Art Exhibit and Illustrated Lecture


The Twilight of the Gorilla: Bob Ziering

SCRANTON, PA—August 28, 2008 Marywood University announced today the opening of a new art exhibit; The Twilight of the Gorilla: Bob Ziering. The exhibit represents a fifteen year, in-depth and ongoing exploration of the mountain gorilla and will be on display in the Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts, until October 1.

The Twilight of the Gorilla: Bob Ziering skillfully depicts the mountain gorilla’s endangerment and challenges the viewer on many levels through descriptive, suggestive, and bold pastel paintings. The function of the exhibit is to enlighten and educate the public on the plight of the mountain gorilla, while providing an arena for dialogue about our symbiotic relationship with natural habitats.

Dieter and Netzin Steklis, Affiliate Scientists for The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, will present The Mountain Gorilla in 3 Dimensions, an illustrated lecture, in conjunction with the exhibit on Wednesday, September 10, at 6 p.m.in the Latour Conference Room in the Nazareth Student Center. The lecture will explore the connection and scientific discoveries about gorillas’ biological and social behavior. In addition, the lecturers will explain their personal experiences in the field, including interactions with individual gorilla personalities. There will be a reception for the artist, Bob Ziering, immediately following the illustrated lecture in the Mahady Gallery.

The exhibit will be open on Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m; Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and weekends from 1-4 p.m. For further information or directions, contact the Marywood University Art Department at 570-348-6278 or visit www.marywood.edu/galleries

Bob Ziering is a prominent New York based artist and illustrator whose career has spanned 50 years. Ziering studied graphic design and illustration problem-solving at The School of Visual Arts with the legendaries Ivan Chermayeff and Bob Gill. His client list includes many Fortune 500 companies, as well as cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Opera, The Paul Taylor Dance Group, and Cirque du Soleil. His work has earned several ANDY awards, the highest honor given to commercial illustrators. Ziering was awarded two one-man shows at the Society of Illustrators and aided in the founding of the Graphic Artist’s Guild. Additionally, Ziering has taught illustration and commercial art in New York at The School of Visual Arts, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and Pratt Institute.