Gallery Exhibitions Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

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8 Hour Projects: Craft+Process

Curated by Darren Lee Miller
Work in Progress Day: Saturday, September 1, 10AM-6PM
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 4, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates: September 4 – 23, 2012

This annual art event features about 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 Kenneth Batista (Pittsburgh) John Bavaro (Erie), Ian Finch (Pittsburgh), Valerie Gilman (Venango), Renee Ickes (Pittsburgh) Mark Keffer (Cleveland), Anna Kell (Lewisburg), Cara Lynn Kleid (Pittsburgh), Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann (Washington, D.C.), Suzanne Proulx (Erie), Eric Stern (Pittsburgh), and other collaborative projects. This exhibition is part of the Year of Transforming Education at Allegheny College.


Faculty & Alumni Exhibition

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 2, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates: October 2 – 21, 2012. Closed 10/6-10/9 for Fall Break

Featuring a variety of artworks by Allegheny College’s faculty and Allegheny alumna Erin Rachel Hudak. Ms. Hudak is a New York based mixed media artist working with ideas of freedom, power, and entrapment. Hudak has been awarded grants for her ephemeral public sculptures: Love You Forever, installed under the Manhattan bridge, and Everything Is Fine, installed in the historic Tobacco Warehouse. The show will also feature selected post-sabbatic works by sculpture professor, Amara Geffen.


New Acquisitions: Serigraphs by Roy Ahlgren

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 30, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates: October 30 – November 20, 2012

Ahlgren’s precisely crafted geometric abstractions have been exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the 1969 National Exhibition of Prints, the Library of Congress, and the International Exhibition of Graphic Art in Germany. Well known for his use of hard-edge and op-art techniques, Ahlgren was the recipient of over 20 national and regional prizes.


Re-conTEXT: Book as Object

Curated by Darren Lee Miller
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 30, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates: October 30 – November 20, 2012

Books have always been used for disseminating information and conducting education, but artists have been creating (and re-creating) books as art objects for more than a century. The artist’s book is a hybrid form that keeps pace with contemporary techniques and materials while also keeping traditional craft alive. Featured artists include Brian Dettmer, John Cage, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Clarissa Sligh, Kara Walker, Daniel Embree, and many others. This exhibition is part of the Year of Transforming Education at Allegheny College.


Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects

Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 4, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates: December 4 – 12, 2012

Works by graduating seniors Kerri Morgan and Anna Good, as well as upper-level art students.


INFLUX, An Installation by Joe Meiser

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 22, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates: January 22 – March 3, 2013

This exhibition investigates the conflicting narratives about mortality offered by science, philosophy and religion. It also looks at how contemporary technologies have changed the ways we think about death. The problem of mortality is fundamentally the same today as it was for the first humans 200,000 years ago, but because of the particulars of our contemporary situation, humans now think differently about death. This exhibition is part of the Year of Transforming Education at Allegheny College.


Likewise, as technical experts, but not (at all) by way of culture / An Installation by Leigh-Ann Pahapill

Curated by Jonathan Walz, Ph.D., Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 22, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates: January 22 – March 3, 2013

The sculptural objects on view in Leigh-Ann Pahapill’s exhibition are replicas of the props used in Bertolt Brecht’s theatrical productions – products or reproductions of photographic documents that the artist found at the Bertolt Brecht Archive in Berlin. Pahapill gives us real objects that open up a space for multiple possibilities for the production of meaning, from the role of memory to that of perception; however, her work doesn’t just question how we understand a work’s meaning. She wants us to think about the encounter with the object itself.


Annual Student Show

Drop-Off Dates: March 10 & 11, 11:30AM – 4:30PM
Opening Reception and Awards: Tuesday, March 26, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates:  March 26 – April 14, 2013

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.


Senior Projects

Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 23, 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates:  April 23 – May 10, 2013

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 and then present their work professionally in the galleries.