Here/Now Exhibitions

Allegheny College’s Art Department will present the Here/Now Exhibitions, exhibitions created by students and professors, during the week of March 6.

Various exhibitions and projects are scheduled throughout the week, with a final reception and celebration on Sunday, March 12, from noon to 1 p.m. The exhibits, showcased in the Bowman-Penelec-Meaghan Art Galleries in the Doane Hall of Art, are free and open to the public.

As part of the Allegheny’s ongoing Year of Mindfulness, the exhibitions will use creative processes as meditations on mindfulness, and offer a shared learning space for the collaborative projects. There will be a variety of project concepts, using various mediums. For more information, visit allegheny.edu/art and click on the “Exhibitions” link.

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Allegheny College Art Galleries Present Here/Now

Allegheny College’s Art Department will present the Here/Now Exhibitions, exhibitions created by students and professors, during the week of March 6.

Various exhibitions and projects are scheduled throughout the week, with a final reception and celebration on Sunday, March 12, from noon to 1 p.m. The exhibits, showcased in the Bowman-Penelec-Meaghan Art Galleries in the Doane Hall of Art, are free and open to the public.

As part of the Allegheny’s ongoing Year of Mindfulness, the exhibitions will use creative processes as meditations on mindfulness, and offer a shared learning space for the collaborative projects. There will be a variety of project concepts, using various mediums.

·      Under the instruction of Instructor Heather Brand, photography students will create body contact prints in their classes Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Visitors are invited to participate in the project as well.

·      Introduction to Studio Art students, instructed by Sculpture Technician Ian Thomas, will paint boxes white and strap them to their feet, and then walk across campus, accumulating dirt, marks, and other evidence of their journey. The boxes will then be put on display in the gallery.

Some of the exhibitions will be a direct response to the previous week’s exhibition, the creation of a sand mandala by Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery. The mandala demonstration will take place March 1-4 in the galleries, also as part of the Year of Mindfulness.

·      Professor Amara Geffen’s sculpture students will work to capture the sand mandala’s concepts in an installation of fluorescent lights. They will work with articulating geometric forms and rhythms, to explore sacred geometry and minimalism.

·      Students in a Freshman Seminar, directed by Associate Professor Darren Lee Miller, will begin their projects during the time the Tibetan monks are working on the mandala, observing and then creating preliminary drawings and reflective written responses. During the Here/Now Exhibitions, the students will choose one of their preliminary concepts to fully develop, as well as writing three haiku poems based on their reflections. After this, the students will come together, each bringing one drawing paired with one poem, and bind a set of accordion books. The prints and at least one book will remain on display throughout the week.

·      Introductory Drawing and the Black Art Expression classes, under the direction of Assistant Professor Steve Prince, will work together to address the question of “who we are as a people, and who we wish to be as a people,” by creating a large charcoal drawing. It will have two perspectives – one an objective representation of America with all its good and problematic aspects, and the other a hopeful speculation of what might come of a communal handling of the issues.

The exhibition is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Year of Mindfulness is a series of events and a challenge to the campus community to live this year with mindfulness and intention. For more information, visit www.allegheny.edu/yearofmindfulness.

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Studio art major develops book cover illustration

Studio art major Elizabeth Person ’17 was recently invited to develop a book cover illustration that was published by Elysium Press in November 2016. Elizabeth’s book cover provides an illustration for Dragon’s Discovery, a young adult fantasy novel that is the second installment of Edward Branley’s Blood Bound series. Dragon’s Discovery revolves around three teens from New Orleans who order a novelty dragon’s egg online. When the egg hatches an actual dragon, the teens find themselves faced with the task of raising the fantastical creature on top of their lives as high school students. Both Dragon’s Discovery and its predecessor, Dragon’s Danger, are available for purchase through Amazon.com.

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Allegheny Galleries Present ‘Persuasion’

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The art galleries of Allegheny College will exhibit “Persuasion,” a survey of government-sponsored efforts at persuasion in the 20th century through the use of graphic art. The exhibit will open with a reception in the galleries on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. and will continue through Feb. 21.

All of the works included “Persuasion” were made to shape public opinion. Whether the pieces led individuals toward a singular, shared worldview in line with a government’s agenda or resulted instead in public rejection of an agenda, the propagandistic elements influenced opinion simply through their creation and presentation. The exhibit includes WWII posters from the college’s permanent collection, photographs from the Farm Security Administration, and serigraphs from Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education.
The exhibit is curated by Darren Lee Miller, associate professor of photography and digital imaging; Richard Schindler, professor of art history; and Ken Pinnow, professor of history. It is made possible, in part, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Collaborative Undergraduate Research in the Humanities at Allegheny College. The exhibit is supported in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday12:30-4 p.m.Saturday1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday2-4 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 visit www.allegheny.edu/artgalleries.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Allegheny Galleries Present ‘Persuasion’

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The art galleries of Allegheny College will exhibit “Persuasion,” a survey of government-sponsored efforts at persuasion in the 20th century through the use of graphic art. The exhibit will open with a reception in the galleries on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. and will continue through Feb. 21.

All of the works included “Persuasion” were made to shape public opinion. Whether the pieces led individuals toward a singular, shared worldview in line with a government’s agenda or resulted instead in public rejection of an agenda, the propagandistic elements influenced opinion simply through their creation and presentation. The exhibit includes WWII posters from the college’s permanent collection, photographs from the Farm Security Administration, and serigraphs from Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education.

The exhibit is curated by Darren Lee Miller, associate professor of photography and digital imaging; Richard Schindler, professor of art history; and Ken Pinnow, professor of history. It is made possible, in part, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Collaborative Undergraduate Research in the Humanities at Allegheny College. The exhibit is supported in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday12:30-4 p.m.Saturday1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday2-4 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 visit www.allegheny.edu/artgalleries.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Allegheny Students Design T-shirts for a Cause

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What started as an artistic endeavor developed into a lesson in business and marketing — and ended with more than $2,600 in donations to four local nonprofits.

Over the course of two days, 20 Allegheny College students in Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince’s Introduction to Studio Art class raised $2,615 for Active Aging Inc., Women’s Services Inc., the Center for Family Services Inc. and Bethesda Children’s Home through the sale of T-shirts the students designed and printed. The money will be split equally among the four agencies.

Krista Geer, executive director of Active Aging, lauded the students’ generosity.

“It’s refreshing in that this is a group of young people who thought of seniors. … It renews my faith that the younger generation isn’t forgetting” about senior citizens, Geer said.

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The design for the Active Aging T-shirt is a clock made of up faces representing different stages of life.

The assignment was meant to introduce students to the basics of design and screenprinting in a way that benefited the Meadville community. But the project went further: Working in teams, students met with representatives of the four agencies to better understand their missions. The Allegheny teams developed business plans, considered how many shirts to order and in what sizes, and debated price points and how best to market the shirts.

The last day of the sale found sophomore Derek Sawer of Edinboro hawking his team’s shirts from a table carefully designed to attract eyeballs — and dollars for the Center for Family Services. The team’s T-shirts featured a logo of an entwined family of three in the shape of a tree.

“That’s what Center for Family Services does,” Sawer said. “They (give families) the ability to make roots … those essential things that are the foundation for success.”

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Passersby were invited to sign leaves made from construction paper and pin the leaves to a cutout of a tree near the table. The group also launched a campaign on a crowdfunding site to raise money.

“I really learned a lot from this class about executing an idea,” Sawer said.

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Much of Prince’s work centers on community engagement. He is the designer and coordinator of The Big Zipper, a community art project constructed from wooden puzzle pieces carved by Meadville residents.

“Right from the beginning I wanted to do a project that went beyond the self,” Prince said of the T-shirt assignment. “How do we make students understand that they’re planted in Meadville for four years and understand the community context that they’re living in? Wherever you’re planted, you need to be active in that community.”

It’s a lesson that will stay with Rachel Crookston, a first-year student who plans to major in psychology and neuroscience and minor in art. She and her teammates raised money for Women’s Services; their T-shirts featured a purple design patterned on a phoenix and a butterfly: symbols of rebirth.

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The project allowed Crookston to combine her favorite things: art, advocacy and charity. She said she once served on a forum for abuse victims in her hometown of Valparaiso, Ind., and plans to become an art therapist.

“I know what art can do for people,” she said and smiled.

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A Mammoth-Sized Community Art Project

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Conneaut Lake, Pa. — How do you move a 3,500 pound, 10-and-a-half foot tall woolly mammoth made of steel?

Very carefully, and with the help of a very large crane and a team of dedicated community partners.

“Ganesh,” a sculpture created by Eila V. Bush Endowed Professor of Art Amara Geffen of Allegheny College, was installed at Fireman’s Beach in Conneaut Lake Friday morning, the culmination of a community art project two years in the making. The project is funded by a competitive National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, federal money that “supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.”

“It’s incredibly rewarding, beyond belief,” Geffen said of the project, which she called a “a highlight of my career.”

It was a fitting day to welcome a sculpture of an Ice Age mammal to the lakeshore. A crew from Pipeline Systems Inc. operated the crane amid frigid temperatures and blowing snow, slowly transporting and then positioning the massive piece to its new home under a tree. The space has meaning: Actual woolly mammoth bones have been found at several sites around the lake.

The sculpture’s name is a reference to the Hindu god Ganesh, an elephant-headed deity who is known as as the god of wisdom and learning, as well as “the remover of obstacles,” Geffen said.

Geffen said she hopes the sculpture serves as a source of inspiration for Conneaut Lake Borough and the townships surrounding the lake, as well as many other small communities that are working together, many through the arts, to strengthen social fabric and improve livability in the rural core of our nation.

For more, watch the video below, courtesy of YourErie.com:

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http://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/woolly-mammoth-art-sculpture-placed-in-conneaut-lake-/617518504

Coverage in The Meadville Tribune:

http://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/local_news/woolly-mammoth-sculpture-to-arrive-at-fireman-s-beach-on/article_25b61180-bb3a-11e6-82c9-bf453933a3b7.html

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Senior Projects & Advanced Studio Projects Exhibit

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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 visitwww.allegheny.edu/artgalleries.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

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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