Gregory Scheckler to Open Milestone Retrospective Exhibit


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - North Adams artist Gregory Scheckler, a professor of art at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), will present a retrospective exhibition of art in MCLA Gallery 51 from Sept. 29 through Oct. 23.

The exhibition marks Scheckler's 100th show. "Remixed Messages: Artworks by Gregory Scheckler from 1990-2011" will feature drawings, paintings and photographs that span 21 years.

The exhibit will begin on Thursday, Sept. 29, with an opening reception, 6-9 p.m., when Scheckler will unveil new allegorical paintings. The event, part of DownStreet Art Thursday, is free and open to the public.

According to Scheckler,  the show's title is meant to illustrate the mixing, matching and revising of images throughout contemporary culture, but developed in this show as fine art. In addition to quoting images from art history, the artworks juxtapose disparate themes, or overlay or inlay mixed images.

Scheckler as an artist and teacher works from a progressive classical mindset. He uses well-known traditional art techniques rooted in academic, figurative painting but in new, often experimental (progressive) ways. His artworks range from intensive oil paintings to freewheeling cartoons, collages, photo experiments, poetry and more. Much of the artwork relates to myth and story as well as to contemporary scientific notions, often from biology or astronomy.

At the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Scheckler serves as associate professor of visual art. He teaches drawing, painting, photography and composition for the visual arts from a progressive, yet classical, viewpoint.

Although trained as a realist painter, Scheckler's creativity embraces diverse formats from academic realism to cartoony art-brut, nature photography, photojournalism, abstraction, mail art, creative writing and mixed media experiments.

Exhibits include Ferrin Gallery, Kolok Gallery, MCLA Gallery 51, Metro One Gallery, Sivertson Gallery, and Greylock Arts, as well as at museums such as the Southern Vermont Art Center, Washburn Historical and Cultural Museum, Duluth Art Institute, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, One West Art Center, Center for the Visual Arts Gallery at Illinois State University and Boyden Gallery at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Publications include the North Adams Transcript, Berkshire Eagle,, online Butterflies and Moths of North America, the Bray Arts Journal, the North County Perp and The Mind's Eye Liberal Arts Journal, and Thought and Action the journal of the National Education Association.

Online editions of CBS News, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Press Enterprise have published his photos via the Associated Press. His artworks are owned in private and public collections internationally, as nearby as New York City and as far away as Tokyo, Japan.

MCLA Gallery 51, at 51 Main Street in North Adams, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information, call (413) 664-8718 or visit gallery51.  MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center.