Williamsport Student’s Art Exhibited at Penn College Gallery

Published 06.14.2017

The Gallery at Penn College

Artwork created by Brayden Cohick, a 2017 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, is on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through July 23.

Cohick was selected to receive The Gallery at Penn College’s Artistic Excellence Award recognizing outstanding talent and achievement in the visual arts. The award includes a gift certificate to The College Store and an opportunity to exhibit artwork in the gallery lobby. Given to a student who demonstrates skill in his or her selected medium and knowledge of the artistic process, the purpose of the prize is to encourage the student to continue exploring the visual arts.

Williamsport Area High School graduate Brayden Cohick with some of his artwork that will be on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through July 23.Cohick’s featured pieces include colored pencil and pen drawings. Some of his art is paired with writing.

The student exhibit coincides with “Vestiges,” an exhibition of fabric installations by Kay Healy, a Philadelphia artist.

“The art that I create reflects how I am feeling,” Cohick said. “Whether that feeling is confusion, happiness, sadness, or even anger, it will be visible in the piece that I created during that time. Some of it is dark and confusing, while some of it is warm and pleasing to look at. Occasionally, I will create a piece that has a little bit of both sides. Typically, I create a small drawing or painting with a questionable caption that has a deeper or darker meaning. My artwork is open for interpretation, meaning that not everyone will feel the same when they look at certain pieces. Whether it reminds you of a certain memory, or you can relate it to a specific feeling, your initial impression may be different than the person next to you, which is something that I try to achieve when I sit down to draw.”

Cohick began taking art classes as a junior and says the classes helped him enjoy school more and introduced him to new friends and connections. He hopes to continue creating art in college. Although he is undecided on where he will go to college, he plans to pursue a degree in education.

“The Gallery at Penn College strives to be an important educational resource for students and a cultural asset to the college and local communities,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery director. “The gallery is dedicated to promoting art appreciation through exhibitions of contemporary art and accompanying programs. The gallery supports the mission of Penn College and offers opportunities for personal growth, social awareness, cultural diversity and education through direct experiences with original works of art. The gallery is proud to offer an award to an emerging young artist.”

Located on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, the gallery’s summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays (closed Mondays and Saturdays). The gallery will be closed July 2-5.

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