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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Faculty and alumni exhibit unusual combinations

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

Students, faculties and staff looking at art works during the reception of Annual Faculty and Alumni Art Exhibit on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Photo by RACHEL WANG.

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 [...] Read More

Source: Student & Alumni Features

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UBELONG Snapshot: Joseph Phelps ’15

“I felt truly closer to Vietnamese culture.”

October 21, 2014 UBELONG
UBELONG Snapshot

Name: Joseph Phelps
Age: 21
Hometown: Meadville
Nationality: United States
University: Allegheny College
Degree: Environmental Science And Studio Art
Languages spoken: English, French (beginner)
Past travel experience: Newbie
Volunteer Abroad: Caring for disabled children in HCMC, Vietnam
Duration: 6 weeks
Start month: June 2014
Claim to fame: He’s the Secretary and Webmaster of Meadville Council on the Arts via the Bonner Scholar Program at Allegheny College.

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Uniforms-into-paper process both creative, therapeutic


SHANNON ROAE/Meadville Tribune
Combat Paper Project participant Nathan Lewis teaches Edinboro University Reserve Officer’s Training Corps cadets the process of making paper at Allegheny College on Wednesday afternoon.

When Nathan Lewis came back from Iraq in 2004, he noticed things were different for him.
“You go to war, (and) you come back changed,” Lewis said.

Lewis didn’t let the change overcome him in a negative way. While he was a student at State University of New York at Potsdam, he became involved with the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), an advocacy group of active-duty U.S. military personnel, Iraq War veterans, Afghanistan War veterans and other veterans who have served since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks who were opposed to U.S. military in Iraq from 2003-11. On the weekends, the group came together and cut up uniforms to turn into paper for artwork and writing projects. It became a therapeutic outlet for Lewis and his group.

This week, Lewis has shared the paper making process with Allegheny College students as part of Combat Paper: Words Made Flesh. This week-long program is geared toward veterans issues, including art, dance, lectures and panels on a broad [...] Read More

Source: Student & Alumni Features

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Kaleidoscope: Public Art Abounds in Meadville

by KEN LAHMERS | Aurora Advocate

In my travels, I’ve gazed upon many spectacular public art pieces in small towns and large cities. But this summer I encountered one of the most unique.

On my trip to Meadville, Pa., in Crawford County just across the Ohio border, I viewed a magnificent display called “Read Between the Signs,” which is made of discarded highway signs. It’s on a fence at the PennDOT maintenance building along Route 322 heading into the city from the west.

Since 2002, when Allegheny College art professor Amara Geffen and a former highway maintenance manager initiated the project, the display has expanded to 1,200 feet long.

It has been embraced by Allegheny’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development and PennDOT, and many Allegheny art students and PennDOT workers have collaborated.

The work, which continues to grow each year, depicts life in Crawford County. It includes images of landmarks such as the courthouse and Allegheny’s Bentley Hall, plus events such as the county fair and Thurston Balloon Classic.

There also are farm and seasonal scenes, and images of several buildings standing in the quaint town of 13,000 residents.

The fence isn’t the only part of the project. There are sculptures of flowers and [...] Read More

Source: Student & Alumni Features

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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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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