Students face finals through woodworking whimsy

Published 11.18.2022

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The second floor of the library offers ample wall space for a student exhibit.A stunning display of angled artistry by Ian P. Nevius, of Sunbury, a junior in software development & information managementLet’s invite this happy guy to our next party! (Work by Justin Guthrie, a graphic design junior from Mifflinburg.)Characters are stalking the second floor of The Madigan Library at Pennsylvania College of Technology – and they’re not the book variety!

Wood masks crafted by students in two sections of Wood Sculpture (ART142) are on display through Finals Week in early December (until their creators whisk them away for winter break).

A regal array of spiky and feathery headdresses“Wood is an important medium for the creative artist as well as the craftsman, artisan and builder,” reads the course rationale. “The sculptor exploits its potential to create works that exhibit energy, power and individual expression. Because sculpting in wood is a very physical and kinetic art process, this course will service the college community by providing a studio-based art elective for students who prefer the direct and immediate hands-on approach to making art.”

That look on your face when you suddenly realize the end of the semester is closing in! (Mask created by Toni E. Novosel, of Mifflinburg, a graphic design junior.)Providing an introduction to three-dimensional design concepts and the history of sculpture, the course also offers students an opportunity to experiment with the abstraction of form – all relevant study for educational and creative exploration.

This close-up reveals creative precision and detail – courtesy of Abigail V. Thomas, a graphic design senior residing in South Williamsport.The two sections of the open art elective were taught this semester by Mark W. Wilson, graphic design instructor, and David A. Stabley, a part-time advertising art faculty member (who retired from full-time employment earlier this year).

Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel,
writer/photo editor