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Locally connected artist to be featured at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute is putting the finishing touches on its latest exhibit.

The new section will be dedicated to Robert Indiana, who is 85 years old, and has ties to the Central New York area.

Indiana was stationed in Rome, during his time serving in the U.S. Army.

His work has made him a living legend, with well-known works such as his "Love" piece that has been used in a variety different formats, from stamps to sidewalk sculptures in Manhattan.

This exhibit will be the premiere venue for the new tour, "The Alphabet and the Icons," which will open Saturday and runs through January.

"It features new work by the artist based on the themes he's developed throughout his career," said Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Mary Murray. "In his early years, he considered being a poet as well as an artist, and his work reflects that in its distillation of the essences of human experiences."

Indiana is second on a long list of famous artist who will be featured at the museum's "Art and Pop Culture" series. He was preceded by the works of Andy Warhol.

Following Indiana, famous Kennedy documentarian Mark Shaw will be featured in the series.

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