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Responding to calls for more time and space devoted to student art, the Philomathean Society is sponsoring its second student art show this semester. The exhibit, which opens today, features neo-surrealistic artwork by College senior Jeffrey Bernstein. The 18 canvases that make up this opus are the result of two months of work by Bernstein, an art history major. This exposition continues a comeback for the Art Gallery, Coordinator Jessica Cooperman said. The gallery, due to structural deficiencies in the fourth floor of College Hall, has concentrated more on student art shows which are designed to attract a smaller audience. However, this new focus on students allows art students more exposure on campus. Bernstein said that he chose the neo-surrealistic style because it was the only one that allowed him to express himself. "There's a certain sense of destiny in all these works," Bernstein said. Bernstein added his work is influenced by "automatic writing," a main component of the neo-surrealistic style in which artists paint whatever comes to his mind. The structural inadequacies of the aging College Hall have created some problems for the Art Society. Less than 10 people will be allowed in the gallery because of structural and space problems. Bernstein's art premieres today, and there will be an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery which is located on the fourth floor of College Hall. Visitors are welcome any time in the afternoon, Mondays through Thursdays, until the show ends November 21.

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