Artist Yankel Ginzburg to display/discuss his work on October 3
Penn State Hazleton will host world renowned artist Yankel Ginzburg on Thursday, October 3 for a discussion and display of his work from the campus permanent collection. The event, which also includes the unveiling of two new donated works, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium Gallery of the Evelyn Graham Academic Building. The exhibit of Ginzburg’s work will continue from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from October 4-6.
Ginzburg is a painter, writer, sculptor, muralist and tapestry artist whose works have been exhibited all over the world at venues including the Bat-Yam Museum, Marc Chagall Museum, Scirball Museum, the Modern Museum of Art-Mexico, and the Cairo Museum. In Washington, he had his American debut at the Washington Gallery of Art. His famous “Freedom Road” tapestry is on display at the United States Holocaust Museum.
During Penn State’s current fundraising campaign, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, the campus was committed to creating an on-campus gallery in the lobby of the Evelyn Graham Academic Building. Various pieces have been added to the collection, including Ginzburg’s works, which began with a donation of 25 lithographs from area residents Terry and Wendy Jones. Three large masterpieces were then received from collectors around the country.
Recently, Robert and Rebecca Aben of Wilkes-Barre donated 22 more lithographs from their collection. It was through working with Robert Aben that Ginzburg became acquainted with northeastern Pennsylvania.
Aben’s printing company, Unigraphic, worked with Ginzburg to produce limited edition lithographs of nearly 50 of his works starting in the early 1990s. King’s College and Misericordia University are among a number of institutions to commission an art installation by Ginzburg.
Ginzburg’s personal background is as interesting as his artwork mediums.
He was born in 1945 in the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan where his parents were both Russian Army officers. When he was 12, the family escaped to Israel after learning that none of his father’s family in Poland had survived the Holocaust. Later that year, he was admitted as the youngest-ever student of the Academy of Art in Tel-Aviv where he learned to use art to express himself.
Through the years, Ginzburg has explored and created art in all forms of media which are on display in galleries around the world, have been commissioned as gifts for world leaders, and have been related in books and television documentaries.
As his reputation as an artist developed, so did desire to help people. He has helped to raise millions of dollars through several charities to help the needy around the world and has been recognized by world leaders from the U.S., Israel and Russia for his philanthropy and his insights into Middle East politics.
Additional information on Yankel Ginzburg is available at www.yankelginzburg.com.
For more information on the exhibit, contact Penn State Hazleton’s Office of University Relations at 570-450-3180.
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