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Artist’s Talk Encourages Cross-Cultural Listening, Learning

Robert Gerhardt

A student takes notes at the exhibit.

Engaged patrons converse near one of Gerhardt's favorite images: “NYPD Traffic Officer at Prayer, Park 51, Manhattan, NY,” taken at a once-proposed mosque site near Ground Zero.

A crowd gathers as the artist speaks.

“Boy Scouts at their Weekly Meeting, Muslim American Society, Brooklyn, NY" (foreground) is among the gelatin silver prints on display.

A campus reception was held Thursday for an artist whose work employs old-school photojournalism – compelling images on black-and-white film, developed in a darkroom – to tackle a fresh-from-the-headlines merging of cultures. “Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” featuring the work of Robert Gerhardt, continues in The Gallery at Penn College through March 4. While billed as a gallery talk, Gerhardt’s well-attended opening echoed the objectives of the artwork itself: to encourage discussion and blur the boundaries between different backgrounds, practices and faiths. Hours for the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed Saturdays and Mondays). The exhibit has also been featured in The Huffington Post and on WVIA’s “ArtScene” radio program (select the Robert Gerhardt audio file from the series menu).

Photography Exhibit Hopes to Stir Muslim American Understanding

“Young Girl at Prayers with her Father” – gelatin silver print

“Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” a black-and-white photography exhibit showing Muslim Americans in their daily lives, is the next exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College.

On display Jan. 14 through March 4, the works by photographer Robert Gerhardt seek to stir cultural understanding. A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, featuring a 5:30 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Reuse, Reassembly Masterfully Melded in Gallery Exhibition

"Prehistoric Bird," formed from wood, acrylic and metal, artfully alights in the gallery.

Standing before "Enigmatic Growths," a creation of mixed media on paper and pasted onto canvas, the artist discusses his work.

Noteworthy details await discovery

Capturing an image of the imaginative

A detail from "Every Bird Likes Its Own Nest," fashioned from clothing, rags, oil, acrylic and wood

Distinctive multimedia artwork is represented in “Geometry,” running through Dec. 11 in The Gallery at Penn College. A “Meet the Artist” reception was held Thursday evening on the third floor of Madigan Library, where patrons gathered to learn more about Mikhail Gubin’s arresting collages and sculptures –many formed from discarded materials. The gallery is open 1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. It will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 25-29.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Part Cubist, Part Surrealist: Collage Works on Display

“Bowl of the Ocean Soup” – wood, acrylic, ink, 34 inches by 24 inches by 20 inches

Two- and three-dimensional collage works that are part cubist, part surrealist will challenge perspectives and delight the eye in the next exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Mikhail Gubin’s “Geometry,” running Nov. 6 through Dec. 11, offers works on paper and wooden sculptures from an award-winning artist who was born in the former Soviet Union.

A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, featuring a 5:30 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Students Read Body Language of Artists’ Inner Vision

From the radiography lab to the art gallery, students enjoy an inspired view of inner workings. From left: Nicole L. Brungard, Conor D. Flynn, Danielle J. Shindledecker and Taylor E. Hoffman.

Exploring the heart of the matter

Student gallery assistant Ainsley R. Bennett (appropriately gloved for the task) offers the students a glimpse of the original X-ray on the back of one of the abstract pieces.

Shindledecker inspects an artistic interpretation of a cranial scan.

A full-bodied look at radiography rock stars! From left are Flynn, Hoffman, Brungard and Shindledecker.

“We see X-rays all the time, but I never thought someone would take one and make art out of it,” said Danielle J. Shindledecker on a Tuesday visit to The Gallery at Penn College. The Fairfield resident was joined by three other students enrolled in applied health studies: radiography concentration on an outing to see “A View Within,” an exhibit blending medical technology and fiber art. Nicole L. Brungard, of Jersey Shore; Conor D. Flynn, Williamsport; and Taylor E. Hoffman, Marietta, also took in the artistic interpretations of body images captured by CT scans, MRIs, X-rays and ultrasounds. The two-person show offers realistic and abstract translations of the same body images, and the students said they enjoyed seeing the different perspectives of the artists’ visions. “This exhibit is entitled ‘A View Within.’ which is a perfect fit with our upcoming Radiologic Technology Week (Nov. 8-14) theme of ‘Discovering the Inside Story,'” said Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director for radiography. The exhibit runs through Nov. 1 on the third floor of Madigan Library.

Teachers Make Quick Study of ‘Slow Art’ During Professional Enrichment

Local art teachers, including WAHS' Andrea McDonough-Varner (center), discuss the works “at hand” in The Gallery at Penn College.

The gallery offers a venue for professional development and discussion.

A “Slow Art” still life

The works on the wall find new expression in an educator’s sketchbook.

Meditative moments for art exploration

Eighteen art educators took advantage of The Gallery at Penn College and its current exhibit, “A View Within,” for a professional development session titled “Slow Art” on Monday. Organized by Andrea McDonough Varner, an art teacher at Williamsport Area High School, the workshop focused on viewing one work of art for at least 20 minutes, taking notes and sketching ideas. Art educators from Williamsport, East Lycoming and Jersey Shore school districts attended. “Slow Art” is a global movement that has been catching on in the past few years; it encourages museum-goers to slow down and engage more fully with art, creating a quality experience. “The Gallery at Penn College was pleased to welcome regional art educators today,” manager Penny Griffin Lutz said, “and is happy that our exhibitions are being utilized by the community for lifelong learning.”

Gallery Patrons Share Artists’ Unique ‘View’ in Latest Exhibit

Assessing the artists' separately shared vision

Joseph E. LeBlanc, assistant professor of physics, brings an entire class to the opening.

Gallery manager Penny G. Lutz (left) talks with Joanne Landis, a regional artist who has a studio at The Pajama Factory.

Textural tapestries line the gallery walls.

Lenore G. Penfield (left), director of facilities utilization and college events, and Judy Olinsky, a loyal patron of the local arts community, attend Friday's event.

A View Within,” two fiber artists’ interpretations of body images captured by CT scans, MRIs, X-rays and ultrasounds, is on display in The Gallery at Penn College through Nov. 1. The exhibit, by Paula Chung and Karen Rips, opened Friday on the third floor of Madigan Library. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The gallery will be closed this Thursday through Sunday for the college’s Fall Break.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Fiber Artists Offer Windows Into Human Joy, Pain

“In Utero,” a textile piece by Paula Chung, 48 inches by 48 inches

Fiber art and medical technology meet with “A View Within,” an exhibit by two fiber artists creating personal interpretations of body images captured by CT scans, MRIs, X-rays and ultrasounds.

Opening Oct. 2, “A View Within” is on display at The Gallery at Penn College through Nov. 1. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. The gallery will be closed during Fall Break, Oct. 15-18.

“This exhibition, with its portrayals of the workings of the human body, is a perfect fit with the many health science majors offered at Penn College,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery manager. “This show also fits on our campus in general as it combines technology, in the form of MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds, with handmade, creative art. In the past, fiber art exhibitions have been very well-received. The medium is accessible and familiar and can offer visitors an understandable art form.”

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Well-Traveled Artist Takes Gallery Patrons on Flights of Fancy

Attentive students line the wall of the gallery to listen to the artist, who traveled from Korea for her exhibit's opening.

“Still Life with Shells #5” shows Kang’s intricate artistry with a ballpoint pen.

Students crisscross the gallery, satisfying their curiosity – and various class assignments.

A large crowd fills the gallery to listen to the artist, who also works as an instructor at Seoul Digital University in her native Korea.

Paper, pen, light and shadow offer a unique view of nature.

A public reception and artist’s talk were held Tuesday for “Nature, Fathomable,” featuring the work of Joo Lee Kang, which continues in The Gallery at Penn College through Sept. 20. The Korean artist, whose elaborate creations are rendered in ballpoint ink, was interviewed by Fiona Powell for WYVA Radio’s “Williamsport Today” show. Hours for the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed Saturdays and Mondays).

Weather Inhospitable, but Crowd Receptive for Gallery Opening

Thetford engages gallery visitors, offering insights into his creative process.

The Tennessee artist celebrates not only an exhibit opening, but his birthday, on July 9.

A summer crowd launches the new season in The Gallery at Penn College.

Layers of meaning can be found in the art of a former mental health counselor. Thetford’s piece, “Ignoring the Door,” comments on the entrapment that can follow man’s refusal to fully explore his surroundings.

Young and old alike say “Yes!” to colorful contemporary collages informed by the richness of the human psyche.

Despite torrential rains and a tornado watch, the show – namely the initial show in The Gallery at Penn College’s new season – must go on. “The Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time,” a display of contemporary digital compositions by Daryl Thetford, opened with a public reception Thursday on the third floor of Madigan Library, continuing through Aug. 9. Summer hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (closed Saturday and Monday). Regular hours resume Aug. 18.

Gallery Announces New Season of Artistic Engagement

The Gallery at Penn College is beginning its 2015-16 season.

The Gallery at Penn College announces its 2015-16 exhibition season, featuring innovative and talented artists working across a range of mediums.

The eight artists featured in the gallery’s new season hail from across the country and internationally. Their work explores internal questions, external societal issues, nature, the human body and more through fiber, collage, sculpture, pen on paper, photography, digital media and mixed-media drawings.

“The eight artists we are featuring this year are exceptional,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, manager of The Gallery at Penn College. “I believe visitors will be engaged with the contemporary art we have selected. I encourage our regular visitors and new visitors to stop by the gallery often to see what is new, and to attend the gallery talks in order to interact with our visiting artists.”

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Recent High School Graduate’s Artwork Featured in Gallery Lobby

Danny Smith, a 2015 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, stands in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College where his artwork is on display through June 26. Smith received an Artistic Excellence Award from the gallery.

Fine art by Danny Smith, a 2015 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, is on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through June 26.

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Noble Works Express Devotion to Humanity

The artist, who says he's not interested in "pretty pictures" but in art that tells a story about humanity and how we should live, explains his creative process …

… to an attentive audience that was also treated to Smith's recitation of Tennyson's "Ulysses," the source of the exhibit's title.

The gallery's exhibition title wall welcomes visitors and offers poetic insight into the artist's intentions.

Bronze sculptures depicting beggars in Venice, Italy, tell stories of history and humanity.

The beauty of the gallery space is enhanced by the artistic offerings, light and shadows.

“Though much is taken, much abides …,” an exhibit of bronze sculptures and drawings by Ed Smith, a professor of art at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, opened Thursday in The Gallery at Penn College. Drawing on inspiration he uncovered on biennial art adventures in Venice, Italy, Smith devotes his “Beggars of Venice” series to illuminating the lives of the city’s most impoverished residents who he likens to mythic gods. Just as bronze figures have historically acknowledged great men or deeds, his figures strive to offer a glimpse into what is often overlooked, yet still noble. During the opening, Smith, a Guggenheim Fellow in sculpture and drawing and an associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, read the renowned poem, “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson – the source of his exhibit’s title. He also mentioned how impressed he was with the college’s embrace of humanism’s concepts, which include a belief in people’s potential and an emphasis on rational problem-solving. Gallery patrons can view Smith’s work through June 26; summer hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays (closed Saturdays and Mondays).

Mythic Sculptures, Drawings Exhibited at Penn College

Two of Ed Smith's bronze sculptures: "Hercules with Club" (left), and "Beggar," bronze, 15" high.

A world-renowned sculptor and artist will exhibit his bronze sculptures and drawings in “Though much is taken, much abides …,” running May 28 through June 26 at The Gallery at Penn College.

Ed Smith, a Guggenheim Fellow in sculpture and drawing, and an associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, will be on hand for a Meet the Artist Reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, featuring a 5:30 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Graphic Design Showcase Ends at Mid-Month

Morgan T. Jennings, of Canton, shows off his work to a classmate.

"Design: 2015" open through May 15 – the eve of spring commencement.

Lora A. Bacharach, of Williamsport, in front of her work

A folding, space-themed booklet made by Ashley N. Smith, of Saylorsburg

Design: 2015,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College, continues through May 15. Featuring the faculty-chosen work of 14 graphic design students, the show opened with a public reception Friday evening. Summer hours are in effect at the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday (closed Saturday and Monday).
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer