The Romano Gallery

The Romano Gallery features exhibits throughout the year.

Located in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts, the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, when school is in session. Artist receptions begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Dates and times of individual exhibits are subject to change, so please check this section of the website as individual exhibition dates approach. 

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Romano Gallery Exhibitions for 2016-2017   

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Crosses: Portraits of Clergy Abuse

September 1-October 1; reception on September 15
This exhibit features portraits of victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and nuns. The large black-and-white photographs, which appeared in Carmine Galasso's 2007 book, Crosses: Portraits of Clergy Abuse, are accompanied by pull-quotes from victims and survivors from across the United States. Published by Trolley books in London, Mr. Galasso’s book was named one of Photo District News’ “photo books of the year” in 2007.

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Slow Burn

October 3-October 29; reception on October 6
Julia Hechtman’s landscapes focus on intimate encounters. Her artistic process erases geographic specificity and replaces it with suggestions of places and times for personal reckoning.

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City Perspectives

November 1-December 3; reception on November 10
By exchanging specific foregrounds and general backgrounds, artist Chris Semergieff’s urban landscapes examine neighborhood composition and skyline views, generating a narrative focused on the relationship between personal and collective experiences created by our accumulated development.

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The Garden in the Summer: Botanical Studies in Oil

December 5-January 7; reception on December 8
Whether painting the human figure posed or in motion, landscapes or still life, James Gloria captures forms spontaneously and directly, exploring materials and methods ranging from watercolor to cast plaster. This most recent work is a series of plein-air paintings using an impasto of marble dust and oil to capture the fresh and raw nature of flowers, with surface effects that encompass both abstraction and realism.

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No Borders

January 9-February 4; reception on January 19
For Buddhist practitioner Bennett Bean, the distinctions between mediums are less important than the interplay among them. This show highlights cross-pollination in the artist’s work in ceramics, painting, rug-making and photography, some of which is housed in the permanent collections of the Whitney, Smithsonian and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, among others.

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Annual Blair Academy Faculty Show

February 9-March 9; reception on February 9
At this annual exhibit, faculty members will showcase their talents in a range of mediums. For detailed information about the artwork to be shown, visit www.blair.edu/romano-gallery in early 2017.

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Visitors: Part 2

March 25-April 22; reception on March 30
Monica Bernier’s recent paintings draw imagery from abstracted figurations she developed into a wordless comic book entitled Visitors . In her work, natural elements such as sky, trees and ground take on caricatured qualities accentuated by broad matte brilliant color that suggests a “flatlands” landscape. 

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Vocabulary of Trees

March 25-April 22; reception on March 30
In the Vocabulary of Trees, Robert Braczyk’s open-form wood sculptures integrate many aspects of the artist’s interests, abilities and experiences. Highlighting fundamental material differences, his work applies formal breakthroughs of welded iron sculpture to wood.


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Annual Student Art Exhibition

April 27-May 23; reception on April 27
Displaying student work of all different mediums, this show celebrates the accomplishments, hard work and dedication of Blair’s talented fine artists.

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