Updated database provides sortable 'Art on Campus' catalog
The Art on Campus collection at Pennsylvania College of Technology – which has tripled since the first online database was created in 2005 – serves to enhance the physical and aesthetic campus environment, and offer opportunities for personal growth, social awareness and cultural diversity. The collection includes over 300 works of art in a wide range of media by professional artists. This diverse collection has been acquired through both purchase and donation, and is on display in all academic and administrative buildings.
"We are pleased to present the new website and hope virtual visitors will enjoy viewing the artwork, while allowing campus visitors to easily locate artwork by artist or building using the new sortable function," said Penny Griffin Lutz, director of The Gallery at Penn College. "Ninety percent of the works in the collection are on public display; we hope the work will encourage conversations and questions, and appreciation for the role of the arts in daily life."
Some of the earliest pieces in the collection were the winning paintings from the Ways Garden Art Competition. They were purchased by the Williamsport Recreation Commission and later presented to Williamsport Area Community College, the predecessor of Penn College.
Those works from 1966-78 include paintings by Bald Eagle Art League founding members Richard Brocious and Peter Gstalder, among others.
The Bald Eagle Art League revived the regional art exhibition in later years, and in 2002 and 2004, the event was held on main campus. The college and the Penn College Foundation purchased works by regional artists, including Susan Nicholas Gephart and Lynn Estomin, in both of those years.
The Williamsport Area Community College Foundation commissioned paintings by regional artists in the 1980s and 1990s, which were reproduced as a series of limited-edition prints and offered for purchase to the public. Original works by those artists – including Ken Hunter, Carol Wagner, Steven Bower, David Armstrong and David Seybold – are part of the Art on Campus collection.
Another highlight is "Triad," by artist Stephen Porter, a stainless-steel sculpture commissioned by the college in the late 1980s. That sculpture is outside Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, a fine-dining training experience for students in Penn College’s School of Business, Arts & Sciences.
A series of 10 photographs by Terry Wild were donated by Joan E. Schell, who retired in 2018. Wild was formerly a Williamsport-based photographer who worked primarily in black and white. His photographs are also in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Norton Simon Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Nelson-Atkins Museum, among others.
For more information on the Art on Campus collection, visit The Gallery at Penn College.
Serving as an educational resource for Penn College students and a cultural asset to the community, The Gallery at Penn College is dedicated to promoting art appreciation through exhibitions of contemporary art.
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