Painting Exhibit Opens at University Art Gallery June 3

May 27, 1997

An art exhibit featuring the work of Joseph G. Almyda will open Tuesday, June 3, in the University Art Gallery in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building on the Baylor University campus. The show will run through July 26.

Almyda, a renowned artist from Houston, will display 13 large paintings composed in acrylic and mixed media on canvas and paper. Almyda uses pond and floral compositions for the art works.

"The paintings are very abstracted," said Paul McCoy, associate professor of art and director of the University Art Gallery. "He uses a scraping technique into the surface of the painting to define the various forms such as lily pads and lotus flowers. This is a very beautiful collection with very rich colors."

Almyda studied at the Art Institute in Chicago and Florida State University. After many years of teaching at the university level, he left the academic realm to become a full-time, professional artist. His works have been exhibited throughout the United States and Mexico, and his paintings are included in major collections throughout the country.

"This is a knock-out exhibition," said McCoy. "We are very lucky to have it."

The University Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 755-1867

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