 19, 6 – 8 p.m. This show is the sole ceramic exhibit for the year.

Her pieces approach a powerful but controlled emotional intensity through an exploration of the human form distilled in a fleeting moment.  The experience of the work allows the viewer to feel as if they have walked into an intensely personal moment.

"The figure is the main focus of my work. I strive to pierce beyond the flesh and reveal the many layers of the soul to give the impression of slipping into another person's private reality, so that the audience experiences the subject's internal monologue, "said Kutz.

The depiction of various gesture postures is conveyed in works that range from life-size sculptures to miniatures and fragmented figural studies.

"Donna Christine Kutz presents her work in a way that invites the viewer into the private moments of these life-like sculptures. The audience can read the gestures and translate them into real, universal emotions to which they can personally relate," said Jeanne Bracy, associate gallery director.

Kutz, a local artist, received an M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions across the country, winning several Best of Show awards. Kutz served as the Artist in Residence for the Art Futures program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The University Gallery is located in Boland Hall on Lapsley Lane, off of City Avenue between 54th Street & Cardinal Avenue in Lower Merion. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 610-660-1840, or access

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