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June 24, 2011

Vigo County Public Library showcases artist Peter Bruning

TERRE HAUTE — River City Art Association Inc. artist Peter Bruning is displaying his work at the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets in June.

Bruning will exhibit six paintings including “All that Jazz.”

Peter Bruning grew up in Amsterdam, Holland. He attended Montessori High School in the midst of World War II. After graduation Bruning enrolled in the University of Amsterdam. Although since an early age a student of drawing, painting and sculpting, Bruning decided to become a language teacher because he learned six languages as a young student.

Bruning pursued a graduate degree in Europe, where studied, painted and taught Dutch, English and German. In 1949 he received an offer to teach language at Indiana State University where he met his wife, Margaret, a language student and art major. The couple married and moved to Bloomington where Bruning taught language at Indiana University. From there they ventured to the University of California at Berkeley, Rice University in Houston and then back to ISU in 1956. Bruning became a U.S. citizen in 1955.

While making his living as a language teacher, Bruning continued to create art. He now works as a professional freelance artist. In 2005, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology commissioned Bruning to commemorate the 100th anniversary of modern physics. He created a 7-foot wide by 6-foot tall painting of a staged gathering of Nobel Prize-winning physicists Madam Curie, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr and Max Planck. The painting hangs in a stairwell overlooking the entrance to Moench Hall.

Bruning’s book, “A Taste of the World,” offers a look at his creativity that spans 50 years. One of the paintings featured in the book, “Three Graces,” is hanging in the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

Other River City Art association artists are exhibiting at The Landing, 3350 N. Fourth St. in Terre Haute. More information about River City Art association may be viewed at or call Ruthann Brady at (812) 235-5759.

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