Glenn Zweygardt: Vertical Meditations - An Exhibition of Recent Sculpture

October 16–November 15, 1987
Beaver College Art Gallery


The Beaver College Art Gallery opens it fall season with an exhibition of recent sculpture by Glenn Zweygardt on Friday, October 16, 1988 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Spruance Art Center, Easton and Church Roads. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The exhibition, which continues through November 15, is open to the public and admission is free.

Entitled "Vertical Meditations," the show will contain 12 column pieces ranging from seven to 13 feet in height. These large scale pieces with their reference to architecture, will be shown with a series of smaller works.  Zweygardt's interest in the column as a sculptural form began after working on a collaborative project with architects.

"Zweygardt has incorporated the column in his own work, freeing it from the functional to the purely to the purely esthetic," said Gallery Director Zina Goldsmith. "As architects confront a wide range of materials and options in this postmodernist period, sculptors such as Zweygardt are exploring ways in which similar references may be drawn. In addition, Zweygardt moves from the contemporary in terms of process and materials to draw on the past with references to ancient art through classical forms."

"Materials and process play a major role in his work in what he refers to as the triad: granite, porcelain enamel, and metals such as copper and stainless steel," Goldsmith continued. "All of these combine in a total expression incorporating form, texture, weight and color."


A professor of sculpture at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Zweygardt received his bacherlor's degree from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas and his master's from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Maryland. He is the recipient of two Alfred University Research Foundation Grants, one for porcelain enamel on steel and the other grant for a large outdoor sculptural park.

Zweygardt has exhibited throughout the United States in numerous one-person and group shows and his work has been widely seen in galleries, museums, and universities including Lehigh University, Bethlehem; Pennsylvania State University, University Park; Wichita Museum of Art, Kansas; Shidoni Outdoor Sculpture Show, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Long Beach Museum of Art, California; Woodmere Gallery, Philadelphia; University of Hawaii, Honolulu; Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; and the Corcoan Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

His works are represented in the permanent collections of Temple University, Philadelphia; The University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana; Moravian College, Bethlehem; Beaver College, Glenside; Lehigh University, Bethlehem; The Rouse Company, Baltimore; Nelson Rockefeller Collection; and the Carborundum Company, Niagra Falls, New York.