Gallery Exhibitions

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September 2, and 5 – 24, 2017

8 Hour Projects: Beyond These Walls

Curated by Darren Lee Miller
Work-In-Progress Day: Saturday, September 2, 9AM – 6PM
Gallery Talk and Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 5, 7 – 9PM
Closed Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4 for Labor Day

Image © Paula Frisch, Allegheny College class of 2011

This annual Labor Day weekend event honors art as a process of sustained work, and 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, all alumni of Allegheny College, are Jack Conant ’12, Heather Fish ’15, Matt Freeland ’12, Paula Frisch ’11, Marc Kreidler ’11, Cynthia Lee ’12, Allison Meredith ’01, Nicholena Moon ’12, Jacqui Reynolds ’12, Jude Shingle ’08, Greg Singer ’15, Andrew Twigg ’99, and Eva Wiley ’01. The event and exhibition are 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.

October 3 – November 12, 2017

Arab Spring / Unfinished Journeys, works by Helen Zughaib

Opening Reception and Artist‘s Lecture: Tuesday, October 3, 6 – 8PM
Closed Saturday, October 7 through Tuesday, October 10 for Fall Break

Syrian Migration Series #1 © Helen Zughaib

Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art Helen currently lives and works in Washington, DC. The artist says,

“I feel that my background in the Middle East allows me to approach the experiences I have in America in a unique way, remaining an observer of both the Arab and American cultures. I believe that the arts are one of the most important tools we have to help shape and foster dialogue and positive ideas between the Middle East and the United States. I hope through my work to encourage dialogue and bring understanding and acceptance between the people of the Arab world and the United States, especially since 9/11, our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the more recent revolutions and crises across the Arab world.”

Helen‘s work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Lebanon, and included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General, Vancouver, Canada, American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, the Arab American National Museum in, Michigan, and the DC Art Bank collection. This exhibition 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.

December 5 – 15, 2017

Senior Projects and Advanced Studio Projects

Opening Reception and Celebration: Tuesday, December 5, 7 – 8PM
De-Installation: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 & 17, 12:00 – 4:00PM

Senior Project in Studio Art by Madeline Becker, Allegheny College class of 2017

At the end of every fall semester, the art galleries of Allegheny College feature the work of graduating seniors as well as Art majors and minors from the Advanced Studio Projects seminar course. All participating students will talk about their works at the gallery reception on Dec. 5.

Closed 12/18/2016 – 1/23/2017 for Winter Break

January 23 – March 4, 2018

Rough Trade

Curated by Wesley Harvey, Darren Lee Miller, and Ian F. Thomas
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 – 9:00PM

Double Drips Platter © Wesley Harvey

In this exhibition, we seek to expand the semantic geography of the word “trade,” to move it beyond male sexuality and sex acts specifically, and to re-conceive the word within the broader realm of queer art theory to explore non-normative identities, power play, desire, and the allure of risky assignations. Many of the invited artists have crafted new works for this show using time-honored methods to make ceramic sculptures and functional wares that are anything but traditional. The artists are Mark Burns, Jeremy Brooks, Wesley Harvey, Ryan Wilson Kelly, Kathy King, Howard Kottler, Matt Nolen, Anne Drew Potter, Anthony Sonnenberg, Caitlin Rose Sweet, H.M. Thompson, and Triesch Volker. This exhibition 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.

April 3 – 15, 2018

Annual Student Show, Juried by Susan Barnett

Drop-Off Dates: Monday & Tuesday, March 26 & 27, 1:30 – 4:00PM
Opening Reception and Awards: Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 – 7:00PM
De-Installation: Monday, April 16, 1:30 – 4:00PM

Drawing by Hannah Eisemann, Environmental Studies Major, Allegheny College class of 2017

Allegheny students submit their creative artworks to be carefully chosen by our guest juror, Susan Barnett, Curator of the Erie Art Museum. All accepted works are displayed in the galleries. 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 juror.

April 24 – May 5, 2018

Senior Projects

Opening Reception and Celebration: Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 – 8:00PM
De-Installation: Sat. and Sun., May 5 & 6, 12:00 – 4:00PM

Senior Project in Art & Technology by Dave Ambroso, Allegheny College class of 2017

Every Allegheny College student 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 bodies of artwork around a central idea or theme and then present their works professionally in the galleries at the end of the semester. All participating students will talk about their works at the gallery reception on April 24.

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.