Bert Monroy, Master Artist Tribute VIII: A Digital Artist Paints With Light January 17 - April 5, 2009, Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA

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The Hearst Art Gallery is pleased to present a major survey of the preeminent digital master Bert Monroy, a world-renowned Abobe Photoshop artist and teacher, known for pioneering and innovative digital painting techniques.

The Hearst Art Gallery of Saint Mary's College is pleased to present a major survey of the preeminent digital master Bert Monroy, a world-renowned Abobe Photoshop artist and teacher, known for pioneering and innovative digital painting techniques. The Master Artist Tribute series was created to honor artists whose significant bodies of art work are rivaled by the influence of their teaching on generations of art students. Prior honorees have been Wayne Thiebaud, Nathan Oliveira, Manual Neri, Ruth Bernhard, Frank Lobdell, Stephen de Staebler and Carlos Villa.

Born to Mexican and Columbian immigrants and raised in Brooklyn, Monroy spent 20 years in the advertising industry as an art director and creative director for various agencies as well as his own. With the introduction of the Apple Macintosh 128 in 1984, he embarked on a new career, embracing the computer as his artistic medium. The 50 astonishing super-realist digital images on view represent the last twenty-five years of his career. Several images from the exhibition are posted on the museum's website, hearstartgallery.org.

Monroy has taught at colleges and universities across the country, most recently at San Francisco State University and Schoool of Visual Arts, NYC, and at Pixar and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). His largest following comes from his Photoshop talks throughout the country as well as podcasts and television appearances. Monroy's clients include Apple, Adobe, Epson, Fujitsu, SONY, and AT&T. He has also done a considerable amount of film work for ILM, Pacific Data Images and R/Greenberg Associates.

On Sunday, January 18, at 2 p.m, using software as his brush and canvas, Monroy will offer a public Photoshop demonstration in the Soda Activity Center, followed by a reception in honor of the master artist. The exhibition opens Saturday, Jan. 17, and continues through Sunday, Apr. 5, 2009.

Public Hours:             Wed - Sun, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission:             $3; children 12 and under free; Gallery members free
Gallery Telephone:         925.631.4379
Web site:                     http://www.hearstartgallery.org

Media Contact: Heidi Ehrman Donner
Hearst Art Gallery
Saint Mary's College
925.631.4069

The Hearst Art Gallery, celebrating its 31st year, is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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