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New exhibit features illustrations by Indiana native

by on June 06, 2014 10:50 AM

Indiana native Mark Bender, an illustrator for a wide variety of prominent regional and national companies, has a display opening Saturday at the University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, “Pencil Paint Pixel: 29 Years of Visual Communication.” The exhibit runs through July 26.

The public is invited to the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The University Museum is located in IUP’s Sutton Hall and admission to the exhibit and reception is free.

Bender’s images illustrate advertising campaigns, magazines and annual reports, packaging, CD covers, children’s books, posters, and murals. Among his clients are IBM, Sony Music, the NFL, Heinz USA, the Pittsburgh Pirates, UPMC (Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Magee-Womens Hospital), Carnegie Mellon University, the Heinz History Center, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Chicago, National Public Radio and Simon & Schuster.

[PHOTO: Mark Bender, right, Indiana native and illustrator, holds “Spashdown,” an illustration that won at 2014 Golden Quill and will be on display starting Saturday at the University Museum, Sutton Hall, on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. Elaine Palmer is on the exhibition committee and Bill Double is the exhibition coordinator. (Jamie Empfield/Gazette photo)]

His work has received international recognition in Communication Arts magazine, Applied Arts Magazine (Canada), 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide (Lurzer’s Archive), 3x3 Annual, Creative Quarterly, New York Society of Illustrators Museum and Illustration West 51.

Bender describes his distinctive style as “classically inspired and hand-crafted, combining traditional media with contemporary technology to create compelling imagery.”

He draws inspiration from vintage advertising of the 1920s and ’30s, western Pennsylvania art and historical propaganda posters.

Bender is a faculty member at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he was honored in 2008 with the Inez C. Hall Outstanding Faculty Award and in 2004 with the Faculty Leadership Award.

He is professionally affiliated with the New York Society of Illustrators and is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, the second-largest professional illustration society in the United States.

The museum’s summer hours are Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.

Jamie Empfield is a photographer for The Indiana Gazette.
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