Local artist, professor featured in new art exhibit

By: Janessa Cruz ’19, Staff Writer

Paris, France and New York City – all places that local Lebanon artist Isaac Pelepko has displayed his artwork.

Pelepko is displaying his art, “Academy of Dreams” in Zimmerman Recital Hall in the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery. The opening reception is Friday, Nov. 3, from 5–7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Prior to the reception, Pelepko will hold an artist talk in the art gallery at 4 p.m. Pelepko’s exhibit runs until Dec. 17.

Inspired by the methods developed by European Academies of Art during the 18th century, Pelepko depicts the contemporary body.

“We think that students will connect to Isaac’s dreamscapes which are based on Japanese culture like anime,” Dr. Barbara McNulty, director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, said. “His drawings of the figure are of the highest quality rendered in the academic tradition.”

Pelepko’s work is technical mixed with of desire, drama and death, emulating the artist’s subconscious and society as a whole.

“His drawings of the figure are of the highest quality rendered in the academic tradition.” McNulty said.

Pelepko is currently a professor at Lebanon Valley College where he teaches “Drawing Studio: The Figure.”

He is not only hosting an exhibit but also plans to paint live in the Clyde A. Lynch Memorial Hall’s atrium.