Posting Date: August 11, 2011
Kennesaw State presents Joe Remillard art exhibition
KSU art professor showcases paintings of light-filled scenes
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"End of Day," 2005. Collection of Dr. Larry J. Kennedy
Courtesy of Alan Avery Art Co.
KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Art Museum and Galleries will present "Light of Day: Clear Realism" by KSU Professor of Art Joe Remillard from Aug. 24-Oct. 4 in the Fine Arts Gallery in the Joe Mack Wilson Building. The free exhibition will celebrate Remillard’s receipt of the KSU Foundation Prize for Scholarship. A selection of his paintings featuring light-filled scenes of contemporary life will be on view. An opening reception will be held Aug. 31 from 5-9 p.m.
“I believe life is beautiful and precious,” Remillard says. “That is what and why I paint.” He grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York. He vividly remembers the beauty of early sunrises and how quickly they disappeared. As an adult, he saw a painting by Frederick Church with the same sky he remembered from his childhood. “I tell myself that that is what I want to do in life: Freeze beauty,” he says.
Remillard’s art career, however, did not start right after his epiphany. He went to law school and practiced law for three years before deciding to pursue painting and drawing. Seeing beauty everywhere, Remillard receives inspiration from people and places he calls home, including upstate New York, Atlanta and Montepulciano, Italy, where he has often taught in the KSU semester abroad program.
“We're excited to present our own faculty member in an exhibition of recent paintings,” says Teresa Bramlette Reeves, director of the Art Museum & Galleries. “Remillard talks about his love of light—clear, unambiguous light-filled landscapes—and the metaphoric connection to his philosophy of life.”
Remillard also describes the different meanings of the title "Light of Day: Clear Realism." It represents the winter sunrises of his childhood, the clear light he finds most beautiful and the values of beauty, clarity and reason that embody his philosophy of life. “My paintings are truly quite selfish,” he admits. “They remind me of how beautiful and awesome life is on this tiny precious planet.”
The Fine Arts Gallery in the Wilson Building will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.