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Renata Manasse Schwebel's Sculpture Exhibition Extended at Herndon Gallery through October 13

An exhibition of mixed-media sculpture by a distinguished alumna of Antioch College has been extended into October.

Renata Manasse Schwebel’s Sculptures will run at the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College through Fri., Oct. 13. The exhibition opened on July 13 as part of the college’s Reunion 2017.

“We are pleased to extend this wonderful exhibition,” said gallery creative director Jennifer Wenker. “Not only will this give local residents more time to see this amazing work, it will also be here when incoming students arrive this fall to begin their time at Antioch.”

Schwebel, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch in 1953, has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Sculpture Gallery, Columbia University at the Carriage Barn (New Canaan, CT), and in numerous group and traveling exhibitions throughout America and in Japan. Her work is included in prominent collections including Columbia University and the Museum of Foreign Art in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Schwebel says she tends to work in metal, wood and clay, but always returns to welded metals, specifically stainless steel or aluminum. “Most of my sculpture is in the hard-edge non-objective mode, but every so often the wish for humor evokes abstracted figurative work. With the exception of bronze casting, I have in the past preferred to do all the actual construction myself. I find that the feel of the material and the handling of tools is as much a part of the joy of sculpture as the originating of ideas,” she writes.

Schwebel credits one of her Antioch professors, Amos Mazzolini, with introducing her to working with metal. “In his superb foundry, the sculptures of such artists as, Carl Milles were cast. Mazzolini himself worked in the classical mode and his portraits and fountains gave me a deep appreciation for craftsmanship,” she writes. Schwebel went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia, and pursued portrait sculpture for a time. But after two years at the Art Student League's welding workshop in the late ‘60s, and a summer course at Hobart Welding School in Troy, Ohio, she has pursued welded metal sculpture.

The Herndon Gallery is located in South Hall on the campus of Antioch College, in Yellow Springs, OH. The gallery is open weekdays from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

For additional information about Sculptures and the Herndon Gallery, contact creative director Jennifer Wenker at (937) 319-0114 or jwenker@antiochcollege.edu. Visit the gallery online at antiochcollege.edu/herndon and follow Herndon Gallery at Antioch College on Facebook.

(Pictured: “Enigma”; stainless steel, 20” x 20” x 5 1⁄2’, 1979)

 

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