Bruce Bundock exhibition honors Vassar employees

Portraits by Bruce Bundock

Portraits by Bruce Bundock

Artist Bruce Bundock pays tribute to the hardworking people behind the scenes of the college’s day-to-day operations in the upcoming exhibit “Faces of Vassar.” An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit remains on view in Vassar’s Palmer Gallery through March 13. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free of charge.

Educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Bundock’s paintings are held in public and private collections. He has also designed over 30 postage stamps for Gambia, Lesotho, the Maldive Islands, Antigua, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands. Bundock is also museum preparator at the college’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

“Faces of Vassar” features 22 acrylic paintings of Vassar staff members, including carpenters, electricians, maintenance workers and food services personnel. The idea for the project came to Bundock more than a year ago, and he worked from photographs that he took of his subjects.

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Each painting is a close-up portrait of the subject’s face; Bundock sought to portray their individuality. “We see them every day, but in some ways we don’t see them,” he says. “They make valuable contributions to the college. My show is simply what the title says: an appreciation.”

Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie. For more information, call (845) 437-5370 or visit www.vassar.edu.

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