Collaborative Piece Shows College's Artistic Side
Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, except as credited.
Over the course of a 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 easy-to-find objects to represent each academic department.
Barletta, foreground, works alongside Puri, right, and other students. Each canvas is covered with eight to 10 layers of paint and glaze.
Graphic design student Angela R. Barletta applies paint to one of 100 canvases – the visual "glue" among the individualized shadow boxes.
Building construction technology student Samantha L. Werner works with William T. Goddard, associate professor of construction technology, to assemble and hang the canvases.
Antonio Puri talks with Maggie K. Calkins, a physician assistant student, as she adds a layer of white gesso to canvases. Calkins and other students donated three hours during Puri’s one-week visit to paint canvases that became a part of the larger work.
Nursing student Richard J. Cabral applies an orange paint layer. “It’s one of those chances while you’re in college to branch out and try something new,” he said of his participation in the project. “It was fun to be a part of.”
A shadow box created by Josie G. Drier, a welding and fabrication engineering technology student.
Puri brainstorms with health information technology student Taylor C. Biery as she works out the logistics of her shadow box. “I believe this project is about giving and ownership of something that his much larger than yourself,” Puri said of the collaborative effort when the artwork was dedicated on Nov. 16. “There’s no one person you can get credit for this.”
Puri pulls from his box of tools to help a student assemble her shadow box.
From left, students Angela R. Barletta, Richard J. Cabral and Maggie K. Calkins apply paint to canvases. Puri commended the students for their faith in working on the project without knowing the final outcome.
Puri adds the infinity-symbol motif, which would inspire the title of the piece. (The name, "Infinite Possibilities," was suggested by Katina K. Lewis, a health information technology student who helped with the project.)
Puri watches the progress as advertising art student Anthony P. LeVan applies paint to canvas.
A shadow box made by Ethan T. Wary represents manufacturing engineering technology.
Robert J. Zinsmeister’s creative shadow box represents automotive technology management.
A wooden cigar box is transformed into a lightbox by radiography student Joseh M. Haber.
Information assurance and security is represented in a shadow box created by Ryan M. Sokol.
The heating, ventilation and air conditioning majors are spelled out in materials in a shadow box by student Brittany A. Hoey.
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