Spelman Evans Downer's “The Art of Mapping" open at Soka University’s Founders Hall Art Gallery through January 2, 2015.

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"The Art of Mapping: 25 Years of Painting by Spelman Evans Downer" exhibition is open at Soka University's Founders Hall Art Gallery through Jan 2, 2015 and admission is free.

Painting by Spelman Evans Downer

Spelman Evans Downer's "The Art of Mapping: 25 Years of Paintings" will be open through January 2, 2015 at Soka University's Founders Hall Art Gallery

...the imprint of urban areas on nature, and histories of land use."

"The Art of Mapping: 25 Years of Painting by Spelman Evans Downer" exhibition presents curated selections from his two largest series depicting aerial compositions from the East and West Coasts. These map-like artworks combine painting with drawing, and are prime examples of the artist’s blend of photographs with projected images and paint to produce his style of Abstract Expressionism. “The Art of Mapping" is open to the public M-F from 9 am to 5 pm through Jan 2, 2015 at Soka University’s Founders Hall Art Gallery, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA. Admission is free.

Spelman Evans Downer was born in Pasadena, CA. He has a B.A. from Stanford University and a M.A. from San Francisco State University. Mr. Downer has been a professional visual artist since 1977, and has worked out of studios in New York City, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Alaska and New Jersey. He has been a full time art instructor at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree, CA since 2001. His fascination with place reveals the continually evolving interrelationships of environments, the inherent geometry of geographies and geologies, the imprint of urban areas on nature, and histories of land use.

Soka University is a private, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school in Aliso Viejo, CA. ranked in the top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2015. SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio and study abroad for every undergraduate student. Founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 60% of SUA's students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 40 other countries. Admitted BA students whose annual family income is $60,000 or less may be eligible for Soka Opportunity Scholarships which cover full tuition. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for higher income levels. http://www.soka.edu

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