"Chuck Close: About Face," an exhibition of photo studies, prints and drawings by the artist, will open Friday at the Westport Arts Center gallery.

Close is renowned for his inventive techniques of painting the human face, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings.

In 1988, Close was paralyzed following a rare spinal artery collapse. He continues to paint using a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm. His practice extends beyond painting to encompass printmaking, photography and, most recently, tapestries based on Polaroids.

An opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. The arts center is at 51 Riverside Ave.

Other events planned in connection with the Close exhibit include a short video interview, "Notes to Self: Chuck Close," by CBS News producer and Westport native Paige Kendig, who will present and discuss the film on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Jan. 12, scholar Robert Storr, a professor of painting and dean of the Yale School of Art, will give insight into the work and life of Close in "In Conversation with Robert Storr" from 3 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 203-222-7070 or visit www.westportartscenter.org