Senior Projects & Advanced Studio Projects Exhibit


The art galleries of Allegheny College will feature the work of graduating art majors and other upper-level art students Dec. 6–16. The exhibit will open with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the galleries.

This semester’s graduating studio art majors are Brennen French, Melissa Lunz, and Benjamin Tarcson. French’s portfolio of sculptural works, “Stronger in the Broken Places,” is an evaluation of damage, focusing on finding one’s intrinsic beauty and self-worth after experiencing trauma. Lunz’s video work demonstrates how stressful influences, chaotic environments, and personal hardships help to create identity, order, and comfort. And Tarcson’s installation of painted television screens explores the blurred lines of politics and popular culture in Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency.

Other featured student artists include psychology majors Nadiya Wahl, Christina Ecker, and Alex Fawcett; studio art and environmental science major Madeleine Zimmermann; environmental science majors Margaret Stanger and Hannah Eisemann; environmental Studies major Emiranzala Kisyanto; studio art major Dave Ambroso; biochemistry major John Audley; history major Kevin McIntyre; and Rachel Greiff, an economics major. The show will also include works by Eliza Weisman.

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, 2–4 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, call (814) 332-4365 or

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Fall 2016 Kleeman Fund Award Recipients

This years 2016 Fall award recipients are:

John Audley, Madeline Becker, Brennen French, Audrey Trotta and Madeleine Zimmerman.

The Richard Kleeman Research Fund, an endowed fund, created in 1992 in recognition of Professor Kleeman’s 39 years of dedicated teaching at Allegheny College is designed 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.

Award recipients are named in the Spring and Fall of each year by the faculty of the Art Department after proposals are submitted and reviewed on a competitive basis.

Rich speaks at Hong Kong electronic art symposium

Assistant Professor of Art Byron Rich spoke at the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2016 in Hong Kong about his collaborative project with Mary Tsang “Open Source Estrogen” in May 2016. From there he traveled to The Hague where he was a finalist for the Bio Art & Design Award.

Rich also spoke at Art Meets Radical Openness in Linz Austria in June 2016, then closed ExoEvolution, a group show at ZKM New Media Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany. He also was an invited speaker at The Waag Society in June 2016 in Amsterdam.

Finally, Rich was an artist-in-residence at MediaLab Prado in Madrid for Interactivos’16 during June 2016. In early July 2016, Rich was an invited speaker at Border Sessions in The Hague, Netherlands where he and Tsang introduced their research on “Open Source Estrogen.”

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8 Hour Projects: Failure

Curated by Heather Brand and Darren Lee Miller Work-In-Progress Day: Saturday, September 3, 9AM – 6PM
Artist Lectures with Fotini Galanes and Stacey Robinson: Monday, September 5, 10AM – Noon
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Tuesday, September 6, 7 – 9PM
Closed Sunday September 4 for Labor Day


This is Where We Live Now, © Kathryn Lien

This annual art event features about a dozen artists making art on site with the public invited to observe (and participate if the artist so desires). This year’s artists will consider how failure is essential for learning, personal and professional growth, and why failing (and the vulnerability it requires) is usually a feature of success. The artists are Heather Brand, Max Collins, Kristen 30, Hannah Epstein, Fotini Galanes, Trevor King, Kathryn Lien, Darren Lee Miller, Steve Prince, Byron Rich, Stacey Robinson, and Ian Thomas. This event is part of Allegheny College’s Year of Mindfulness. This exhibition is supported in part by the William Beazell Memorial Fund, the Allegheny College Art Department, and by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Kleeman Fund Applications

 The Art Department 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 Allegheny College. All current Allegheny College 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 Art Department 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 may be obtained from Art Department faculty and staff. ALL KLEEMAN FUND APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE. Please click on the links that follow. Proposals are due by noon on Wednesday, September 7, for funding during the Fall 2016 semester. Funding requests should not exceed $350. No printed or handwritten entries will be accepted. Awards will be determined by the faculty of the Art Department. Award recipients will be notified by September 21.

Click here to access the Kleeman Fund Application form for a Project in Studio Art

Click here to access the Kleeman Fund Application form for Research and Travel

Roland’s Work of Computational Art Accepted Into Show

Professor Emeritus of Art George Roland had a work of computational art accepted into the 93rd Spring Show at the Erie Art Museum. Juried by artist and educator Virgil Marti, the exhibition runs to July 17.

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Annual Student Art Show Awards and Prizes

Tuesday, April 5th: At the opening reception of the Annual Student Art Show the Art Department faculty were pleased to announce the following awards:

This year’s juror Sean McConnor, Curator of Art and Painting Professor at Thiel College, awarded the Juror’s Prize for Best in Show to Elijah Prince, for his piece “D-PHI”.

Doane Prize for Painting & Drawing: Jonathan Yee and Lesly Mejia-Flores

Doane Prize in Sculpture & Ceramics: Rebecca Anderson
Honorable Mention, Lakiea Simmons

Doane Prize in Graphics: Brianna Layman
Honorable Mention, Kento Hashimoto

Art Department Purchase Prizes went to Rebecca Anderson, Grace Blatchford, Stephanie Catalino, Brianna Layman, Melissa Lunz, Bryce Olson, Eliza Weisman, and Jonathan Yee.

The Exhibition, open to all Allegheny will be on view in the Art Department Bowman, Megahan and Penelec Galleries from April 5 through April 17, 2016. Additional student work can be seen in the adjacent hallways in the “Salon des Refusés.”

Senior Brianna Layman Earns Emerging Artist Scholarship

Brianna Layman ’16 has been awarded a Three Rivers Pittsburgh Arts Festival Emerging Artist Scholarship, an award that includes a booth for her to showcase and sell her artwork at the annual arts festival. Brianna will be exhibiting her work June 3–7.

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Artwork by Ian F. Thomas Reviewed in “Ceramics Monthly”

Ceramics and Sculpture Technician Ian F. Thomas had artwork reviewed in the international magazine Ceramics Monthly by author and critic Dr. Glen Brown. Thomas’s artwork was a finalist in the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics at the Zanesville Art Museum in Ohio. His work was one of fifty artworks that were chosen from more than 900 entries nationwide. He also has artwork in the Society for Contemporary Craft’s exhibition “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art,” which is slated to travel for the next two years to museums and universities across the country. He also exhibited artwork in “Cup: The Intimate Object XI” at the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Florida. In addition, he had three written art reviews featured on, an online critical art website; presented a lecture on his research at Adrian College; and gave a technical workshop.

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Thomas and Wenskovitch Exhibit Collaborative Research

Ceramics and Sculpture Technician Ian F. Thomas and Visiting Professor of Computer Science John Wenskovitch had an exhibition of their collaborative research titled “Resonance” in Kansas City, Missouri, coinciding with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference.

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