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Denim Artist Honors Working-Class Perseverance in Material World

"Totemic Figures" beckons further investigation of "Those of Us Still Living," on exhibit through Oct. 1.

“Totemic Figures” beckons further investigation of “Those of Us Still Living,” on exhibit through Oct. 1.

One of James Arendt's daughters is depicted in a piece titled "Harper (Firecracker)." Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery manager, embroidered the artworks'  titles on denim as an ingenious alternative to the gallery's standard printed labels.

One of James Arendt’s daughters is depicted in a piece titled “Harper (Firecracker).” Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery manager, embroidered the artworks’ titles on denim as an ingenious alternative to the gallery’s standard printed labels.

The artist motions during a gallery talk that ranged from his personal life and inspirations to his concerns over unemployment and the importance of meaningful work …

The artist motions during a gallery talk that ranged from his personal life and inspirations to his concerns over unemployment and the importance of meaningful work …

… and discusses the "toughness" that he wanted to sew into "Meghann" – via rivets – to honor a niece. He explained that he works with denim because it is "the working-class fabric."

… and discusses the “toughness” that he wanted to sew into “Meghann” – via rivets – to honor a niece. He explained that he works with denim because it is “the working-class fabric.”

A crowd of about 150 patrons visits the Gallery at Penn College for the exhibit's opening.

A crowd of about 150 patrons visits the Gallery at Penn College for the exhibit’s opening.

The steadfastness of the human spirit, interpreted through the enduring qualities of denim, is championed in “Those of Us Still Living,” on display in The Gallery at Penn College through Oct. 1.  A reception and remarks by artist James Arendt were held Tuesday evening in the gallery, located on the third floor of Madigan Library. Hours for the free exhibit 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 is closed Mondays and Saturdays.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Denim Art at Penn College Explores Changes in Labor, Landscape

“Greg & Ryan,” denim, 33.5 inches x 120 inches

Art created from reclaimed denim is in the spotlight at the next exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

“Those of Us Still Living” will run Sept. 2 through Oct. 1. A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, featuring a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m.

Via his creations, artist James Arendt explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place. Influenced by the radical reshaping of rural and industrial landscapes, he investigates how transitions in economic structures affect individual lives. The body of work in the exhibition is made from reclaimed denim – often donated by those depicted – to bring a stronger bond to Arendt’s content and the people portrayed.

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Gallery Reception Held as LLB-Themed Art Exhibit Heads for Home
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The artist shares his enthusiasm for works created by area young people.

A “meet the artist” reception was held Monday for a colorful campus exhibit that celebrates popular culture and this year’s 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. “Collective Pop,” featuring the work of Charles Fazzino and Lycoming County school students, continues in The Gallery at Penn College through Sunday. 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).

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Penn College, Little League Celebrate Anniversaries in ‘Grand Slam’ Fashion
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Admissions representative Sarah R. Shott snaps a selfie with a home-state favorite, the Mid-Atlantic team from Philadelphia.

Soggy turned to sunny just in time Wednesday for Pennsylvania College of Technology to once again welcome visitors to Williamsport for the Little League Baseball World Series. On the evening before play begins in South Williamsport, the college hosted its traditional cookout for the Series teams on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and baseball legend Dave Winfield enjoyed picnic fare and the company of one another before they (and their college hosts) participated in the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street. Accompanied by the college’s ever-popular Wildcat mascot, Penn College volunteers handed out giveaways – including balsa airplanes and commemorative pins – on their well-received journey downtown. Rounding out the teams’ campus visit was a brief stop in The Gallery at Penn College for a Little League-related art exhibit. The college was featured in at least two live newscasts from campus: on WPVI in Philadelphia and on CBS Chicago (go to “Sports Videos” at lower right). And Patriot News coverage, which was also picked up in Alabama, included a roundup of photos at the PennLive website.

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Pop Culture Exhibit at Penn College Honors Little League®

"Collective Pop," on display at The Gallery at Penn College through Aug. 24, features works created by internationally renowned 3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino and area students. The exhibit celebrates the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball.

Colorful creations by an internationally renowned  3-D pop artist are teamed with artwork by area middle and high school students in “Collective Pop,” an art exhibit celebrating pop art and the 75th anniversary of Little League®.

“Collective Pop” opened July 10 in The Gallery at Penn College and continues through Aug. 24 – the final day of the 2014 Little League Baseball® World Series. A special “Meet the Artist Reception” is set for Monday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Best known for his use of bright colors, intricate details and 3-D layering techniques that animate his images, Charles Fazzino has exhibited his work in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than 20 countries over the past 30 years.

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The Gallery at Penn College Unveils Exhibits for 2014-15

The Gallery at Penn College is beginning its ninth season of art exhibits.

The Gallery at Penn College has announced its ninth season of engaging art exhibits for the 2014-15 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Special exhibitions honoring the 75th  anniversary of Little League Baseball and the 100th anniversary of the college are among the offerings, as well as displays of denim, oil, embroidery, photography and bronze creations.

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WVIA Interview With Featured Artist Available Online

Ned Martin

Ned Martin

Fiona Powell’s recent radio interview with Ned Martin, whose “Before and After” exhibit runs through Sunday, has been posted to WVIA FM’s “ArtScene” web page. Summer hours for the gallery, on the third floor of Madigan Library, are 1-4 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

‘Before and After’ Offers Artistic Glimpse Into Tragedy, Triumph

The power and potential of art to heal and inspire will be demonstrated in the exhibit “Before and After,” opening Thursday, May 29, at The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

Showcasing oil paintings by New York City artist Ned Martin, the exhibit explores how the creative process can be dramatically altered by a single event and how that experience can encourage an artist to paint the beauty of life with intense love, even while communing with the arcane darkness of loss.

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Exhibit Dramatically Delineates Artist’s Despondency, Rebirth
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New York City artist Ned Martin engages the opening-night crowd.

Before and After,” demarcating an artistic vision altered by the prism of despair, officially opened Thursday in The Gallery at Penn College. The free exhibit features the work of Ned Martin − work that is physically and figuratively separated by the stark stylistic shift that followed the death of Martin’s wife, Renee. Hours for the exhibit, which continues through June 29, are 1-4 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The gallery, on the third floor of the college’s Madigan Library, is closed Saturdays and Mondays.

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Ten Near-Graduates Share Talents With Gallery Crowd

Graphic design seniors, from left: Ryan D. Mull, Kimberly S. Filko, Anthony P. Levan Jr., Erin M. Schlesinger, Stephen W. Houseknecht Jr., Madison M. Miller, Morgan A. Hummel, Emily C. Bigger, Brenna C. Richner and Justin G. Kasubick.

Graphic design seniors, from left: Ryan D. Mull, Kimberly S. Filko, Anthony P. Levan Jr., Erin M. Schlesinger, Stephen W. Houseknecht Jr., Madison M. Miller, Morgan A. Hummel, Emily C. Bigger, Brenna C. Richner and Justin G. Kasubick.

Schlesinger gets a hug from a very proud grandmother.

Schlesinger gets a hug from a very proud grandmother.

During the introductory gallery talk, Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs, discusses the versatile skills that graphic design graduates carry into the marketplace.

During the introductory gallery talk, Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs, discusses the versatile skills that graphic design graduates carry into the marketplace.

Miller and family members explore artistic offerings on the computers showcasing students' digital work.

Miller and family members explore artistic offerings on the computers showcasing students’ digital work.

In addition to opening his portfolio to an opening-night crowd, Mull exhibits a confidence that will serve him well in the workforce.

In addition to opening his portfolio to an opening-night crowd, Mull exhibits a confidence that will serve him well in the workforce.

More than 100 people attended Friday evening’s premiere of student creativity in The Gallery at Penn College, where 10 graphic design seniors are showcasing their visionary flair. Hours for “Design: 2014,” which continues through May 16 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. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays.

Graphic Design Seniors Exhibit Work in The Gallery at Penn College

Ten graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2014,” an annual exhibition showcasing seniors’ creative portfolio work in The Gallery at Penn College.

Posters, books, magazine spreads and logos are some of the featured items in this culminating project of the students’ college curriculum.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9. The students will be available to discuss their work, and Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications: programs, will deliver a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The design work will be on display through May 16 in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library.

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Public Sculpture to Be Unveiled at Arts Center Reception

Roger D. Shipley

Roger D. Shipley

"Pea Island Surf," one of three Shipley pieces displayed at Penn College

“Pea Island Surf,” one of three Shipley pieces displayed at Penn College

Roger D. Shipley, a member of the advisory board of The Gallery at Penn College since 2009, was commissioned by Public ARTWORKS to create an outdoor sculpture for the City of Williamsport. An unveiling of the work will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge. Shipley, a professor emeritus at Lycoming College (where he taught for 43 years), was among those featured in last year’s “Art Alive!” exhibit in the campus gallery. He is represented by three pieces acquired for Penn College’s Art on Campus collection: “Pea Island Surf” hangs in the Student and Administrative Services Center; “Water and Sky,” a watercolor, is in College Avenue Labs; and “Pictorial Participation #14,” a sculpture of plexiglass, mirror and aluminum, can be seen in Madigan Library. Light refreshments will be served during the CAC event, at which donations in support of the project will be accepted.

Centennial Mosaic Project Seeks Materials, Volunteers

A detail from a large commissioned mosaic created by David A. Stabley last summer

A mosaic art installation is set to unfold on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus this spring, and students and employees are invited to join in the assemblage by donating materials and volunteering time.

The Centennial Mosaic, designed by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, will be created on the south wall of the Physician Assistant Center in the middle of campus. Measuring approximately 17 by 25 feet, the mosaic’s design relates to “social connectedness, paths traveled, dreams and the pleasure of learning through hands-on work,” according to Stabley.

For the mosaic project, Stabley is seeking donations of ceramic tile, marble and mirror.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition to Be Hosted by Penn College

John Christian and his daughter, Linda, in the living room of Samara

What is it like to live in a work of art? Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America’s greatest architects in “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home,” an exhibition making its East Coast premiere at Pennsylvania College of Technology, in Williamsport.

An opening reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in The Gallery at Penn College, with the exhibition running through March 29. Also on Jan. 16, Jack Quinan, founder of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and a renowned architectural historian, will present a lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the college’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Admission to the exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Entries Sought for Gallery’s ‘100 Works’ Centennial Exhibition

The Gallery at Penn College serves as an instructional resource for Pennsylvania College of Technology students and as a cultural asset to the college and community.

The Gallery at Penn College has announced a call for entries for its “100 Works!” exhibition opening in October.

With the theme “Past, Present, Future,” the special juried showcase celebrates Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial and is open to all Penn College students, alumni, faculty, staff and retirees, as well as alumni and retirees of the college’s predecessors: Williamsport Area Community College and Williamsport Technical Institute.

Original two- and three-dimensional art in any medium may be submitted. Entry forms and images of art are due by June 20. Up to three original works may be submitted per artist.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

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