General News

Kleeman Fund Applications

 The Art Department is pleased to announce 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 may be obtained from Art Department faculty and staff. ALL KLEEMAN FUND APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE. Please click on the links that follow. Proposals are due by noon on Wednesday, September 7, for funding during the Fall 2016 semester. Funding requests should not exceed $350. No printed or handwritten entries will be accepted. Awards will be determined by the faculty of the Art Department. Award recipients will be notified by September 21.

Click here to access the Kleeman Fund Application form for a Project in Studio Art

Click here to access the Kleeman Fund Application form for Research and Travel

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.

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.

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.

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/

Husband and Wife Professors Share Insights on Male Counterpart, Artist in Residence Steve Prince

An interview with Artist in Residence Steve Prince was published in Issue 78 of Image Magazine. The interview accompanied an article by Beth McCoy of SUNY Geneseo titled “Second Line and the Art of Witness: Steve Prince’s Katrina Suite.”

Professor Prince’s wife, Associate Professor of English Valerie Sweeney Prince, also wrote an article on Steve’s work for the International Review of African American Art. The article is titled “Portrait of a Marriage: Steve A. Prince’s Old Testament as Viewed by His Wife.”

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Junior Seminar Inspires Multidisciplinary Research

In June 2013, Max Lindquist ’14 attended the Association of Environmental Studies & Sciences Annual Conference where he presented a paper he co-authored with Assistant Professor of Global Health and Development and Environmental Studies Liz Olson, Associate Professor of Communication Arts Michael Mehler, Professor of Environmental Science Eric Pallant, Visiting Artist Tanja Beer, Theater Designer Leslie Fairman, Shannon Wade ’13, and Samantha Hoderlein ’15. The title of the paper is “Constructing Theater Scenery That Is Waste Free, Good for the Environment, and Good for People,” which was based on the spring 2013 Junior Seminar course taught by Professor Olson.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Artist-in-Residence Steve Prince featured in interview

We’re delighted to welcome  Artist-in-Residence Steve Prince to the Art Department this year.  If you’d like to get to know him, check out this recent interview in Image magazine, issue 78.

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Or better yet, drop by his studio on the first floor of the Art Department, a new space sectioned off of the galleries and accessible from the corridor.  He gladly welcomes visitors.    

Steve Prince is teaching drawing this fall semester, but creates in various media, including printmaking and sculpture, and has worked with art students of all ages.

Steve would like to take his message to the streets. He explains:  “That’s where my visual ministry is focused.  That’s where my church is.  My art becomes a traveling evangelism show for our contemporary culture, providing answers for today’s troubled world.  But it also becomes a celebration; a celebration of that very broken yet extremely beautiful world. The art becomes a bridge to help people find their way from that brokenness to the beauty that I so clearly see.”

 

George Roland, On Display

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George Roland. Quadpainter. still from computational art. dimensions variable. copyright George Roland, 2013.

Professor of Art George Roland had a work of computational art accepted for exhibition in the 102nd Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition, April 21–June 23, held in the Heinz Galleries of the Carnegie Museum of Art. This year’s exhibition was selected by David Norr, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland.

Roland’s work was constructed through a computer program he developed using the Processing language. The program creates the images in real time, not by video or recording. As the program runs, the images appear as a rigid grid, vibrate, and then become a looser, more fluid structure.

Inspiration for the piece came from Roland’s desire to take static structures and give them the ability to perform flowing and organic movements.

“It is a singular honor to have my work represented at the Carnegie Museum of Art,” Roland says.

Circling the Globe to Give Back

Staci Orie Summers ’93 uses an Allegheny opportunity to pursue her passion for volunteerism.

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As a teenager, Staci Orie Summers loved taking summer mission trips with her church youth group.

So in college, when a friend asked her to participate in Hut-A-Thon – an event where students build a hut on the Allegheny campus to raise awareness and funds for homelessness – Summers, a sophomore at the time, jumped at the opportunity to give back.

She never realized that this event would reignite her passion for helping others – and would eventually lead to her career in international development.

“As an art history major, I was unsure of what I wanted to do upon graduation,” Summers said. “This experience at Allegheny inspired me to pursue my passion for connecting with other cultures and partnering with people in need.”

Summers first acted upon that passion in 1994, when she traveled to India as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), an organization dedicated to eradicating poverty housing. One year later, she officially turned her professional efforts to making the world a better place, serving Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity as an AmeriCorps VISTA representative in fundraising and community leadership development. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in international training and education from American University in Washington, D.C.

Throughout the years, Summers’ desire to, in her words, “dive into unfamiliar worlds,” has been a driving force. In addition to being a wife to her husband, Jason, and a stay-at-home mother to their children, Caton and Ainsley, Summers now serves as a volunteer team leader with HFHI’s Global Village Program, which facilitates short-term international house-building trips.

Since 1994, Summers has traveled to 29 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, France, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, New Zealand, Turkey, and Zambia, and she has no plans of slowing down. In fact, she is planning her next trip to Malawi in September.

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Summers says that when she arrives at a site, the homes can be in any stage of construction. She and the team typically work alongside the future homeowner and members of the community for one to two weeks performing a variety of tasks that range from making and laying bricks to constructing a home out of bamboo. In Nepal, Summers and her team worked alongside a woman named Sharmila Pariyar to construct a home for Pariyar and her son, Uttam.

“Our team, with help from the community and a few hired technicians, built Sharmila’s bamboo-style house in just eight days,” Summers said. “Working alongside the Nepalese was every bit as amazing as I had expected. And just like with all of my trips, the language barrier didn’t matter. The feelings of compassion and love translate to any language.”

Although she has participated in numerous trips, Nepal was the first where Summers served as the volunteer team leader. “The unknown is always the team, all or most of whom are traveling solo and are meeting for the first time in a strange place,” she said. “It’s like throwing a bunch of great ingredients into a hot pot to make soup – you don’t really know how it’s going to turn out until it’s been on the fire!

“I love the challenge of being a team leader because you have to come up with just the right mix of people,” she continued. “You live together, eat together, and work together on these trips, and along the way you hope the magic happens – the opening up, the bonding, the looking out and listening, the contagious laughter. I’ve never left a country with a dry eye. That is why I build; it doesn’t feel like work to me. I plan to do this as long as I’m breathing!”

In addition to serving as an HFHI volunteer, Summers donates her time and resources to her alma mater. Since graduation, Summers has served as a Gator Greetings volunteer, as co-chair of her 10th Reunion Committee, and as an Alumni Council member. She also is a member of the Timothy Alden Council.

“Allegheny gave me the skills and confidence to do anything I wanted to do,” Summers said. “I give back because I know I wouldn’t have been able to attend Allegheny if it weren’t for the generosity of others. I want to give current students those same opportunities. I also know that Allegheny has been managed well and will put my funds to good use.”

To read more about Summers’ travels, work with HFHI’s Global Village Program, and her passion for hospitality, visit Globalstaci.com.

– Heather L. Grubbs

Stephanie David delivers paper at BGSU “New Perspectives in Visual Culture”

Stephanie David (Art History ’13) spoke on “Abjection and Informe: Base Materialism and Subjectivity in the Works of Mike Kelley,” at the 7th Annual Symposium sponsored by the Art History Association of Bowling Green State University, March 23rd, 2013.  Working with material that is part of her senior comprehensive project research, David joined undergraduates from BGSU, St. Olaf’s College, University of Cincinnati, and Ursuline College.   In the picture above, David responds to questions in her session on “Materialism.”