The Gallery at Penn College

2014-15 Exhibits

Charles Fazzino — Collective Pop

July 10 - August 24, 2014

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Monday, August 18, 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Closed Friday, July 25

Nationally-celebrated pop artist Charles Fazzino, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, is best known for his use of bright colors, attention to detail and a 3-D layering technique that brings his images to life. Over the past 30 years, Fazzino has exhibited his work in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than 20 different countries. He is often referred to as a pop-culture historian, as his work captures the best parts of contemporary life.

This exhibit will feature Fazzino's original artwork alongside artwork created by students in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties. Fazzino worked with fifth grade students during the creation of the official artwork for the 75th Anniversary of Little League®, held a multi-media presentation for the students at the Community Arts Center, and worked with their art teachers as they developed and completed independent projects with the students. Additionally, a master class and art contest were held for high school art students; the projects were initiated and supported by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

"I am truly honored to be a part of this exhibition at The Gallery at Penn College. These young artists are an inspiration to me, and the idea of being able to inspire them to create such brilliance is humbling. I'm proud to hang my art with theirs and will forever treasure the experiences I had working with them in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Little League Baseball®."

Fazzino

Bright Lights, Big City, Broadway, n/d, 31" x 39" First Community Little League Big Legacy, 75 years

James Arendt — Those of Us Still Living

September 2 - October 1, 2014

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Tuesday, September 9, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

James Arendt explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes he grew up in, he investigates how transitions in economic structures affect individual lives. The body of work in the exhibition is made from reclaimed denim–often donated by those depicted–to bring a stronger bond to Arendt's content and the people portrayed.

Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has studied art in England and Spain and participated in residencies at The Fields Project, Illinois, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Tennessee. Recently, his work was awarded the $50,000 top prize at ArtFields 2013 and Best in Show at Fantastic Fibers 2012. Arendt's work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows, including Fiberarts International 2013 and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands.

James Arendt, Ryan & Greg, 2011, denim, 33.5" x 120"

100 Works! — The Centennial Celebration

October 10 - November 9, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, October 10, 5-7 p.m. Awards at 6 p.m.
  • Special Hours for Homecoming: Saturday, October 11, 1-5 p.m.
  • Closed for Fall Break Oct. 19

This juried exhibition of art–in a variety of media–features the work of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and retirees of Pennsylvania College of Technology, along with alumni and retirees of Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College. The 100 works of art interpret the theme Past, Present, Future in an exhibition that gives our College community the opportunity to showcase their creativity, skill and artistry. Coinciding with the College’s 2014 Centennial, the exhibition celebrates the people that contribute to our institution's historic success–because ’It’s the People that Make the Difference!’

Centennial logo2014 marks a milestone in Penn College's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Jennifer R. A. Campbell — Lotus Eaters

November 14 - December 14, 2014

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, November 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Talk at 5:30 p.m.
  • Closed November 26 - 30

Lotus Eaters explores the meeting point of theatre and painting in a collection of elaborately staged tableaux that depict enigmatic episodes in the ongoing drama of contemporary life.

Set in fictitious landscapes, these flickering vignettes involve characters from both the leisure class and the fringes of society. Comedy and tragedy mingle with satire and nonsense in ambiguous, yet suggestive narratives that call attention to the absurdity of human existence. In contrast, the landscape backdrops are harmonious and well-ordered; nature offers no comment on the tragedies unfolding in the chaotic world of humanity. With microscopic attention to detail, Campbell creates a colorful spectacle of a ridiculous world. An avid consumer of visual culture, her diverse influences include Northern Renaissance art, fashion magazines, contemporary advertisement and film.

Jennifer R. A. Campbell is a Canadian artist currently based in Boston, MA. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees; one in Sociology from Bishop's University, Quebec and a second in Art History from Carleton University, Ontario. She received formal art training at the Ottawa School of Art.

Roman Holiday, diptych, 2013, oil on canvas, 50" x 80"

Amanda McCavour — Line: Drawn and Stitched

January 13 - March 5, 2015

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, January 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Talk at 5:30 p.m.

Amanda McCavour draws with thread, exploring the use of the sewn line in both 2-D wall pieces and 3-D installations. The stitch is used in her artwork to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the fibers of the body and more formal considerations of thread's accumulative presence. McCavour is interested in thread's assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together. Katie Addleman, visual arts reporter for Elle Canada wrote, "Her thread drawings [are] so phenomenally intricate and unique that they inspire the slack-jawed reaction usually reserved for Damien Hirst's preserved sheep."

McCavour holds a BFA from York University, Toronto, and an MFA in Fibers & Material Studies from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has participated in national and international exhibitions and has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Maison des Metiers D'art de Quebec, Quebec City; Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Yukon; and Arrowmont School of Crafts, Tennessee.

Workshop with Amanda McCavour
Friday, January 30, 2015, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Workshop SamplesSpend the day with Amanda McCavour constructing dynamic, textured, mixed media surfaces through the use of machine and hand embroidery. With the use of a water soluble stabilizer, students will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials to create textured, embellished grounds where stitches hold the surface and materials together. Thin plastics, papers, yarns, fabrics, threads and leaves can be used in this workshop, and the constructed cloth can be used for collages, wearable art pieces, or as grounds for more embroidery.

  • Participants must bring a sewing machine; supply list will be sent upon registration.
  • Class limited to 15 participants and pre-registration is required. Call 570-320-2445 or e-mail gallery@pct.edu to pre-register.
  • $70 includes lunch.
Hands, 2007, thread, 15" x 22" Living Room, 2010-2011, thread, 10" x 10" x 10"

Robin Germany — Sim-Biotic

March 17 - April 23, 2015

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, March 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery
  • Closed April 3-5

Robin Germany's photographs derive elements from our constructed knowledge of nature and the biological world at its core. For the exhibition, Germany brings together three bodies of work representing her investigation of the natural world as it reflects and deflects its human neighbors. Her photographs propose a view of nature with cycles and relationships that are inextricably intertwined with ours and laden with implications for our future.

Robin Germany was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up further south in the small town of Friendswood, Texas. She earned a BA in Philosophy from Tulane, and an MFA in photography from the University of North Texas, and is an associate professor of photography at Texas Tech University. Her work is included in the collections of The Center for Photography at Woodstock; the Boise Art Museum; and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson.

Holly Lake: Buds, 2013, inkjet on paper, 38" x 30"

Student Portfolio Exhibition — Design: 2015

May 1 - May 16, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 4 - 6 p.m.
  • Exhibit Hours
    • Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.

The Gallery at Penn College is proud to host its annual graphic design student exhibition, showcasing the creative portfolio work of senior graphic design students. Posters, books, magazine spreads, package designs, websites, and logos will be featured in this culminating project of their college curriculum.

"The Gallery allows senior graphic design students to celebrate the zenith of their work with the community as their Penn College career draws to a close and their professional one begins. Through this exhibition students are able to demonstrate their talents and skills honed throughout the graphic design program. "

Thomas C. Heffner, Assistant Dean of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications – Programs

Anthony Levan, Graphic Design '15

Ed Smith
Though much is taken, much abides...
-Ulysses, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

May 28 - June 26, 2015

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, May 28, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m.

Ed Smith's drawings and bronze sculptures are primarily involved with the mythic and heroic aspects of the Artist and man, reminding the viewer how to retain humanity in a world where oftentimes the wrong individuals are idealized. Traditionally, bronze figures served to commemorate the past, present and future, and prompted viewers to remember great deeds, great men or actions; they embodied the dreams and hopes of men, cities, states and countries. Smith's sculptures attempt to bring into focus what we overlook as well as to create a sense of historical continuity with the great art of the past. His drawings, depicting beggars of Venice, echo the tragedy of the homeless and depict characters very similar to Artists, being outsiders beyond the scope of conventions.

Ed Smith is a Guggenheim Fellow in Sculpture and Drawing and an Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He holds degrees from Columbia University and Pratt Institute, and is a professor of art at Marist College. Smith has had over 45 solo exhibitions and his work is represented in public and private collections in the United States and abroad.

Beggar (left), Hercules with Club (right), 2011, bronze, 15"

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