“8 Hour Projects” at Allegheny College Art Galleries To Explore Themes of Place and Home

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Aug. 24, 2015 — The Art Galleries of Allegheny College will present “8 Hour Projects,” curated by Heather Brand and Darren Lee Miller, on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free for this annual event, which this year features 10 artists making art on site with the public invited to observe–and participate if the artist chooses.

This year’s invited artists will consider themes of place and home for the Year of Meadville, a year of programming created by community and college partners. The artists are Justus Cotterill, Norman Cramer, Nima Dehghani, David Karl Leighty, Caldwell Linker, Alicia Marvan, Darren Lee Miller, Steve Prince, Byron Rich and M. Greg Singer. Each of the artists, who work with a variety of materials, has been assigned a wall or floor space of approximately 12 x 12 feet.

A panel discussion and opening reception for the show will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Art Galleries. Works will remain on display through Sunday, Sept. 20.

The exhibition is supported in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30-5 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. The Art Galleries will be closed Sept. 6 and 7. Visitors are asked to call ahead to verify hours, since programs are subject to change. All events are free and open to the public.

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, phone 814-332-4365 or visit www.allegheny.edu/artgalleries.

image © Alicia Marvan

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Steve Prince, Recent Activity:

COMMISSIONS
Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince created a commissioned work of art titled, “Make Me Over: Memory Armor”, 8’ x 16’ x ¾”, Birch Plywood Woodcuts and Paper Relief Sculpture, for Grand Rapids Christian High School, in Grand Rapids, MI, in January 2014.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince had a solo show titled “The Art of Steve Prince”, at Alabama State University, in Montgomery, AL. February through March 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince had a solo show titled “Old Testament: Covenantal Relationships”, at Indiana Wesleyan University, in Marion, IN. February through March 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince had a solo show titled “The Art of Steve Prince—A Gospel of Beauty”, at Calvin College Woodlawn Ministry Center, in Grand Rapids, MI. January through April 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince had a solo show titled “Steve Prince: Urban Gospel”, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Virginia Beach, VA. May through August 2014.

GROUP/JURIED EXHIBITIONS
Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince is participating in a group show titled “Ashe to Amen: A Visual Arts Exhibition Exploring the Enduring Spirituality of People of African Descent”, at Ashe Cultural Arts Center, in New Orleans, LA. August through October 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a group show titled “Wall Paintings—8 Hour Project”, at Space Gallery, in Pittsburgh, PA. July 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a group show titled “CIVA—Walk-In Show”, at Calvin College Woodlawn Ministry Center, in Grand Rapids, MI. June 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a two-person show with Julio Mejia titled “Spectrum Exhibit”, at Zucot Gallery, in Atlanta, GA. June through August 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a group show titled “Contemporary Artist’s Respond to the New Orleans Baby Dolls”, at the McKenna Museum, in New Orleans, LA. March through May 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a group show titled “Looking Both Ways”, at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, in Newport News, VA. January through March 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a group show titled “I AM American”, at Zhou B Art Center, in Chicago, IL. January through February 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a group show titled “Emergence 2014: International Artists to Watch”, at Gallerie Myrtis, in Baltimore, MD. September through January 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a two-person show with artist Donald Wilson titled “Diary of Souls”, at The Gallery at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, in Virginia Beach, VA. October through December 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince and Associate Professor Darren Miller co-curated and participated in a group show titled “Combat Paper: Word Made Flesh”, at Allegheny College Art Gallery, in Meadville, PA. October 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a group show titled “I AM American”, at Governors State University, in University Park, IL. August through September 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a group show titled “The Rupture Between”, at Hammonds House Museum, in Atlanta, GA. July 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a group show titled “Dream Deferred”, at Aplomb Gallery, Chicago, IL. July 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in a group show titled “I AM American”, at White Ripple Gallery, in Hammond, IN. June 2014.

PROFESSIONAL HONORS
Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince received Second Place Prize, Ruminate’s Kalos Art Prize, in Ruminate Magazine, Fort Collins, CO.

RESIDENCIES/FELLOWSHIPS
Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated in the Visiting Artist Program (VAP), at “Torpedo Factory Art Center”, in Alexandria, VA. July 2014 and 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated as a Creative Community Fellow, “National Arts Strategies”, Alexandria, VA. June through March 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated as an Artist in Residence, through “MOCA—Museum of Contemporary Art Virginia Beach (Multiplicity Project/exhibition), in Virginia Beach, VA. May 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince participated as an Artist in Residence, through “VAN (Visual Arts network)”, Printmaking workshop at the Atlanta’s Printmaking Studio, Atlanta, GA. April 2014.

WORKSHOPS
Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Watercolor Portraits”, with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (Military members with disabilities) at Fort Belvoir, VA. August 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Linoleum Cut Workshop”, at Studio G, in Washington D.C. July 2015

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Artscamp ’14 and ‘15” at the Torpedo Factory/Art League, in Alexandria, VA. July 2014 and 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Arts Experience—Woodcuts”, with Williamsburg Women’s Association, at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, VA. June 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Expressive Figure Drawing” and “Improvisational Tool Making” at The John Scott Art Festival at Xavier University of Louisiana, in New Orleans, LA. June 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Dynamic Figure Drawing”, at the Christians in Visual Arts (CIVA) Conference, at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, MI. June 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince designed and conducted multiple workshops throughout Meadville titled “The Big Zipper—3’ x 50’ Woodcut”, Community Project with the Meadville Neighborhood Center (MNC), in Meadville, PA. May through September 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince co-conducted a workshop with Professor Amara Geffen titled “Conneaut Lake—Wooly Mammoth T-Shirt Project”, at Newtown Hall, in Conneaut Lake, PA. April 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “The Art of Linoleum Cuts”, at Indiana Wesleyan University, in Marion, IN. February 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince co-conducted a workshop titled “Learning Christ Centered Lament—Worship & Reconciliation with Navajo Mark Charles” at Calvin Symposium Worship and the Arts, Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, MI. January 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Iconic Woodcuts: A Message to the Congregation” at Calvin Symposium Worship and the Arts, Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, MI. January 2015.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Woodcut Demonstration” at the Portrait and Figure Festival, The Art League, in Alexandria, VA. October 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Community Puzzles at the Crystal Run Marine Corps Marathon Children’s Festival” with the Crystal City Business Improvement District, in Arlington, VA. October 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Gestalt: Whole to the Part”, In conjunction with the Multiplicity exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) 3’ x 30’ woodcut printed with a steamroller—in Virginia Beach, VA. May 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art Steve Prince conducted a workshop titled “Monoprints: A Christian Vision for a Contemporary World”, Who is My Neighbor Conference, in Grand Rapids, MI. April 2014.

Kleeman Fund

The Art Department announces 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 on the Art Department website under student resources, from department faculty or in the Art Department office. Proposals are due by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015 for funding during the fall 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 September 4.

Byron Rich, Recent Activity:

ISEA 2014
In collaboration with Ian F. Thomas, and Alex Derwick, Assistant Professor of Art, Byron Rich presented Autonomous Player Simulation at ISEA 2014 in Dubai, UAE.
www.isea2014.org/en/Symposium_program/Exhibition_folder/exhibition_dubai.aspx

ISEA 2015
In collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Heather Brand and Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, John Wenskovitch, Byron Rich will be presenting research for their collaborative piece entitled IMMOR(t)AL at ISEA 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.
http://isea2015.org/program/artist-talks-as-demonstrations-posters-and-presentations/Patent Pending

Presentation, Lubbock Texas 2015
Assistant Professor of Art, Byron Rich will be presenting his work entitled Untitled (Addition 3198713) at the Charles Adams Studio Project in Lubbock Texas on July 3rd, 2015.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1025286617489951/

Stimulus-Call-Response
Assistant Professor of Art, Byron Rich in collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, John Wenskovitch will present their work Tweet_Shot at the Oakland University Gallery in October of 2015.
www.newmediacaucus.org/stimulusresponseaffect-new-media-art-in-the-greater-lakes-region/

Phantom Vibrations
In collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Heather Brand and Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, John Wenskovitch, Byron Rich will be presented their collaborative piece entitled IMMOR(t)AL at The UB Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York in April of 2015.
http://art.buffalo.edu/2015/04/13/phantom-vibrations/

(un)Truth
Assistant Professor of Art Byron Rich, presented his work at a group exhibition at Lycoming college along with Visiting Assistant Professor, Heather Brand and Associate Professor, Darren Miller in March of 2015.
http://www.lycoming.edu/news/stories/2015/02/untruth-dcomm-exhibit-lecture.aspx

Art Habens
Assistant Professor of Art, Byron Rich is receiving a 14-page feature on his recent production in an upcoming issue of Art Habens Art Review in fall of 2015.
http://arthabens.yolasite.com

Ars Bioarctica
Assistant Professor of Art, Byron Rich in collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Heather Brand and Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, John Wenskovitch are artists in residence at Ars Bioarctica in Kilpisjarvi, Finland in July of 2015. They will be continuing work on their piece entitled IMMOR(t)AL.
http://www.kilpiscope.net/residency/

Pilotenkueche
Assistant Professor of Art, Byron Rich will be artist in residence at Pilotenkueche in Leipzig Germany between May and August of 2015.
http://pilotenkueche.net/

Electrodome
Assistant Professor of Art, Byron Rich in collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, John Wenskovitch presented their work Tweet_Shot at Electrodome in Gothenburg, Sweden in Winter of 2015.
http://electrodome.productions/art/

Taking the stage

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Being crowned Miss Crawford County launched Brianna Layman’s pageant career — and helped her choose a new professional one.

Layman, a 21-year-old rising senior at Allegheny College who will compete in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant starting today, was a member of the college’s pre-health club and likely headed to medical school after graduation.

But when a friend suggested she compete in the 2015 Miss Crawford County pageant, she needed to find a cause to support.

“I couldn’t put my finger on anything except my passion for art,” Layman said. “It’s very sad to me that programs for art and music and theater and drama have been substantially cut and devolved into very small programs.”

Layman now plans to graduate with a degree in biochemistry and enroll in a master’s program in fine arts. Ultimately, she wants to combine the two interests and work in the emerging field of bio art: The artistic representation of science and scientific research.

She spoke with the Erie Times-News about competition, the biggest misconception about pageants, and her ultimate goal.

Read the full article.

ERICA ERWIN of the Erie Times-News can be reached at 870-1846 or by e-mail. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNerwin. Read the Happier Ed education blog at blogs.goerie.com/education and post comments.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Pageant contestant advocates that arts provide ‘a new perspective’

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Brianna Layman is using her beauty to advocate brain power.

As a biochemistry major and upcoming senior at Allegheny College, the 21-year-old Franklin Park resident said she is living proof that music and art education are vital to understanding science and math. When schools eliminate the arts from their curriculum, she said they are committing a great disservice to students.

To better spread her message, she entered her first pageant — a local pageant near her college campus in Meadville — where she competed in swimsuit and evening-gown competitions, a talent contest, on-stage questioning and creation of a personal platform based on an issue she will work to promote.

Layman’s platform, titled “The Art of Science: From STEM to STEAM,” stresses the importance of music and art education in schools, where subjects such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, are taking increased precedence and funding. The “A” in STEAM stands for “arts.”

Read the full article.

This article appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Laurie Rees is a freelance writer. Photo courtesy of Brittany Marie Photography.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Monday Q&A: Erie Art Museum director John Vanco

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The following article about Allegheny alumnus John Vanco ’68 appeared in the Erie Times-News

Spring sunlight poured into John Vanco’s all-white office at the Erie Art Museum, illuminating the floral artwork hanging on one of the walls.

Vanco, 69, of Erie, has been director of the Erie Art Museum since 1968.

In those 47 years, he’s shepherded major growth at the museum, including the addition of various free programs and events — one of which, the Mid-Day Art Break, starts anew Wednesday.

The weekly event is free and open to the public. It features live local music every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. on the Erie Art Museum’s Fifth Street patio all summerlong.

“It’s been very successful, especially in highlighting our free admission on Wednesdays,” Vanco said.

Read the full article.

Sarah Stemen is the online reporter for the Erie Times-News and @GoErie.

Photo by SARAH CROSBY/ERIE TIMES-NEWS.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

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.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

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.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

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

Source: Academics, Publications & Research