The Gallery at Penn College

2013-14 Exhibits

In the Field of Play

July 12 - August 30, 2013

  • Opening Reception: Friday, July 12, 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Gallery Talk begins 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery, by Bonnie Jamieson, daughter of Putsee Vannucci

    Regular hours
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m.

    Extended Hours August 16 - 26
    • Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 - 4 p.m

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This photographic exhibition commemorates legendary Williamsport photographer Putsee Vannucci and celebrates his contributions to the visual history of the Little League Baseball® World Series. Vannucci shot thousands of remarkable images and witnessed the expansion of the event from a national to an international focus. A wide range of fascinating images in the exhibition include behind-the-scenes and on-the-field images of the players, the icons, the visitors, and the historic moments. The images in the exhibition were selected from the archives of the Little League Museum and date from 1947-1990. These captivating photos will appeal to baseball, photography, and history fans of all ages!

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Putsee Vannucci, 1959 Putsee Vannucci, 1950

Christopher Olszewski — No Place for the Weak

September 6 - October 6, 2013

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Tuesday, September 10, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

As part of his research into multicultural identity and the positioning of Native American artists in a contemporary context, Olszewski retraced the Trail of Tears from Georgia to Oklahoma. The 2,350-mile trek was a vision quest for him as an artist, educator and Native American. He visited battlefields, first settlements, treaty signings, borderlines and religious sites, exploring the contemporary wilderness to record, retrieve and listen to the whispers of the past. The trip also served as a means of transitioning his theories about cultural identity into a tangible body of two-dimensional work. As an active member of the Chippewas of Rama Mnjikaning First Nation, Olszewski's visual research has focused on the contemporary images of Native Americans. Everything from "Geronimo" as the CIA's code-name for Osama Bin Laden, to cigar store decorations and logos for professional sports teams, forms the basis of his work. The No Place for the Weak project helped humanize Native Americans beyond the corporate logos, cigar stores and souvenir shops. Olszewski earned a BFA in painting and drawing from Wayne State University, and an MFA in painting and sculpture from the University of Kentucky. He is a professor of foundation studies at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Christopher Olszewski, Always Difficult, 2013, mixed material on paper, 12" x 12"

Lauren Kinney and Patrick Vincent — A Darkness

October 11 - November 10, 2013

  • Meet the Artists Reception: Tuesday, October 15, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

For centuries the graphic traditions of woodcarving and printmaking have used darkness to articulate the split between seen and unseen, reality and myth, waking and dreaming. Fairy tales dramatize and give shape to what is hidden and lives in shadow. A collage of fantasy and reality intersperse in these stories, and the works of Patrick Vincent and Lauren Kinney celebrate this density, complexity, and wonder through large woodcuts, prints, and handmade books. Patrick Vincent engages the physicality of the print, paper, and book to survey the interconnection of animal and human in folk tales and fairy tales. Lauren Kinney uses hidden pictures, symbols, and patterns to weave collected imagery into narrative.

Lauren Rose Kinney is from Santa Rosa, California. She received her BA in printmaking from Humboldt State University, and her MFA in printmaking from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Kinney currently teaches at the Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence, Kansas.

Patrick Vincent is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and an M.F.A. from Arizona State University. Vincent creates original works of art as well as collaborates with individuals through print and book media.

Lauren Kinney, Gift Jar (for trouble so that I could sleep), 2011, woodcut, 60" x 60" Patrick Vincent, Black Tongues, 2012, MDF carving and letterpress-printed handmade paper, 80" x 60" x 64"

The Art and Illustrations of Zelda Fitzgerald

November 14 - December 15, 2013

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Closed November 27 - December 1

Widely recognized as an icon of the Jazz Age, Zelda Fitzgerald was also an artist, writer and dancer. Though she had the freedom to explore her own aspirations during her marriage to literary giant F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda's pursuits were often overlooked or discounted. This exhibition celebrates Zelda Fitzgerald's creative life and artwork and features cityscapes, fairy tales, biblical images and more, all gouache on paper. This collection is on loan from Cecilia Ross, granddaughter of Zelda Fitzgerald, and presented in collaboration with the James V. Brown Library initiative, "One Book, One Community."

Fifth Avenue, n/d, gouache on paper, 14" x 17.5", Courtesy of Cecilia L. Ross

Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home

January 14 - March 29, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 5-7 p.m.
  • SPECIAL HOURS for OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
"I believe a house is more a home by being a work of Art."
Frank Lloyd Wright
The Natural House, 1954

What is the experience of building and living in a home designed by America's greatest architect? How do you live in a work of art? Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home explores the relationship between an architect and his clients, Dr. John and Kay Christian, as they worked together to create one family's definition of an American dream home. Told through the juxtaposition of original objects and furniture, architectural fragments, rare archival materials, historic photographs, and video footage, this exhibit explores the creation of a Wright house made into a family home. Samara was constructed between 1954 and 1956 in West Lafayette, Indiana, and was based on Wright's Usonian houses-modest-sized, affordable, environmentally sensitive dwellings-of which Wright created over one hundred designs. Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara offers visitors a unique behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an architectural masterpiece.

Lecture by Jack Quinan
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S EXPLORATION OF GEOMETRY : THE USONIANS

Following the Prairie period of the early 1900s and the concrete textile block structures of the 1920s in Los Angeles, Frank Lloyd Wright began to explore the possibilities of non-rectangular geometries in his Usonian houses from 1937 to 1959. In this presentation, Wright's house, Samara, will be seen in the context of a representative selection of Usonian houses of differing typologies and often eccentric geometries.

Jack Quinan is a historian specializing in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Arts and Crafts Movement, American Architecture of the Nineteenth Century, Utopian Communities, and the relationship of architecture and phenomenology. He is a founder of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Wright's extant work, and he is the senior curator and a member of the board of directors of Wright's Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo. He has written five books on Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, and numerous articles. Quinan is a State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor.

Free and open to the public.

Jack Quinan bio

Samara, dining room, view from north, 2007, digital image. Courtesy Samara, © Alexander Vertikoff The John E. and Catherine E. Christian House, Samara, living room, 2012. Image: April Befort A program of ExhibitsUSA and The National Endowment for the Arts.

This exhibit marks the start of the College's Centennial celebration. Beginning in 1914 with adult classes, through its years as the Williamsport Technical Institute and then Williamsport Area Community College, to the present Pennsylvania College of Technology - the College has expanded both its footprint and its commitment to applied technology education. This exhibit celebrates that focus as it encompasses architecture, construction, design, environmentalism, and respect for earlier technologies - all represented on this campus.

Tammie Rubin — Neverwhere and Nowhere

April 8 - May 4, 2014

  • Meet the Artist Reception: Thursday, April 10, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery
  • Closed April 18-20

Neverwhere and Nowhere is an exhibition of assemblages of collected objects; the primary interest is transforming the familiar, disposable, and trivial into the mythic and fantastical. Rubin explores the wonderment of magical thinking and the charm of constructed forms and ornate contraptions. The conical shapes of her ceramics allude to a function of channeling, transmitting, or filtering, and reference conical forms that imply communication: voice pipes, megaphones, dunce caps, gramophones, steeples, and satellite dishes. Through process, she tries to satisfy her curiosity for sumptuous fluid surfaces, and ideas of accumulation and myth. Utilizing the amorphous properties of clay, while exploring its inherent materiality, she creates fanciful objects that feel both familiar and alien.

Tammie Rubin was born in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Washington, and received a BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now an assistant professor of ceramics ∓ foundations. Her work has appeared in Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics Monthly.

The Stillness in the Room, detail, 2012, slip-cast and handbuilt porcelain, glaze, 17" x 9" x 8.5"

Student Portfolio Exhibition — Design: 2014

May 9 - May 16, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 9, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 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, and logos are some of the featured items in this culminating project of their college curriculum.

"Design: 2014 showcases the many talents and skills that Penn College students have developed during their studies toward earning the baccalaureate degree in Graphic Design. This Gallery exhibition highlights their artistic expressions in creating portfolios that reflect their unique creative abilities and will help them secure careers in graphic design. They strive for the maxim set forth by Massimo Vignelli when he says that 'we like design to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless.'"

Paul R. Watson, Assistant Dean of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications - Programs

Angela Barletta, Graphic Design '13

Ned Martin — Before and After

May 29 - June 29, 2014

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, May 29, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • Exhibit Hours
    • Tuesday - Friday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.
    • Closed Monday and Saturday

Before and After explores how the creative process can be dramatically altered by a single event or experience. And more, how that event can enlighten and inspire an artist to paint the beauty of Life itself with intense love and adoration even while communing with the arcane darkness of loss.

On February 17, 2013 Ned Martin witnessed a tragic horse accident in which he lost his beloved wife and soul mate. The exhibition is physically divided in the gallery into two distinct sections of paintings produced during both periods of time, before and after February 17, 2013.

Ned Martin was a fine art major at Towson State University in Maryland, followed by formal art training at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore. Ned embraced the Schuler School experience and continues to grind his own paint. He lives and paints in both Mid-town Manhattan and rural Central Pennsylvania.

The Gap, 2012 , oil on panel, 7" x 12"

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