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‘Politics and Pop Icons’ on exhibit at Woodbridge Campus

January 12, 2009

Paintings by artist Rosemary Gallick that showcase political figures and musicians will be on exhibit from Jan. 16 to Feb. 16 at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus. Exhibit hours for the 4th floor gallery are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

“This exhibit features a series of both acrylic and mixed media portrait paintings that I created based on the influence of American politics on popular culture,” Gallick said. “The color palette consists primarily of red, white and blue with energized lines and brushstrokes.”

“Politics and Pop Icons” includes portraits of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, as well as comedic news commentators Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. In contrast to these depictions, the artwork shifts to well-known musicians who have taken a political stand including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nelson.

“Each portrait attempts to reveal the essence of the icon’s personality and character,” Gallick explained. “Some of the faces reveal a calm, somber exterior while others display a vibrancy and dynamism. Trying to capture the excitement of this historical moment while rendering the voices that have echoed in the past, this exhibit aims to share the spotlight with the viewer.”

Gallick, who lives in Centreville, teaches art and art history at NOVA.She holds a master’s degree in fine arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a master’s degree in communication from Cornell University. Gallick has published numerous articles and given various presentations on art and popular culture. In addition, her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States. To learn more, contact Gallick at or 703-878-5797.

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