The AUP Fine Arts Gallery

By Ralph Petty / Created 2011-04-01

The 2010-11 exhibition season has been an exciting one and, as we finish our schedule this spring, we are already looking forward to the next one.  Some of this year’s highlights are the following:

We began the 2010-11 season with a beautiful exhibition by German artist Max Neumann, whose drawings where also featured in Cahier no.14 as part of a dialogue with the Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai.

Next we showcased a new donation of 20 lithographs to our AUP Permanent Collection by Atlantis Press, Paris that included work by many leading artists working in Paris today. Among them, Rafael Madavi, Keith Long, Joe Neill and Jonathan Shimony are American artists who have resided in Paris for many years.

Also an American artist, at the height of her long career, and French resident, Judith Wolfe exhibited her latest paintings of very colorful abstractions in October immediately after Lilya Dear, an international “nomadic” artist, living mainly between the USA and Paris, showed her “Maps of the World” paintings.  Both have donated works to our permanent collection.

In March, a major Japanese printmaker, Miyayama Hiroaki, agreed to exhibit his exquisite illustrations of the Tale of Gengi, a masterpiece of Japanese literature.  The colors in these etchings are created from up to seven separate plates, plus gold leaf.  They are truly remarkable and Mr. Hitoaki flew to Paris especially for the exhibition.

And a strange, but intriguing show came from South Korea. Radiologist Tae-Sub Chung, M.D. exhibited his artworks derived from X-rays. These fascinating works certainly incited conversation in the contemporary art circles of Paris. Dr. Chung also flew to Paris to be present at this opening.

In April 2011, a committee of administrators, faculty, students and myself will review the submitted portfolios to choose the exhibitions for the 2011-12 season.  The 2012-13 academic year will be AUP’s 50th anniversary, which the gallery will celebrate with new energy and enthusiasm. One of the main attractions will be an exhibition of the great photographer, Reza, whose organization has already worked with AUP in other contexts.

We thank alumni for your support and look forward to seeing you at one of our next openings.

Ralph Petty is Professor of Fine Arts and AUP University Curator



Katia Arnaud ('11)


Lucia Bourgeois ('12)


Anastasia Akhvlediani ('13)