100 Works! The Centennial Exhibition
10/10/2014 through 11/9/2014
his juried exhibition of art-in a variety of media-features the work of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and retirees of Pennsylvania College of Technology, along with alumni and retirees of Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College. The 100 works of art interpret the theme Past, Present, Future in an exhibition that gives our College community the opportunity to showcase their creativity, skill and artistry. Coinciding with the College's 2014 Centennial, the exhibition celebrates the people that contribute to our institution's historic success-because 'It's the People that Make the Difference!'
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.
Robin Kaneshiro - Standing Alligator 1976, lithograph
A View Within
10/2/2015 through 11/2/2015
Body imaging in the form of CT scans, MRIs, X-rays, and ultrasounds provide a powerful window for doctors to view dramatic, non-invasive images of our anatomy. As artists, Paula Chung and Karen Rips find these images compelling, as they can be seen literally or simply as shapes and lines, dark and light spaces.
Working separately from the same image, each artist interprets the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of the human body through the medium of textiles. The result is a series of paired textile pieces, which interpret individual images of the human body from the perspective of each artist. Chung's pieces tend towards realism, while Rips' works are generally abstract.
Paula Chung received Silver and Bronze Awards at the 9th Quilt Nihon Exhibition in Tokyo, and her work was included in the International TECHstyle Art Biennial at the San Jose Quilt Museum. Karen Rips exhibited at the 2014 World of Threads Festival in Toronto and is a participating artist in Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. Both artists have exhibited in Quilt=Art=Quilts and at Quilt National, and they have had solo shows at the former ArtQuilt Gallery, NYC.
In Utero 2013, textile, 48" x 48"
Anila Quayyum Agha – Rights 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.
Illuminated Inner Spaces 4 , 2005, mixed media on paper, 30 in. x 22 in.
James Arendt – Those of Us Still Living
9/2/2014 through 10/1/2014
James Arendt explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes he grew up in, he investigates how transitions in economic structures affect individual lives. The body of work in the exhibition is made from reclaimed denim-often donated by those depicted-to bring a stronger bond to Arendt's content and the people portrayed.
Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has studied art in England and Spain and participated in residencies at The Fields Project, Illinois, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Tennessee. Recently, his work was awarded the $50,000 top prize at ArtFields 2013 and Best in Show at Fantastic Fibers 2012. Arendt's work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows, including Fiberarts International 2013 and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands.
Ryan & Greg, 2011, denim, 33.5" x 120"
The Art of Influence – Breaking Criminal Traditions
1/15/2019 through 2/28/2019
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
Pull, Joyce Polance, 2015, oil on canvas, 24” x 24”
David Armstrong – Exalting 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)
Mountain Air tempera on panel, 1989, 22 in. x 32 in.
David Armstrong & Chris Armstrong – Returning 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.
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.
Kim Banister – Vessels 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.
Man and Woman charcoal, pastel and linseed oil, 95' X 52', 2001
Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo – Intus Externus
3/15/2016 through 4/22/2016
Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo uses the human figure as a totemic element of emotion. Ambiguous religious imagery; baroque architecture and landscapes; characters in a violent, active, and unstable universe all represent the subconscious. Often, animalistic imagery exemplifies the duality of a pure soul on one hand and human affliction on the other. His work is a visceral expression of the cathartic and often painful experience of living as a journey from an initial state of "not being" to a final equilibrium state of truly "being."
IntusExternus includes works from the series Pink Narcissus and Cruor-Proelium-Cervus. The series Pink Narcissus explores the self-discovery of a man at the moment in which he sees his own reflected self as a being capable of experiencing both love and ecstasy in their full capacities. The works of Cruor-Proelium-Cervus (Latin for The Blood, The Battle, The Deer) is a continuation of Pink Narcissus and tells the story of the individual's transformation through a rite of passage, wherein The Blood is a representation of life; The Battle, a representation of the personal struggles within an individual's transformation into the purest form of "self," as represented by the character of The Deer.
Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo received his Bachelor's degree at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. He has received two MFA degrees, in Painting and in Sculpture, from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has had numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including shows at the Nielsen Gallery; The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; the Attleboro Museum; Chazan Gallery, Providence; The Fitchburg Museum; and Cecilia Gonzales Gallery, Lima. He currently teaches at Rhode Island College.
Transformatio #6, Duality 2012, artist's blood, gouache, watercolor, graphite, sekishu paper on kozo paper, 40" x 26"
John Bavaro – Masterpiece 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.
iPhone/iPad Fayum portraits iPhone/iPad Fayum portraits, grid of 30, 2011, Epson prints, 1" x 9"
Virginia 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.
Antrace, Virginia Bradley, 2010, mixed media on Indian paper, 46 in. x 34 in.
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.
Untitled (R.R.) 2007, encaustic on panel, 8.5 in. x 8.5 in.
1/11/2018 through 1/8/2018
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.
Cathy Breslaw – Illuminations
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.
Grape Seed, details from installation Metamorphosis, 2011, industrial mesh
Dr. Kenneth E. Carl – Visions 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.
Pair of Cardinals, 1979, walnut and cherry, 8.5 in. x 16.5 in. x 8 in.
Jennifer R. A. Campbell – Lotus Eaters
11/14/2014 through 12/14/2014
Lotus Eaters explores the meeting point of theatre and painting in a collection of elaborately staged tableaux that depict enigmatic episodes in the ongoing drama of contemporary life. Set in fictitious landscapes, these flickering vignettes involve characters from both the leisure class and the fringes of society. Comedy and tragedy mingle with satire and nonsense in ambiguous, yet suggestive narratives that call attention to the absurdity of human existence. In contrast, the landscape backdrops are harmonious and well-ordered; nature offers no comment on the tragedies unfolding in the chaotic world of humanity. With microscopic attention to detail, Campbell creates a colorful spectacle of a ridiculous world. An avid consumer of visual culture, her diverse influences include Northern Renaissance art, fashion magazines, contemporary advertisement and film.
Jennifer R. A. Campbell is a Canadian artist currently based in Boston, MA. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees; one in Sociology from Bishop's University, Quebec and a second in Art History from Carleton University, Ontario. She received formal art training at the Ottawa School of Art.
Roman Holiday Roman Holiday, diptych, 2013, oil on canvas, 50" x 80"
Lauren Kinney & Patrick Vincent – A Darkness
10/11/2013 through 11/10/2013
For centuries the graphic traditions of woodcarving and printmaking have used darkness to articulate the split between seen and unseen, reality and myth, waking and dreaming. Fairy tales dramatize and give shape to what is hidden and lives in shadow. A collage of fantasy and reality intersperse in these stories, and the works of Patrick Vincent and Lauren Kinney celebrate this density, complexity, and wonder through large woodcuts, prints, and handmade books. Patrick Vincent engages the physicality of the print, paper, and book to survey the interconnection of animal and human in folk tales and fairy tales. Lauren Kinney uses hidden pictures, symbols, and patterns to weave collected imagery into narrative.
Lauren Rose Kinney is from Santa Rosa, California. She received her BA in printmaking from Humboldt State University, and her MFA in printmaking from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Kinney currently teaches at the Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence, Kansas.
Patrick Vincent is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and an M.F.A. from Arizona State University. Vincent creates original works of art as well as collaborates with individuals through print and book media.
Gift Jar (for trouble so that I could sleep), Lauren Kinney, 2011, woodcut, 60" x 60"
Brian D. Cohen – The 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.
Water Etching, 2' x 9', 2005-07
Connected by Stitch
10/22/2016 through 12/8/2016
Connected by Stitch is a collection of fiber based artwork by Pennsylvania regional members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The juried exhibition showcases a wide range of 2D and 3D fiber art, and highlights the diverse styles and techniques of a medium that prioritizes aesthetic value over utility. Working with fiber stretches back to ancient times and has grown and developed across the centuries into a vibrant art form encompassing a variety of materials and processes from low to high tech. Today’s fiber artists create beauty, provoke thought, resist convention, and challenge the status quo.
All the artists included in the exhibition are members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to promote art quilts and fiber artists. SAQA mounts museum-quality exhibitions that travel the world.
Connected By Stitch was juried by New Mexico mixed media artist Joshua Willis and curated by SAQA Pennsylvania Regional Representative, Meredith Eachus Armstrong.
Wednesday, December 7, 2 p.m.
Join curator Meredith Eachus Armstrong for an insightful survey of the artwork, the exhibiting artists, and the curation process; and an overview of contemporary quilt-making techniques utilized by artists in the show. This is the final opportunity to learn more about SAQA Pennsylvania and the Connected by Stitch exhibit. This event is free and open to the public, no reservations required. Inclement weather date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
Meredith Re Grimsley, The Dress Don’t Fit, 2016, digital print on cotton, watercolor painted cotton, machine and hand embroidered and quilted, thread, fusible web, thermolam batting, 64” x 36”
Morgan Craig – All 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.
The Golden Age of Smoke and Mirrors The Golden Age of Smoke and Mirrors, 2008, oil on linen, 72" x 96"
Virginia Derryberry – Private Domain
3/14/2017 through 4/20/2017
Virginia Derryberry’s large-scale figure paintings and costume constructions blend narrative elements from mythology and alchemy, the forerunner of modern science. Rather than a straightforward illustration of a specific narrative, she presents multiple interpretations to the viewer to further exemplify alchemy’s transformative process. The painted images are constructed from multiple viewpoints and lighting systems, with passages of volumetric rendering set next to more abstract, painterly areas. The result is the creation of a virtual, shifting world where nothing is quite what it seems.
Derryberry has exhibited throughout the United States in venues including the Carnegie Museum of Art; Herron Galleries, IN; Forum Gallery, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia; Erie Art Museum; Hunter Museum; and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is in various collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art; Asheville Art Museum; Tennessee State Museum; and West Virginia University. Her work has received numerous awards including the Southeastern College Art Association’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.
Madonna of the Rocks (Celo), 2015, oil on canvas with attached fabric, 70" x 47"
Maureen Drdak – Planes 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.
Ashur 2 detail from Akedah Triptych, acrylic on wood with mineral threads, 48 in. x 48 in. x 2 in., 2004
Employee – Employee 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.
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.
Winter at the Homestead Marilyn Palmer, watercolor on paper, 7.5 in. x 9.5 in.
Abraham Ferraro – Every Which Way
1/15/2008 through 2/12/2008
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 Laderman 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.
THAT WAY, 2015, recycled cardboard, tape, packing stickers, postal service, 33” x 23” x 72”
Robin Germany – Sim-Biotic
3/17/2015 through 4/23/2015
Robin Germany's photographs derive elements from our constructed knowledge of nature and the biological world at its core. For the exhibition, Germany brings together three bodies of work representing her investigation of the natural world as it reflects and deflects its human neighbors. Her photographs propose a view of nature with cycles and relationships that are inextricably intertwined with ours and laden with implications for our future.
Robin Germany was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up further south in the small town of Friendswood, Texas. She earned a BA in Philosophy from Tulane, and an MFA in photography from the University of North Texas, and is an associate professor of photography at Texas Tech University. Her work is included in the collections of The Center for Photography at Woodstock; the Boise Art Museum; and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson.
Holly Lake: Buds Holly Lake: Buds, 2013, inkjet on paper, 38" x 30"
Mikhail Gubin – Geometry
11/6/2015 through 12/11/2015
Mikhail Gubin creates two- and three-dimensional collage works that do not exist in nature but at the same time are organic. His works on paper emanate from geometric drawings that are cut up and carefully reassembled. Part Cubist, part Surrealist, these images are best described as similar to the action of our memory: from fragments we reconstruct the past. Similarly, his sculptural works are created using an additive method, which involves attaching small wooden pieces to a larger wooden form. He uses wood discarded from city construction sites and values the process of creation and the idea of giving birth to unwanted materials.
Mikhail Gubin was born in the USSR and studied at the Art and Technology College of Zagorsk in the Moscow region. He has resided in New York City since 1989. His body of work includes sculptures, collages, drawings, paintings, and photography. His resume includes 33 solo and over 200 group exhibitions both within the United States and worldwide. In 2014, Mikhail Gubin became a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship program in the category of Crafts/Sculpture.
Convoluted Thinking 2014, mixed media on paper mounted on board, 42" x 46"
Richard Herzog – Urban 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.
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.
- 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. 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
Brahma's New World, Neil Chowdhury, 2009, digital photomontage, digital pigment print, 12 in. x 40 in.
Charles Fazzino – Collective Pop
7/10/2014 through 8/24/2014
Nationally-celebrated pop artist Charles Fazzino, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, is best known for his use of bright colors, attention to detail and a 3-D layering technique that brings his images to life. Over the past 30 years, Fazzino has exhibited his work in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than 20 different countries. He is often referred to as a pop-culture historian, as his work captures the best parts of contemporary life.
This exhibit will feature Fazzino's original artwork alongside artwork created by students in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties. Fazzino worked with fifth grade students during the creation of the official artwork for the 75th Anniversary of Little League�, held a multi-media presentation for the students at the Community Arts Center, and worked with their art teachers as they developed and completed independent projects with the students. Additionally, a master class and art contest were held for high school art students; the projects were initiated and supported by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.
Bright Lights, Big City, Broadway, n/d, 31" x 39"
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.
Faculty Art Exhibit sculptures by Brian Flynn, paintings by Rob Pierce.
Zelda Fitzgerald – The Art and Illustrations of Zelda Fitzgerald
11/14/2013 through 12/15/2013
Widely recognized as an icon of the Jazz Age, Zelda Fitzgerald was also an artist, writer and dancer. Though she had the freedom to explore her own aspirations during her marriage to literary giant F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda's pursuits were often overlooked or discounted. This exhibition celebrates Zelda Fitzgerald's creative life and artwork and features cityscapes, fairy tales, biblical images and more, all gouache on paper. This collection is on loan from Cecilia Ross, granddaughter of Zelda Fitzgerald, and presented in collaboration with the James V. Brown Library initiative, "One Book, One Community."
Fifth Avenue, n/d, gouache on paper, 14" x 17.5", Courtesy of Cecilia L. Ross
Dana Fritz – Garden 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.
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
Good Medicine Mike Kershnar for Element, 2007
Robert Gerhardt – Muslim/American American/Muslim
1/14/2016 through 3/4/2016
On September 11, 2001, there were innumerable casualties: lives claimed, loved ones shattered by grief, and another casualty that still struggles to be acknowledged. Muslim Americans have faced the brunt of serious cultural misunderstanding, discrimination, and acts of violence due to their perceived relation to the attackers.
This series documents the intersection between "Muslim" and "American," since the latter part of this community's identity is often forgotten. It aims to encourage a dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims in America and erase the boundaries that engender a sense of "them" and begin to foster a sense of "us." This project began on the first night of Ramadan in 2010 and continues through the present day.
Robert Gerhardt received his BA in Anthropology/Sociology and Art History from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and his MFA in Photography from the Lesley University College of Art and Design in Boston, MA. His work has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe and is in a number of private collections. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1999.
NYPD Traffic Officer at Prayer, Park 51, Manhattan, NY, 2012, gelatin silver print, 16" x 20"
Fred T. Gilmour – Searching 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.
Driftwood, photograph, 2005
Ray Gloeckler – Works 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.
As It Is, Not As I Would Have It, 2004-05, woodcut, 35" x 21 5/8"
Jason Godeke – Object 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.
Alone in the Garden, 2005, oil on canvas, 12 in. x 15 in.
Cynthia Harper – Applied 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.
Untitled, 2004, pastel on paper, 50 in. x 60 in.
Timothy Hawkesworth – Paintings 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.
Boat #1, 2001, mixed media on paper, 52 in. x 58 in.
Kay Healy – Vestiges
5/23/2017 through 7/23/2017
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.
Lost and Found, 2016, Screen printed, stuffed, and sewn fabric, 50’ x 8.5’ x 9"
Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg – Animal 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.
Sheep with Paratroopers, 2010, oil and silver leaf on panel, 16 in. x 16 in.
Brad Holland – Third 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.
Fifth Business, 2007, acrylic on panel
David Hostetler – The 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.
Ancient Tree Root Goddesses, bronze and wood, 69 in. to 82 in.
The Hundred Dresses Project – We Are All In This Together
6/4/2019 through 7/23/2019
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.
Untitled, Pilar Nadal, 2016, letterpress and collage
Joo Lee Kang – Nature Fathomable
8/18/2015 through 9/20/2015
By drawing mutated animals and plants, Joo Lee Kang questions nature's place in the modern context: what is nature; what is natural? The subjects she portrays challenge our definitions and show the difficulty of describing what is natural in our present day. Crossbreeding, genetic engineering - the ways humans can control and reconfigure the natural process - become more commonplace as technology advances. Should the results of such human-developed processes be construed as a part of nature, or should nature exist independently of human progress?
Joo Lee Kang received her BFA in Painting from Duksung Women's University, Republic of Korea, and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, and her artwork has been featured in various publications including Hi-Fructose Magazine, ARTnews, New American Paintings, and Artscope. She is an instructor at Seoul Digital University, Republic of Korea.
Still Life with Shells #4, 2014, ballpoint pen on paper, 19" x 25"
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.
Scarf detail, Shibori yokobiki kanoko, silk, 55 in. x 19 in.
Melanie Johnson – The Spaces Between
10/27/2017 through 12/7/2017
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.
Wild Domestic, 2015, charcoal on Arches, 72” x 144”
Nick Johnson – Transcendence
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.
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.
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 Kalina – New 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.
The Moon Mother Searches for Her Children 2007, oil on linen, 36 in. x 40 in.
Mark Khaisman – Likeness 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.
Roman Portrait 5 2009, packaging tape on plexiglass in light box, 48 in. x 36 in.
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.
- Howard Tran, Hanh Trinh
First Prize: $500
- John McKaig, Saints Never Surrender I
Second Prize: $300
- Gary Steele, Steps to Wonder
Third Prize: $100
and Viewer's Choice Award, $100 Le Jeune Chef Gift Card
- 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)
Hanh Trinh, artist: Howard Tran, 2011, burlap
Jeff Mann – Auto 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.
Mechanical Landscape 1, 2008, steel car parts, 28 in. x 25" x 4 in.
Shalya Marsh – Cipher
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).
Illuminated Substitution, 2009, earthenware, oxidation lowfire, 7.5 in. x 11 in. x 11 in.
Ned Martin – Before and After
5/29/2014 through 6/29/2014
Before and After explores how the creative process can be dramatically altered by a single event or experience. And more, how that event can enlighten and inspire an artist to paint the beauty of Life itself with intense love and adoration even while communing with the arcane darkness of loss.
On February 17, 2013 Ned Martin witnessed a tragic horse accident in which he lost his beloved wife and soul mate. The exhibition is physically divided in the gallery into two distinct sections of paintings produced during both periods of time, before and after February 17, 2013.
Ned Martin was a fine art major at Towson State University in Maryland, followed by formal art training at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore. Ned embraced the Schuler School experience and continues to grind his own paint. He lives and paints in both Mid-town Manhattan and rural Central Pennsylvania. Interview with Ned Martin
The Gap, 2012 , oil on panel, 7" x 12"
Amanda McCavour – Line: Drawn and Stitched
1/13/2015 through 3/5/2015
Amanda McCavour draws with thread, exploring the use of the sewn line in both 2-D wall pieces and 3-D installations. The stitch is used in her artwork to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the fibers of the body and more formal considerations of thread's accumulative presence. McCavour is interested in thread's assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together. Katie Addleman, visual arts reporter for Elle Canada wrote, "Her thread drawings [are] so phenomenally intricate and unique that they inspire the slack-jawed reaction usually reserved for Damien Hirst's preserved sheep."
McCavour holds a BFA from York University, Toronto, and an MFA in Fibers & Material Studies from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has participated in national and international exhibitions and has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Maison des Metiers D'art de Quebec, Quebec City; Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Yukon; and Arrowmont School of Crafts, Tennessee.
Hands, 2007, thread, 15" x 22"
Timothy McCoy – Sanctuary
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.
Devouring Sea 2010, palladium on translucent vellum, 30" x 16"
Gary Mesa-Gaido – Public 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.
Galeria Vittorio Emanuele, 2004, digital light jet print on silver halide glossy photo paper, 40" x 44"
Mindful – Exploring Mental Health Through Art
8/16/2018 through 10/11/2018
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.
My Other Self Sanctuary, Michael Janis, 2011, kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery, steel, 12” x 12” x 1”
The National Poster Retrospecticus
8/11/2017 through 9/13/2017
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
- Aesthetic Apparatus
- Methane Studios
- Tom Whalen
- Jason Munn
- Daniel Danger
Zahra Nazari - Transformation
1/12/2017 through 3/2/2017
Spatial ambiguity over the course of cultural change is the explored theme of Zahra Nazari’s paintings and installations. Structures both ancient and contemporary are merged into abstract, organic forms with floating, collapsing, and shifting environments. This unification is represented with both laws and chaos to convey the unsettled sensations caused by the transitions between different cultures.
Nazari was born in Iran. She received her MFA in Painting/Drawing from State University of New York, New Paltz; and her BFA from the School of Art & Architecture, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Iran. Most recently, she was awarded the 2016 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art from the Main Line Center; AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum; Residency, Cooper Union School of Art; and the Ruth Katzman Scholarship from the Art Students League Residency at Vyt. She has exhibited in national and international museums and galleries including: Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark; China Millennium Monument, Beijing; Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester; and Spartanburg Art Museum, SC. She currently resides in New York City.
Christopher Olszewski – No Place for the Weak
9/6/2013 through 10/6/2013
As part of his research into multicultural identity and the positioning of Native American artists in a contemporary context, Olszewski retraced the Trail of Tears from Georgia to Oklahoma. The 2,350-mile trek was a vision quest for him as an artist, educator and Native American. He visited battlefields, first settlements, treaty signings, borderlines and religious sites, exploring the contemporary wilderness to record, retrieve and listen to the whispers of the past. The trip also served as a means of transitioning his theories about cultural identity into a tangible body of two-dimensional work. As an active member of the Chippewas of Rama Mnjikaning First Nation, Olszewski's visual research has focused on the contemporary images of Native Americans. Everything from "Geronimo" as the CIA's code-name for Osama Bin Laden, to cigar store decorations and logos for professional sports teams, forms the basis of his work. The No Place for the Weak project helped humanize Native Americans beyond the corporate logos, cigar stores and souvenir shops. Olszewski earned a BFA in painting and drawing from Wayne State University, and an MFA in painting and sculpture from the University of Kentucky. He is a professor of foundation studies at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Always Difficult 2013, mixed material on paper, 12" x 12"
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.
Enceladus, artist: Ron Miller, 2005, digital image, 36 in. x 84 in.
Judith Peck – Hope and History
3/13/2018 through 5/15/2018
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.
Steeled, 2016, oil and plaster on board, 40” x 60”
Denis Peterson – Paintings
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.
Foot Action, acrylics and urethanes on canvas, 38 in. x 32 in.
Florence Putterman – Interwoven 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.
Tsunami, 2004, oil on canvas, 64 in. x 58 in.
Antonio Puri – I 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: Antonio Puri, 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.
View photographs, page 9 on pdf
PCToday Article - Infinite Possibilities installation
Healing, 2009, mixed media on canvas, 72 in. x 72 in.
Michelle Ramin – The sky's (not) the limit
7/14/2016 through 8/14/2016
Michelle Ramin explores the possibilities and limitations surrounding humanity’s insatiable search for happiness and contentment. Her highly rendered figurative pieces discuss the mundane concerns of the everyday, searching for the sublime in common occurrences. Ramin’s work examines a particular socio-economic demographic: the “slacker" or “hipster" culture. In her pieces, the lifestyle of this group emphasizes lounging, partying, and other inexpensive, perhaps ironic pastimes that young people can afford. Considering many of these works to be self-portraits and portraits of her peers, Ramin sees herself and her fellow 30-somethings as a generation that is adrift, while steadfastly searching for something that prior generations cannot help them to find.
Ramin received her BA from Penn State University and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has been featured in such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, 580 Split, and New American Paintings. In 2014, she received the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Goldie Award in Visual Art. Originally from Williamsport, PA, Ramin currently lives and works in San Francisco.
Artist-in-Residence: Antonio Puri, 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.
View photographs, page 9 on pdf
PCToday Article - Infinite Possibilities installation
Quiet Riot, 2013, colored pencil on paper, 22" x 30"
Regional Juried Exhibition 2018
5/29/2018 through 6/27/2018
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
The exhibition showcases 63 works by 51 artists from 35 Pennsylvania cities and towns.
Tammie Rubin – Neverwhere and Nowhere
4/8/2014 through 5/4/2014
Neverwhere and Nowhere is an exhibition of assemblages of collected objects; the primary interest is transforming the familiar, disposable, and trivial into the mythic and fantastical. Rubin explores the wonderment of magical thinking and the charm of constructed forms and ornate contraptions. The conical shapes of her ceramics allude to a function of channeling, transmitting, or filtering, and reference conical forms that imply communication: voice pipes, megaphones, dunce caps, gramophones, steeples, and satellite dishes. Through process, she tries to satisfy her curiosity for sumptuous fluid surfaces, and ideas of accumulation and myth. Utilizing the amorphous properties of clay, while exploring its inherent materiality, she creates fanciful objects that feel both familiar and alien.
Tammie Rubin was born in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Washington, and received a BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now an assistant professor of ceramics foundations. Her work has appeared in Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics Monthly.
The Stillness in the Room, detail, 2012, slip-cast and handbuilt porcelain, glaze, 17" x 9" x 8.5"
David Foss, Michelle Marcuse & Antonio Puri – ReMix: 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.
Untitled #20, David Foss, 2001, mixed media on canvas, 64 in. x 54 in.
Drops Patterned by Lamplight, Michelle Marcuse, 2005, beeswax & digital image transfer on paper, 17 in. x 21 in.
Melting Pot, Antonio Puri, 2004, mixed media on canvas, 12 ft. x 8 ft.
Lauren Schiller & Tom Baker – Prints 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.
Fast Food, Lauren Schiller, oil on panel, 6 in. x 8 in.
Meredith Setser – Floreal 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.
Grotto (interior detail) 2009, etching, silkscreen, relief on handmade felt, 25' x 10' x 1.5'
Jesse Smith – American Epic
10/25/2018 through 10/25/2018
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.
American Technology III, 2011, linocut, 36” x 24”
Ed Smith – Though much is taken, much abides...
5/28/2015 through 6/26/2015
Ed Smith's drawings and bronze sculptures are primarily involved with the mythic and heroic aspects of the Artist and man, reminding the viewer how to retain humanity in a world where oftentimes the wrong individuals are idealized. Traditionally, bronze figures served to commemorate the past, present and future, and prompted viewers to remember great deeds, great men or actions; they embodied the dreams and hopes of men, cities, states and countries. Smith's sculptures attempt to bring into focus what we overlook as well as to create a sense of historical continuity with the great art of the past. His drawings, depicting beggars of Venice, echo the tragedy of the homeless and depict characters very similar to Artists, being outsiders beyond the scope of conventions.
Ed Smith is a Guggenheim Fellow in Sculpture and Drawing and an Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He holds degrees from Columbia University and Pratt Institute, and is a professor of art at Marist College. Smith has had over 45 solo exhibitions and his work is represented in public and private collections in the United States and abroad.
Beggar (left), Hercules with Club (right), 2011, bronze, 15" h.
Margaret Smithers-Crump – Full Circle
5/24/2016 through 6/30/2016
Margaret Smithers-Crump's current body of work focuses on vulnerability, growth, powerlessness, and transformation within natural cycles of life. It addresses the passage of time, the maturation of beauty, and the inevitability of disintegration. This dual relationship of death and renewal has historically been at the epicenter of philosophy, mythology, and diverse systems of belief. To explore these concepts of strength and frailty, the artist uses translucent Plexiglas as her primary material. Plexiglas can function as a painting substrate or as a substance that can be manipulated - it can be cut into shapes, bent or melted by heat, chemically bonded, etched, or sanded down to receive diverse art media. Smithers-Crump frequently works with multiple forms that are staged into arrangements to present a particular condition or moment in time. While Plexiglas is relatively strong, its glass-like appearance suggests fragility; by extension, it implies the possibility of breakage and acts as a metaphor for existence. It is this tension between the beauty of the material and its apparent vulnerability that she finds so fascinating.
Margaret Smithers-Crump is a Canadian artist based in Houston, Texas. For the last 18 years, Smithers-Crump has been exploring the creative potential of Plexiglas, in both painting and installations. She received her BFA in Painting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Among her recent exhibitions is a one-person show at Houston's Lawndale Art Center.
Time Released, 2013, oil paint, oil bar & acrylic on translucent Plexiglas, 106" h
Merrill Steiger – Worlds 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.
Ancestral Journeys, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 144"
Evan Summer – Prints, 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.
Landscape XVI, 1984, etching, engraving, drypoint, 23 in. x 29 in.
Take Ten –
8/25/2016 through 10/9/2016
The Gallery at Penn College celebrates ten years of exhibiting contemporary art in the Madigan Library on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Since opening in 2006, the Gallery has hosted more than 55 solo and more than 20 group and traveling exhibitions featuring a wide variety of exceptional talent and thought-provoking work. To commemorate the 10th anniversary, 25 past exhibiting artists have been invited to exhibit new work. The exhibition is intended to celebrate both the artists and the community that has supported the Gallery and its special programs.
The exhibition will include work in a range of media including ceramics, digital media, fiber art, installation, mixed media, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. A catalog will be available during the opening reception, and visitors will be invited to vote for the People’s Choice award.
We believe that access to the arts is a vital part of our community, and look forward to continuing to provide high quality exhibitions to Penn College and the region. Help us celebrate our past and future artistic journey!
Morgan Craig, Ouroboros, 2013, oil on linen, 72 x 54"
Cheryl Tall & Ceil Sturdevant – Arrested 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'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. Tall holds an MFA from the University of Miami. 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.
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.
Florabella, Cheryl Tall, 2008, coil built from architectural clay, surfaced with kiln fired terra sigillata, slip, glaze and oxides, 42 in. x 18 in. x 26 in.
7/10/2012 through 8/26/2012
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.
Cynthia Fisher Cynthia Fisher, Textures, Fall, 2012, mixed media, 25" x 28"
Daryl Thetford – The Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time
7/9/2015 through 8/9/2015
External information and images are in constant competition for our attention. We are bombarded with advertisements on billboards, television, and the Internet; weather updates, mail, images of war, and stories of loss and disaster are available to us night and day. At the same time we are bombarded from within by a constant loop of hopes, dreams, and fears - creating a chaos which impacts our lives as we find ourselves forever toiling, as hero or villain of the stories we tell ourselves, in the shadow of our mortality. Thetford's work asks how we can engage in a dialogue with the chaos that will advance rather than alienate us.
Daryl Thetford uses actual photographs to create his digital compositions. His process begins with photographs focused on people, signs, trains, graffiti, urban walls, boxes, metal, maps, and other Americana ephemera. After developing the images from raw digital files, he alters a specific image to black and white and then begins a process of cut and paste using multiple images of close-ups of paint, followed by photographs of signs. Numerous other photos are added and overlapped. Often 75 or more photographs are used in this process.
Daryl Thetford's recent solo exhibitions include the Coffman Art Gallery at the University of Minnesota; the Art Museum of the University of Memphis; and The Arts Company, Nashville. Recent group exhibitions include Lincoln Center, Fort Collins; Art Scapes at the Knoxville Museum of Art; Open Concept Gallery for the SMart Multimedia Festival, Grand Rapids; and The Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga. His work is included in over 30 private, public, and corporate collections.
Man at Crossroads, 2014, digital media, 52" x 36"
Miguel Tio – Artist 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 Where Science Meets Art exhibition held at The Gallery at Penn College in 2007. 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.
Unseen Companies, detail, 2008, oil on canvas, mische technique on masonite, 30 in. x 40 in.
Doug Tausik – Bodies 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.
Figure Struggling within a Contour Figure Struggling within a Contour, not dated, wood, 36 in. x 26 in. x 22 in.
Putsee Vannucci – In the Field of Play
7/12/2013 through 8/30/2013
This photographic exhibition commemorates legendary Williamsport photographer Putsee Vannucci and celebrates his contributions to the visual history of the Little League Baseball(R) World Series. Vannucci shot thousands of remarkable images and witnessed the expansion of the event from a national to an international focus. A wide range of fascinating images in the exhibition include behind-the-scenes and on-the-field images of the players, the icons, the visitors, and the historic moments. The images in the exhibition were selected from the archives of the Little League Museum and date from 1947-1990. These captivating photos will appeal to baseball, photography, and history fans of all ages!
Putsee Vannucci, 1950 Putsee Vannucci, 1950
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.
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.
Earth, Water, Air, and Fire Brigid Marlin, 1998, oil and tempera, 36 in. x 31 in.
Bill Wolff & Marcia Wolfson Ray – Natural 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. 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. Wolfson Ray earned an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, and has received numerous awards for her work.
O Ye, Bill Wolff, n/d, camphor, copper leaf, 122" x 71" x 71"
Ed Wong-Ligda – Beauty, 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.
Gwendolyn as America Wounded 2007, oil on canvas, 48 in. x 70 in.
Frank Lloyd Wright – Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home
1/14/2014 through 3/29/2014
What is the experience of building and living in a home designed by America's greatest architect? How do you live in a work of art? Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home explores the relationship between an architect and his clients, Dr. John and Kay Christian, as they worked together to create one family's definition of an American dream home. Told through the juxtaposition of original objects and furniture, architectural fragments, rare archival materials, historic photographs, and video footage, this exhibit explores the creation of a Wright house made into a family home. Samara was constructed between 1954 and 1956 in West Lafayette, Indiana, and was based on Wright's Usonian houses-modest-sized, affordable, environmentally sensitive dwellings-of which Wright created over one hundred designs. Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara offers visitors a unique behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an architectural masterpiece.
Samara Dining room. Digital image courtesy of Samara, photo by Alexander Vertikoff.
Renee Zettle-Sterling – Objects 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.
Objects of Mourning 5 2008, silver, casting, soldering, 7.6 cm x 8.9 cm x 7.6 cm