Jon Petro's Recent Paintings: On display through june at umass medical school

June 01, 2000

WORCESTER, Mass. - Recent Paintings, an exhibition featuring approximately 35 portraits and 20 drawings created by Worcester native and contemporary artist Jon Petro, will be on display at the Medical School beginning June 1.

A 1985 graduate of the former School of the Worcester Art Museum, Petro has continued to paint and to show his work intermittently, while running his family-owned produce business. However, over the last year, he has taken what one critic called "the artistic leap of faith" and now devotes more of his time to his art.

In 1999, Petro mounted a solo exhibit titled "Face and Stories" at Quinsigamond Community College. Garnering much praise from the local art community, these intense and lavish portraits emphasized Petro's focus on the bond between the subject and viewer. They also combined his love of art history with his instinctive feel for color. "My approach to portrait painting, though contemporary, pays homage to all that came before me," he explained.

Spurred by this success, Petro has been painting incessantly over the last year and will unveil his latest creations at the UMMS show. These portraits, which he describes as the next logical step in his life as an artist, again feature bold and interesting faces, but seem to have a more expressionistic feel. For a peek at Petro's work and its latest reviews, visit his Web site at

Recent Paintings will run through June 27 and be open for viewing 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. An opening reception will be held Thursday, June 1 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Monthly Art Exhibit opens June 1

Three additional exhibits on display throughout the month include: pastels by Nancy von Hone in Clinic III, Level I of the University hospital; watercolors by Anne Ennis in Level I of the Benedict Building; and "Works on Paper" by Constance Salter 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.