The work of St. Louis artist Mark George Pappas will soon be featured at the McKendree University Gallery of Art.
Called "Culture," the selection of paintings and drawings will be displayed at the gallery from Feb. 7 through March 7. It is located at 224 St. Louis St. in downtown Lebanon.
Pappas has taught in McKendree University's art program. A historic preservationist as well as a teacher and artist, he is deeply involved in the restoration of the Beaux-Arts Carnegie Library in the Hyde Park neighborhood of St. Louis. While maintaining the historic integrity of the building's original design, he is working to establish studio, exhibition and educational space there.
In his art and research, Pappas said he has adopted the notion of "the measure of all things." The harmonies and rhythms found throughout his work are the visible evidence of his intense fascination with the teachings, philosophies and arts of the ancient Greeks. Symmetries and harmonic proportions observed in the natural world are analyzed and re-invented in his search for form.
He has traveled extensively in Greece and has had numerous exhibitions of his work there and in the U.S. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Queens College of the City University of New York and his Bachelor or Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute.