Gallery Exhibitions Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

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September 3, and 6 – 18

8 Hour Projects: Failure

Curated by Heather Brand and Darren Lee Miller Work-In-Progress Day: Saturday, September 3, 9AM – 6PM
Artist Lectures with Fotini Galanes and Stacey Robinson: Monday, September 5, 10AM – Noon
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Tuesday, September 6, 7 – 9PM
Closed Sunday September 4 for Labor Day

This is Where We Live Now, © Kathryn Lien

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 will consider how failure is essential for learning, personal and professional growth, and why failing (and the vulnerability it requires) is usually a feature of success. The artists are Heather Brand, Max Collins, Kristen 30, Hannah Epstein, Fotini Galanes, Trevor King, Kathryn Lien, Darren Lee Miller, Steve Prince, Byron Rich, Stacey Robinson, and Ian Thomas. This event is part of Allegheny College’s Year of Mindfulness. This exhibition is supported in part by the William Beazell Memorial Fund, the Allegheny College Art Department, and by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.

September 27 – October 25

Faculty Exhibition

Opening Reception and Artists’ Lectures: Tuesday, September 27, 7 – 9PM
Closed 10/8 – 10/11 for Fall Break

This is How I Know I”m Here, © Darren Lee Miller

Featuring a variety of artworks by Allegheny College’s Studio Art and Art & Technology faculty, and works from professor Darren Lee Miller’s sabbatical. The show will also include selected works by the Art Department’s 2015-2016 instructors and staff, and other faculty both within and outside of the Department of Art.

November 1 – 22

Marking Place

Curated by Heather Brand and Darren Lee Miller
Opening Reception and Artists’ Lectures: Tuesday, November 1, 7 – 9PM
Closed 11/23 – 11/27 for Thanksgiving Break


The Color Of Religion, Live Fire Village #5, Fort Riley, Kansas © Shreepad Joglekar

Marking Place considers how we define, interrupt and interact with our geographic, political and cultural landscape. Invited artists Hilary Wang, Shreepad Joglekar and David Lier consider the complexities of human-environment relationships and work to define these physical, social and spatial interactions. This exhibition invites the viewer to reflect upon our multifaceted relationships to place and environment as consumers, observers, and participants in its constant flux. This event is part of Allegheny College’s Year of Mindfulness. 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.

December 6 – 16

Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects
Opening Reception and Celebration: Tuesday, December 6, 7 – 8PM
De-Installation, Saturday and Monday, December 17 & 19, 11AM – 4PM

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. Tarcson’s installation of painted television screens explores the blurred lines of politics and popular culture in Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency.

Three Psychology majors, Nadiya Wahl, Christina Ecker, and Alex Fawcett, integrate some of their research interests in psychology with their work in visual Art. Wahl makes mandalas based on the ancient Indian theory of the Chakra energy system, to guide viewers toward a meditative, contemplative experience on the interconnectedness of all things. Ecker, uses the banal form of a plastic Solo cup, replicating, manipulating, and abstracting the shape of the vessel to raise questions about function and stability, and to elicit anxiety about an unassuming tool along the road to addiction. Fawcett creates sculptural paintings to help viewers empathize with symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Combining interests from both a double major in Studio Art and Environmental Science, Madeleine Zimmermann compares the Greek myth of Tantalus to food deserts using contemporary plush sculptures within an interactive installation. Margaret Stanger and Hannah Eisemann are also Environmental Science majors. Stanger uses text to interrogate ideas of authenticity with words and phrases that discuss loneliness, emotional disconnectedness, and self-doubt. Eisemann uses Modern American Realism — its capacity to give drama to detail, to bring out subtleties of human expression, and to put her subjects into symbolically fraught environments — in an exploration of the self as an island of innocence in the face of an overwhelming world. Environmental Studies Major, Emiranzala Kisyanto’s three panel drawing is a contemporary allegory about climate change that mixes Asian symbology with traditional western apocalyptic mythologies, to raise awareness of how our responses to environmental issues are rooted in the stories we tell ourselves.

Exploring screen cultures, overstimulation, and the mundane, Studio Art Major, Dave Ambroso’s “Amazing Video Slurry” Bombards the senses and confounds the mind with cheap thrills and groovy gobs of digital gorp-slorp. Biochemistry major, John Audley, plays upon the similarities and differences in religious and scientific symbolic language in order to complicate representations of reality and truth. History major, Kevin McIntyre, makes photographs to show a person wandering through life’s common difficulties. Rachel Greiff, an Economics major, makes hand-drawn digital animations to visualize the science behind emotion and memories.

Closed 12/17/2016 – 1/23/2017 for Winter Break

January 24 – February 22


Curated by Darren Lee Miller, Ken Pinnow Ph.D., and Richard Schindler Ph.D., with assistance from M. Greg Singer ’15 and Jonathan Yee ’17
Opening Reception:
Tuesday, January 24, 7 – 9PM

Flier for public screening of “Huracán,” ©The Puerto Rican Division of Community Education, courtesy of Ken Pinnow Ph.D.

This exhibition offers a survey of government-sponsored efforts at persuasion in the twentieth century through the use of graphic art. Collaborations between government organizations and artists produced not simply advertisements, but what could be described as a form of “high art;” beautifully striking imagery combined with sharp, succinct messages for maximum emotional impact and creation of normative values and a common visual language. This exhibition was made possible, in part, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Collaborative Undergraduate Research in the Humanities at Allegheny College. 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.

February 22, 7pm

Graduate Art Student Presentations

Graduating MFA students from nearby Edinboro University speak about their art, processes, and experiences in graduate school and in the studio!

February 28 – March 4

Mystical Arts of Tibet

Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, February 28 at 12:15
Open to Public: WednesdayFriday, March 1-3, 10 am-6 pm;
Saturday, March 4, 10 am-12:30 pm
Potluck with the Monks, Wednesday, March 1, 6pm
Closing Ceremony: Saturday, March 4 at 1:30

Mystical Arts of Tibet, © Drepung Loseling Monastery Inc.

Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, which has been re-established in exile in south India, will be on campus for one week for a Mandala Sand Painting exhibition. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning sacred cosmogram. To construct the mandala, millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks. When finished, the mandala is destroyed to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists, Portions of this display acknowledge the experiences of Tibetan people living under occupation, and in exile.

We will be having a potluck with the monks in the gallery on Wednesday March 1st at 6pm! If you would like to attend, please RSVP to by Friday February 24th with what you are going to bring (if you are able to bring something). Contact Jane Ellen for information on the monks’ dietary preferences, etc.
Want to bring a class or group to the sand mandala event? If you would like to visit together with your group during the monks’ working hours of 10am to 6pm and hear from their spokesperson, please contact in advance.
We will also be having a Community Sand Painting in the gallery while the monks are creating their mandala that anyone can participate in! If you (or your group) would like to participate, please contact in advance.
This event is part of Allegheny College’s Year of Mindfulness with funding from the Harry C. Winslow and Madeleine King Winslow Ecumenical Fund. 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.
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March 6 – 12


Events all Week, read below for details
Closing Reception and Celebration:
 Sunday, March12 from 12:00 – 1:00PM


Here/Now is a one-week art event created on-site by Allegheny College students, led by their professors, but also open to students working on their own (with the approval of the Art Department). Following the Mystical Arts of Tibet, this event will use creative practices as meditations on mindfulness, and offer a shared learning space through collaborative art making. The event provides students access to the space so they can voice their own ideas and concerns regarding the Mystical Arts of Tibet.

Led by instructor, Heather Brand, students in Photography II will create body contact prints using cyanotype sensitized cloth and/or paper. The class time is Monday and Wednesday for 1:30-3:20, and viewers are invited to participate as well.

Professor Amara Geffen’s sculpture class will explore sacred geometry and minimalism, Students will develop a concept for a group installation composed of/constructed from fluorescent lights, articulating geometric forms, rhythms, and the concepts embodied in the previous week’s Sand Mandala.

Associate Professor, Darren Lee Miller’s Freshman Seminar students will make a series of preliminary drawings and short, reflective written responses while the Tibetan Monks are in the gallery. Then, during the Here/Now week, students will create one final drawing based on their preliminary works, and write 3 haiku poems based on their writing from the previous week. Each drawing will be paired with one poem (students chose one of the three), and the class will work as a group to print and bind a set of accordion books (one book per student). The prints and at least one of the books will remain on display in the gallery through the reception.

Sculpture Technician, Ian Thomas’ Introduction to Studio Art students will paint boxes white then strap them to their feet with twine.  After a nice walk (AKA spirit quest) around campus students will take the “shoes” — with all their accumulated dirt, marks, and other evidence of their journey — and hang them on the gallery wall.

April 4 – 16

Annual Student Show Juried by John Vanco

Drop-Off Dates: Monday & Tuesday, March 27 & 28, 11:30 – 4:00PM
Opening Reception and Awards: Tuesday, April 4, 12:15 – 1:15PM

Senior Project in Art & Technology by Becca Anderson ’16

All Allegheny students are encouraged to submit their creative artworks to this show. Students who wish to participate can drop off  their work  on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, from 11:30 to 4 p.m. The opening Reception and awards ceremony will be Tuesday, April 4, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. 

This year’s show, which will feature works in a variety of media, is juried by John Vanco, Allegheny alumnus and director of the Erie Art Museum. Doane Prizes in Art are awarded for a series or body of work in the categories of painting or drawing, sculpture or ceramics, and graphics (which includes prints, photographs, video and computer art). The award winners, who are selected by the art department faculty along with the outside juror, receive a cash award and an inscribed book. The Doane Prizes are provided through the generosity of the late Foster B. Doane, a former Allegheny College trustee.

Additionally, the art department faculty selects artwork to be purchased through the Doane Student Art Merit and Acquisitions Fund. These student works are acquired for public display at Allegheny or awarded a cash prize in cases where acquisition of the artwork would be impractical due to size or other constraints. The Doane Juror’s Awards are selected by the outside juror for outstanding individual works of art in the show.

In addition to the juried exhibition, a selection of works will be on display in the areas adjoining the galleries. This exhibition is organized by the Student Art Society as a “Salon des Refuses,” which is an art tradition of displaying alternative works not chosen by the jurors.

April 25 – May 7

Senior Projects

Opening Reception and Celebration: Tuesday, April 25, 7-8PM
De-Installation: Monday and Tuesday, May 8 & 9, 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Senior Project in Studio Art by Imani Prince ’16

Works by graduating seniors.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Exhibitions 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.