Fine artist to speak at Penn State Hazleton Nov. 11

HAZLETON, Pa. — Fine artist Anthony Ranalli is the featured speaker on Friday, Nov. 11, as part of the annual George Tseo Lecture Series at Penn State Hazleton.

Ranalli's presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 11, in Room 115 of the Evelyn Graham Academic Building.

For many representational artists, the conception of a work of art begins with inspiration derived from the observation of nature. By deconstructing a visual appearance using science, an artist can be empowered with the ability to understand why things look the way they do, which can be useful for both artistic representation and invention. Ranalli’s talk will discuss the science of light and its interaction with different materials in nature and how a scientific understanding of these things can improve the quality and execution of an artist's work.

Ranalli is a fine artist living and working in Philadelphia. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from Tyler School of Art, and then studied classical drawing and sculpture at the Grand Central Academy. He is co-founder and primary instructor at Cambridge Street Studios, a classical art atelier located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. 

His work is figurative and combines traditional ideas of beauty with a contemporary understanding of the physics of light and form. The result is emphatic of the individuality of each subject, and seeks to offer the viewer an experience of visual truth and respect for nature.