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Scholar Heading to Vietnam to Help Children with Disabilities

Story and photo by Mary Hill

Allegheny College student Joe Phelps, of Titusville, wanted to go outside his comfort zone by traveling to South Vietnam for a six-week stay, where he will work with children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Phelps is heading to the former Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, with a population of nine million people.

He is traveling to Vietnam as a member of the university’s Bonner Scholar program.

According to the Allegheny College website, the Bonner Scholar program follows a similar framework, over a four-year period as Bonner leaders who work with a local agency for two years. They are part of the national AmeriCorps program, receive financial compensation for their commitment and participate in a leadership development training series.

Phelps, who is a senior at Allegheny, is majoring in studio art and environmental science.

He said the Bonner Scholar program is one of the more well-known and prestigious programs at the college.

He said there are about 60 students in the program, and 12 students join the program each academic year.

He added that the Bonner Scholar program involves federal work/study for students.

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Source: Student & Alumni Features

Natalie Bensel ’15 Shows Work at Erie Art Museum Spring Show

Studio art major Natalie Bensel ’15 had a work accepted into the 91st Annual Spring Show currently on view at the Erie Art Museum. Her performance art video “Burden” includes ten individual performances, playing simultaneously, that explore personal burdens in an effort to create an overwhelming feeling of the chaotic beauty of what it means to be alive. The exhibit will close on July 20.

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Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Entries Sought for Doane Prizes in Art

Through the generosity of the late Foster B. Doane, a former Allegheny trustee, awards in art are given annually as a result of a competition. The prizes in Painting and Drawing, Graphics, Sculpture or Ceramics, and Juror’s Prize will be presented on April 1st, 2014, during the opening reception of the student art exhibition. All winners will receive a cash award and a book inscribed to indicate the nature of the award.

Entries are due on March 24th & 25th from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. If these times are not workable, special arrangements can be made to drop off the work at an earlier time. Works will not be accepted after due date!

Additional information is available in the Art Gallery, Doane Hall of Art, or from Art Department faculty.


Husband and Wife Professors Share Insights on Male Counterpart, Artist in Residence Steve Prince

An interview with Artist in Residence Steve Prince was published in Issue 78 of Image Magazine. The interview accompanied an article by Beth McCoy of SUNY Geneseo titled “Second Line and the Art of Witness: Steve Prince’s Katrina Suite.”

Professor Prince’s wife, Associate Professor of English Valerie Sweeney Prince, also wrote an article on Steve’s work for the International Review of African American Art. The article is titled “Portrait of a Marriage: Steve A. Prince’s Old Testament as Viewed by His Wife.”

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Art Professor Travels to Share Work at Mix Symposium

Richard A. Schindler, Associate Professor of Art, presented the paper, “Dutiful Daughters? Phoebe Gloeckner’s A Child’s Life and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home,” in a session on Issues in Contemporary Comics at the second annual Mix Symposium at Columbus College of Art and Design on September 27-28, 2013.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Art Department seeks two new professors.

The Art Department is reluctantly saying farewell to Professors Sue Buck and George Roland, for whom Spring 2014 will be the last semester of teaching.   As a consequence of their retirement, the department is searching for two new professors of studio art.

Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Painting

Assistant Professor of Drawing and Printmaking.

These full job descriptions on the Human Resources website will provide the details of the application process.

GATOR DAY October 29th, 1:30 pm: Animation Demonstration with Alex Kropinak ’07

Tuesday, October 29th.  1:30 pm

Animation Demonstration with Alex Kropinak ’07

Location: Doane Hall of Art A104
Presenter: Alex Kropinak ’07

Animator and Director, Alex Kropinak ’07, combines photography, frame-by-frame drawing, and digital animation techniques to create short films for Marvel Comics and other clients. During the event, Kropinak will lead participants through his process, demonstrating techniques, and providing opportunities for some to give it a try. Any community member or resident of the region is welcome to attend, especially any student considering a career in film/video, television, and animation.

Update:  For the results of the workshop see uploaded videos #GatorStopMo

Junior Seminar Inspires Multidisciplinary Research

In June 2013, Max Lindquist ’14 attended the Association of Environmental Studies & Sciences Annual Conference where he presented a paper he co-authored with Assistant Professor of Global Health and Development and Environmental Studies Liz Olson, Associate Professor of Communication Arts Michael Mehler, Professor of Environmental Science Eric Pallant, Visiting Artist Tanja Beer, Theater Designer Leslie Fairman, Shannon Wade ’13, and Samantha Hoderlein ’15. The title of the paper is “Constructing Theater Scenery That Is Waste Free, Good for the Environment, and Good for People,” which was based on the spring 2013 Junior Seminar course taught by Professor Olson.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Artist-in-Residence Steve Prince featured in interview

We’re delighted to welcome  Artist-in-Residence Steve Prince to the Art Department this year.  If you’d like to get to know him, check out this recent interview in Image magazine, issue 78.

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Or better yet, drop by his studio on the first floor of the Art Department, a new space sectioned off of the galleries and accessible from the corridor.  He gladly welcomes visitors.    

Steve Prince is teaching drawing this fall semester, but creates in various media, including printmaking and sculpture, and has worked with art students of all ages.

Steve would like to take his message to the streets. He explains:  “That’s where my visual ministry is focused.  That’s where my church is.  My art becomes a traveling evangelism show for our contemporary culture, providing answers for today’s troubled world.  But it also becomes a celebration; a celebration of that very broken yet extremely beautiful world. The art becomes a bridge to help people find their way from that brokenness to the beauty that I so clearly see.”   


Valerie Gilman’s, “The Cup” on Exhibit

The exhibit “The Cup,” created by Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Valerie Gilman, is on view at the Erie Art Museum’s Holstein Gallery. While most of the show comprises discrete sculptural objects, part of the show is a collaboration with local dancer, slate roofer and Allegheny alumnus Doug Lodge. A reception for the two will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 1 after they create a second site-specific sculpture in the context of an all-day (9-5) performance event. The public is encouraged to drop by during the day to see the work in progress as well as talk to the artists at the opening.

Photos of the exhibit are available here: Valerie Gilman The Cup 2013