2017-18 Exhibit Schedule

Kay Healy - Vestiges

2017 Exhibit Dates

May 23 to July 23

Meet the Artist Reception

June 29 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Gallery Talk starts at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Special Exhibit Hours

Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m.

The Gallery is closed May 28 and July 2 – 5.

Through her drawn, screen printed, and stuffed fabric installations, Kay Healy investigates themes of home, memory, displacement, and loss. The exhibition will feature two life-size installations: Coming Home, and Lost and Found ; along with a number of new works. Coming Home includes handmade furniture objects based on Philadelphians’ descriptions of their childhood homes. Lost and Found is based on stories of lost objects from interviews with over 40 individuals from the Philadelphia area. By working with the memories of other people, Healy creates a physical representation of collective recollections, while investigating how a variety of people – who differ in gender, age, race, neighborhood, sexual identity, income, and education – all relate to the objects that populate their memories. She is interested in how objects can embody vivid memories of people, events, and periods of someone’s life.

An artist and educator, Healy earned an MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in Book Arts and Printmaking. She recently completed a 1,000-square-foot printed fiber installation for the Central Library of Philadelphia, a project supported by the Independence Foundation’s Fellowship in the Arts. Her installation Coming Home was displayed in the Philadelphia International Airport; she was named a West Collects winner; she was a Fellow in the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Career Development Program; she was a recipient of the Leeway Art and Social Change grant; and she received the New Courtland Fellowship, which supported a teaching-artist project with senior citizens in Germantown. Originally from Staten Island, NY, she currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

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Lost and Found, 2016, Screen printed, stuffed, and sewn fabric, 50’ x 8.5’ x 9"

The National Poster Retrospectus

2017 Exhibit Dates

Friday Aug 11 to Wednesday Oct 11

Special Hours

The Gallery is closed September 3.

The National Poster Retrospecticus (The NPR) is an internationally traveling poster show featuring hand-printed posters made by prominent designers around the world. The NPR in The Gallery at Penn College features a comprehensive and eclectic mix of posters and artists. The collection has shown in venues like The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lego Headquarters and at events like SXSW and Adobe MAX. The NPR’s mission is to celebrate posters, the made-by-hand aesthetic, and help spread that enthusiasm around the world. The show also aims to facilitate a dialogue based around printmaking and poster design. The NPR is produced by JP Boneyard.

Some notable artists in the show include:

  • Aaron Draplin
  • Hatch Show Print
  • Tara McPherson
  • DKNG
  • Aesthetic Apparatus
  • Methane Studios
  • Tom Whalen
  • Jason Munn
  • Daniel Danger

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Provocation, Parody, and Process

Lecture by Steven Brower

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:30 p.m., SASC 1056 (Presentation Room)

Steven Brower is an award-winning former creative director for Print, and has been an art director at the New York Times and The Nation, co-author and designer of Woody Guthrie Artworks (Rizzoli, 2005), and author of Satchmo: The Wonderful Art and World of Louis Armstrong (Abrams, 2009). His work appears regularly in international and national design annuals and books on design, and he writes for several publications. During his tenure, Print garnered two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence and Gold and Silver from the Society of Publication Designers. His work has been honored by AIGA, ADC Global, The American Center for Design, the Brno Biennale, the Martin Biennale, the Type Directors Club, among others. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute. Other books include From Shadow to Light: The Life and Art of Mort Meskin (Fantagraphics), Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants: The Art of the Paperpack (Universe), Inside Art Direction (Bloomsbury) and Duke Ellington: An American Composer and Icon (Rizzoli). He is the director of the “Get Your Masters with the Masters” MFA program for designers, illustrators, and working professionals, and the illustration area coordinator at Marywood University in Scranton, PA.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Take Ten

2017 Exhibit Dates

Friday Oct 27 to Thursday Dec 7

Meet the Artist Reception

Nov 16 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Gallery Talk starts at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Special Dates

The Gallery is closed November 22 – 26.

Melanie Johnson makes large-scale figurative drawings and paintings, working from observation and composite sources. Narrative is employed loosely in her work and she draws primarily on what is familiar as a catalyst for making. The imagery gives form to a dissonant accrual of lived experience, family histories and anecdotes, appropriated iconography, and the acting out of roles both obligatory and imagined. Surface, palimpsest, and indexical histories of making are meaningful in her process. She wants the physical drawing or painting to encapsulate imagery representative of a lived moment as well as the history of its own manifestation. The work should conjure a habitat that has one foot in reality and the other in a hazy internal state that evokes the slipperiness of memory, longing, and a disquieting curiosity – about an object, a body, an unexpected relationship, or a state of being.

Johnson received her MFA in Painting from Indiana University and is an associate professor of art & design at the University of Central Missouri. She has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. Most recently, Johnson was an Artist-in-Residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency Program in Kansas City, Missouri. She lives in the greater Kansas City area with her son and many pets.

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Wild Domestic, 2015, charcoal on Arches, 72” x 144”

Books Undone

2018 Exhibit Dates

Jan 11 to Feb 28

Gallery Reception

Jan 18 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Awards at 5:30 p.m.

Special Dates

The Gallery is closed Sunday, January 14.

Books become the canvas for contemporary artists in this national juried exhibition.

Throughout history, books have been read, burned, banned, and collected. Today, books are both valuable and disposable. Contemporary artists hold the history of books – from scrolls (c. 2400 BC) to vegetable-fiber paper (China c. 100 AD) to woodblock printing (Europe, 1418) and the Gutenberg Bible (1456) – in their hands when they choose to transform them into works of art.

The Gallery at Penn College is pleased to highlight the community of artists working in this important medium. Books Undone: the art of altered books includes altered books, book objects, collages, sculptures, installations, and more.

Submission Juror: Jason Thompson, founder and president of Rag & Bone Bindery and author of Playing with Books

Prize Juror: Sue O’Donnell, visual artist and associate professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Cynthia Ahlstrin
Heather Allen Hietala
Seth Apter
Cara Barer
Heather Beardsley
Doug Beube
Caryl Burtner
Adele Crawford
Jamie Hannigan
Edwin Jager
Peggy Johnston
Kevin H. Jones
Carole Kunstadt
Mary Larsen
Susan Lenz
Adriane Little
Greg Lookerse
Chris Maddox
Anthony Mead
Christopher Moss
Brenda Oelbaum
Chris Perry
Gregg Silvis
David Stabley
Deborah Stabley
Adam White
Julie Wills

1st Place
Brenda Oelbaum: Results May Vary

2nd Place
Deborah Stabley: History Repeats Itself

3rd Place
Mary Larsen Beauty Remains

Honorable Mentions:
Gregg Silvis: Great Expectations: Loosely Knit
Susan Lenz: The Good Girl
Caryl Burtner: Exorcism of Page 13


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Exhibit Catalog


Old Books/New Lives: the art of upcycling

An exhibition of student work in The Madigan Library

Public and academic libraries remove thousands of books that are no longer relevant each year. Rather than disposing of books that have outlived their usefulness, the Madigan Library and The Gallery at Penn College are inviting students to upcycle a selection of old books into creative objects or unique works of art. This exhibition will be held in conjunction with the national, juried exhibition Books Undone.

Open book

Judith Peck - Hope and History

2018 Exhibit Dates

Mar 13 to Apr 18

Meet the Artist Reception

Mar 15 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Gallery Talk starts at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Special Dates

The Gallery is closed April 1.

Judith Peck has made it her life’s work to paint about history and healing, and to portray our broken yet beautiful human experience. Inspired by two of her orphaned grandparents leaving behind their former life and coming to the safety of America, she began painting on broken plaster shards to represent the shattered world they left behind, but always carried with them. Her work continues to depict a world falling apart, yet held together by the figures in the paintings. These subjects with rich inner lives and compassionate personae show that the human spirit always possesses hope, even in the most desperate of circumstances. Her paintings also express the binding power of our mutual connections; Peck believes that despite our differences, humanity shares the same hopes and dreams.

Peck is a Washington, D.C. area allegorical painter whose work has been exhibited nationwide in venues including the Masur Museum of Art, the Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University, and Florida A&M University’s Pinnacle Competition, each earning her a juror’s award. She has participated in both Aqua Art and Context Miami art fairs, and recently had a solo exhibit at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts. Her paintings have been featured in Poets/Artists, The Artist’s Magazine, American Art Collector, Catapult, and Combustus magazines, as well as Ori Z. Soltes’ books Tradition and Transformation and The Ashen Rainbow. Peck has received the Strauss Fellowship Grant and an International Artist-in-Residence for two months in Salzburg, Austria. Her work is in international public and private collections, including Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, and has garnered a purchase grant by the District of Columbia’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities for three consecutive years.

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Steeled, 2016, oil and plaster on board, 40” x 60”

Design: 2018

2018 Exhibit Dates

Apr 27 to May 10

Opening Reception

Apr 27 4 - 6 p.m.

Special Exhibit Hours

Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m.

The Gallery is closed May 6.

Design: 2018 is an annual exhibition displaying the best graphic design, illustration, and web design work of graphic design majors in their final semester of study at Penn College. For the exhibition, design faculty select the top works developed by each student within their time at Penn College. The exhibition gives students a chance to present their work in marketing, branding, advertising, and design to industry professionals and the community.

Penn College graphic design students have consistently earned recognition through their submissions to regional, national, and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student category of the AAF American Advertising Awards and the AIGA Blue Ridge’s Flux Student Design Competition.

Design: 2018 Student Portfolios

Regional Juried Exhibition 2018

2018 Exhibit Dates

May 29 to Jul 27


Jun 3 2 - 5 p.m. Awards at 3 p.m.

Summer Hours

Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m.

The Gallery is closed July 1 - 4.

Experience fine art by emerging and established contemporary artists. This open themed exhibition highlights recent work in a variety of styles and media by artists living within 100 miles of Williamsport, PA. The Gallery at Penn College is proud to showcase the diverse artwork produced in our creative community.

Juror of Selection: Scott Dimond, curator for visual arts, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

Juror of Awards: Ann Piper, visual artist and associate professor at Susquehanna University


Anna Kell, Specimen Bouquet

1st place
Anna Kell
Specimen Bouquet

Adorning Implements of Extraction: A Tribute to Tweezers and the Sliver

2nd place
Becky McDonah
Adorning Implements of Extraction: A Tribute to Tweezers and the Sliver

The Ladies of the Club

3rd place
Vicki Renn
The Ladies of the Club

Queer Insomnia II

Honorable Mention
John McKaig
Queer Insomnia II

Lock Ridge

President's Award
Michael Hower
Lock Ridge

The Last of the East Fork Pack

Director's Award
Joelle Cicak
The Last of the East Fork Pack


Meredith Eachus Armstrong
Steven Bower
Gail Bower-Geist
Robert Brown
Joan Carroll
Paul Chidester
Joelle Cicak
Mike Demi
Navarre Dickson
Amy Edwards
Kristine Ferg
Lina Ferrara
Cathy Frey
Jonathan Clyde Frey
AnnMarie Furdock
Stephen Garrison
Phyllis Giberson
Elody Gyekis
Oren Helbok
Michael Hower
Jeremiah Johnson
Richard Karp
Jenna Kazmar
Anna Kell
Margaret Kemmerer
Dave Kube
Rita Kurtz
Mickey Mapstone
Anni  Matsick
Robert J. McCormick
Becky McDonah
John McKaig
Jessica Meoni
Tom Mickle

Hannah Miller
Margaret Murphy
Heather Murray
Patricia Neely
Ave Palguta
Marilyn Paul
Vicki Renn
Simonne Roy
Roger Shipley
Brandon Snyder
Gary Steele
Morgan Weissbach
Anita Williams
Mark Wilson

Ralph Wilson
Mary Kay Witmer
Autumn Wright