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Patrick Hiatt oil paintings on display at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College

“Second Genesis: An Odyssey into an Uncertain Future” featuring paintings by Patrick Hiatt will be on exhibition Sept. 24 to Oct. 26 in Waddell Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Drawing on elements of 19th century neoclassicism and the philosophies of early 20th century surrealism, Hiatt’s series of allegorical oil paintings captures the eye and challenges the mind with detailed imagery that presents his personal odyssey into uncertainty. Using mixed metaphor and hyperbole, he transforms timeless themes from history and mythology into a visual paradox that relates to how human society will deal with what many believe will be an inevitable and profoundly tragic environmental, economic and geopolitical change.

Hiatt studied art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the American Academy of Art in Chicago during the 1960s. After serving in the Army, he worked as an engineer and technical illustrator. Now he is enjoying the freedom of retirement as an award-winning painter exhibiting regularly in local and regional shows. He lives in Frederick, Md.

Waddell Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday on the Loudoun Campus at 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway in Sterling. To learn more, contact Donald Depuydt at 703-450-2627 or ddepuydt@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.