March 6th 2017
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.
February 1st 2017
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.
January 24th 2017
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. The exhibit 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.
Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday
, 12:30-4 p.m.
, 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 visit www.allegheny.edu/artgalleries.
December 16th 2016
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.
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.
December 10th 2016
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.” (more…)
December 6th 2016
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 8 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.
September 1st 2016
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.”
May 2nd 2016
Professor Emeritus of Art George Roland had a work of computational art accepted into the 93rd Spring Show at the Erie Art Museum. Juried by artist and educator Virgil Marti, the exhibition runs to July 17.