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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

EXHIBIT AT PITT-BRADFORD TO FEATURE WORK OF WELL-KNOWN BRADFORD NATIVE AND HIS BIOGRAPHER

The attached art shows Roger Hane’s cover for C.S. Lewis’s “The Horse and His Boy,” part of the Chronicles of Narnia, and also the cover of Robert Hunsicker’s book “Roger Hane: Art, Times and Tragedy,” which features a Hane illustration.

EXHIBIT AT PITT-BRADFORD TO FEATURE WORK OF WELL-KNOWN BRADFORD NATIVE AND HIS BIOGRAPHER

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications & Marketing
University Of Pittsburgh at Bradford


BRADFORD, Pa. – The Friends of the Hanley Library will exhibit works by well-known Bradford native and influential illustrator Roger Hane from June 18 through July 10 in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The opening event at 7 p.m. June 18 will feature the unveiling of a Hane biography and picture book by his good friend Robert Hunsicker, “Roger Hane: Art, Times and Tragedy.” He will talk about Hane and his work.

Gallery hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or an appointment can be made by contacting Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford, at (814)362-5115 or colosimo@pitt.edu.

At the opening, Hunsicker will also be available to sign copies of the biography, which includes reproductions of some of Hane’s most well-known work, including the covers of C.S. Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia,” classical music album covers and magazine illustrations. The “tragedy” of the title refers to Hane’s June 1974 murder in Central Park, where he was killed for his bicycle on the eve of receiving the Artist of the Year award from the Artist’s Guild of New York.

Zippo Manufacturing Co., where Hane worked one summer in the art department, is sponsor of the exhibition.

Following Hunsicker’s talk, there will be a reception sponsored by Ann and Dick Kessel and featuring piano music by Roger Hane’s older brother, Rick Hane.

From Bradford, the exhibit is scheduled to visit museums in Erie, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Roger Hane and Hunsicker met as students at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art.

“My purpose for writing this biography, along with presenting Roger’s collection of illustrations, is to tell his story to a new audience and give his art a well-deserved second life,” Hunsicker said.

Hane grew up in Bradford dreaming of becoming a cowboy or artist. After graduating from the Philadelphia Museum College of Art, he worked one year with an advertising agency, then became a freelance illustrator.

In his 13-year professional career, Hane produced more than 300 illustrations for leading book publishers, magazines, advertising agencies, industry and record companies, Hunsicker said.

“In this short period, he changed the direction of American illustration from situation representation to surreal editorial and commentary illustration,” Hunsicker said. “This movement was said to have saved the illustration field when it was at its low point in the early 1960s.”

Additional book signings will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Roseart Co. at 119 Main St. in Bradford; from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 19, at The Option House Restaurant & Lounge at 41 Main St., Bradford; and 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 20, at John Williams European Pastry Shop at 20 Mechanic St., Bradford.

Preorders for the deluxe edition of “Roger Hane: Art, Times and Tragedy,” which contains an additional 16 pages of Roger Hane’s art, can be made at www.vanguardproductions.net/hane/index.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or arj4@pitt.edu.

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