December 11, 2014 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum today revealed plans for The Germanic Guilt Symbols: Artwork by Richard Heipp, an art exhibition opening January 10th and running through April 19th, 2015.
Richard Heipp, a descendant of German immigrants and a professor of art at the University of Florida says that his provocative “Germanic Guilt” series “addresses autobiographical concerns dealing with [his] cultural heritage.”
“The FHM is pleased to be exhibiting the work of Richard Heipp. We hope that visitors will be challenged by his artwork to look at their own sense of identity and how that shapes how we see ‘the other’,” said Erin Blankenship, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum.
Heipp’s photorealist paintings combine personal and cultural symbols of fear and security with images taken from historic photos used in the German race propaganda of the 1930s and 40s. He works through issues of his own identity by using his likeness in the paintings layered over those of what the Nazis viewed as stereotypical Jews. At the same, the works focus on the potential of one group to dehumanize and victimize another.
Heipp has taught painting at the University of Florida for almost 30 years, where he’s currently the College of Fine Arts Interim Director. His public art projects synthesize digital and analogue processes, and he’s been commissioned to complete eighteen site-specific public art projects that have involved media including traditional painting, photography, various lighting elements and relief sculpture. Heipp’s work has also been featured in well over one hundred group exhibitions. His website is RichardHeipp.com.
Attend The Germanic Guilt Symbols: Artwork by Richard Heipp’s Opening Reception on Thursday, January 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Florida Holocaust Museum. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. The event is free for FHM Members, and $9 for general admission. RSVPs are required by calling 727.820.0100, Ext. 271.
About the Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.