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Monday, February 26, 2001

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Artist Featured at Colorado State University is Internationally Known for Turning Everyday Refuse into Works of Art

FORT COLLINS - Internationally recognized artist Gene Hoffman, known for his assemblage pieces that turn everyday refuse into stunning works of art, will present and discuss his work March 15 at Colorado State University. An exhibition of Hoffman's work, titled "Gene Hoffman Sculpture," runs Feb. 28-April 6 in the Curfman Gallery at the Lory Student Center on campus. Hoffman's hour-long artist's talk will begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Senate Chambers, located in the Lory Student Center. Hoffman's lecture will include commentary on the work in his show, as well as an overview of his previous work and how he works as an artist. A reception for the artist is scheduled immediately following the presentation.

Born in Gettysburg, Penn., Hoffman is a self-taught artist whose love of assemblage and collage led him into the field of illustration. He has won acclaim around the globe for turning discarded cardboard, rusty nails, syringe caps and the like into detailed masterpieces. Hoffman has been awarded five medals from the Society of Illustrators and has been a featured artist in Communication Arts magazine and Japan's Idea magazine. In addition to shows at the Society of Illustrators in New York and the Denver Natural History Museum, Hoffman has been active in graphic design in Colorado for more than 20 years and has taught for many years at Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Hoffman continues to lecture on a rotating basis at Syracuse University in New York. In conjunction with the show, the Curfman Gallery will offer a limited edition commemorative poster designed by Hoffman for $10. Hoffman will sign and date 100 posters at the artist's reception.

For more information about the lecture, exhibit or poster sale, contact Matthew Helmer, Lory Student Center arts coordinator, at (970) 491-5838.