Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, Features Works by Ralph Pàquin

Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, is presenting “RALPH PÀQUIN : Evolution: Of Origin & Form,” on view in the Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery in the Harper Center for the Arts, through Feb. 25, 2017.

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Ralph Pàquin was born in Newport, RI. During his adolescence, he studied with craftsmen and artists in California, Nebraska, Virginia, Florida and Rhode Island. He received a BFA in Sculpture at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and his MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

After graduate school, Pàquin shifted into large-scale artworks conceptually based upon the “human condition.” In the following years, Pàquin has held teaching positions at Ohio State University, Furman University, and Presbyterian College, where he joined faculty full time in 1998 and is currently a tenured Professor of Studio Art.

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Pàquin’s work has evolved over forty years in a natural progression, leading to the present concise and refined configuration while still retaining the muscular volume of his French and German heritage. Inspired by such artists as Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore, life’s rencounters, and the renewal and reflection of teaching, Pàquin most recently has mastered the challenge and economy of mold making, creating counterparts that can be recreated into varied sculptures. Works in this exhibit include both ceramic and fiberglass sculptures and works on paper.

Pàquin states, “My current series consists of meticulously fabricated organomorphic shapes that are a result of pausing to consider the interior of the human body and its connections to primordial forms of life.”

The Harper Center Gallery is host to four exhibitions annually—two exhibitions of work from nationally/internationally recognized artists, the Senior Art Major Exhibition, and the Annual Student Exhibition. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon–5pm; admission to the gallery is free.

Presbyterian College is located on a striking 240-acre campus between Columbia and Greenville, SC. Offering challenging academics and a culture of honor and ethics that prepares students to be leaders in their communities, PC students benefit from an exceptional faculty who take an individual interest in their students’ well-being, both personally and in the classroom. The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy opened in 2010 and is dedicated to the ideals of leadership, honor to the profession, and service to the community.

For more information about Presbyterian College, contact Ann Stoddard, College Curator, by e-mail at (astoddar@presby.edu) or visit (www.presby.edu).

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