Two Exhibits at Allegheny College Art Galleries Examine the World’s Most Crucial Commodity: Water

Oct. 27, 2015 – The art galleries of Allegheny College will open two related exhibits on November 3: “Water Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource,” curated by Jennifer Heath, and “Water: Elemental, Mutable, Essential,” co-organized and curated by Heather Brand and Amara Geffen.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on November 3, with the exhibits on display through November 24. Artist Rebecca Allan, an Allegheny graduate from 1986, will lead a gallery talk at the reception. The exhibits, artists’ talk and reception are free and open to the public.

“Water, Water Everywhere” comprises 30-second to 30-minute films from 45 artists worldwide exploring the planet’s most crucial commodity and the basis for all earthly life, with works that are documentary, experimental, educational, humorous, solemn, animated and acted.

The second exhibition, “Water: Elemental, Mutable, Essential,” examines our relationship to water both as a vital resource and also as a catalyst for aesthetically and socially engaging creations. The artists work with water as both subject and medium, creating a space for inquiry, education and reflection.

“Water: Elemental, Mutable, Essential” will include public events, community workshops and artworks by Allegheny College students who will also explore these ideas. The public events are part of the Year of Meadville, a partnership between Allegheny College and the local community that focuses on building a just and sustainable future.

The exhibitions 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.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30-4 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays.

The Art Galleries, which are wheelchair accessible, are located in Doane Hall of Art, east of North Main Street between College and John Streets in Meadville.

For more information, phone 814-332-4365 or visit the art galleries website.

image © Jennifer Hecker