Arnold Mesches: A Tribute 1923-2016
Venue: Castellani Art Museum
Address: 5795 Lewiston Road
City: Lewiston, NY 14109 USA
Brief-description: internationally renowned late painter from Buffalo. Through April 15.
Event url: castellaniartmuseum.org.
Price text: Free.
About: Arnold Mesches (1923-2016) was raised in Buffalo, NY. He moved to Los Angeles in 1943 to accept a scholarship at the Art Center School. Mesches began his fine art career in 1945, moving to New York City in 1984, where he lived for eighteen years before relocating to Florida. He has had over 150 solo exhibitions as well as countless group shows and is represented in major museums, public and private collections. Mesches has held important faculty and teaching positions at institutions including the University of California, Los Angeles; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; Parsons School of Design, NY; New York University, NY; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and as Professor of Graduate Painting at the University of Florida at Gainesville. In 2009, the University of Florida awarded Mesches an Honorary Doctorate in Art degree. The Castellani Art Museum has mounted numerous large-scale exhibitions of Mesches’ work over the years. In 2013, Mesches’ work, from public and private collections in Western New York, was featured in Western New York Collects: Arnold Mesches. In 2013, Mesches was honored with a retrospective exhibition titled Arnold Mesches: A Life's Work at the Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design, Florida. The main gallery featured more than 85 works from 1945 to 2012. The exhibition marked Mesches’ 90th birthday and 136th solo show to date. A Life’s Work was augmented by three satellite-campus galleries, which exhibited over 200 works. Accompanying the exhibition, Arnold Mesches: A Life’s Work, an elaborately designed 280-page catalogue, with essays by Lowery Sims, Peter Selz and Robert Storr is available in the Castellani Museum Gift Shop.