(Posted May 1, 2006)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Alexander "Sandy" McBride, professor emeritus of art at Juniata College and a renowned abstract expressionist painter, will exhibit his recent paintings in the gallery space in Schlow Library in State College from May 1 through June 30.

McBride will give a gallery talk at the library at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 11 at the library. Refreshments will be available. Schlow Library is at 211 S. Allen St. in State College, Pa. Hours for the library are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. There are no Sunday summer hours (1:30 to 5 p.m.) after May.

As an artist, McBride considers himself an abstract expressionist and his work is in the permanent collections of Pepsico Headquarters in Purchase, N.Y. and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, Calif. McBride also has taught at such institutions as the Rhode Island School of Design, Nathaniel Hawthorne College and Green Mountain College.

Throughout his career he has made it a point to continue to learn new techniques and technologies. He served as guest artist and lecturers at schools in China, Great Britain and Germany and toured Holland, Germany, Italy, France and England as part of a study grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has continued his education at New York's School of Visual Art and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He also taught the college's computer art and digital photography courses at Juniata.

McBride has had numerous one-person exhibitions and has been included in many group art exhibits, including shows at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the Three Rivers Art Festival, Penn State University main campus, Wilkes College and the Pamlemousse Gallery in Chicago.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.