Saturday, January 11, 2014



WHEN: Friday, January 10 and remains on view through February 22, 2014. The public is invited to an opening reception for the exhibit and artist talk on Friday, January 10, from 6-8 PM
The Center for Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster

Painting as Photography is curated by well-known New Jersey painter Mel Leipzig, and features the work of three photographers: Christopher Fjelde, Aubrey Kauffman, and Francesca Picone.

A Purling Kiss_Chrisotpher FjeldeChristopher Fjelde is a photographer and graphic designer based in Cape Cod, MA. He worked in the design field for over ten years and is passionate about both design and visual communication. Fjelde graduated in 2012 from the Graphic Design and Web Design Program at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts.



1. Aubrey J. Kauffman _Basketball Court_39x56_Pigment Inkjet Print _2012New Jersey photographer Aubrey Kauffman has long been fascinated with landscapes and seeks to expand the vocabulary that defines them in his often desolate urban scenes. Kauffman received his MFA this year from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. His work has been included in many group exhibits and featured in solo exhibits at Enfoco Gallery (NY,NY), the Trenton City Museum, and the New Jersey State Museum.

Francesca Picone_Untitled 1Francesca Picone is a graphic designer and muralist. She uses daylight film with tungsten lighting to create a dream-like atmosphere in her photographs. Picone has been included in group exhibits throughout the region, including shows at The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton City Museum, and the Morris Museum. She studied Communication Design and Photography at Kutztown University.

Mel Leipzig lives in Trenton and taught painting and was a professor of art history at Mercer County Community College until recently. He studied at the Cooper Union, Yale and Pratt and has had over 40 one-man shows. His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, and others. In 1996 he was one of the last individual artists to receive a grant in painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006 he was elected to the National Academy.

About The Center for Contemporary Art

Founded in 1970, The Center for Contemporary Art was known until fall 2010 known as the Somerset Art Association. The Center is a vital regional art center with a vibrant studio art school, extensive exhibition program and important community outreach component. For further information, please call 908.234.2345 or visit The Center for Contemporary Art online at

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