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10/13/2005 Ecker paintings, drawings to exhibit at Linfield

McMINNVILLE ? A 40-year retrospective by New York artist Susan Ecker will be on display at the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery Nov. 2-23.

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield.

Ecker, a native New Yorker who continues to work in New York, East Hampton and Australia, will exhibit paintings, drawings and prints from 1960, while she was still a student, through 2005 with pieces from shows mounted this past summer and early fall.

A former adjunct professor of art at Linfield, Ecker has taught drawing, painting and design at the secondary and university levels. She has extensive experience in the visual arts, including lecturing on the history of art and architectural design. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely and have been well received in the United States and Australia.

In the mid-1970s, as a result of a drawing commission, Ecker began consulting with architects about design and the use of materials and color. Several of the architectural projects on which she worked have been reviewed in newspapers and professional publications. In 1997, her painting "Theme: Virgil," a mixed-media on wood piece recalling the landscape of East Hampton, received honorable mention at the Guild Hall 59th Annual, from the exhibition juror Arthur C. Danto, art critic of "The Nation."

Ecker received a bachelor of science in design, concentrating on drawing and painting, from the College of Architecture and Design School of Art, University of Michigan. She earned a master of arts, fine arts, from the University of Maryland and then completed one additional year of postgraduate study in art history.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right on Lever Street and right again on Ford Drive. The art gallery is located to the west of the parking lot in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center, north of Nicholson Library. For more information, call 503-883-2804.