Works by Allegheny Alumni on Display at ArtPrize Nine

Two Allegheny College alumni are exhibiting their work in ArtPrize Nine, an international art competition that bills itself as the most attended annual public art event in the world.

Zane Miller ’09 is one of five artists on a juror’s short list in the installation category for his work “Two-way Protocols” and one of 25 artists leading a public vote in the same category, putting him in contention for prizes to be announced Friday, Oct. 6. The competition awards more than $500,000 in prizes each year, including a $200,000 Jurors’ Grand Prize and a $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize.

Adrienne Vittorio ’04 is displaying her work “Horses Being Horses: Western Wild Herd” in the three-dimensional category.

Now in its ninth year, ArtPrize is art on a grand scale, attracting 500,000 visitors to downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. For 19 days — this year, Sept. 20 through Oct. 8 — theaters, restaurants, museums, parks, hotels and other spaces are transformed into galleries showcasing all manner of art. The 2016 competition featured 1,453 works created by artists from 40 states and 44 countries, exhibited in 170 venues. This year’s competition showcases 1,346 entries in 175 venues.

Miller, 30, of Columbus, Ohio, graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in May with the ArtPrize entry as his master’s thesis.

“Two-way Protocols” is an interactive installation of two large suspended cubes made with a two-way mirror. Participants who enter the cube see multiple reflections of themselves and participants in the adjacent cube; viewers on the outside can observe the participants within.

“It creates a kaleidoscopic effect where you see yourself repeated around you in mirrors,” Miller said. “(The people outside) can see you inside the box but you can’t see them. It’s really about our participation with private and public spaces and contemporary communication in the 21st century.”

Miller’s work is part of a larger six-artist show within the competition, “Society of Spectacle.”

“It’s really an honor” to participate, he said.

Vittorio’s piece, “Horses Being Horses: Western Wild Herd,” is a three-dimensional sculpture of five horses made from copper, wood, jute twine, leather and metal. She made a similar sculpture for her senior comprehensive project at Allegheny.

“It’s still surreal to me that I’m doing this,” said Vittorio, 35, of Saegertown, Pennsylvania. “This is way outside of my comfort zone.”

Vittorio and her husband were vacationing at a dude ranch in Montana in 2016 when they met a couple from Grand Rapids. When the subject of art came up — Vittorio’s degree is in studio art — the couple told her about the ArtPrize competition and suggested she enter.

Vittorio, an inventory coordinator at Lord Corp. in Saegertown, hadn’t practiced art since she graduated in 2004. But the thought of entering kept nagging at her and, finally, she did.

Is art now again in her future?

“We’ll see where this goes,” she said. “This might open big opportunities and I might go in that direction. I’ve always been a planner. Now that I’m getting older, I’m trying to get away from planning every aspect and enjoying life and seeing where it takes you.”

Amara Geffen, the Eila V. Bush Professor of Art at Allegheny, has worked with both Miller and Vittorio.

“This is exciting news for Adrienne and Zane, and for the College,” Geffen said. “It clearly reflects their strength as artists, and the strength of our studio art major. To have two alumni involved in one year, one in contention for prizes, is both serendipitous and significant. Having worked closely with both Adrienne and Zane, and knowing how profound this sort of experience can be for artists, I am thrilled for them, and I am proud of them and our program.”

Photo at top courtesy Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University; photo: Matt Gubancsik.

Photo of horses courtesy of Adrienne Vittorio.

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Allegheny Art Galleries Feature ‘Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys’

The art galleries of Allegheny College will exhibit ‘Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys,’ works by Helen Zughaib, from Tuesday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 12. An opening reception and artist’s lecture, free and open to the public, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the galleries.

Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art Helen currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. Of her work she writes, in part, “I feel that my background in the Middle East allows me to approach the experiences I have in America in a unique way, remaining an observer of both the Arab and American cultures. I believe that the arts are one of the most important tools we have to help shape and foster dialogue and positive ideas between the Middle East and the United States.”Zughaib’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Lebanon, and included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General, Vancouver, Canada, American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, the Arab American National Museum in, Michigan, and the DC Art Bank collection.

Please note that the exhibit frankly acknowledges the inhumanity of war and highlights the humanity of refugees, and that the exhibit will be closed for fall break between Saturday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The exhibition is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30-4 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays. The Art Galleries, which are wheelchair accessible, are located in Doane Hall of Art, east of North Main Street between College and John Streets in Meadville. For more information, phone 814-332-4365 or visit the art galleries website.

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‘Arab Spring / Unfinished Journeys’

The Allegheny College Art Galleries will present “Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys,” works by Helen Zughaib, from Oct. 3 through Nov. 12. An opening reception will be held Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the galleries. The exhibit will be closed from Oct. 7 through Oct. 10 for Fall Break.

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Rich Earns Honorable Mention for Work, Awarded New Commission

Assistant Professor of Art Byron Rich has been honored with an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz Austria for his project Open Source Estrogen. He will be in Austria in early September to receive the award.

Rich recently spoke at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment at Wayne State University in Detroit in June and at the Balance/Unbalance conference in Plymouth, England, in addition to showing his project Avifauna of Estrogenic Paradise in August.

Rich was awarded a commission by the Science Gallery Dublin to construct a new work entitled M-Ark (Microbiome Ark) for the show In Case of Emergency in October of 2017. He has been serving for the past four months as artist in residence at The University at Buffalo’s Coalesce Lab for Bioart in Buffalo, New York.

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Allegheny College Art Galleries Announce 2017-18 Exhibit Schedule

More than a dozen artists will come together to create “8 Hour Projects: Beyond These Walls” on Sept. 2 in the art galleries of Allegheny College, the first exhibit of the 2017-18 season.
An annual event, “8 Hour Projects” features works made on site, with the public invited to observe and, in some cases, participate. This year’s exhibit, featuring the work of 13 artists, all Allegheny College alumni, examines how artists work beyond the walls of Allegheny. The exhibit, curated by Darren Lee Miller, runs through Sept. 24.

The art galleries will present “Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys,” works by Helen Zughaib, from Oct. 3-Nov. 12. A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Zughaib aims to “encourage dialogue and bring understanding acceptance between the people of the Arab world and the United States” through her art. Zughaib’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Lebanon, and included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, and the U.S Consulate General.
An opening reception and artist’s lecture will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the galleries. The exhibit runs through Nov. 12 but will be closed Sat., Oct. 7 through Tuesday, Oct. 10 for fall break.
“Rough Trade: Clay Bodies and Queer Visions,” aims to reconceive the word “trade” as used in gay slang, to move it beyond sexuality and sex acts specifically to the broader realm of queerness. Many of the invited artists have created new works for the show to explore traditional craft, non-normative identity, power play, and risky assignations through ceramic sculpture and functional ware.
The exhibit, featuring the work of 11 artists and curated by Wesley Harvey, Darren Lee Miller, and Ian F. Thomas, will be on display from Jan. 23 through March 4. An opening reception will be held Jan. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the galleries.
The 2017-18 season also includes a display of senior projects and Advanced Studio projects from Dec. 5-15; the Annual Student Show, featuring the work of graduating seniors and art majors and minors, April 3-15; and an exhibition of senior projects, April 3-15.
“8 Hour Projects: Beyond These Walls,” “Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys,” and “Rough Trade: Clay Bodies and Queer Visions” are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Please note some exhibit content is recommended for mature audiences.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30-4 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays.
The Art Galleries, which are wheelchair accessible, are located in Doane Hall of Art, east of North Main Street between College and John Streets in Meadville. For more information, phone 814-332-4365 or visit the art galleries website.
Image © Paula Frisch, Allegheny College class of 2011

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Senior Projects Exhibit

The art galleries of Allegheny College will feature the work of seven graduating seniors from April 25 through May 7. The exhibit will open with a reception from 7 to 8 p.m. on April 25 in the galleries.

The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays.

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Senior Projects Featured in Allegheny Student Art Exhibit

The art galleries of Allegheny College will feature the work of seven graduating seniors from April 25 through May 7. The exhibit will open with a reception from 7 to 8 p.m. on April 25 in the galleries.

The pieces on display will include a multimedia installation by Dave Ambroso, an art and technology major. Studio art major and psychology minor Madeline Becker creates an immersive sculpture focusing on the interconnection of political, industrial, social, and environmental landscapes in relation to oil, and Halie Gary, a studio art major, offers personal reflections upon African American “hair culture,” with historical and contemporary examples. Elizabeth Person’s studio art project, a video entitled Scaél Eitil (Flying Story), is an animated fable that takes place in an enchanted Irish setting. Jack Ohrman’s combined senior project in environmental studies and studio art is a speculative design study using robotics as a tool for environmental science research. Studio art major Christina Truwit makes minimalist sculptures created with found objects that question platonic ideals about both form and function. Jonathan Yee paints a series of images on glass to explore personal memory and geography for his major in studio art.

The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays.

The Art Galleries, which are wheelchair accessible, are located in Doane Hall of Art, a wing of the Campus center, east of North Main Street between College and John
Streets in Meadville. For more information, call 814-332-4365 or visit www.allegheny.edu/artgalleries.

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Kali Albern, a Member of Allegheny’s Class of 2017 — in Spirit

Kali Albern sketching

In a perfect world, Kali Albern ’17 would march across the stage at Allegheny College’s Commencement on May 13, happily accepting her bachelor’s degree as an art major.

Sadly, that won’t happen. Kali tragically died in August 2015 when she should have been preparing to return to campus for her junior year.

“Kali felt very connected to Allegheny,” says her mother, Sherri Albern. “She joined several clubs and had a lot of fun with the friends she made. When she was at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Headache and Facial Pain Clinic and was asked what she wanted to be able to do with her life, she responded, ‘Go back to Allegheny.’ Her last posts talked about her desire to go back to school.” 

Kali unexpectedly died while undergoing treatment for an intractable migraine (a migraine that doesn’t go away) that started in January 2015. “Two days after she transitioned, we got the results of a specialized EEG that showed that although her cerebral cortex was normal, some of the underlying brain structures were always ‘on,’” says her mother. “Her brain would never turn off and let her completely rest.”

To memorialize Kali and honor her work, the Alberns hosted an exhibition of her artwork at the public library in their hometown, Colorado Springs, Colorado, in November 2016. The exhibit included oil paintings, abstract photography and pencil drawings of people, fantasy and pets.

“We wanted to share Kali’s art,” her mother says. “Anyone who wanted a copy of any of the pieces was asked to donate to a charity of their choice. It was very gratifying to be able to show her art.”

While at Allegheny, Kali was known to have a sympathetic ear for all of her classmates who needed to talk about what was happening in their lives. In her obituary, it says: “Kali spent her life caring about people and helping others with their troubles and challenges. From preschool through high school she always went right up to new students and welcomed them with open arms. Even when she went to college and was not feeling well she was the go-to person for anyone with problems ranging from boyfriends or girlfriends to classroom work.”

Amara Geffen, Eila V. Bush Professor of Art, recalls Kali as a young woman committed to social justice. “I first met Kali when she enrolled in my FS 102 course in the second semester of her freshman year. The course, Vision and Activism, suited Kali’s sense of passion and purpose, and her keen ability to creatively critique cultural norms that she experienced as unjust and restrictive. Following the FS class, and through a series of studio art courses, Kali explored opportunities to integrate and hone her skills as an artist with her passion for social justice and equity. Watching these discoveries unfold for Kali was a gift she gave to us all,” Geffen said.

Artwork by Kali Albern (Click on the photo for a larger version.)

Classmate Emiranzala Kisyanto ’17 of Jakarta, Indonesia, remembers Kali as “stubborn in her beliefs, but that’s what made her charming. She was a wonderful person who I enjoyed spending time with, either watching some shows in her dorm room or hanging out with our other friends. Oh, she also would get pretty excited about the things she liked.”

Growing up, Kali did what most young girls do. She played soccer for several years. “She wasn’t much of a runner but she had fun loping down the field,” her mother recalls. She was in the Girl Scouts, enjoyed singing and learned to play several musical instruments in school. Most of all, she loved to read. “In elementary school, she’d literally walk down the hall with her nose in a book,” Sherri Albern says.

“Very early on, Kali was a talented artist,” her mother recalls. “She loved to draw and probably filled 20 or more sketchbooks. Art was her passion and a way to share her vision of the world.”

Kali decided to attend Allegheny after a campus visit that almost didn’t happen.

Says Sherri Albern: “She was looking for a small college where she’d feel like she would fit in. The east coast has a lot more choices in small, private schools than in Colorado. The phrase ‘a place where students with unusual combinations of interests, skills and talents excel’ really resonated with her. Despite that, when we did the family college tour we almost didn’t make the drive way out to western Pennsylvania. I’m sure glad we did because she loved Allegheny as soon as she got there.”

Kali used an alternate name on social media, Teyalora, and signed her art with a stylized “TL.”

Says Kali’s mother: “For those of us who knew her, these words embody her: artistic, authentic, caring, friend, individual, kind and loving.”

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Annual Art Show Features Work of Allegheny Students

The Annual Student Art Show will be held from April 4 to April 16 in the art galleries of Allegheny College. Students who wish to participate can drop off their work on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, from 11:30 to 4 p.m. An opening reception and awards ceremony will be Tuesday, April 4, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

This year’s show, which will feature works in a variety of media, is juried by John Vanco, Allegheny alumnus and director of the Erie Art Museum.
Doane Prizes in Art are awarded for a series or body of work in the categories of painting or drawing, sculpture or ceramics, and graphics (which includes prints, photographs, video and computer art). The award winners, who are selected by the art department faculty along with the outside juror, receive a cash award and an inscribed book. The Doane Prizes are provided through the generosity of the late Foster B. Doane, a former Allegheny College trustee.

Additionally, the art department faculty selects artwork to be purchased through the Doane Student Art Merit and Acquisitions Fund. These student works are acquired for public display at Allegheny or awarded a cash prize in cases where acquisition of the artwork would be impractical due to size or other constraints. The Doane Juror’s Awards are selected by the outside juror for outstanding individual works of art in the show.

In addition to the juried exhibition, a selection of works will be on display in the areas adjoining the galleries. This exhibition is organized by the Student Art Society as a “Salon des Refuses,” which is an art tradition of displaying alternative works not chosen by the jurors.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. The Art Galleries are located in the Doane Hall of Art on the Allegheny College campus, North Main Street, between College and John streets in Meadville. The art galleries are wheelchair accessible; gallery tours are available to groups by request. All events at the Allegheny College art galleries are free and open to the public. For more information, please call (814) 332-4365.

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Annual Student Art Show

All Allegheny students are encouraged to submit their creative artworks to the Annual Student Art Show. Works are carefully chosen by a guest juror, and all accepted works are displayed in the galleries. Cash awards and other prizes are given for the best works in several categories.

Drop-off dates for artwork are Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, from 11:30 to 4 p.m. The exhibition will open with a reception on Tuesday, April 4 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the art galleries and continue through April 16.

Pictured is Senior Project in Art & Technology, Becca Anderson ’16

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