Regional Juried Exhibition 2018

2018 Exhibit Dates

May 29 to Jul 27

Reception

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

Artists

  • 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

Kay Healy - Vestiges

2018 Exhibit Dates

Aug 16 to Oct 11

Special Exhibit Hours

Saturday – Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 2 - 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 2 - 7 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Gallery is closed September 1 - 2 .

One in four adults lives with some form of mental illness, yet this common affliction often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft.

The exhibition explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment. The exhibition examines creative responses to mental disorders through the inclusion of artworks made by artists who have been diagnosed with or affected by mental illness. The show highlights a variety of techniques and forms that include innovative art expressions rooted in traditional craft materials, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between craft and painting, sculpture, conceptual, and installation art.

Educational programming, including lectures, workshops, and a curriculum guide for schools, will give visitors an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of mental health.

Exhibit printed Brochure

Exhibit Curriculum Guide

Workshops and Lectures

The Gallery at Penn College will be hosting Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, an exhibition that explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment.

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This Exhibition was organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Print flyer

My Other Self Sanctuary, 2011, kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery, steel, 12” x 12” x 1”

My Other Self Sanctuary
Michael Janis
2011, kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery, steel, 12” x 12” x 1”

Kay Healy - Vestiges

2018 Exhibit Dates

Oct 25 to Dec 12

Meet the Artist Reception

Oct 25 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Special Exhibit Hours

The Gallery is closed November 21 - 25.

In 2008, Jesse Shaw studied José Clemente Orozco’s monumental mural The Epic of American Civilization at Dartmouth College. He was struck by the power of the work and was inspired to begin his own interpretation of the American story. Technology, American rituals, consumerism, allegory, printmaking, history, and religion are some of the topics Shaw articulates in his series, American Epic. The content of each print is both self-contained and part of a broader context within the entire body of work. Shaw has been laboring on the American Epic print series for ten years, and at this time, 28 of the planned 50 hand-pulled linocut prints have been completed. 

Shaw is a printmaker from Tennessee working primarily in relief prints carved from linoleum blocks. His work is based in the narrative, satirical, political, and social commentary tradition of the graphic print. His interest in Orozco’s work led him to Mexico to study the works of other Mexican muralists including Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Mexican printmaking. The intensity and sincerity in the murals, along with the history of the political and social purpose of printmaking in Mexico, inform his printmaking work. Shaw earned an MFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. 

Print flyer

American Technology III, detail, 2011, linocut, 36” x 24”

American Technology III
Jesse Shaw
2011, linocut, 36” x 24”

The art of Influence, Breaking Criminal Traditions

2019 Exhibit Dates

Jan 15 to Feb 28

Reception

Feb 7 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Special Exhibit Hours

The Gallery is closed January 20.

The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions is a fine art exhibition of nonthreatening art objects that expose the audience to a variety of current human rights atrocities. The pieces presented in the exhibition only allude to the issues at hand: it is the viewer’s mind that makes the leap from beautiful art object to a darker reality. Criminal traditions are ongoing, centuries-old rituals that kill or maim millions each year – yet  aren’t considered crimes. They include honor killing, acid attacks, bride burning, forced childhood marriage, female genital mutilation, and other violence that is not illegal because the perpetrators are relatives who are doing “what’s best” for the girl or “defending” their family’s honor.

These patterns of injustice are ancient and the violence still grows today. Not only are criminal traditions increasing in their cultures of origin 

but they have rapidly spread to immigrant communities worldwide – including here in the United States. And females aren’t the only victims. Many men don’t want to honor kill family members; and many grooms don’t want to marry a child bride, yet social and economic pressures force them to do so. And with a long history of cultural prejudice, gay men are still victimized. Bottom line: everyone suffers.

The mission of the exhibition is to translate the experience of fine art into social action and strategies for community engagement – encouraging the viewer to consider alternative perspectives and begin a dialogue in an attempt to promote social change. 

Curator Charles Gniech launched The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions in 2013. He has participated in multiple panel discussions relating to the exhibition and has lectured on his curatorial process. Gniech holds an MFA with an emphasis in painting and a BFA with an emphasis in illustration, both from Northern Illinois University. While teaching, curating and consulting, Gniech continues to paint and exhibits at the national level. His paintings have been included in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, and his work is included in many public and private collections. Gniech is an associate professor of graphic design at Joliet Junior College and has been teaching at various colleges and universities for more than 25 years. While teaching at The Illinois Institute of Art–Chicago, Gniech served as curator of the Institute’s galleries and acted as the Collections Curator for the Corporate Fine Art Collection. Site-specific versions of The Art of Influence have been presented nationally. 

Artists in the show include:

  • Carol Brooks
  • Corinna Button 
  • James Deeb
  • Sheila Ganch
  • Clair Girodie
  • Sergio Gomez
  • Charles Gniech
  • Suzanne Gorgus
  • Teresa Hofheimer
  • Lelde Kalmite
  • Paula Kloczkowski Luberda
  • Richard Laurent
  • Kathy Liao
  • Zoriah Miller
  • Joyce Polance
  • Nancy Rosen
  • Lorraine Sack
  • Dominic Sansone
  • Valerie Schiff
  • Barbara Simcoe
  • Anne Smith Stephan
  • Neil Tetkowski

Print flyer

Joyce Polance, Pull, 2015, oil on canvas, 24” x 24”

Pull
Joyce Polance
2015, oil on canvas, 24” x 24”

Richard Laurent, Arcadia, 2016, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”

Arcadia
Richard Laurent
2016, oil on canvas, 36” x 36”

Abraham Ferraro - Every Which Way

2019 Exhibit Dates

Mar 19 to  Apr 18

Closing Reception

Apr 18 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Abraham Ferraro will show several bodies of work including Directions, The Old Albany Post Office, Touch, and Light Switch. Directions is an ever-growing series of mail-able sculptures complete with addresses, postage, shipping labels, and installation directions. The series currently contains over 125 pieces, and is site-specific as it reacts to the architecture of each gallery. Directions is about the evolution of an idea that all artists experience as their work morphs and changes over time; in this case, the dates and addresses lead the viewer through the artist’s evolution of form, color, and conceptualization of mail art. 

Wall-mounted works exploring the use of laser-cut postage stickers to create imagery include The Old Albany Post Office series, which references nostalgia and replacement of old analog processes with more modern technologies; and Touch, a series based on artist Mierle Ladderman Ukeles’ 1979-80 performance entitled Touch Sanitation where she thanked and shook the hands of 8,500 NYC sanitation workers. Ferraro’s Light Switch series includes interactive installations that allow the viewer to make ART, or in some cases, declare the work NOT ART. They happily abound with irony and sarcasm because making art is anything but flipping a switch.

Ferraro is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture, installation, and performance. He earned a BFA from SUNY Fredonia, and an MA and MFA from SUNY Albany. His award-winning work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in collections at Albany Institute of History & Art; Washington Jefferson College; SUNY Fredonia; and University Art Museum, University at Albany. Ferraro has been published in Climbing Magazine, Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art, and 365 Artists 365 Days; and his videos have been featured on the homepage of YouTube.com. He was a resident artist at Sculpture Space, and is currently the shop supervisor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. 

Print flyer

THAT WAY, 2015, recycled cardboard, tape, packing stickers, postal service, 33” x 23” x 72”

THAT WAY
Abraham Ferraro
2015, recycled cardboard, tape, packing stickers, postal service, 33” x 23” x 72”

Graphic Design 2019 - Student Portfolio Exhibition

2019 Exhibit Dates

Apr 30 to  May 10

Reception

May 3 4 - 6 p.m.
Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Summer Hours

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

Graphic Design 2019 is an annual exhibition displaying the best 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 at 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.

The Gallery

Sustainable Design 2019 - Senior Capstone Projects

Sustainable Design 2019

May 16 to  May 23

Reception

May 16 3:30 - 6 p.m.
Gallery Talk begins at 4:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Summer Hours

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

Sustainable Design 2019 is the inaugural exhibition displaying the capstone architectural design work of building science and sustainable design majors in their final semester of study at Penn College. Each graduating senior was tasked with the design and development of a significant building in an urban setting. Students will present design process drawings, 3D models, and computer renderings depicting their individual solutions. Gallery visitors can step inside virtual reality environments of student designs using VR headsets provided during the exhibition.

The Penn College architecture programs have a long history and a strong reputation. Associate and bachelor degree graduates have won awards as team members for the Department of Energy Race to Zero and the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Show competitions. These graduates are well versed in sustainability and make significant contributions to the built environment.

Sustainable Design 2019

The Hundred Dresses Project: We Are All In This Together

The Hundred Dresses Project

Jun 4 to  Jul 23

Meet the Artist Reception

Jun 6 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Summer Hours

The Gallery is closed July 3 — 7.

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

Eleanor Estes’ classic children’s book, The Hundred Dresses, is the story of an immigrant schoolgirl who is teased by her classmates for her accent, name, clothes, and her family’s poverty. The book, which is still in print, was first published in 1944 and is as pertinent now as it was at that time. The book explores themes of acceptance, inclusion, art, empathy, and finding the courage to stand up for what is right. The Hundred Dresses Project was inspired by Estes’ book, and is a response to the short-sighted political rhetoric and actions that have tainted our culture, our country, and our world. The project reminds us that we must do better for the sake of all children.

Project creator and artist Crystal Cawley printed 200 yellow dresses with a letterpress gray border and label. Beginning in March of 2016, she invited people of all ages, genders, and walks of life to read the book and create a dress related to the story. Each participant got a dress print to work on and the page of guidelines. Cawley decided that, in the spirit of Estes’ story, every dress would be included, and was moved, surprised, impressed, and inspired by all of the dresses that were returned, and is grateful to everyone who participated.

Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing. She teaches in the Continuing Studies program at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and is an artist member of Portland’s Pickwick Independent Press, a printmaking collective. She has shown her work around the US and in England, Greece, and Japan. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library; Columbia University Library; The Library of Congress; Maine Women Writers Collection; MOMA/Franklin Furnace Artists’ Book Collection; the Smithsonian Institution Graphic Arts Collection at the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Munakata Shiko Museum, Aomori, Japan, among others. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.

Workshop

The Gallery at Penn College will be hosting a Workshop with Crystal Cawley of The Hundred Dresses Project. Online registration will open in November 2018, or register now by contacting The Gallery at Penn College.

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Studio 570 logoStudio 570 and The Gallery at Penn College are partnering to present a new theatrical adaptation of Eleanor Estes’ book The Hundred Dresses. Studio 570 is a Williamsport-based theater company that uses the concept of creating theater in ‘found spaces’ (often public spaces) in order to achieve their mission of engaging the public and building the local arts community.

Sustainable Design 2019, photo credit Jay York Photo

Untitled
Pilar Nadal
2016, letterpress and collage