NORTH NEWTON, KS. -- Nancy Palmeri, the 2005-06 visiting artist in the annual Greer Fine Arts Lecture Series at Bethel College, is highly aware of the effect of culture on her printmaking. "As the daughter of Sicilian immigrants, my daily existence was--and is--colored by exposure to very specific cultural and religious icons," said Palmeri. "Many of my images are related to my family’s religious beliefs, sense of humor and extreme superstition."
Palmeri will deliver a slide lecture entitled "Please pass the pasta: My art, food and life" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel College campus, followed by a reception for the artist. The event is free and open to the public.
She will also lead a mixed media workshop for the drawing class and other interested students at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, in Franz Center Room 13.
Palmeri received her bachelor’s degree in art and design from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and her master’s degree in art and art history from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She is currently associate professor of art at the University of Texas at Arlington.
"As a visual artist," said Palmeri, "I intensely desire to communicate and translate my specific cultural identity. I recognize how important story telling is to establishing my sense of self within the communities to which I belong--family, academic and artistic."
Palmeri recently received Special Gallery Recognition at the 29th Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhibition. In 1995, she was awarded honorable mention in the Janet Turner National Print Competition. She is also the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships.
She has been a visiting artist at more than 25 colleges and universities in the past decade. Palmeri’s work can be found in many private and public collections, including at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, which owns a piece titled "Always Remember to Wear a Clean Fig Leaf."
"Nancy Palmeri will continue this legacy of outstanding presentations in the arts with her humorous and insightful slide lecture, her workshop and an exhibition of her woodcut prints, many of which are inspired by Dante’s ‘The Divine Comedy,’" said Bethel College professor of art Gail Lutsch, who coordinates the visual arts portion of the Greer Lectures.
The late Dr. Robert C. Goering, a native of Moundridge and a 1948 graduate of Bethel College, and his wife Amparo Goering, Wichita, initiated the Greer Fine Arts Endowment at Bethel College in 1979 in memory of Milford E. Greer, Jr., a native of Geuda Springs, Kan., and a close friend of the Goerings. Greer was interested in literature and music and excelled as an artist. He died in an auto accident in 1972 at age 45. The Greer Lecture Series brings visiting artists and scholars in the areas of music, visual arts or theater to the Bethel campus.
Palmeri’s work will be on display in the Fine Arts Center Gallery through Dec. 2. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, 2-4 p.m. The gallery is closed Oct. 23-25 for Bethel College’s fall break and Nov. 23-27 for the Thanksgiving break.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.