Fall 2011 – Spring 2012
8 Hour Projects: Sustaining Practice, Community and Self
Click here to watch the video. This annual art event features a dozen artists making art on site with the public invited to observe (and participate if the artist so desires). This year’s artists are Shaila Christofferson (Chicago), Pedar Dalthorp (Anchorage, AK), Matt Forrest (Pittsburgh, PA), Amara Geffen (Vernon, PA), n. Sean Glover (Pittsburgh and Boston), Heather Hertel (Slippery Rock, PA) Michelle Illuminato (Alfred, NY), Jeremy LeClair (Portsmouth, NH), Joe Meiser (Lewisburg, PA), Anna Mikolay (Pittsburgh, PA), Elizabeth Mooney (Pittsburgh and Boston), and Allegheny alumnus Alex Mead ’01 (Portsmouth, NH). Click here to download the exhibition catalog (PDF)
Faculty & Alumni Exhibit
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 4, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates: October 4 – 23, 2011
Closed 10/15 – 10/18 for fall break
Featuring a variety of artworks by Allegheny College’s faculty and Allegheny alumni, Andy Slemenda ’09 and David Edwards ’84. Slemenda is a New York based multi-media artist whose photographs, drawings, sculptures, and time-based pieces encompass performance, the figure, and themes of gender and sexuality. He is currently a Bruni-Sarkozy Doctoral Fellow at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
David Edwards ’84, currently resides in Glenshaw Pa. In 2008 Edwards founded Art Energy Design (AED). The AED team creates energy-producing public artworks, educational tools, and workshops. Edwards was awarded The Business of Creativity Award at the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2010 DATA Award,s and was recognized by the US State Department for exhibitions at the Pittsburgh G-20 conference. In the last three years works have been exhibited at the Carnegie Science Center, Heinz History Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Childrens Museum, Pittsburgh Technology Council, Carnegie Libraries, Frick Environmental Center, Citiparks and over 50 regional art and environmental venues.
The Veil: Visible & Invisible Spaces
Invited international visual artists – including videographers, filmmakers and new media artists, as well as painters, sculptors, performance and installation artists – investigate and re-vision the veil. This show puts veils and veiling into context in order to engage received wisdom about the veil – particularly current clichés and stereotypes about Islamic practices – and to reflect on the great ubiquity, importance and profundity of the veil throughout human history and imagination. Participating artists are: Sama Alshaibi, Tulu Bayar, Ana Baer Carillo, Tiffany Besonen, Elizabeth Bisbing, Christine Breslin, Jo-Ann Brody, Fatma Charfi, Juliet Davis, Rebecca DiDomenico, Yassi Golshani, Ana Maria Hernando, Tsehai Johnson, Tania Kamal-Eldin, Deb King, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Anita Kunz, Judith Selby Lang, Victoria May, Aphrodite Desiree Navab, Brenda Oelbaum, Sara Rahbar, Larissa Sansour, Mary Tuma, Kim Turos, Kerry Vander Meer, Eve Whitaker, Sherry Wiggins, Women Living Under Muslim Laws, International Solidarity Network, and Helen Zughaib.
Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects
Works by graduating seniors and upper-level art students
The Figure Untamed: Desire as Resistance
Bodies are seen, experienced, and represented through a nexus of powerful cultural taboos designed to regulate pleasure. This exhibition features artworks by Heyd Fontenot (Dallas, TX), Erin Finley (Toronto, ON), and Keira Sunshine Norton (Bloomington, IN) that locate power in pleasure, celebrate sensuality of form, and show the human figure without the usual controlling devices of modesty, shame, and fear.
In Sisterhood: the Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh
This multimedia exhibit highlights the work of local feminists to gain equal rights for women and girls in our region and beyond. It includes a portrait gallery of sixteen influential leaders of the women’s movement during the latter part of the 20th century, a 15-minute video based on excerpts from their oral histories, period photos and memorabilia from private collections. Featured activists include Ann Begler, Jeanne Clark, Alma Speed Fox, Barbara Hafer, Eleanor Smeal, and a dozen other leading feminists in western Pennsylvania.
Annual Student Show
All Allegheny students are encouraged to submit their creative artworks to this show. Works are carefully chosen by a guest juror, and all accepted works are displayed in the galleries. Cash awards and other prizes are given for the best works in several categories.
Every Alleghenian completes a Senior Project in his or her major field—a significant piece of original research or creative work. Studio Art and Art & Technology majors create a body of artwork around a central idea or theme; they then present their work professionally in the galleries.