Professor Steve Prince Exhibits in One-Man and Group Shows

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince is exhibiting in a group show titled “Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Orleans Baby Dolls” at the George and Leah McKenna Museum in New Orleans. Professor Prince is showcasing a 9 x 20 foot pencil drawing titled “Bird in Hand: Second Line for Michigan,” March 27-June 6. He presented a lecture, “The Second Line: Art as a catalyst for Communal Change,” at the National Art Education Association Conference in New Orleans on March 28. Professor Prince had a one-man show at Indiana Wesleyan University Beard Arts Center, titled “Old Testament: Covenantal Relationships,” February 11-March 12. Hinging on the premise that “true love is like an old testament made new each day,” the series is laden with subtle symbolism and narrative on couples and relationships.

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Thomas Shows Work in Three Exhibitions

Ceramics and Sculpture Technician Ian F. Thomas’s solo exhibition “Something Sweet” is at BLUEOrange Contemporary Art Gallery in Houston, Texas through April 25. “Something Sweet” is an examination of gender inequality found in commercial cereal advertising. The multidisciplinary exhibition, with use of classical cereal iconography and the utopic vision it supplies us, poses questions about masculinity and dominance within this seemingly all-inclusive realm. Thomas also had a solo exhibition, “Specifically,” at Western Illinois University’s art gallery February 6 through March 14. The interactive installation, completed with the assistance of the students of the WIU art department, examined art, labor, and community. Thomas also participated in the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Biennial. He was one of 50 artists whose work was selected out of 1,500, submitted internationally. On display at Brown University’s David Winston Bell Gallery, the exhibition ran from January 24 through March 29.

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A Crowning Achievement

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Allegheny junior Brianna Layman is a biochemistry major and a studio art minor. She also is a varsity soccer player, a volunteer coach for the Meadville Area Soccer Club, a committee leader for Relay for Life, the philanthropy chairman for Gamma Rho Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a volunteer advocate for Women’s Services and a peer buddy for Best Buddies International.

“I am most importantly, though, a role model for the children—and many others—of Crawford County, with a goal of exhibiting the benefits of a liberal arts education to future scientists,” she says, referring to her new role as Miss Crawford County 2015, a title she won in February.

The spare time she had leading up to the ceremony was filled with fulfilling pageant requirements, including service (each candidate is required to raise a minimum of $100 to support the Children’s Miracle Network and the Miss American Scholarship Fund) and creating a platform on which she would run.

For the fundraiser, she organized an event where a dollar donation to swing at a junk car on Allegheny’s Brooks Walk went toward “smashing out children’s diseases.”

Conceiving her platform required much more energy and thought, although it makes perfect sense when you see and understand these passions in her life. (Brianna transferred to Allegheny to pursue a liberal arts education, one that allowed her plenty of time to explore her various interests, most notably biochemistry, studio art and music.)

“‘The Art of Science: From STEM to STEAM’ delves into the importance of a nurtured and balanced education between the sciences and the arts to enhance the neurological capacities of those in the science world. I believe to reintroduce the United States as a world leader in sciences, we must work to regain public funding for the arts, and have more liberal arts trained scientists,” Brianna says of her pageant platform.

“I am super passionate about my platform because I embody it. Not only has a well-rounded education helped me out—for example, art and music classes give me a different perspective in my chemistry labs—but, as an older sister to five siblings, I want to continue to be a role model. I love being able to show younger people that the arts are super important.”

Although she now spends most of her time stressing the importance of a well-rounded education to others, she still learns more about herself every day from her own education. “I had planned to go to medical school after graduation, but now I am leaning toward getting my master’s in fine art so that I can pursue Bio-Art, a tiny field I learned about from a professor of mine. This wouldn’t have happened without opportunities and unusual classes offered at Allegheny,” Brianna says.

She will pursue those goals in time. For now, though, she is excited about the opportunities she has to make the title her own this year. “I want to squeeze as much as possible out of this role. It’s more important that I communicate my passion than worry about advancing.” She will have an opportunity to compete for a state title next year.

Brianna decided to pursue the title after realizing that the position would give her abundant opportunities to volunteer and the possibility to enact change.  “I decided to run because I believe that this title gives me a vehicle to amplify my voice,” she says, “the voice that is inside each one of us.”

– Kathleen Prosperi-McClard ’11

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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 March 31st, 2015, 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 23rd and 24th from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. No late entries will be accepted.

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

Prince Presents Work at the Symposium on Worship

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince presented and conducted a retreat at the Symposium on Worship on January 29-31 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mark Charles and Professor Prince presented a workshop titled “Learning Christ-Centered Lament: Worship and Reconciliation in Light of a 600-Year Pattern of Systemic Injustice.” In addition, Professor Prince conducted a workshop titled “Iconic Woodcuts: A Message to the Congregation.” He also opened an art show, “The Art of Steve Prince: A Gospel of Beauty,” at Woodlawn Ministry Center in Grand Rapids.

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Spring 2015 Kleeman Award Recipients

This years 2015 Spring award recipients are:
Jaysa Alvarez, Andrea Brush, Janos Cseh, Jasmine Davis, Regina Sun-Mo Koo, Ziania Narvaez, Michael G. Singer, Rachel Simmons and Sachika Yamaguchi.

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.

Work by Steve Prince Showcased in Two Exhibits

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince is exhibiting in a two-person exhibition, titled “Diary of Souls,” at the Gallery at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach October 7 to December 1. The multimedia exhibition explores the emotional, psychological, and spiritual terrain of the human existence. Prince was in a three-person exhibition as part of the Visual Artists Network Annual Meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 7-22. This multidisciplinary group exhibition featured artists who have participated in the Visual Artists Network Exhibition Residency program and a Tulsa-based visual artist. The exhibition is held in conjunction with the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Annual Meeting, a national gathering of artists, curators, presenters, and colleagues. This exhibition is hosted by Living Arts, an NPN partner. Participating artists are engaged under a VAN Exhibition Residency contract and served a week-long residency at the NPN/VAN Annual Meeting.

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Fall 2014 Kleeman Fund Award Recipients

This years 2014 Fall award recipients are:
Janos Cseh, Jaysa Alvarez/Sachika Yamaguchi, Elisabeth McDonald and Michael G. Singer.

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.

Spring 2015 Richard Kleeman Research Fund Applications

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Allegheny College 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 and application forms may be obtained from department faculty or in the Art Department office.   PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY NOON ON WEDNESDAY, January 28, 2015 FOR FUNDING DURING THE SPRING SEMESTER.  Completed applications should be submitted to Sherry Vardaro, 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 Art Department. Award recipients will be notified by February 6, 2015.

Faculty and alumni exhibit unusual combinations

Faculty and art exhibit

By Rachel Wang, Staff Writer
November 6, 2014
The Campus

The art galleries of Allegheny College held the reception of Annual Faculty and Alumni Art Exhibit on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The exhibit featured egg tempera, oil and watercolor paintings by alumnus Jeff Gola, ’82, and also included art works of Sue Buck, Heather Brand, Amara Geffen, Darren Lee Miller, Steve Prince, Byron Rich, Richard Schindler and Ian Thomas from department of art, as well as Cheryl Hatch, visiting assistant professor of journalism in the public interest and Mike Keeley, professor of communication arts.

“It’s always a challenge to figure out how pieces relate to each other, but we worked together as a group to find a good visual presentation so that one body of work by one person would flow in a logical way to another body of work,” said Darren Lee Miller, assistant professor of art and gallery director of Allegheny College. Each artist has different styles and ideas at work in different media. Considering this, Miller tried to make sense of organizing the gallery and locating drawings, paintings, printmaking, photographs and sculptures harmoniously in the gallery.

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Photo by RACHEL WANG

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