The Gallery at Penn College

Past Exhibits

60 x 60 - Small Prints from Purdue University Galleries

1/10/2009 through 2/3/2009

A traveling retrospective exhibition of contemporary prints acquired from Purdue University Galleries' biennial small print exhibition, "Sixty Square Inches' The exhibit includes 60 images from a broad range of artists working in a variety of printmaking techniques including etching, engraving, lithograph, woodcut, intaglio, and others. All prints in the exhibit are no more than 60 square inches in image size.

Craig Martin, director of the Purdue University Galleries states, "The strength and variety of the printmaking society over the past 30 years is revealed in this small-scale exhibit through the presence of the very large creative personalities that have inhabited it and participated in our exhibits.'

"60 x 60' was developed by the Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana.

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1976, lithograph
Robin Kaneshiro - Standing Alligator 1976, lithograph

Anila Quayyum AghaRights of Passage

1/10/2012 through 2/22/2012

Anila Quayyum Agha works in a cross-disciplinary fashion with mixed media, creating artwork that explores and comments on global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media, and social and gender roles. As a result, her artwork is conceptually challenging, producing complicated weaves of thought, artistic action, and social experience. Her installations often incorporate thread as a drawing medium, which connects the multiple layers that result from the interaction of concept and process and bridges the gap between modern materials and the historical and traditional patterns of oppression and domestic servitude.

Anila Quayyum Agha is an assistant professor of drawing at the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, where she completed her BFA in textile arts. She earned her MFA in fiber arts from the University of North Texas. Agha exhibits nationally and internationally.

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, 2005, mixed media on paper, 30 in. x 22 in.
Illuminated Inner Spaces 4 , 2005, mixed media on paper, 30 in. x 22 in.

David ArmstrongExalting Everyday Elements

12/2/2008 through 12/17/2008

This popular exhibit returns to The Gallery at Penn College for a third year with new original works by David Armstrong. Originals and reproductions will be available for acquisition to benefit the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation, Inc. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these works will be used for annual scholarship awards and endowed scholarship funds to benefit Penn College students. The Penn College Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt organization, established in 1981. The Foundation operates for the purpose of securing financial and other support necessary to assist the College in achieving it's mission.

"My work attempts to present my vision of beauty through ordinary elements of the commonplace. I believe great works of art are not achieved through complicated statements, but rather simple ones, which allow painter and viewer alike to see beneath the surface, to question, and in our individual ways, to attempt an answer to the question of how we integrate our human needs with the natural world. In my pictures I attempt to feel -- a sense of time and place -- a moment of light, movement, and mood reflective of the world around me. In essence, my paintings reflect specific times and emotions of my life."

-David Armstrong (1947 - 1998)

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tempera on panel, 1989, 22 in. x 32 in.
Mountain Air tempera on panel, 1989, 22 in. x 32 in.

David Armstrong & Chris ArmstrongReturning Home

12/8/2007 through 12/16/2007

A vast selection of watercolor paintings by the late David Armstrong and oil paintings by his son Chris Armstrong will be on display. All sales from this special exhibit will benefit the Lycoming County United Way. Originals and reproductions will be available for acquisition.

watercolor, 29' x 34.25, 1994
Greening Up at Grace's watercolor, 29' x 34.25, 1994

The Art of Education - North Central PA Regional Art Teacher Exhibition

5/20/2010 through 6/27/2010

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.' Hans Hofmann, abstract artist (1880 - 1966)

The Gallery at Penn College pays tribute to the talented educators who inspire creativity and instill an appreciation for art in today's young people. This juried exhibition featured the work of 31 art teachers from the regions K-12 schools. First prize was awarded to Sharon Cressinger-McCuen, of Selinsgrove, for her work, "Red Poppies with Blue Bird," monotype and water-based ink. A retired educator in the WIlliamsport Area School District, she taught at Hepburn-Lycoming Elementary School. The second prize-winner was Craig Kaufman, of Williamsport, for his piece, "Foghorn," oil on canvas and birch. He teaches at WASD's Andrew G. Curtin Middle School. Awarded third prize was Jeffrey Overman, of Wyalusing, for his watercolor, "6 a.m. Hogan's Pond." He teaches at Wyalusing Valley Jr./Sr. High School, in the Wyalusing Area School District. ""The Viewer's Choice Award went to Edward E. Jonasen for his" assemblage sculpture "August Blue"." Jonasen teaches K-5 art at Stevens Elementary School in the Williamsport Area School District. The juror was Deb Stabley of Bloomsburg, who has conducted workshops at the elementary through university level and is represented in numerous books and magazines. She and her husband are full-time artists who own Creative Clay Works.

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Kim BanisterVessels of Life

11/9/2007 through 12/1/2007

Delicate strokes of charcoal are captivatingly balanced by dripping lines of linseed oil in large-scale drawings by Kim Banister. Her knowledge and understanding of Eastern concepts is fundamental to the portrayal of her subjects. White space bestows the drawings with more life and becomes an essential part of the work. The drawings, full of both beauty and simplicity, encourage a contemplative emotional state. Banister holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College.

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charcoal, pastel and linseed oil, 95' X 52', 2001
Man and Woman charcoal, pastel and linseed oil, 95' X 52', 2001

John BavaroMasterpiece Mobile: Art on a Wireless Canvas

8/30/2012 through 9/30/2012

John Bavaro paints mini "masterpieces" on the iPhone and iPad, often using only his finger as a stylus. Using art apps, Bavaro reinterprets classical paintings from his hyper close-up museum photography, and also recreates versions of the Roman-era "Fayum Portraits" from Egypt using friends and family as his models. His use of the mobile technology illuminates the reaches of Apple's famous "app for that" claim for the wireless generation-endlessly engineering the common device to reach into every area of modern existence.

Bavaro earned an MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati, and is currently an associate professor of art at Edinboro University, Pennsylvania. His iPad and iPhone works have been included in national and international exhibitions.

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iPhone/iPad Fayum portraits, grid of 30, 2011, Epson prints, 1
iPhone/iPad Fayum portraits iPhone/iPad Fayum portraits, grid of 30, 2011, Epson prints, 1" x 9"

Virginia Bradley & Chris MalcomsonVirginia Bradley / Chris Malcomson

11/11/2011 through 12/11/2011

An unlikely alchemy of the natural and the mystical worlds are captured with two-dimensional works by artists Virginia Bradley and Chris Malcomson. After meeting in 2004, the two artists discovered that their seemingly contrasting works complemented each other with a common reliance on the intuitive.

As a traveler, collector, and voyeur, Virginia Bradley collects and documents images from the natural world and observed cultures as source material for her work. Animal imagery, as represented in natural history, is a main theme that represents her intrigue with animal instinct, which she feels correlates to the intuitive process that is active in her paintings. Her use of printmaking and mixed media creates a dialogue between the printed image, the natural handmade mark, and the alchemy of disparate materials. Virginia Bradley is a professor of art at the University of Delaware. She received her MFA in painting from the University of South Florida and a BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Miami. She resides in Philadelphia and has a studio at the Crane Arts Center.

Chris Malcomson's paintings are studies in form and color that reflect his love of the simple and minimal. They recall "inner landscapes, and thus become invitations to travel internally without a defined destination". He is influenced by Jungian and Transpersonal psychology and the poet Rumi. In his previous career as an engineer, Malcomson's ability to see the essence of a problem was honed; a desire to capture that essence led him to the minimalist style of painting. He attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, and maintained a studio at Great Western Studios, London, before immigrating to the United States. He lives and maintains a studio in Philadelphia.

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Antrace, Virginia Bradley, 2010, mixed media on Indian paper, 46 in. x 34 in.
Antrace Antrace, Virginia Bradley, 2010, mixed media on Indian paper, 46 in. x 34 in.

Rosemarie BernardiBearing Water: Prints and Drawings

4/4/2006 through 4/28/2006

The final show of the academic year, "Bearing Water: Prints and Drawings," features the work of Rosemarie T. Bernardi. An associate professor of art at Keene State College in New Hampshire, Bernardi uses her original photographs to create works in a series. Most of her recent work has been based on images taken at medical museums and combines text with prints and drawings to form dynamic wall installations.

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Brian Bishop[pause]

10/26/2008 through 11/21/2008

Brian Bishop's paintings attempt to pinpoint the overlap between opposites such as the intangible and the tangible, the conceptual and the visceral, the forgotten and the remembered. Some of his inspiration comes from snapshot photography, surveillance films, and portraiture study. His work also addresses memory, in particular, as it is explored through the medium of photography and asks the following question: Does the moment captured by the camera represent truth or fiction?

Brian Bishop attended The School of Visual Arts in New York; he earned a B.F.A. from Memphis College of Art, and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He recently exhibited his work at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, The University of Delaware, and Georgetown University. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at Framingham State College in Framingham, MA.

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2007, encaustic on panel, 8.5 in. x 8.5 in.
Untitled (R.R.) 2007, encaustic on panel, 8.5 in. x 8.5 in.

Cathy BreslawIlluminations

5/18/2012 through 6/28/2012

Cathy Breslaw's work explores the possibilities of familiar and accessible commercial materials to create art pieces that awaken the mind and spirit. Journeys to Taiwan and Shanghai introduced Breslaw to factories where industrial mesh was manufactured for consumer grocery and kitchen products. Taking the material out of the world of commerce and into her studio, Breslaw revealed its organic and ethereal traits as she created works that combine forms of painting, sculpture, and installation. Her creations invite the viewer to take an intimate look at materials that transcend their function and defy their destiny, existing indefinitely as enduring art rather than as expended and discarded goods.

Cathy Breslaw earned an MFA in visual arts from Claremont Graduate University. She has exhibited her work across the United States in solo and group exhibitions at museums, college and university galleries, art centers, and commercial galleries.

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, details from installation Metamorphosis (both images), 2011, industrial mesh
Grape Seed , details from installation Metamorphosis (both images), 2011, industrial mesh

Kathleen Kase BurkBoxes

10/7/2003 through 10/31/2003

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pencil on paper, 31 in. x 32 in. x 1 in.
Nine Boxes pencil on paper, 31 in. x 32 in. x 1 in.

Dr. Kenneth E. CarlVisions in Wood

5/15/2007 through 6/17/2007

Dr. Kenneth E. Carl was director of the Williamsport Technical Institute, and President of the Williamsport Area Community College. After retiring from his educational career in 1973, Dr. Carl combined his love of wood and the natural world to create unique and sympathetic representations of birds native to Pennsylvania. His attention to details and patience are apparent in the wood carvings, made of an assortment of native woods and exotic woods. This exhibit features sculptures of a variety of birds that Dr. Carl observed on a daily basis.

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Walnut and Cherry, 8.5 in. x 16.5 in. x 8 in., 1979
Pair of Cardinals Walnut and Cherry, 8.5 in. x 16.5 in. x 8 in., 1979

Fanky ChakMisplacement

2/21/2006 through 3/24/2006

The exhibit "Misplacement" is composed of intriguing photographs by Fanky Chak. The artist starts with straight black-and-white photographs, then inserts them into another setting and takes another photograph, this time in color. He says he "plays on the ideas of consciousness versus randomness, staged versus documentary photography, and analog versus digital technology.' Chak is an assistant professor of art at The College of New Jersey.

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2003-04
Green & Purple 2003-04

Brian D. CohenThe Fool's Journey

3/30/2008 through 4/25/2008

Printmaker Brian D. Cohen presents his new work The Fool's Journey, a set of 23 etchings based on the traditional tarot deck. Each card presents an archetype of human experience illuminated through a parallel, symbolic element or quality of the physical world. The composition of each etching is based on a geometric framework derived from study of the history of art and sacred geometry. Cohen is a printmaker and founder of Bridge Press, a publisher of artist's books, broadsides, and etchings in Vermont. Bridge Press was established to further the association and integration of visual image, original text, and book structure. Cohen earned his B.A. from Haverford College and his M.F.A. from the University of Washington.

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Etching, 2' x 9', 2005-07
Water Etching, 2' x 9', 2005-07

Morgan CraigAll of Nowhere: Explorations in Architecture and Identity

11/15/2012 through 12/16/2012

Morgan Craig believes that architectural structures acting as both repositories and vehicles for memory profoundly influence culture and identity by providing a tangible framework through which facets of a society can be expressed. Consequently, Craig has been inspired to build a body of work dealing with how identity is influenced by the types of architecture present in a given landscape. Too often the post-industrial edifices are dismissed as symbols of failure, danger, and/or obsolescence. While evidence of these past or present-day difficulties may not be pleasant, Craig feels it imperative that societies not ignore their existence nor their impact on the past, present, and future understanding of societies.

Morgan Craig has exhibited nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards including, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, and a PCA Fellowship. He has been an invited artist in residence at Atelje Stundars in Finland, the Macdowell Colony, and Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts; and he was a visiting artist at the Australian National University. He has been granted a fellowship at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris for the summer of 2012.

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The Golden Age of Smoke and Mirrors, 2008, oil on linen, 72
The Golden Age of Smoke and Mirrors The Golden Age of Smoke and Mirrors, 2008, oil on linen, 72" x 96"

Maureen DrdakPlanes of Aspiration

1/15/2008 through 2/12/2008

Maureen Drdak's large, dynamic works present highly polished black surfaces, crushed mineral and metal particles, and a restricted chromatic palette of reds, blacks, and ivories. Her work corpus examines and reinterprets religious symbolism and cultural paradigm. Using formal contemporary aesthetic vocabularies, Drdak's work bridges the deep Past with the volatile Present while addressing psychology, origins of religious impulse, and contemporary social and political concerns, particularly the cult of martyrdom. Drdak is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of the Arts. Her work has been the focus of invitational lectures and exhibits by noted speakers and historians.

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detail from Akedah Triptych, acrylic on wood with mineral threads, 48 in.  x 48 in. x 2 in., 2004
Ashur 2 detail from Akedah Triptych, acrylic on wood with mineral threads, 48 in. x 48 in. x 2 in., 2004

EmployeeEmployee Exhibition

5/14/2009 through 6/30/2009

Pennsylvania College of Technology values the service and hard work of its employees, and recognizes that it is important for employees to cultivate their non-work endeavors. Our campus shines with creativity, and The Gallery at Penn College applauds that creative spirit with the first Employee exhibition. More than 25 Penn College faculty and staff members submitted more than 50 original works of art for the exhibit. The exhibit included paintings, photographs, wood, ceramics, mixed media, fiber and metal.

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Penn College Proud Showcase exhibits feature the artwork or personal collections of members of the Penn College, Williamsport Area Community College, and Williamsport Technical Institute family, including alumni, faculty and staff, and retirees.

Marilyn Palmer, watercolor on paper, 7.5 in. x 9.5 in.
Winter at the Homestead Marilyn Palmer, watercolor on paper, 7.5 in. x 9.5 in.

Richard HerzogUrban Landscape

1/11/2013 through 2/3/2013

Through his botanical sculptures, Richard Herzog explores the lack of interaction between man and nature and man's disconnection from the environment, as well as the 'artificialization' of nature, natural spaces, and all things living. His sculptures talk about the organization and the chaos found within natural and man-made forms. Herzog studies the many separate parts that create the whole, then abstracts these elements-keeping true to their inherent qualities. By reversing the amount of similarity and variation, and using industrial materials and simplified forms, Herzog leads the viewer to a different understanding of Nature and the dichotomy that is natural. Herzog's natural forms, with their chaotic multi-layered visual effects, are intended to be a metaphor for the rapid pace and over-stimulation that dominates our world.

Richard Herzog is an assistant professor of sculpture at New College of Florida in Sarasota. Since earning his MFA from the University of Georgia, he has shown his works in a number of solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

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2007, stainless steel, lenticular film, glass bottles, formica, rubber tube, steel, 61
The Last Flower in the Emerald City 2007, stainless steel, lenticular film, glass bottles, formica, rubber tube, steel, 61" x 30" x 30"

Indo-American Arts Council's Erasing Borders 2009

11/13/2009 through 12/13/2009

The Indo-American Arts Council's 6th Annual Erasing Borders Exhibition (sponsors) features work by 27 artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. Twenty million people of Indian origin shifted countries in the 20th and 21st centuries. Implicit in the term Diaspora are the concepts of change and adaptation. Cultural dislocation generally produces unexpected and powerful results. Subject matter is often drawn from the country of origin, while many of the aesthetic values and political concerns come from the artists'newfound situations. Indian artists that went abroad after India's independence from British rule grappled with dual aesthetic concerns (modernity versus tradition) and with the complex issue of identity. The Diaspora artists had to create an authentic artistic language possessing Indian aesthetic components in order to be taken seriously by critics, as well as to reconcile the issues associated with being minorities. Today's Diaspora artists are scattered across the country and are more socio-economically and religiously diverse than their predecessors. These artists are working to make themselves heard in an art world that is at once more competitive and more receptive to non-Western art than ever before. The artists in this exhibition take on diverse subject matter and meld Indian and Western colors and forms in many media, including painting, drawing, and prints; photographs, C-prints, photomontage, and video; and sculpture and installation. IAAC Director of Exhibitions: Amina Begum Ahmed.

Curated by Vijay Kumar.

Participating artists:
  • Niyeti Chadha Kannal
  • Nandini Chirimar
  • Khalil Chishtee
  • Neil Chowdhury
  • Pritika Chowdhry
  • Anjali Deshmukh
  • Anujan Ezhikode
  • Indira Freitas Johnson
  • Asha Ganpat
  • Ina Kaur
  • Adil Mansuri
  • Divya Mehra
  • Samanta Batra Mehta
  • Indrani Nayar-Gall
  • Jagdish Prabhu
  • Antonio Puri
  • Alka Raghuram
  • Gautam Rao
  • Amin Rehman
  • Tara Sabharwal
  • Pallavi Sharma
  • Mumtaz Hussain
  • Reeta Gidwani Karmarkar
  • Haresh Lalvani
  • Alakananda Mukerji
  • Veru Narula
  • Prince Varughese Thomas

The Indo-American Arts Council Inc.The Indo-American Arts Council Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America. The IAAC supports all artistic disciplines in the classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Our focus is to work with artists and arts organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists and arts organizations from India to exhibit, perform, and produce their works here. www.iaac.us

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Neil Chowdhury, 2009, digital photomontage, digital pigment print, 12 in. x 40 in.
Brahma's New World Neil Chowdhury, 2009, digital photomontage, digital pigment print, 12 in. x 40 in.

Faculty Art Exhibit

8/14/2006 through 9/24/2006

The opening exhibit of the all-new Gallery at Penn College showcased work by full- and part-time Penn College art faculty." The gallery relocated to the new Roger and Peggy Madigan Library in August, 2006. The following faculty members were included in the exhibition: Max Ameigh; David Burke; Brian Flynn; Gary DiPalma; Steve Hirsch; Craig S. Kaufman; Brad Mosier; Gretchen Heinze Moyer; David Moyer; Patrick Murphy; Rob Pierce; Kim Rhone; Carol Schwartz; Keith Vanderlin.

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sculptures by Brian Flynn, paintings by Rob Pierce.
Faculty Art Exhibit sculptures by Brian Flynn, paintings by Rob Pierce.

Dana FritzGarden Views and Terraria Gigantica

2/16/2010 through 3/28/2010

Garden Views examines formal gardening traditions in the eastern and western hemispheres. Black and white photographs reveal the structure of gardens and highlight the similarities and contrasts between the world's cultivated and constructed landscapes. Terraria Gigantica developed out of the Garden Views series and examines the world's largest indoor landscape complexes: Biosphere 2; the Desert Dome and Lied Jungle at the Omaha Zoo; and the Eden Project. Color photographs capture the aesthetics of architecture and landscape designs that often seamlessly blend reality and simulation. These images uncover our complex relationship with the natural world. Dana Fritz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is also Coordinator of the Visual Literacy program. She earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Arizona State University.

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2007, archival pigment print, 10 in. x 15 in.
Green Ductwork, Eden Project 2007, archival pigment print, 10 in. x 15 in.

Full Deck - A Short History of Skate Art

7/22/2010 through 9/22/2010

As skateboarding grew to encompass both sport and lifestyle, the importance of the skateboard as canvas increased. This traveling exhibition captures the dynamic art and style representative of skate culture from the 1960s to the present. Over 250 boards with images ranging from simple designs to intricate graphics are included in this anthology of skate art. The skateboards and a variety of photographs, art, and other memorabilia are on loan from some of the West Coast's top skateboard designers, distributors, photographers, and professional skaters.

'The multi-media skate art community fosters a highly unique blend of graphics, painting, photography, video, music, stickers, magazine, and clothing ... the eye-catching images on the bottom of these skateboards are one of the purest forms of self-expression: highly personal and mostly created without artistic boundaries - just like skateboarding itself.'
- Carrie Lederer, curator of exhibitions and programs, Bedford Gallery

Organized by Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts,
Walnut Creek, CA

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Mike Kershnar for Element, Good Medicine Series, Margera, Tave, Townend and Vallely, 2007
Good Medicine Mike Kershnar for Element, Good Medicine Series, Margera, Tave, Townend and Vallely, 2007

Fred T. GilmourSearching for Creativity

5/16/2008 through 6/22/2008

This collection of images by Fred T. Gilmour chronicles the search for the perfect creative moment. Finding the unexpected, he holds up the normally unobserved or overlooked juxtaposition of elements. Gilmour graduated from WTI/WACC, and holds a B.S. degree from Mansfield University. He retired from Pennsylvania College of Technology where he was an assistant professor of art and director of instructional technology.

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photograph, 2005
Driftwood photograph, 2005

Ray GloecklerWorks from Wood

1/23/2007 through 2/18/2007

"Works from Wood' features a selection of prints by Ray Gloeckler, a nationally recognized leader in the field of woodcuts. His detailed imagery portrays humor, politics, and American life in general. The work on exhibit ranges in size from small scale wood engravings to large woodblock prints. Gloeckler is an emeritus professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught relief printmaking for 35 years." His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Purdue University, Duke University, Milwaukee Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, among others." He has received over 100 awards for his work and has exhibited nationally and internationally.

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 Woodcut, 35' x 21 5/8', 2004-05
As It Is, Not As I Would Have It Woodcut, 35' x 21 5/8', 2004-05

Jason GodekeObject and Figure: Paintings by Jason Godeke

9/9/2007 through 10/2/2007

Jason Godeke, an assistant professor of art at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, creates paintings that brilliantly balance fantastical subjects and classical style. Included in his visually realistic paintings are toy figurines taking part in imaginative, tension-filled scenes. Giving insight into his intrigue with these models, Godeke says "a toy figure allows us to project our own psyche onto its blank expression in making a painting of a plastic statuette, I aim to give that machine-made copy a hand-made uniqueness.' Some images are so engrossing that gallery visitors are forewarned that viewing may lead to a desire to regress back to childhood, overwhelmed by urges to play within the scene, moving figures and creating a story. Godeke was raised in Northern California, earned a BA in studio art from Yale, and an MFA from SUNY Stony Brook.

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oil on canvas, 12 in. x 15 in., 2005
Alone in the Garden oil on canvas, 12 in. x 15 in., 2005

Norma GreenwoodRe-Visions

2/24/2004 through 3/26/2004

oil alkyd, 16 in. x 18 in.
Eddie oil alkyd, 16 in. x 18 in.

Cynthia HarperApplied Landscape

4/10/2007 through 5/6/2007

Cynthia Harper-Hron's large-scale works on paper explore the notion of an applied landscape - one that has been manipulated to create an ideal environment. She captures her surreal and energetic landscapes with pastel and colored pencil. Harper-Hron was a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2005." She earned a master of fine arts degree from California College of Arts and Crafts and a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. She has completed several commissions for public art, and was former director of Site Omaha, a public art project with Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

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Pastel on Paper, 50 in. x 60 in., 2004
Untitled Pastel on Paper, 50 in. x 60 in., 2004

Timothy HawkesworthPaintings and Drawings

2/27/2007 through 4/1/2007

Largely abstract paintings and drawing by Timothy Hawkesworth offer viewers a visual experience. Hawkesworth writes: 'Painting communicates through the power of unnamed substances. It creates a silence inside us in which the imagination has room to travel. The first job of art education is teaching people to relax and breathe and to just hang out in front of a painting, teaching them to be open to whatever the painting may do with them. The viewer of art is offered a holistic experience. He or she is taken out for a ride, engaged through the senses and propelled by the imagination feeding on the medium of the art form. It was Foucault, the French radical who suggested that to understand a painting you need a chair. It is here, seated silently before a painting, honoring our personal response, that we assert the truth of our own experience.'
Hawkesworth earned a BA from Trinity College, Dublin before immigrating to the United States and earning an MFA from Tufts University. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including a major solo exhibit at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.

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Mixed Media on Paper, 52 in. x 58 in., 2001
Boat #1 Mixed Media on Paper, 52 in. x 58 in., 2001

Cheryl Agulnick HochbergAnimal Instinct

8/26/2011 through 9/28/2011

This exhibition of recent paintings, drawings, and three-dimensional constructions is intended to engage the viewer, thereby creating a conscious and notable viewing experience. The work accomplishes this in a range of ways: interactivity the viewer cannot fully view the work without performing some action; humor; a high degree of realism; beauty; strangeness; and unexpected materials. The exhibit is intended to be both enjoyable and provocative, while being accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Cheryl Hochberg is a professor of art and chairperson of the fine arts department at Kutztown University. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, and her BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Hochberg has exhibited her work nationally and her work is included in public and corporate collections including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley Hospital, and the Westinghouse Corporation. Hochberg lives and keeps her studio in Kutztown, PA.

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Sheep with Paratroopers, 2010, oil and silver leaf on panel, 16 in. x 16 in.
Sheep with Paratroopers Sheep with Paratroopers, 2010, oil and silver leaf on panel, 16 in. x 16 in.

Brad HollandThird Eye

8/14/2008 through 9/14/2008

Now considered one of the top illustrators in the world, Brad Holland became a recognized name in the print industry in the 1970's. His revolutionary style and perceived political commentaries were a welcome change from the nostalgic illustrations of the past. His works expressed a personal approach and though the ambiguity of his work was initially controversial, he was in time embraced by the likes of Playboy and The New York Times. The trail of his drawings and paintings can be followed through a broad range of publications including Vanity Fair, Time, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, and The Atlantic Monthly. While his unique style has evolved through the years, Holland's approach remains consistent. He has illustrated CD covers for Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Billy Joel among others, and his work can be found on theater posters, on the walls of Rio Casino in Las Vegas, and in the pages of virtual magazines. He recently illustrated LaNotte di Q, for Australian author Michael Reynolds, and Pandora Books of Seville, Spain, published a book of his Spanish landscape pastels.

His works merge satire and wit with compassion and humanity, resulting in very stirring images that are stories themselves. This extensive display of Holland's art at The Gallery at Penn College will include drawings and paintings from a variety of sources.

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2007, Acrylic on Panel
Fifth Business 2007, Acrylic on Panel

David HostetlerThe Iconography of the Goddess

10/3/2006 through 10/29/2006

Inspired by goddesses and women of historical significance, renowned wood carver and bronze sculptor David Hostetler captures the spirit, romance, and earthiness of the feminine." Hostetler, a professor emeritus at Ohio University, gained national prominence in the 1960s with his "American Woman' series. His work is included in a number of private collections and museums, and has been featured in films, on television, and in newspapers and magazines. During his 38-year teaching career at Ohio University, he taught a number of now-accomplished artists." Hostetler's home and studio are located in Athens, OH; he owns a gallery Nantucket, MA.

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 69 in. to 82 in., Bronze and wood
Installation of Ancient Tree Root Goddesses 69 in. to 82 in., Bronze and wood

Vincent HronNew Work

9/28/2004 through 10/22/2004

Hron is an associate professor of art at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Born in Omaha, Neb., he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting/drawing from Drake University and a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Michigan.

Many of Hron's paintings feature interiors, neighborhoods and playgrounds. His artwork has earned several awards, including a graduate scholarship to study for a year at the State Art Academy in Karlsrhue, Germany. His works are displayed in collections in Belgium, Michigan, California, Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska and Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with the Gross McLeaf Gallery in Philadelphia.

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oil, 36 in. x 48 in.
Vine Kitchen oil, 36 in. x 48 in.

Japan Juxtaposed - Traditional Textiles/Modern Images

7/8/2008 through 8/6/2008

Traditional Textiles: Geometric patterns and designs based on nature are included in an exhibit of textiles from Japan featuring the classic Japanese method of cloth resist-dyeing called Shibori. Since the 8th century, Shibori fabric has been produced by folding, twisting, tying, stitching, or clamping, and then dying in one or more colors. The personal textile collection of Joseph LeBlanc, a Penn College instructor of physics who lived in Japan for eight years, is featured in the exhibit.

Modern Images: Photographs by Kirk Pedersen feature modern-day Tokyo. Japan's largest city is captured through the eyes of an urban landscape artist. The images offer a fresh look at scenes that can be found in the city. Pedersen is a professor of art at Mt. San Antonio College, California, and has spent several semesters in Asia as an invited visiting artist and guest lecturer. His work is included in over 70 public and corporate collections.

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detail, Shibori yokobiki kanoko, silk, 55 in. x 19 in.
Scarf detail, Shibori yokobiki kanoko, silk, 55 in. x 19 in.

Nick JohnsonTranscendence

3/17/2009 through 4/9/2009

Working exclusively with a large format camera, Nick Johnson's photographs portray manipulated rock and flagstones that resemble abstract landscapes. His technical mastery is apparent as he captures the images on film with minimal lighting in order to preserve a feeling of natural light. Johnson believes that photography ultimately must work at a visual level that transcends the subject matter. In creating images, he is motivated by a belief that there are new levels of dimensions and harmonies to be found within the formal visual language.

Nick Johnson has been a fine-art photographer for over 30 years. He teaches photography at the New England School of Photography, and is the Director of the school's Center for Photographic Exhibitions.

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2003, selenium toned gelatin silver print, 23.5 in. x 19.5 in.
Untitled #15 2003, selenium toned gelatin silver print, 23.5 in. x 19.5 in.

Kaleidoscope - The Alumni Exhibit

9/7/2011 through 11/6/2011

The Gallery at Penn College is pleased to present Kaleidoscope - an exhibition that celebrates the many artistic facets of the alumni community.

Held in conjunction with the 2011 Homecoming celebration, this juried exhibition featured original works of art in all media by alumni of Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport Area Community College, and Williamsport Technical Institute.

Winners announced

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Alumni artwork details, clockwise from top, center listed last: James Schweitzer, '01; Casey Gleghorn, '09; Susan Nichols, '73; Dean Yale, '77; Richard Karp, '82; Michael Dreese, '84; Bruce Capriotti, '72
kaleidoscope Alumni artwork details, clockwise from top, center listed last: James Schweitzer, '01; Casey Gleghorn, '09; Susan Nichols, '73; Dean Yale, '77; Richard Karp, '82; Michael Dreese, '84; Bruce Capriotti, '72

Judith KalinaNew Paintings

9/19/2008 through 10/16/2008

Travelling with American and European circuses for almost a decade, Judith Kalina uses these experiences as a source for her art. She considers her semi-abstract work to be autobiographical; in addition to the circus imagery, she portrays intimate family moments and her own memories. Each painting has its own narrative, many times an exploration of a forgotten experience that is reinvented in an altogether new way. She attempts to explore the edge between myth and reality, memory and action, feeling and thought. Kalina received her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. Her work is in various collections including The John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Ringling College of Art and Design, and the Omega Institute.

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2007, oil on linen, 36 in. x 40 in.
The Moon Mother Searches for Her Children 2007, oil on linen, 36 in. x 40 in.

Mark KhaismanLikeness of a Likeness

1/8/2011 through 2/2/2011

Mark Khaisman's figurative images are classically rendered from carefully layered strips of translucent packing tape applied to backlit acrylic sheets. The artist uses the tape as a wide brush, with the light offering shadow and depth. His images are constructed and calculated, but at the same time the medium is about deconstruction-the image is broken into grids, pixels, and layers, converting matter into a visual illusion. The work is exploring the familiar; made of a familiar material formed into a familiar image. Through the familiar, Khaisman builds an image that is as fragile as its material, asking the viewer to recognize and complete the work, stimulating both memory and interpretation in the process.

Mark Khaisman studied art and architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute. He worked for several decades in architecture, animation, and stained glass design. He began exhibiting his tape works in 2005 and has since gained wide recognition in the United States and around the world.

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2009, packaging tape on plexiglass in light box, 48 in. x 36 in.
Roman Portrait 5 2009, packaging tape on plexiglass in light box, 48 in. x 36 in.

Warren LinnLeftRight

11/2/2004 through 11/26/2004

Linn has exhibited and done illustrative work since 1969. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

He has worked for major print and media clients and exhibited in a wide range of gallery venues for more than 35 years. Highlights include a 21-by-156-foot mural for CBS Records International's biennial meeting and the HarperCollins children's book "Happy Birthday, Frankie' by Sarah Weeks. The book contains 23 collages and was awarded the Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Book Award.

Linn's work has also appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Esquire, the Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone.

Linn is a full-time instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He also taught at Parsons School of Design for 16 years and at Rhode Island School of Design in 1996-97. His work is in numerous private collections and in the Art Institute of Chicago's print and drawing collection.

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collage & acrylic on masonite, 35 cm x 35 cm, 2004
Wilson Pickett with Strings collage & acrylic on masonite, 35 cm x 35 cm, 2004

Bill LowenburgCrash Burn Love: Demolition Derby Photographs

1/20/2004 through 2/13/2004

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gelatin silver print
Awaiting Memorial Day Competition gelatin silver print

Lycoming County Juried Art Exhibition - Art Alive!

5/30/2013 through 6/28/2013

This juried exhibition of fine art by regional artists features work in a variety of media, and showcase the unique vision and emerging aesthetic ideas within Lycoming County. Visit the exhibit to experience and interact with new and exciting contemporary artwork created by regional artists including: Chad Andrews, Paul Barrett, Marguerite Bierman, Brenda Blackwell, Donna Britton, Steve Buggy, Fred Gilmour, Casey Gleghorn, Jeremiah Johnson, Edward Jonasen, Richard Karp, John McKaig, Deborah Mezick, Penny Young Miller, Timothy Miller, Matthew Parrish, Veera Pfaffli, Roger Shipley, Theresa Crowley Spitler, Gary Steele, Jackie Thomas, Howard Tran, Ralph Wilson, and Maureen Wroblewski.
Join The Gallery at Penn College as we celebrate the talent that lies within our region.

Awards
  • Howard Tran, Hanh Trinh
    First Prize: $500

  • John McKaig, Saints Never Surrender I
    Second Prize: $300

  • Gary Steele, Steps to Wonder
    Third Prize: $100

  • Gary Steele, Steps to Wonder
    Viewer's Choice Award, $100 Le Jeune Chef Gift Card

  • Honorable Mention:
    • Casey Gleghorn: After the Long Ride Home
    • Jeremiah Johnson: Fertile
    • Penny Young Miller: Library Wall
    • Theresa Crowley Spitler: Low Country Light
    • Jackie Thomas: I Have More Rights Inside the Pueblo; I Have More Rights Outside the Pueblo (New Mexico Series)

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Chad Andrews, 180/220, 2012, 48 x 58
Art Alive! Chad Andrews, 180/220, 2012, 48 x 58", oil on panel

Mark MahoskyThe Earthly and the Ethereal

1/18/2005 through 2/11/2005

Mahosky is an assistant professor of fine arts at Kutztown University. He earned a master-of-fine-arts degree in painting from Stanford University and a bachelor-of-fine-arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

His work has been exhibited in galleries across Pennsylvania and in New York City; Houston; Portland, Ore.; and Paris.

Mahosky works extensively with high-school art programs around the state. He founded and directs the Mifflinburg Art Center, which provides art education for all ages in a three-county area of central Pennsylvania, and has taught art and drawing courses at the federal penitentiary in Allenwood.

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2002, oil on canvas, 40 in. x 60 in.
Untitled 2002, oil on canvas, 40 in. x 60 in.

Jeff MannAuto Response

2/8/2011 through 3/4/2011

The totality of Jeff Mann's current work is informed by what he considers to be the single greatest American icon: the car. Mann combines his environmental concerns about the car with his aesthetic interests. Mass produced parts form intricately patterned surfaces in his sculptural pieces, and tire tread patterns and road signs are the building blocks for his exuberantly colored paintings. Mann attends to his internal discord by raising awareness about the overuse of cars in society while celebrating the incredible beauty of car parts and their complexity.

Mann earned a degree in fine arts and ceramics from Syracuse University, was artist in residence at Southern Maine Community College, and has had numerous solo and group shows in the Northeast.

2008, steel car parts, 28 in. x 25
Mechanical Landscape 1 2008, steel car parts, 28 in. x 25" x 4 in.

Shalya MarshCipher

1/9/2010 through 2/9/2010

Shalya Marsh's work expresses the intrinsic limitation that language places on communication, through the use of decipherable codes and symbols. Marsh's hand built ceramic sculptures reference illuminated manuscripts, ancient cuneiforms, and primitive accounting systems known as tokens; these archaic systems of recording information are juxtaposed with modern codes and ciphers such as binary, substitution, and Morse. The viewer is invited to literally decode the piece's nonsensical pangrams and whimsical definitions.

Marsh attended the State University of New York at New Paltz, earning a BFA in Ceramics. She currently teaches ceramics at the Lancaster Museum of Art, and La Academia Partnership Charter School. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally including exhibitions at the Rose Lehrman Art Gallery (Harrisburg, PA), MICA's Fox Gallery (Baltimore, MD), the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE), and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (Philadelphia, PA).

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Earthenware, Oxidation Lowfire, 7.5 in. x 11 in. x 11 in. 2009
Illuminated Substitution Earthenware, Oxidation Lowfire, 7.5 in. x 11 in. x 11 in. 2009

Timothy McCoySanctuary

2/7/2013 through 3/7/2013

Timothy McCoy's images generally focus on what people leave behind rather than on the evanescence of contemporary culture. Human figures are largely excluded from his images, although humanity is alluded to through visible cultural icons and remnants. The photographs symbolize the fragmentary, the abandoned, and the forgotten while offering hope and refuge in response to fear and loss. The unconventional beauty of his alternative photographic process-palladium printing on vellum-underscores the archetypal symbols referenced in his work.

While attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, McCoy became enchanted and challenged by the upside down images in the ground glass of his 8 x 10 inch Deardorff field camera. He has continued to pursue his passion of translating the images he sees in the ground glass into reality.

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2010, palladium on translucent vellum, 30
Devouring Sea 2010, palladium on translucent vellum, 30" x 16"

Gary Mesa-GaidoPublic Spaces of Europe

2/19/2008 through 3/13/2008

Photographs of Europe by Gary Mesa-Gaido offer stunning panoramic views of churches, piazzas and courtyards. While they are completely reality-based, digital stitching creates an illusion of multiple perspectives. This simultaneous view of various angles would be impossible for the human eye to perceive. Mesa Gaido writes: "Adobe Photoshop enables me to obtain the seamless stitching necessary to create a singular panoramic image. The seamless photograph causes the viewer to perceive the image to be true, while distortions and the juxtaposition of improbable angles provide evidence that what the viewer sees may not be possible." Mesa-Gaido received his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University, his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, and is an Associate Professor of Art at Morehead State University." He has exhibited his work in over eighty exhibits, both national and international.

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digital Light Jet Print on Silver Halide Glossy Photo  Paper, 40' x 44', 2004
Galeria Vittorio Emanuele digital Light Jet Print on Silver Halide Glossy Photo Paper, 40' x 44', 2004

Gretchen MoyerSchemata

1/17/2004 through 2/10/2004

Mixed-media artist Gretchen Moyer will open the Spring 2006 calendar with an exhibit titled "Schemata." Moyer encompasses all her varying techniques of interest in her works on paper, including painting, printmaking and drawing. She earned degrees in the latter two.

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2004, mixed media, 29 in. X 36 in.
The Dog Observed 2004, mixed media, 29 in. X 36 in.

Patrick MurphyRecent Work

9/28/2004 through 10/22/2004

Murphy is an associate professor of art at Penn College, where he has taught for 25 years and earned the College's highest academic recognition for faculty members, the Master Teacher Award, in 1989.

He said the exhibit features works produced over a two-year period that included a semester's sabbatical. Much of the work focuses on portraits in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Other works include still-life paintings concentrating on subtle variations of subject and composition.

Murphy earned a master's degree from Parsons School of Design/Bank Street College of Education in New York City, and a bachelor's degree from King's College in Wilkes-Barre. He served as an adjunct faculty member at Luzerne County Community College and worked as a freelance illustrator and technical illustrator for 10 years.

His work has been shown in exhibits across the United States, as well as in Paris. He has also been a guest lecturer at several universities, and he has drawings and paintings in public and private collections.

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2004, oil on linen, 30 in. x 22 in.
Pete 2004, oil on linen, 30 in. x 22 in.

Out of This World - The Landscapes of Our Solar System

3/13/2012 through 4/19/2012

This visually dazzling exhibition chronicles the relationship between space science and space art, and brings together the real and the imagined landscapes of our solar system. The exhibit includes highly detailed photographs taken by interplanetary robotic explorers, as well as dramatic views from the surfaces of planets and their moons as imagined by some of the best internationally known space artists of our day. Grounded firmly in scientific research using the most current data available, but inspired by creativity and imagination, these space artists construct realistic images of the worlds beyond our personal knowledge. Their purpose is to inform, inspire, and spark our sense of adventure. Their work has been used by NASA and has been featured in numerous books on astronomical art, in scientific textbooks on our solar system, and on the covers of major scientific periodicals. The exhibit also includes a compelling documentary film on the history of space exploration narrated by Harrison Ford. This traveling exhibition was developed by the Hearst Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Physics and Astronomy departments of Saint Mary's College of California.

Hearst Art Gallery

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, Ron Miller, Enceladus, 2005, digital image, 36 in. x 84 in.
Enceladus , Ron Miller, Enceladus, 2005, digital image, 36 in. x 84 in.

Kirk PedersenUrban

8/30/2005 through 9/23/2005

The kickoff exhibit, "Urban," features watercolor paintings by California artist Kirk Pedersen. His untraditional works involve abstraction, collage and the use of words to create an altogether new style of watercolor paintings for the viewer. Pedersen is a full-time professor of art and the art department chair at Mt. San Antonio College.

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2004, watercolor, 22 in. x 30 in.
Mission 2004, watercolor, 22 in. x 30 in.

Denis PetersonPaintings

3/15/2011 through 4/20/2011

Hyperrealist painter Denis Peterson will exhibit his latest series of work featuring New York City street scenes. Originally based on photographs, the multi-layered paintings incorporate altered depths of field, compositional changes, and expanded color ranges to portray the urbanized cultural reality. His work is considered an extreme version of Photo-Realism, with a focus on pictorial precision in his presentation of social realities alongside an implied social commentary.

Before earning an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, Peterson restored sixteenth and seventeenth century Flemish paintings, a skill he learned from his grandfather, a master painter and protege of Claude Monet. Peterson's paintings are collected worldwide and exhibited throughout the United States and Europe; he maintains a studio in Long Island.

acrylics and urethanes on canvas, 38 in. x 32 in.
Foot Action acrylics and urethanes on canvas, 38 in. x 32 in.

Catherine PrescottPortraits: Recent Oils of Family & Friends

9/2/2003 through 9/29/2003

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oil on canvas, 50 in. x 36 in.
Wild Bill oil on canvas, 50 in. x 36 in.

Florence PuttermanInterwoven Dialogues

10/9/2007 through 11/4/2007

Florence Putterman's paintings are both complex and simple; seemingly naive upon first glance, yet layered with symbolism upon examination. She credits her study of the symbols created by early man as having a great influence on her style. Perhaps this explains the timeless quality she creates in her works; resembling ancient cave painting, yet bursting with colors from the modern era. Timeless as well are her lines, thick and broad, and her textures, rough with sand and shells, all resonating in the collective theme of her works: man and his relationship to the earth. Putterman earned her B.S. from NYU and her M.F.A. from Penn State University, and in 1979 was awarded a National Endowment Grant. Her work is in over 50 museum and corporate collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Chicago Art Institute, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Oil on Canvas, 64 in. x 58 in., 2004
Tsunami Oil on Canvas, 64 in. x 58 in., 2004

Antonio PuriI AM

10/7/2010 through 11/7/2010

Artist Antonio Puri was born in Chandigarh, India, with a mystical disposition. Puri spent his early years amidst Buddhist monks in the Himalayas where he attended English and international boarding schools. Those early experiences influenced his work and inspired him to combine traditional concepts and modern abstract art. Puri insists that the importance of mystery in art flows from the nature of reality itself, which is ultimately mysterious. In the new series I AM, Puri is exploring the self. Each work is a label that identifies his physical being, but in the context of the self it is no more than a label. His goal is to emphasize how the mind is quick to categorize, by constructing and then ultimately deconstructing the label. Puri's work is in several museum collections, and he is represented by numerous galleries.

Artist-in-Residence Project, October 2012

Over the course of one week, 54 Pennsylvania College of Technology students collaborated with artist-in-residence Antonio Puri to create Infinite Possibilities, a piece of artwork installed permanently in the Student and Administrative Services Center lobby. The piece includes 100 canvases painted by students, as well as 39 shadow boxes that students transformed with objects to represent each academic department.
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2009, mixed media on canvas, 72 in. x 72 in.
Healing 2009, mixed media on canvas, 72 in. x 72 in.

Leonard RagouzeosIn Black and White

8/24/2004 through 9/17/2004

Ragouzeos' work with India ink will be part of the show, "In Black and White." He is a professor in the art department at Millersville University where, since 1980, he has taught graphic design, basic design, calligraphy and typography.

Over the past 30 years, Ragouzeos has exhibited paintings in 37 one-person shows and more than 80 invitational and juried small-group shows nationally.

His paintings are in the collections of the Des Moines Art Center and State Museum, The Lancaster Museum of Art, and numerous corporate and private collections. He is represented in Philadelphia by Sande Webster Gallery and in Lancaster by Central Market Art Gallery.

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2003, ink on Yupo paper, 25 in.  x 38 in.
The Fall (Head #4) 2003, ink on Yupo paper, 25 in. x 38 in.

David Foss, Michelle Marcuse & Antonio PuriReMix: Wax and the Intuitive Process

11/7/2006 through 12/10/2006

Philadelphia artists David Foss, Michelle Marcuse, and Antonio Puri celebrate the continued use and relevance of wax as a contemporary visual art medium in the exhibit "Re-Mix: Wax and the Intuitive Process'." Coming from three very different cultural backgrounds and using three different approaches to the medium, the artists are drawn together by their common use of wax as a material an an intuitive creative process." Each artist works without preconceived ideas or plans, and uses wax as a catalyst for the creation of non-objective art that expresses emotion, beauty, and personal spirituality.

David Foss uses various types of synthetic molding wax as an additive element in his paintings to produce thick textures and layers of fluidity. Wax mixes with other media such as acrylic paint, shellac, and metallic paint resulting in lyrical paintings of rich hues that suggest various emotional tones. Originally from the Midwest, Foss earned a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor's degree in philosophy/religious studies from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Michelle Marcuse is highly regarded as both an encaustic wax painter and teacher. Using translucent layers and carving into the encaustic surface, she creates subtle, organic forms and shapes. Her recent works on paper either have been dipped in vats of wax, or the medium was poured or painted directly onto the page." Marcuse grew up in South Africa, was educated at the Shenkar College of Fashion and Textile Technology, Tel Aviv, Israel; Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa; and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia.

Antonio Puri uses wax as a resist element in his expansive mixed-media paintings by pouring liquefied wax onto the canvas, letting it set, covering the canvas with layers of acrylic washes, then removing the wax to create a negative space." He was born and raised in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in northern India. He has lived and traveled extensively around the world and has gathered inspiration for his paintings from diverse cultural traditions. He earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He became part of the Illinois State Bar as a corporate attorney and gave it up within five years to pursue art full time.

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David Foss, 2001, 64 in. x 54 in., mixed media on canvas, Michelle Marcuse, Drops Patterned by Lamplight, 2005, 17' x 21', beeswax & digital image transfer on paper, Antonio Puri, Melting Pot, 2004, 12 in. x 8 in., mixed media on canvas
Untitled #20 David Foss, 2001, 64 in. x 54 in., mixed media on canvas, Michelle Marcuse, Drops Patterned by Lamplight, 2005, 17' x 21', beeswax & digital image transfer on paper, Antonio Puri, Melting Pot, 2004, 12 in. x 8 in., mixed media on canvas

Linda Mylin RossContemporary Landscapes

8/30/2005 through 9/23/2005

Rather than allowing her chosen medium, charcoal, to offer a subdued vision of the landscapes she depicts, Ross attempts to portray her concern with environmental issues within the black-and-white images.

Ross is an assistant professor of education and humanities at Penn State Harrisburg, where she has taught art education, studio and art history courses since 1983. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art, a master's degree from Penn State Harrisburg and a bachelor's degree from Millersville University. Her work has been displayed in galleries across the state, and her drawings and paintings have been selected for state exhibits.

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 2003, charcoal on paper,   30 in. x 42 in.
Site #10 2003, charcoal on paper, 30 in. x 42 in.

Rolfe Rosscuba...on the street

4/1/2005 through 4/29/2005

Rather than allowing her chosen medium, charcoal, to offer a subdued vision of the landscapes she depicts, Ross attempts to portray her concern with environmental issues within the black-and-white images.

Ross is an assistant professor of education and humanities at Penn State Harrisburg, where she has taught art education, studio and art history courses since 1983. She holds a master of fine arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art, a master's degree from Penn State Harrisburg and a bachelor's degree from Millersville University. Her work has been displayed in galleries across the state, and her drawings and paintings have been selected for state exhibits.

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photograph, 8 in. x 12 in.
Breadman, photograph, 8 in. x 12 in.

Gaylord SchanilecBookends

4/2/2004 through 4/30/2004

Schanilec, who holds a bachelor's degree in visual arts from the University of North Dakota, beautifully combines wood engraving and old-fashioned printing methods with by-hand bookbinding. His work is exhibited internationally and is in dozens of museum, corporate and university collections - including a complete collection at the University of Minnesota.

With a reputation that far transcends his remote studio, Schanilec found perhaps his greatest success in 1987 with "High Bridge,' which chronicles (in woodcuts and old typefaces) the history and demolition of a wrought-iron span over the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minn.

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wood engraving , 3.5 in. x 5 in.
High Bridge wood engraving , 3.5 in. x 5 in.

Lauren Schiller & Tom BakerPrints and Paintings

4/6/2010 through 5/5/2010

The imagery in Lauren Schiller's small oil-on-wood paintings is drawn from food-related memories, associations, and rituals. Working with dioramas, still life objects and landscapes, Schiller creates environments that touch on personal and cultural idiosyncrasies, especially as they are revealed by food customs. Themes include food and morality, food and identity, and food and religious practice.
Tom Baker's relief and silkscreen prints make use of recurring personal imagery. The final prints are less a narrative and more an impression of his thoughts. Drawn elements are printed over transparent layers of color and pattern, creating a relationship between representation and abstraction. Although his prints are simple, ordered, and direct, their meaning remains open to interpretation. Schiller and Baker received their BFA degrees from East Carolina University and their MFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After graduate school, they taught printmaking at Utah State University for four years. Schiller is an associate professor at Seton Hall University, where she teaches painting and printmaking. Baker is an assistant professor of printmaking at Monmouth University.

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Lauren Schiller, oil on panel, 6 in. x 8 in.
Fast Food Lauren Schiller, oil on panel, 6 in. x 8 in.

Meredith SetserFloreal Stratum

5/19/2011 through 6/26/2011

Meredith Setser's work features large installations composed primarily of handmade and industrial felts printed with traditional processes, such as etching, relief, and screen printing. The installations reference landscape and architectural phenomena, such as grottos and cave formations, and also incorporate debris and plants. Relationships between humans and animals and the environment are addressed in the work, along with ideas pertaining to ritual, religion, and ecological concerns.

Setser is an assistant professor of printmaking at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Along with printmaking, she teaches felt making workshops at venues throughout the United States. Her work has been included in numerous national and international juried exhibitions, most recently including the Qijang International Print Exhibition in China.

 (interior detail) 2009, etching, silkscreen, relief on handmade felt, 25' x 10' x 1.5'
Grotto (interior detail) 2009, etching, silkscreen, relief on handmade felt, 25' x 10' x 1.5'

Merrill SteigerWorlds Collide

3/19/2013 through 4/18/2013

Worlds Collide is informed by Merrill Steiger's belief that there is a cosmic energy permeating everything, whether it be a rock, an amoeba, or a galaxy. By juxtaposing the sacred art of diverse cultures with scientific imagery including magnified views of cells, geologic structures and stars, the exhibition explores the ostensible dualities of science and religion, nature and culture, and the macrocosmic and the microcosmic. The visual collision of the contrasting realms of science and religion asks whether there is an inevitable conflict between the two or if they are actually connected on a deeper level. Worlds Collide offers viewers a new perspective on humanity, putting into visual terms the ever-changing universe and the evolution of human consciousness.

Merrill Steiger has her BFA in painting from Lehman College in New York City. She has exhibited her work across the United States in solo and group exhibitions at museums, college and university galleries, art centers, and commercial galleries. Her work is included in public and corporate collections. Steiger lives and maintains a studio in New York City and Woodstock, New York.

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2010, acrylic on canvas, 72
Ancestral Journeys 2010, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 144"

Evan SummerPrints, Drawings and Collages

8/25/2009 through 9/27/2009

Evan Summer's images are imbued with a sense of mystery. Abandoned structures in the landscape are a sign of the human presence and vital activity that no longer exist. Summer also explores form and space using the visual equivalent of "magic realism' created by the intaglio technique and the physical act of mark making. Summer is Professor of Art at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1984. Summer grew up in Buffalo, New York. Before receiving his MFA in printmaking from Yale University in 1975, he earned a BS degree in chemistry. His work is included in many prominent collections nationally and internationally including the National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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1984, etching, engraving, drypoint, 23 in. x 29 in.
Landscape XVI 1984, etching, engraving, drypoint, 23 in. x 29 in.

Cheryl Tall & Ceil SturdevantArrested Motion

7/9/2009 through 8/19/2009

Life and motion are captured in figurative images by clay artists Cheryl Tall and Ceil Sturdevant. After meeting in 1992, the two artists discovered a shared affinity for creating large figures in clay that expressed both a spiritual and a narrative aspect. Each begins a sculpture with an idea, but lets the clay dictate the exact expression of that idea. The concept and the clay go through many changes until the final moment when the idea is realized by the heat of the kiln.

Cheryl Tall

Cheryl Tall's sculptures portray archetypal situations that can be used to explore modern life. Her work uses humor, texture, and color to comment on the human search for meaning and our connection to our homes, environment, and other people. Although primarily working with clay, coil-built into large sculptures, she also works with mixed media, oil and acrylic painting, and printmaking. Her work is inspired by personal experiences, travel to other countries, and the study of mythology and pop art. Tall holds an MFA from the University of Miami. Her studio is in Leucadia, California, where she creates large-scale sculptures and paintings, and teaches art classes. Her work has been published in seven books and has been featured in Studio Potter, Ceramic Monthly, Clay Times, Ceramics Art and Perception, Pottery Making Illustrated, Sculptural Pursuit, and American Craft magazines. She has participated in art residencies in Canada, Japan, Greece, France, Mexico, and England. Most recently, she was awarded an artist's residency at the International Ceramic Studio in Hungary for her group proposal "From the Embers.' Her award-winning work is shown nationally and internationally, and is in various museum collections.

Ceil Sturdevant

Ceil Sturdevant uses a variety of techniques, methods, clay bodies, and surface treatments to create her sculptures, which focus on the human figure. Her figurative images explore the relationships among people and are inspired by the ancient belief in the spiritual power of icons. Sturdevant holds a Master's in Art Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a studio in Pittsburgh and, since 1981, has taught ceramic art at The Ellis School. Sturdevant's ceramic sculptures have been featured in Studio Potter, Ceramic Monthly, American Craft, and Clay Times, and have been published in two books. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally. She has travelled extensively, participating in shows in Japan, creating installation pieces in Italy and Greece, and serving as artist-in-residence in Canada, Japan, Greece, France, Mexico, Hungary, and England. She was recently awarded a Heinz Small Arts Initiative Grant for the exhibition From a Woman's Hand, and awarded Grand Prize for a clay sculpture exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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Florabella, 2008, coil built from architectural clay, surfaced with kiln fired terra sigillata, slip, glaze and oxides, 42 in. x 18 in. x 26 in.
Cheryl Tall Florabella, 2008, coil built from architectural clay, surfaced with kiln fired terra sigillata, slip, glaze and oxides, 42 in. x 18 in. x 26 in.

Terra Incognita

7/10/2012 through 8/26/2012

Artists

Terra Incognita aptly describes the cross-boundary quests five mosaic artists bring to their studio practice. It was in the unknown areas of old maps that artists were given free reign to fantastical imagination, often reflecting the current beliefs of their society. Interpreting Terra Incognita by its traditional usage in cartography, or as a metaphor for the exploration of the unknown in our world and ourselves, these award-winning mosaic artists will each present a body of work that reflects their uncharted explorations of the present using an ancient medium.

As they push the boundaries of the medium of mosaic, the artists' individual curiosity also drives them to cross divisions in disciplines, incorporating anthropology, archaeology, art history, astronomy, cartography, earth sciences, history, literature, social studies, and women's studies.

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Cynthia Fisher, Textures, Fall, 2012, mixed media, 25
Cynthia Fisher Cynthia Fisher, Textures, Fall, 2012, mixed media, 25" x 28"

Miguel TioArtist in Residence

4/21/2009 through 4/24/2009

Artist in Residence Project, April 2009

A native of the Dominican Republic, but now based in Manhattan, Tio's painting skills have been employed for a wide variety of creative projects, including the feature films Spiderman 1 and 2; Broadway shows Beauty and the Beast, Rent, and Miss Saigan; Old Navy & Hershey's commercials; and window displays. He has been commissioned to paint portraits, including one of Diane Von Furstenberg. Since 2005, Miguel Tio has worked as an art teacher for the New York City Studio in a School, in addition to maintaining a studio and producing new work.

Miguel Tio will be conducting workshops for the Children's Learning Center and students in the Early Childhood Education program during his Artist-in-Residence program at Pennsylvania College of Technology. As a member of the Society for Art of Imagination, Tio's work was included in the popular 2007 exhibit Where Science Meets Art at The Gallery at Penn College. Tio will be exhibiting a small collection of original portraits during regular gallery hours.

Miguel Tio's paintings are full of powerful energy and symbolism. His work has been likened to Renaissance paintings with his dramatic use of form and light, realism, perspective, and humanist concerns. Tio often employs the Mische technique in his artwork, a method for creating the illusion of realism and considered one of the secrets of the Renaissance.

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2008, mische technique on masonite, 30 in. x 40 in.
Unseen Companies, detail, 2008, oil on canvas 2008, mische technique on masonite, 30 in. x 40 in.

Doug TausikBodies Under Pressure

07/12/2011 through 8/21/2011

Tausik's sculptures are organic in form or, as the artist asserts, matter-of-fact representations of the invisible forces that affect a body as it undergoes transition. Doug Tausik was born in New York City in 1954 to artist parents. His education started at the Rudolf Steiner School an institution that believes in educating invisible forces of the mystical kind, the so-called astral plane. He went on to study at the Art Student's League in New York, where he received a more traditional training, grounded in the study of the human figure. Tausik effortlessly combines both of these influences in his current work.

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Figure Struggling within a Contour, not dated, wood, 36 in. x 26 in. x 22 in.
Figure Struggling within a Contour Figure Struggling within a Contour, not dated, wood, 36 in. x 26 in. x 22 in.

Were You There? - The Evolution of a College Campus

10/6/2009 through 11/8/2009

This collection of photographs and artifacts from the Pennsylvania College of Technology Archives will take viewers on a historic journey through the decades." Scenes captured from the first classes offered on-site through the development of the present campus remind us of the rich and varied history of the institution. Images depict the many aspects of campus life that have remained constant through time while also providing a glimpse of people, places, and events long relegated to the annals of history. Viewers are encouraged to "write on the wall' and leave comments about photos or scenes in which they were involved as participants or observers.

Retrospective Book

Penn College Proud Showcase


Where Science Meets Art

6/22/2007 through 8/31/2007

International members of the Society for Art of Imagination will be featured in a juried exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College. While working in England in 1961, founding members of the SAI (originally called the Inscape Group) recognized that many contemporary artists were not trained in the techniques of painting and drawing. They set out to experiment with and share both old and newly developed techniques, as well as reinforce the imaginative and spiritual aspect of painting that has been the heart of art for centuries. The group was inspired by visionary artists such as Bosch, Botticelli, da Vinci, and Rembrandt; and artist Ernst Fuchs has played a significant role as researcher and teacher, and is now the Honorary President. The exhibit, "Where Science Meets Art', will be alive with realism, fantasy, and surrealism.

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Brigid Marlin, 1998, oil and tempera, 36 in. x 31 in.
Earth, Water, Air, and Fire Brigid Marlin, 1998, oil and tempera, 36 in. x 31 in.

Bill Wolff & Marcia Wolfson RayNatural Elements

10/11/2012 through 11/11/2012

Sculptor Bill Wolff uses trees to create gestural forms that reflect the conflicts and struggles in our daily lives. His work begins with models and drawings which are influenced by the constant push and pull of our wants and actions. Forms are reworked on a larger scale by carving and assembling wood using multiple hollow sections, a variation on a Japanese process. The surfaces and idiosyncrasies of the wood, a living material, are treated as equal partners. This body of work retains figurative elements and details, but the forms and movements are altered to create a broad appeal to the senses. Through scale, gesture, image, and material, Wolff hopes the observers will see the objects as their peers.

Born and based in New York, Wolff works and exhibits nationally and in Asia. His work incorporates influences and techniques from diverse traditions, including Japan where he lived and studied for several years.

Marcia Wolfson Ray believes that the sense of mystery at the center of life is echoed in the forms, rhythms, and patterns represented in nature. She is influenced both by the beauty and the physical manifestation of nature: the geography of place, the season, the temperature, and the light. The process of collecting her materials is central to her artistic practice; the point of intersection with the materials serves as a catalyst to her imagination. The physical reality of the material then allows for a certain degree of improvisation that lets the work evolve and dictates its own form. She tries to impose herself minimally so that she becomes a collaborator with nature.

Wolfson Ray earned an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, and has received numerous awards for her work.

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Bill Wolff, O Ye, n/d, camphor, copper leaf, 122
O Ye Bill Wolff, O Ye, n/d, camphor, copper leaf, 122" x 71" x 71"

Ed Wong-LigdaBeauty, Vulnerability and Inevitability

2/10/2009 through 3/6/2009

This exhibit comprises three separate but related bodies of work that examine beauty, vulnerability, and the inevitability of change. One group depicts scars that are markers of conflict or medical interventions. The second group uses theatrical scars as metaphors, and the third explores how pregnancy changes the roles and relationships of women. The pieces represent the artist's attempts to resolve the juxtaposition of disparate facts and situations.

Ed Wong-Ligda was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. He attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and holds an M.F.A. in painting from Tulsa University in Oklahoma. He is a Professor of Illustration at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Wong-Lidga is a proponent of public art; he has lectured on the subject and produced a 6'x 9' painting, Levels of Knowledge, for Grand Valley State University's 45th Anniversary.

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2007, oil on canvas, 48 in. x 70 in.
Gwendolyn as America Wounded 2007, oil on canvas, 48 in. x 70 in.

Renee Zettle-SterlingObjects of Mourning

11/11/2010 through 12/14/2010

Renee Zettle-Sterling's work investigates how everyday objects can be sources of meaning beyond their physical properties. In particular, Zettle-Sterling is interested in how objects help us move through the difficult passage of mourning. Her meticulously crafted metal and found object forms become an outlet for displacement, emptiness, loss, and sentimentality. Her studio practice consists of exploring a multiplicity of media and techniques to create small-scale, body-oriented devices and jewelry as well as large site-specific installations.

Zettle-Sterling's training is varied, ranging from the study of metalsmithing and sculpture/installation, to papermaking/fibers from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been widely published, and she has shown extensively both nationally and internationally. Zettle-Sterling is an associate professor of art and design at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where she teaches 3-D design, metalsmithing, and sculpture.

2008, silver, casting, soldering, 7.6 cm x 8.9 cm x 7.6 cm
Objects of Mourning 5 2008, silver, casting, soldering, 7.6 cm x 8.9 cm x 7.6 cm

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