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Ideal Beauty Explored by Artist in Exhibit at UNH’s Seton Gallery

Release Date:
11/14/2013 9:00 PM

Margaret Bowland, Seton Gallery, features Margaret Bowland

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – Margaret Bowland’s psychologically charged work depicting little girls with their faces painted white will be featured at the University of New Haven’s Seton Art Gallery Nov. 19 – Dec. 11. 

Bowland will open the exhibit with a lecture about her work on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Seton Gallery. Her work brings viewers face to face with contentious culture while affirming the resilience and triumph of the human spirit.

The Seton Art Gallery is located in Dodds Hall on UNH’s Main Campus, 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Bowland’s work conveys universal themes through unusually specific insights. Her work explores the subtle and nuanced edges between strength and vulnerability, certainty and doubt, faith and disbelief. Bowland’s deeply personal images call into question our societal expectations of gender, race and beauty.

Bowland says the societal ideal is to be tall, thin and white, with diminutive and regular features.

“Beauty makes sense to me, has weight for me, only when it falls from grace,” Bowland says. “It starts to matter when it carries damage.”

Bowland’s work has been shown nationwide and internationally including at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., where, in 2009, she was the People’s Choice Award Winner in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Born in Burlington, N.C., Bowland studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before moving to Brooklyn, N.Y., where she has lived and worked for more than 20 years. She is an adjunct faculty member at the New York Academy of Art.

The Seton Art Gallery is open Monday through Wednesday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, 1:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 12 noon  to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Randall Horton at or Laura Marsh, director of the gallery, at

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