‘Penn College Proud Showcase’ to Open With Alumnus/Retiree’s Work

Driftwood, 2005, photographThe Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, will host “Searching for Creativity,” a collection of works by Fred Gilmour, from May 16 to June 22.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place Tuesday, May 20, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., with a talk by the artist scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

The collection chronicles Gilmour’s continual search for the perfect creative moment. This rambling journey involves works in a variety of media, including watercolor, digital photography and assemblage.

Gilmour, who retired in 2001 after 20 years at Penn College, had been director of instructional technology and distance learning, an adjunct professor of art and executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

He earned a certificate in technical illustration from Williamsport Area Community College, a Penn College predecessor, and returned to earn an associate degree. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from Mansfield University. Gilmour taught advertising art at Penn College part time for a number of years while administering the Instructional Technology/Distance Learning program. He holds “professor emeritus” status at the college.

He designed the college’s original official seal when it was established as Williamsport Area Community College in 1965, the college mace, the first college catalog cover, the masthead of the first newspaper the college published, and a large sculptural piece in the courtyard of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. He also volunteered to redesign the seal when Penn College was established as a Penn State affiliate in 1989.

“Searching for Creativity” is part of the gallery’s Penn College Proud Showcase, a series that highlights the artwork or personal collections of members of the Penn College, Williamsport Area Community College or Williamsport Technical Institute family, including alumni, faculty and staff, and retirees.

For more about this exhibit and The Gallery at Penn College, visit online, e-mail or call (570) 320-2445. For general information about the college, visit on the Web, e-mail or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.

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