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Our Father, from the "Our Father Series," 2008, charcoal and pastel on paper, 50 x 39 inches, image courtesy the artist and Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York

MAHWAH, N.J. – Melanie Baker, a one-person exhibition of large drawings, opens on Wednesday, September 12, in the Kresge Gallery of the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. with an artist’s talk at 6 p.m. The exhibition continues on view through October 19.

The exhibition features large realistic drawings in charcoal concerning power and empire. Figures ranging from historical notables like Napoleon and George Washington to contemporary politicians are included.

Melanie Baker states the following about her work:

“I work in charcoal for the power of the blackness: the deep, endless space it can represent. It is the void that will suck you in, without any indication of what awaits.  My work has revolved around images of power, political figures, robber barons and their paraphernalia and symbols of empires past and present. I’m especially interested in empires past, the crumbling remnants which sound a warning to our own empire on the verge of tipping into the abyss.”

Melanie Baker lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. Baker earned her BFA from Pratt Institute and her MFA from Stony Brook University. Baker’s artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at many venues around New York City including the Brooklyn Museum, the Jersey City Museum, Roebling Hall and White Box. Baker received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2003 and was named the recipient of the 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Prize. Other grants and fellowships include the Art Omi International Artists’ Colony, the Sacatar Foundation in Bahia, Brazil, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program, Dejerassi  Resident Artists Program, the Tyrone Guthrie Center at Annaghmakering, Ireland, Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain and Yaddo.

This project at Ramapo is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Kresge Gallery is located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 to 7 p.m.

For further information, please contact Sydney Jenkins at 201-684-7147.

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