Paintings by Albert Contreras

A series of paintings by Albert Contreras hangs in the lobby of Offenhauer Towers.

Offenhauer lobby new home of Contreras paintings

Few university residence halls can boast artwork by internationally known artists, but the lobby of Offenhauer Towers is alive with color, following the installation of “24 Untitled Works” donated by painter Albert Contreras.

One of Contreras’s “exuberant plaids”

The Office of Residence Life will unveil the collection Thursday (Sept. 14) at a 4 p.m. reception, followed by a brief program at 4:30, to which the University community is invited.

Contreras, who gained fame as a minimalist in the mid-1950s, lived and worked for many years in Sweden. Eventually, he reached what he considered the outer boundary of his art and, in 1972, stopped painting entirely. He returned to the United States and lives in Santa Monica, Calif.

In 1997, after retiring from a non-art-related job, he began painting again and has worked assiduously since then on his art, which has been described as having “prismatic geometries.” In 2001, he had solo shows in New York and Los Angeles, winning praise for his small-scale, highly colorful and heavily textured paintings. A number of his works now belong to the University of Southern California’s Fisher Gallery, which featured them in a 2005 show titled “Albert Contreras: Luminous Scapes and Environments.”

Contreras gave the paintings to BGSU in honor of a friend who is an alumnus.

September 11, 2006