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M. Hoffman, Jr.
August 22 - November 9, 2014
The Southern Alleghenies
Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley recently announced the opening of its latest
exhibition, Retrospective: William M. Hoffman, Jr. The exhibition features fifty-four oil, casein and watercolor
paintings plus a pair of graphite-on-paper works spanning Hoffman's sixty-two
year career. Retrospective: William M. Hoffman, Jr. opens August
22 and will remain on view through November 9, 2014. (right: William
M. Hoffman, Jr., Self Portrait as a Two Streeter, 1968, Egg oil and
oil on panel, 26 x 20 inches.)
Most days, one can find Hoffman painting en plein air
amongst the Ligonier countryside or Downtown Latrobe, PA, capturing landmark
architecture, farms with rolling hills or bubbling wooded streams. His Ligonier
studio is full of work from past to present, each offering a palette full
of rich color and tranquil beauty. Hoffman brings his subjects to life with
an impressionistic style that seems to capture movement and energy with
Featured in the exhibition is a selection of Hoffman's
most noted figure compositions, portraits and landscapes spanning a career
working and painting in Latrobe, Ligonier, Philadelphia and Camden, New
Jersey. Born in Blairsville in 1934, Hoffman was a professor of fine arts
at Rutgers University from 1967 to 2000 and also chaired the University's
art department for more than fifteen years. In 2000, Hoffman retired in
Ligonier where he lives and paints today. His breath-taking paintings have
been exhibited nationally and internationally and are included in numerous
private and public collections.
"This exhibition offers an opportunity to view a collection
of work by a well-known and highly accomplished artist," said SAMA-Ligonier
Valley Coordinator Sommer Toffle. "Visitors will be able to see how
Hoffman's work has evolved throughout his life. I once asked an artist,
'How long did it take you to complete this piece?' He replied, 'eighty-two
years,' which was the artist's age at the time. This retrospective is a
perfect example of the results of a lifetime of dedication to art."
The Museum will celebrate the exhibition with an opening
reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 23. The exhibition is open
to the public free of charge, though reservations are requested. For reservations
or additional information, please call the Museum at (724) 238-6015.
Hoffman will return to the Museum for a Lunch a l'Art program
on Wednesday, September 18. The program runs from noon until 2 p.m. and
includes lunch and a presentation by the artist. There is a fee for attendance.
Reservations are required by September 15 and can be made by calling the
William M. Hoffman, Jr. biography
- William M. Hoffman, Jr. was born in Blairsville, Pennsylvania
and grew up in nearby Latrobe. For over three decades he resided in Philadelphia
and South Jersey, where he met and married his wife Bonnie (1970) and raised
two sons, Sean and George. He currently resides in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.
- Upon graduating Latrobe High School in 1951, Hoffman
commuted to Pittsburgh to study commercial art at the Simboli School of
Art. On the recommendation of a respected artist friend and after a decision
to pursue fine art, Hoffman moved to Philadelphia and registered for study
at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Hoffman put himself through
college and later graduate school with the help of scholarships, jobs in
the department of the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Philadelphia Department
of Recreation, and later as a substitute teacher in the Philadelphia School
System. His college years were interrupted by a two-year stint in the military,
which was delayed so he could fulfill a prestigious Cresson Traveling Scholarship
Award that included three months of travel in Europe. In 1962, Hoffman
earned a B.F.A from the University of Pennsylvania through its coordinated
program with the PAFA. Hoffman earned his M.F.A at the Tyler School of
Art, Temple University, Philadelphia in 1967.
- From 1967 through 2000, Hoffman taught art and art history
at Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey. During his tenure at the university,
Hoffman painted over seventy major works featuring the cityscape of Camden.
He is a two-time recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship Grant from New Jersey
State Council on the Arts to execute a series of paintings of historical
buildings in Camden and is well represented in the city's art collection.
- Upon retiring in 2000 as Professor Emeritus of Rutgers
University, Hoffman returned to his Western Pennsylvania roots. He currently
maintains a studio in Ligonier where he pursues his passion for painting.
- Hoffman's portrait, landscape, cityscape and figure composition
paintings have been exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows nationally
and in London, England. His work can be found in many private and corporate
collections as well as in the New Jersey State Museum.
- Most days, one can find William M. Hoffman, Jr. painting
en plein air amongst the Ligonier countryside or Downtown Latrobe, capturing
landmark architecture, farms with rolling hills or bubbling wooded streams.
His Ligonier studio is full of work from past to present, each offering
a palette full of rich color and tranquil beauty. Hoffman brings his subjects
to life with an impressionistic style that seems to capture movement and
energy with every brushstroke. Hoffman has literally been painting since
childhood, and this exhibition reflects on the artist's impressive oeuvre
with a collection of fifty-six brilliant paintings and drawings.
- Featured in this exhibition is a selection of the artist's
most noted figure compositions, portraits and landscapes spanning a sixty-two
year career working and painting in Philadelphia, Latrobe, Ligonier and
Camden, New Jersey. Born in Blairsville in 1934, Hoffman was a Professor
of Fine Arts at Rutgers University from 1967 to 2000 and also chaired the
University's art department for more than fifteen years. In 2000, Hoffman
retired in Ligonier where he lives and paints today. His breath-taking
paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are included
in numerous private and public collections. The Southern Alleghenies Museum
of Art at Ligonier Valley is pleased to be able to offer our patrons this
retrospective of one of our region's most accomplished and talented artists.
- Sommer Toffle
- Coordinator, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier
(above: William M. Hoffman, Jr., Standard Steel (Alco), 1963, Oil
on canvas, 25 x 30 inches.)
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