Allegheny College Art Galleries to Host “8-Hour Projects”

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Aug. 30, 2010 — Allegheny College will present “8-Hour Projects,” an annual event featuring artists working directly in the Bowman, Penelec and Megahan Art Galleries, on Saturday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited to visit the galleries to see how artists’ ideas evolve into completed works over the course of eight hours.

The exhibit will formally open with a free public reception on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., during which several of the artists will present informal talks about the process, materials and content of their works. The exhibit will remain on display through Sunday, Sept. 26.

For “8-Hour Projects” each artist has been assigned a wall or floor space of 12 feet by 12 feet. The artists, who will work with a variety of materials, are: Ashley Pixelle Andrews (Pittsburgh), Cathie Bleck (Cleveland, Ohio), Berry Breen and Darren Miller (Pittsburgh and Meadville, respectively), Claudia Giannini (Pittsburgh), Robert Hernandez (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Heather Hertel (Grove City), Cara Lynn Kleid (Pittsburgh), Matt Martin (Edinboro), Ann Tarantino (State College), Mary Tremonte (Pittsburgh), and 2001 Allegheny graduates Bill Rodgers and Allison Meredith Whitney, both of Pittsburgh.

Presentation of this exhibit is supported 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 hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30–5 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30–5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. The Art Galleries are wheelchair accessible and located in Doane Hall of Art, east of North Main Street between College and John Streets. Please call ahead to verify; programs are subject to change. For more information, phone (814) 332-4365 or visit