Homecoming 2014, a spectacular continuation of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial celebration, made institutional history while honoring it. Marked by the first-ever campus carnival, the inaugural reunion for Williamsport Area Community College alumni and employees, and an Oktoberfest, “Then … Now … Forever Proud” offered nearly a full week of activities that can’t even fit into an online gallery of more than 140 photos. More images from the week’s activities – which included a faculty lecture, a gallery opening, dedication of a conversation-starting art installation, several other get-togethers and the latest Athletic Hall of Fame induction – are available via Penn College Alumni Relations on Facebook.
New Experiences, Old Friends
Penn State President Eric J. Barron traveled to Pennsylvania College of Technology on Tuesday, his first visit since assuming the presidency in May. In a timely trip to a main campus observing its 25th anniversary as a special mission affiliate of Penn State – as well as its yearlong Centennial celebration – Barron met with students, viewed three recent art installations, toured Madigan Library and student housing, explored the college’s role in the natural gas industry, and visited a variety of instructional labs. Joining Barron and his wife, Molly, on the tour were Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; retired Penn College Board of Directors Chairman Robert E. Dunham and his wife, Maureen; Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost; and police Chief Chris E. Miller. A reception in the Victorian House and dinner at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, where the group was joined by state Sen. Gene Yaw, board chairman, followed.
The third large-scale art installation created to celebrate Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Centennial has woven together not only text and trees, but students from across campus.
Over two weeks, more than 160 students from various majors participated in the creation of “These Trees,” an art piece utilizing a variety of tree species harvested from Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and installed on the west lawn of the Bush Campus Center at the college’s main campus in Williamsport.
Working alongside internationally known environmental artists Kathy Bruce and Alastair R. Noble, the students assisted in creating Bruce and Noble’s vision of a spiraling text quoting William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”
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 →
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.