Gallery Exhibitions Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

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8 Hour Projects: Loss

Wire Drawing detail
mage © John Garrett

Curated by Darren Lee Miller
Work in Progress Day: Saturday, August 30, 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Panel Discussion: Tuesday, September 2, 7:00 – 8:00PM, Doane Hall A104
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 2, 8:00 – 9:00PM, Art Galleries
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, September 2 – Sunday, September 21, 2014

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 invited artists will consider themes of loss and change. The artists are Rafael Abreu-Canedo, John Bavaro, Julia Betts, Heather Brand, John Garrett, Darren Lee Miller with Ricky Gindlesberger and Miriam Patterson, Lucia Nhamo, Steve Prince, Byron Rich, Ian Thomas, and Jeff Willis

This 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.


Combat Paper: Words Made Flesh

mage © Andrew Stanbridge


COMBAT PAPER: Words Made Flesh

Curated by Steve Prince and Darren Lee Miller
Opening Reception: Sat., Oct. 4, 5:00 – 7:00PM
Closing Reception: Tue., Oct. 28, 12:30 – 2:00PM
Exhibition Dates: Sat., Oct 4 – Tue., Oct. 28
Closed Oct. 11 – 14 for Fall Break

Hand paper-making is the language of Combat Paper. By working in communities directly affected by warfare and using the uniforms and artifacts from their experiences, a transformation occurs and our collective language is born. Artist Nathan Lewis will lead veterans and other workshop participants in a week-long paper-making and bookmaking workshop. Participants will reclaim their uniforms — which will be cut up, beaten into a pulp, and formed into sheets of paper — to collaboratively create works of art which will be shown in conjunction with artworks made by national and international artists on sheets of combat paper. Invited artists are Laura Blacklow, Kimberly Dummons, Helen Frederick, Amara GeffenSergio Gomez, Jerushia Graham, Cheryl Hatch, Cheryl Hayes, Bruce Herman, Augustus Jenkins, Brian Kreydatus, Peter Madden, Darren Lee Miller, Steve Prince, George RolandRichard Sayer, Richard Schindler, George Smith, Andrew StanbridgeLynn Sures, Ian Thomas, and Donald Wilson.

This 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.

Workshops: Mon., Sept. 29 – Sat., Oct. 4
Project leaders: Alexis Hart, Ph.D. and Steve Prince

Monday, September 29
12:00 – 1:30PM, Campus Center 301
Lecture | Gulf Wars and Warriors at the Post Katrina Crossroads, Beth McCoy, SUNY Geneseo
7:00 – 9:00PM, Vukovich Center for Communication Arts
Keynote and Dance Performance | Brian Castner, author of The Long Walk and Exit 21 Dance Company

Tuesday, September 30
7:00 – 8:30PM, Campus Center 301
Panel | Peace, War, Violence, and Moral Psychology, Lydia Eckstein Jackson, Psychology, John Christie-Searles, Political Science, Tony and Marsha Pedone, Psychologists

Wednesday, October 1
6:30 – 8:30PM, Quigley Hall
Screening | The Invisible War, facilitated by Barbara Shaw, Women’s Studies, Bruce Harlan, Women’s Services
6:30 – 8:30PM, Ford Chapel
Panel | War, Trauma, and the Arts — Healing Arts, Nathan Lewis, Founder, Combat Paper, Eleanor Weisman, Dance & Movement Studies

Thursday, October 2
6:00 – 7:00PM, Ford Chapel
Panel | Historical Trauma, Commemoration, Absence, Jane Ellen Nickel, College Chaplain, Eric Boynton, Philosophy & Religious Studies
7:00 – 8:00PM, Ford Chapel
Interfaith Vigil

Friday, October 3
12:00 – 1:30PM, Tippee Alumni Center
Panel | Outside the Wire: The Military/Civilian Divide, Franklin Forts, History, Cheryl Hatch, Journalism in the Public Interest, Larry James, Vietnam Veteran, author, Unfortunate Sons

Saturday, October 4
5:00 – 7:00PM, Bowman~Penelec~Megahan Art Galleries
Opening Reception and Celebration
26 invited artists, Eleanor Weisman leading performance with Dance and Movement Studies Students, Carol Niblock leading performance with Vocal and Music Students

  The conference and workshops are supported in part by the Jon C. Sturdevant Memorial
Lectureship. Income from this fund, established by Paul Sturdevant, class of 1899, and Watkin P Sturdevant, class of 1906, in memory of their father, Honorable John C. Sturdevant, is used ot secure a series of lectures from someone of recognized authority in literature, history, or the social sciences.


Faculty & Alumni Exhibition, Featuring Jeff Gola ’82

mage © Jeff Gola

Artists’ Lectures: Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 – 8:00PM, Doane Hall A104
Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 4, 8:00 – 9:00PM, Art Galleries
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, November 4 – Tuesday November 25, 2014, Closed 11/26 – 11/30 for Thanksgiving Break

Featuring a variety of artworks by Allegheny College’s faculty and Allegheny alumnus Jeff Gola. Mr. Gola specializes in egg tempera painting and also works in oil and watercolor. He received a BA degree from Allegheny College, spent his junior year in Temple University’s program in Rome Italy, and has continued his art education with courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been included in many juried competitions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The show will also feature selected works by the Art Department’s 2014-2015 faculty and staff, Sue Buck, Heather BrandAmara Geffen, Darren Lee Miller, Steve PrinceByron Rich, Richard SchindlerIan Thomas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Public Interest, Cheryl Hatch, and Professor of Communication Arts, Mike Keeley.


Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects


Opening Reception and Celebration: Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, December 9 – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Works by graduating seniors, as well as upper-level art students.



Closed 12/17/ 2014 – 1/19/15 for Winter Break


Performing Blackness :: Performing Whiteness § 

image © Sandra Brewster

Curated by Darren Lee Miller
Artists’ Lectures: Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 – 8:00PM, Doane Hall A104
Opening Reception with Alisha Wormsley: Tuesday, January 20, 8:00 – 9:00PM, Art Galleries
Brendan Fernandes, Artist-in-Residence, February 16 – 20
Cookies with Brendan Fernandes: Friday, February 20, Noon – 1:00PM
Closing Reception and Panel Discussion with Sandra Brewster, Vanessa German, Kenyatta Hinkle, and Alisha Wormsley: Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 – 9:00PM, Art Galleries
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, January 20 – Tuesday, March 3, 2015

This exhibition examines constructions of racial identity to complicate popular rhetoric around race. The artworks interrogate oversimplifying binaries, and destabilize the often unexamined position of “whiteness.” The artists deploy visual texts in the service of asking uncomfortable questions, reflecting upon identity, and asking the viewer to consider his/her own role in building, enabling, or perpetuating stereotypes. Invited artists are Sandra Brewster, Steve Cole, Andrea ChungBrendan FernandesVanessa German, Kenyatta Hinkle, Ayanah Moor, James Seward, and  Alisha Wormsley

The idea for this exhibition came from the National Public Radio series “Code Switch,” launched in April 2013 to explore “frontiers of race, culture and ethnicity.” Some of the earliest stories focused on code switching, the practice of literally changing the grammar, syntax, and style of delivery of one’s speech in order to more appropriately match the expectations of a situation or peer group. The practice raises questions about authenticity, (self)acceptance, assimilation, and cultural legacies. In other words, code switching points to the performative, fluid nature of identity construction. This exhibition explores the ways in which afro-diasporic, Native-American, Asian/Pacific, and Latino identities contend to construct themselves in relation to a white identity so normative and privileged that it largely remains unnamed.

Link to exhibition catalog (PDF): PerformingBlacknessPerformingWhitenessV2

For the Full-length interviews, click HERE

§ This exhibition is part of the two-year Bicentennial celebration of Allegheny College’s founding. This 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.

Annual Student Show juried by Cynthia Hawkins

image © Anna Shriver ’13

Drop-Off Dates: Monday, March 23 & Tuesday March 24, 12:30 – 4:30PM
Opening Reception and Awards: Tuesday, March 31, 12:30 – 2:00PM
Exhibition Dates:  Tuesday, March 31  – Sunday, April 12, 2015

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. This year’s guest juror is Cynthia Hawkins. Ms. Hawkins is the director of Brodie Hall’s Lederer and Bridge Galleries at SUNY Geneseo, and the Lockhart Gallery on Main Street in Geneseo. She received an M.A. in Museum Professions from Seton Hall University, and M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art’s Mount Royal School of Painting, and a B.A. from CUNY Queens College.

Senior Projects

image © Nicholena Moon ’12

Opening Reception and Celebration: Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 – 8:00PM
Exhibition Dates:  Tuesday, April 21 – Friday, May 8, 2015
De-Installation: Saturday, May 9, directly following commencement

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.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

PrintExhibitions and other programs are 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. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts,a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Arts Council of Erie.

Gallery events are free to the public and wheelchair accessible. Call to verify (814) 332-4365; programs subject to change. Art Galleries are located east of North Main St. between College and John Streets.