WESTMINSTER — Alexander Russo, a well-known painter and Hood College teacher who has been a fixture on the mid-Atlantic art scene for more than 30 years, will exhibit a selection of his brilliantly colored works in Western Maryland College's Gallery One beginning Tuesday.
The exhibition, which continues through Nov. 15, is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.
A reception is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gallery for the artist.
Russo received his education at the Pratt Institute, Swarthmore College, Bard College and Columbia University, where in 1950 he wasawarded the Breevort Eickenmyer Fellowship to complete a five-year graduate program in fine arts. He also conducted course work for a doctorate in arts at the Institute for Advanced Fine Arts Consortium in Washington in 1977-1978.
He has taught extensively since the mid-1940s at the New Orleans Academy of Art, the University of Buffalo, Parsons School of Design, the Corcoran School of Art, Southampton College of Long Island University, George Washington University and others.
From 1971 to 1986 he was chairman of the art department at Hood College, where he now has the title of professor of art emeritus.
Russo's numerous awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, aFulbright Grant, and a Hodson-Beneficial Teaching Fellowship from Hood. He also has published several works.
During World War II, he served as a combat artist in the Navy, making shoreline drawings and plaster terrain models for an amphibious intelligence unit.
He is perhaps best known for his striking paintings in oils and acrylics.
The final Gallery One exhibition for the fall semester will feature paintings by Glenn M. Corey from Nov. 17 through Dec. 6.