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Artist/Author Barry Nemett to speak at Johns Hopkins Feb. 7

Artist Barry Nemett, painting department chair at Maryland Institute College of Art, will give a slide talk and reading from his new novel, Crooked Tracks, on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at The Johns Hopkins University. The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, on the Homewood campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Admission is free and open to the public.

The slide talk, "Fiction and Vision: Pigments of Imagination," will explore the overlap of Nemett's twin passions, painting and writing. Recently published by Barnhardt & Ashe, Crooked Tracks is an unusual coming-of-age tale set in the 1960s that interweaves color reproductions of classical and contemporary masterworks with a compelling, intimate narrative. A book signing will follow Nemett's slide talk and reading.

While it is not unusual for a painter to write poetry, essays or criticism, Nemett is one of only a few to publish a work of sustained fiction. Nemett has taught drawing and painting at MICA for more than 35 years, chairing the painting department there since 1990. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree at Pratt Institute and his master of fine arts degree at Yale University. In addition to his novel, he has written a textbook, Images, Objects, and Ideas: Viewing the Visual Arts (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: 1992), and numerous catalogue, magazine and journal articles.

Nemett has curated several traveling exhibitions and has exhibited his own work nationally and internationally. His visiting artist residencies have included the Art Institute of Chicago, New York Studio School and Princeton University, as well as international programs in Italy, France, Scotland and Japan. His awards include a Ford Foundation grant to Italy and an ITT International Travel Fellowship/Fulbright Hays grant to Spain.

"Fiction and Vision: Pigments of Imagination" is co-sponsored by Homewood Art Workshops, the Writing Seminars and Homewood Arts Programs. For information, call 410-516-6705.

Listen to an interview with Barry Nemett on WYPR's "The Signal"

Barry Nemett

Crooked Tracks cover art, painting by Barry Nemett