PNC Odyssey Presents “It’s Personal” By Rob Prellwitz

By: Purdue University Northwest Last Updated: May 21, 2010

The Purdue University North Central 2009-10 Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series will present the exhibit, prellwitz"It's Personal" by artist Rob Prellwitz.

"It's Personal" will be shown through July 31 in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building student lounge in Room 062 on the building's lower level. The exhibit is free and is open to the public and may be viewed Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit includes a number of drawings by Prellwitz which features the hands of people closest to him in various tasks - playing the guitar, peeling an apple, holding a baby, playing the trumpet, guiding a bicycle, sketching with a pencil and pad and other activities that help to define their lives. He includes a self-portrait and images of landscapes and locations that are important to him. His medium of choice is pencil. The end product, however, is not a sketch or illustration or simple rendering. He devotes dozens of hours meticulously creating textures and dramatic values, predominantly in black and white.

Prellwitz is a life-long resident of La Porte and recently retired from a 40 year career as an educator. He taught both Art and Special Education at Portage High School.

He was instrumental in beginning a City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department summer art workshop program for young people from preschool to middle school, building the curriculum and serving as primary instructor and staff supervisor. His vision is to provide the tools, the artistic direction and the creative environment to the children so that they have the opportunity and freedom to explore and create from within. The program was recognized by the State of Indiana as an exemplary program in the Arts.

Prellwitz earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters of Arts degree from Valparaiso University and has collected an additional 30 post graduate credit hours from Purdue and Indiana Universities.

To obtain further information about this exhibit, or the Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNCPNC assistant vice chancellor of Marketing and Community Relations, at 219.785.5200 ext. 5593. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.