HPU Hosts Reception For Artist-In-Residence Fernanda Piamonti


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 4, 2010 – High Point University recently hosted a reception in the Sechrest Gallery for talented guest artist Fernanda Piamonti. Piamonti served as an artist-in-residence for a week on campus, and her abstract art collection will be featured in the gallery through March 3.

Piamonti, a 36-year-old from Argentina, is being hailed as the next up-and-coming artist, and wowed faculty, students and art aficionados with her unusual painting style. She utilizes ordinary objects, such as plastic spoons and other objects – as opposed to expensive painting tools ? to achieve her unique style of painting. Her style comes from her upbringing in a poor area of South America. Piamonti explained she had to be creative in the supplies she chose to create her paintings. She has won numerous awards and exhibited some of her urban landscape paintings in one of the most prestigious galleries in her home city of Buenos Aires. 

Piamonti’s artist-in-residency was a project sponsored by the Fine & Modern Foreign Language Departments and the Spanish Club, and Maxine Campbell, curator of the Sechrest Gallery was thrilled that HPU had the opportunity to work with her for a week.

“We were fortunate to have Fernanda as a visiting artist,” Campbell says. “It’s especially great being able to give our students this rare opportunity to be exposed to a successful working young artist.”

“We have worked hard over the last few years to make the Sechrest Gallery a world class venue to exhibit a broad range of artists and designers from around the world,” says Scott Raynor, chairman of the Visual Arts Department. “To see this unprecedented level of enthusiasm for our gallery is inspiring.”

Piamonti’s paintings will remain on exhibit and on sale through March 3 at the gallery, which is housed in the university?s Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public while the gallery is open. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Please call the Sechrest Gallery at 888-4685 for more information.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

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