SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Springfield College will host an art exhibition of paintings by Julie Gearan entitled Holding from Feb. 26 through Mar. 28 at the William Blizard Gallery inside Blake Hall. There will be a reception for the artist, which is free and open to the public, on Mar. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibition is part of the 2013 Springfield College William Simpson Fine Arts Series spring schedule.
The subject matter of Gearan’s paintings has been culled from life, memory, dreams, and fantasies. She translates human themes into visual narratives with the imagery often being the offspring of a small moment colliding with a greater, sometimes mythological, drama. Gearan’s paintings often deal with metaphoric narratives of modern life, drawing inspiration from small moments and collective experiences.
Gearan currently teaches for the Rhode Island School of Design and Roger Williams University. She has studied, taught and painted in both Rome and Florence, Italy. Gearan received the city of Chicago Cultural Arts Award from 1995 through 1997. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Tyler School of Art and she received a master of fine arts degree from Indiana University.
The 2013 Springfield College William Simpson Fine Arts Series spring schedule features a variety of art exhibitions, theater performances, film events, concerts, readings, and dance performances. Most events are free of charge, and the free series poster is available by calling (413) 748-3187.