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"Europe to America" Exhibit to be Presented at FSU's Roper Gallery

"Europe to America," a collection of works by local artist Hilmar Gottesthal, will be on exhibit from Sunday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 4, at Frostburg State University's Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery in the Fine Arts Building.

This eclectic collection of sculptures, drawings, watercolors and oil paintings reflects Gottesthal's experiences in Europe and the United States. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Born Hilmar Udo Fister in Carinthia, Austria, the artist began to sign his works with "Gottesthal," the name of his childhood village, while studying at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. The word means "God's Valley." Now an American citizen, he lives in Flintstone, Md.

Gottesthal's interest in Byzantine art and an Austrian-Turkish Cultural Exchange Grant took him to Greece and Turkey, where he spent 30 years painting, sculpting and studying ancient ruins, myths and religious icons of the region. His style often reflects a Byzantine influence, with its use of mosaic-like patterns and complex pointillism often used to express spiritual ideas. Many of his works are inspired by mythology, Christian scriptures, current issues and the surroundings of his Western Maryland home.

His eclectic experience includes painting murals in a chapel and restoring Byzantine chapels in Greece, painting archaeological sites in Mexico and recording the findings of an excavated 11th century Byzantine shipwreck in Turkey. Gottesthal has also worked with students, as a supervisor of an internship program in Greece and an artist in residence for the Berkeley School for the Arts. In 1995, he started a Fine Arts Program with the International Summer Music Courses in St. Paul, Austria, where still teaches and exhibits.

Works by Gottesthal have been displayed in Austria, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, London, Paris, New York City, Chicago and Winnetka, Ill. He has received a commemorative plaque for his cultural contribution to Turkey, and was featured in a film produced by Greek National Television.

Gottesthal recently created stained glass windows depicting the Stations of the Cross and a map of West Virginia for the Priestfield Pastoral Center in Kearneysville, W.Va. In 2000, he issued his first U.S. print, "Celebrating the Arrival of the New Millennium."

For information about the opening, call (301) 687-4797.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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