Boxing Painting by Julie Snyder Hangs in National Art Museum of Sport Exhibit

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Seeking the Target, a boxing painting by fine artist Julie Snyder, was selected by a jury for inclusion in the 2nd Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport show. The exhibit is hanging at the National Art Museum of Sport, on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport fine art exhibit supports the Museum’s two-pronged mission to encourage sports artists to create sport-related art and also to collect, preserve and share the best examples of sport art it can acquire.

This exhibit currently includes 59 stellar works of sports related art; paintings, sculptures and photographs. The 4-month show will run until February 29, 2012. Artwork was selected from over 300 entries, representing artists from 44 states and 9 different countries.

The subject of Snyder’s painting, Seeking the Target, is a boxer focused on an unseen competitor in a moment before blows are exchanged. The artist placed the fighter emerging from the shadows, glove at chin, making eye-to-eye contact with the observer, placing the viewer in the opponent’s position. Scottish-born artist, Julie Snyder, a California resident, draws inspiration from athletes as painting subjects admiring their form and physical attributes. Although she paints obviously toned and defined muscle; it is the focus and intention of the competitive sports figure that she finds most compelling and deserving of portrayal. Last year Snyder was honored to have another of her boxing paintings Before the Bell hang at the museum’s show.

The late Germain G. Glidden, a portrait artist and national squash champion, founded the National Art Museum of Sport in 1959 in New York City. Indiana University-Purdue, Indianapolis has been home to the museum since 1994 and holds one of the nation’s largest collections of art depicting sport. Over 40 sports are represented in the over 900 paintings, sculptures and works on paper in the collection. Among the artists in the collection are Ogden Pliessner, Winslow Homer, George Bellows, Joe Brown, Ray Ellis, James Fiorentino and Alfred Boucher.

The National Art Museum of Sport at 850 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, is open free to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. week days. For group tours and weekend hours, call 317.274.3627 or e-mail ecvarner(at)iupui(dot)edu; more information at http://www.namos.iupui.edu.

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