The Gallery at Penn College
Centennial Art Installations
Throughout 2014, Pennsylvania College of Technology invites alumni and the public to join the campus community in celebrating the milestone of its first 100 years and exploring the future of technology and society. As part of the yearlong celebration, three large-scale installations will be created by artists with the help of students, enriching the outdoor environment of the campus.
Ceramics instructor Dave Stabley worked with the Penn College community on a major Centennial mosaic that honors the history of Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport Area Community College, and Williamsport Technical Institute. Stabley’s design relates to social connectedness, paths travelled, dreams, and the pleasure of learning through hands-on work. The mosaic project was created in part by the students in a course titled “The Art of the Mosaic,” along with faculty, staff, and others, using donated ceramic tile, marble, and mirror. The Centennial mosaic is approximately 17’ x 25’ and is located on the outside wall of the Physician Assistant Center (PAC).
Metal sculptor and Penn College welding instructor Michael Patterson worked with students to create an installation of life-size, abstract human forms. The welding students had the chance to couple their manual skills with their creative energy in the fabrication of the sculptures; the collaboration of technology and art generated a fresh, new energy in the welding labs. The sculptures are made entirely of material harvested from scrap metal from the welding shop, and the forms appear on the grassy plots of the pedestrian mall in the middle of campus, running from West Third Street to the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center (ATHS).
...these trees shall be my books, And in their barks my thoughts...
-As You Like It, Act 3, Scene 2. William Shakespeare
Artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair Noble ’will work with Penn College students to create a large-scale, outdoor art installation. Using a wide variety of tree species, text from Shakespeare’s As You Like It is interwoven to create a 36’ spiral. The spiral reflects the natural growth of plants and its mathematical rhythm expounded in the Fibonacci series and basis of the golden ratio. Environmental artists Bruce and Noble have created site-specific installations all over the world, and used materials harvested from Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center. The final piece is located on the west side of the Bush Campus Center (CC).
PCT students are invited to participate!
Stop by the west lawn of the Campus Center September 15 – 25 between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. or find out more at an information session September 16 at 3:30 p.m. in one of two locations:
- Main Campus, SASC 1056
- Schneebeli Earth Science Center, Room 122
Questions? Contact The Gallery at Penn College