Utz Wins Honorable Mention in 2014 Leicester B. Holland Prize Competition

Adjunct Professor Steve Utz won 2014 Honorable Mention and Cash Prize for the 2014 Leicester B. Holland Prize, for his architectural drawing of Bentley Hall. The Holland Prize, an annual juried competition open to both students and professionals, recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of a historic site, structure, or landscape prepared by an individual(s) to HABS/HAER/HALS standards and guidelines. The prize is administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs and the Center for Architecture, Design & Engineering in the Library of Congress. The prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic resources throughout the United States while adding to the permanent HABS, HAER and HALS collection at the LOC, and to encourage the submission of drawings among professionals and students. By requiring only a single sheet, the competition challenges the delineator to capture the essence of the site through the presentation of key features that reflect its significance. Utz will be sponsoring a team of students interested in learning the skill of architectural documentation and submitting architectural drawings in national competitions.

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NEA Grant Will Fund Community Arts Project in Conneaut Lake

Conneaut Lake Borough, in collaboration with the Art & Environment Initiative, has received $75,000 from the Our Town Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Professor of Art Amara Geffen will serve as the lead artist working in collaboration with Conneaut Lake residents and Artist-in-Residence Steve Prince, Ceramics and Sculpture Technician Ian Thomas, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts/Theatre Emily Yochim, and an Allegheny College student who will serve as an art apprentice during summer 2015. “Fostering Livability through Art, Nature and Culture” will involve two community arts engagement events for both year-round and summer residents at the lake. These events will be used to gather community stories and images, which will be integrated into design and implementation of a public art trail connecting Ice House Park and the central downtown business district to Fireman’s Beach. The grant provides funding for the arts-engagement events, a series of public sculptures that may feature opportunities to listen to/view some of the community stories, and a fully engineered and comprehensive design plan for completing the public art trail.

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Kleeman Fund Fall 2014





The ArtDepartment is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support significant work in studio art and art history. Monies are available through The Richard Kleeman Research Fund, an endowed fund, created in 1992 in recognition of Professor Kleeman’s 39 years of dedicated teaching at AlleghenyCollege.

All current AlleghenyCollege students who are interested in applying for money from the Richard Kleeman Research Fund are required to submit a written proposal to the chairperson of the ArtDepartment on the form designed for that purpose.  Proposals should describe the nature and scope of the project and must include a budget reflecting how funds will be used.  Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to: (1) help defray the expenses of art-related travel and study, (2) help with the expenses of significant senior projects, and (3) help students meet studio or art historical research expenses for other ambitious work.

Further information and application forms may be obtained from department faculty or in the ArtDepartment office.   PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY 12:00 p.m. ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 FOR FUNDING DURING THE FALL SEMESTER.  Completed applications should be submitted to Rhonda, Art Department Building Coordinator, Art Gallery, Doane Hall of Art.  Funding requests should not exceed $300.00.  Awards will be determined by the faculty of the ArtDepartment. Award recipients will be notified by September 19, 2014.

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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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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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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”   


George Roland, On Display


George Roland. Quadpainter. still from computational art. dimensions variable. copyright George Roland, 2013.

Professor of Art George Roland had a work of computational art accepted for exhibition in the 102nd Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition, April 21–June 23, held in the Heinz Galleries of the Carnegie Museum of Art. This year’s exhibition was selected by David Norr, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland.

Roland’s work was constructed through a computer program he developed using the Processing language. The program creates the images in real time, not by video or recording. As the program runs, the images appear as a rigid grid, vibrate, and then become a looser, more fluid structure.

Inspiration for the piece came from Roland’s desire to take static structures and give them the ability to perform flowing and organic movements.

“It is a singular honor to have my work represented at the Carnegie Museum of Art,” Roland says.