The Gallery at Penn College to Host Works of Renowned Sculptor

Published 09.14.2006


Installation of Ancient Tree Root Goddesses, year (various), bronzeThe Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology's new Roger and Peggy Madigan Library, will host "The Iconography of the Goddess," an exhibit of sculpture by David Hostetler, Oct. 3-29.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Following the opening, gallery hours are Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Hostetler, a professor emeritus at Ohio University, specializes in wood and bronze sculpture of the female form. A celebrated American woodcarver and bronze sculptor for more than 50 years, he gained national prominence in the 1960s with his "American Woman Series." His works appear in more than 25 museums and have 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 artists who have gone on to fame.

He received his art degree from Indiana University in 1948. In 1949, he received a master's of fine arts from Ohio University. His career includes guest teaching and lecturing throughout the United States and Mexico. He retired as a full professor of sculpture from Ohio University in 1985.

Hostetler first entered the artistic world by accident. During World War II, while studying as an engineer in the Army, he suffered a shrapnel wound in the leg during a training exercise in California. While recuperating for six months, he became interested in art after receiving drawing materials from an American Red Cross volunteer. Now 79, he recently embarked on a new direction in his woodcarving that is inspired by the Anasazi American Indians of the Southwest. Painting combined with sculptures is another avenue he is exploring.

For more information about Hostetler and his works, visit online.

For more information about The Gallery at Penn College, call (570) 320-2445, or send e-mail.