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Exhibit explores illusion of ‘tactility’ on painted surface

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Jamie Borowicz displays his watercolor paintings, photography and sculpture at Mercyhurst University’s Cummings Art Gallery from Oct. 5 through Nov. 1, 2015. The show – his 20th solo or dual exhibition – is titled “On the Surface.”

The artist will be honored at a reception on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Borowicz says, “The source of this imagery is the natural world on an intimate or up-close level. The work is part of a continuing exploration of textures, forms, colors and light and how they define surfaces and how they can be manipulated to create the illusion of ‘tactility’ and space on the painted surface.”

His watercolor paintings show incredible detail and depth, focusing on the natural world and the many patterns that surround us. The subjects range from fungi to leaves, from water and ice to pebbles. Borowicz also installs an 8-foot-high stone sculpture made by stacking large flat stones found on the beach near his home.

Borowicz graduated from Mercyhurst College in 1982 with a B.A. in art and has taught art and art history at Mercyhurst Preparatory School since 1983. He has also been an adjunct instructor at Mercyhurst University since 1999.

He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Renaissance art at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1992. He earned an M.A. in anthropology in 1996 and a Ph.D. in anthropology in 2003, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also received a grant from the Freeman Foundation to study Chinese art and culture at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004.

Borowicz worked for a number of multi-national archaeological projects in Guatemala and Mexico between 1993 and 2007, and his drawings have appeared in anthropological books and publications in the U.S. and abroad. He has participated in numerous juried exhibitions and invitational exhibitions over the last three decades.

Cummings Gallery is located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on the Mercyhurst campus. It is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 2 to 5 p.m. It will be closed Oct. 15-18 during the university’s mid-semester break.

For information, call 814-824-2092 or email