In Sight: Observations from Nature begins October 1 at UMass Medical School

September 7, 1999

WORCESTER, Mass. - Beginning Oct. 1, In Sight: Observations from Nature, will open at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The collection, which will be on display throughout the month, features prints created by Norton artist and instructor Claudia R. Fieo.

Fieo describes her art as "rooted in her direct observations of nature," which are then "translated into visual metaphors of her life experiences." Using a variety of print techniques, she creates her images on metal plates, stone or wood blocks to which she applies ink. She then transfers the images to paper using a press. "The creative process begins for me with an epiphany which I feel driven to record, preferably in the immediate moment," explained Fieo. "When my sketchbook has not been at hand, I have used ATM receipts or the backs of envelopes. I have almost frozen off fingers and toes at times in order to capture the memorable."

A native of Pennsylvania, Fieo currently serves as an assistant professor of printmaking and graphic design at Wheaton College in Norton. She is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University where she received a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design. Following her undergraduate studies, Fieo moved to Florence, Italy, where she attended the Rosary College Graduate School of Art at Cilla Schifanoia and Il Bisonte International School of Advanced Printmaking and earned her masters of arts and fine arts in printmaking.

Upon returning to the U.S., Fieo was employed as a graphic designer for, among others, the Please Touch Museum for Children in Philadelphia. She also served as an art instructor for the Main Line Center for the Arts and the Hussian School of Art. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Fieo taught graphic design and printmaking as an assistant professor at Winona State University in Minnesota. Fieo's work has been shown throughout the Northeast and in Italy and is a part of many private collections. It will be on display through October 28 in the medical school lobby and is open for viewing 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Three additional exhibits will be on display throughout October: paintings by Iris Lanyon of Holden will be featured in Level I of the Benedict Building; water colors by Charles Gaulin of Southbridge will be on display in Clinic III, Level 1 of the UMass Hospital; and paintings by Gretchen Moran of Boylston will be exhibited in Levels II and III of Two Biotech. These exhibits are open for viewing during regular business hours.

"What's on View at UMMS Galleries" is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Committee for Arts & Humanities. Exhibits featured in the Benedict Building, Clinic II and Biotech II are also made possible in collaboration with ARTSWorcester.