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Two art faculty honored as Art of the State finalists

Art of the State

Showcasing the creative endeavors of Pennsylvania artists, the 53rd annual Art of the State exhibition at The State Museum of Pennsylvania has selected works created by two Pennsylvania College of Technology art faculty members.

David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design, and David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, are among the finalists featured in the 2020 exhibit, running through Jan. 3. This year’s juried exhibition includes 108 works by 109 artists selected from 1,901 entries by 680 artists.

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5 days ago
Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students

Facial expressionism

David H. Jamison prepares to display his mask (“Let’s Stay Safe”) on The Victorian House fence. Jamison, from Chambersburg, is enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration.
David H. Jamison prepares to display his mask (“Let’s Stay Safe”) on The Victorian House fence. Jamison, from Chambersburg, is enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration.
Autumn's imminence lends a leafy canvas for coronavirus commentary.
Autumn’s imminence lends a leafy canvas for coronavirus commentary.
The ceramic masks serve as emotional outlets to lament loss …
The ceramic masks serve as emotional outlets to lament loss …
… or share an inspiring message.
… or share an inspiring message.
A warming westerly sun illuminates an accommodating campus landmark, a fitting "home base" for displaying student sentiment.
A warming westerly sun illuminates an accommodating campus landmark, a fitting “home base” for displaying student sentiment.

A unique exhibit has unfolded on the Penn College campus: About 80 students from a wide range of majors have crafted ceramic masks for “Regarding the Mask …,” a display surrounding The Victorian House in the center of campus. Ceramics 1 students taught by David A. and Deborah L. Stabley were offered the project as a mode of creative expression related to the face coverings being worn due to the global pandemic. “My idea stems from the physical masks we’re all wearing and our inability to communicate the way we used to,” David Stabley said. “We can’t see our mouths anymore, and it’s hard to show emotions. These emotions, thoughts and feelings could be expressed on the masks.” The fence surrounding The Victorian House was selected for the display as a nod to the homebound environment many have experienced this year. The Stableys anticipate the masks will be on view for one month and invite the campus community to take a stroll and enjoy the messages, including positive and humorous ones. (Watch PCToday for more images and information on “Regarding the Mask … .”)

September 16, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff Students

Today’s cover story? It’s written all over their faces!

Graphic design student Abigail “Abby” C. Williams (in foreground) works in a Bush Campus Center lab.
Graphic design student Abigail “Abby” C. Williams (in foreground) works in a Bush Campus Center lab.
A major-specific logo lends character to ubiquitous protection, raising the face mask from anonymous accessory to artfully branded apparel.
A major-specific logo lends character to ubiquitous protection, raising the face mask from anonymous accessory to artfully branded apparel.
Tyler Rae Laub, a graphic design student from Jersey Shore, models a mask ... and proper behavior.
Tyler Rae Laub, a graphic design student from Jersey Shore, models a mask … and proper behavior.

We know who the designers are! Penn College art faculty members dipped into their own pockets to pay for masks sporting the graphic design logo and handed them out to the more than 100 students enrolled in the major. Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor and department head of graphic design, thought of the idea earlier this summer and encouraged his colleagues to chip in. Abigail “Abby” C. Williams, a graphic design junior from Mechanicsburg, said, “I thought it was very nice of the faculty to give us masks that identified us as graphic designers, because when you wear a mask you can only see someone’s eyes and this helps us regain some of our identity as individuals, as well as a group.”

September 8, 2020
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences

Penn College grad gets a ‘kick’ out of her job, despite pandemic

Jessica L. Tobias, a 2013 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, has a clear “picture” of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted professional sports, thanks to her role as creative manager and photographer for FC Dallas, one of 26 teams that comprise Major League Soccer.

From creating “bubbles” to coping with empty stadiums, professional sports leagues have faced a gantlet of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. A Pennsylvania College of Technology alumna has a clear “picture” of the predicament, thanks to her role with a team that has resumed its season.

And Jessica L. Tobias is still smiling.

The 2013 graduate is the creative manager and photographer for FC Dallas, one of 26 teams that comprise Major League Soccer. On Aug. 12, Dallas hosted the first match of the league’s regular-season revival, a 1-0 loss to Nashville SC at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The contest was the first for both teams since the league suspended operations on March 12 when all clubs had played just two games.

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August 19, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Business, Arts & Sciences Faculty & Staff

Art faculty find creative, contemplative conduit

Plein-air production: (from left) Vanderlin, Flynn and Wilson chip away the hours in their makeshift work space. (The sculpture at far right is Stabley’s; he was on a break when our photographer stopped by.)
Plein-air production: (from left) Vanderlin, Flynn and Wilson chip away the hours in their makeshift work space. (The sculpture at far right is Stabley’s; he was on a break when our photographer stopped by.)
Tools of the trade: Flynn powers through with a chain saw …
Tools of the trade: Flynn powers through with a chain saw …
… while Wilson sends chips flying old-school.
… while Wilson sends chips flying old-school.
Vanderlin levels up.
Vanderlin levels up.

The creative buzz doesn’t stop on campus – even though this summer is much quieter than usual. On the west side of the Bush Campus Center, outside doors to the wood sculpture and ceramics labs, four Penn College art faculty have conjured up an inspiring way to meet – by carving wood sculptures. “Socially, this is good for us to get together for some creative brainstorming,” said Brian A. Flynn, assistant professor of graphic design. Joining Flynn in the wielding of chain saws and chisels are: David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture; Keith A. Vanderlin, assistant professor of graphic design; and Mark W. Wilson, instructor of graphic design. The foursome gather once a week for about five hours, working away on their cherry and chestnut sculptures, one reaching approximately 7 feet tall. The faculty plan to donate their finished pieces to the college. For Flynn, this summer’s wood carving endeavor brings back memories of his participation in the Estonia Wood Carving Symposium in 2007. “Getting together weekly brings to mind a quote from Thomas Merton: ‘Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.’ This sentiment seems appropriate for what this experience has meant to me,” Flynn said. “This has been a great escape and a wonderful creative outlet.”

July 7, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Graphic design students offer perspective in remote roundtable

A half-hour Zoom conversation among three Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design majors, moderated by instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson, provides potential students and their families with valuable insight on the collaborative and rigorous four-year program. Join Ali D. Petrizzi, of Langhorne; Joey M. Morrin, of Morrisville; and Hailee B. Mercy, of Felton, as they discuss their decision to attend Penn College, their classes and projects, their adaptation to online-only learning, what they like best about their chosen career field, and much more.

May 11, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Remotely (and resourcefully) reborn

Scott F. Bennardi, Williamsport, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Williamsport, stands in the shadow of his imposing creation.
Scott F. Bennardi, Williamsport, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Williamsport, stands in the shadow of his imposing creation.
Morgan R. Bloom, Montgomery, majoring in pre-physician assistant studies, includes dandelion-adorned braids.
Morgan R. Bloom, Montgomery, majoring in pre-physician assistant studies, includes dandelion-adorned braids.
Corey J. Carr, of Pulaski, Va., enrolled in the building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration, shares some banana-mouthed dissatisfaction with current events.
Corey J. Carr, of Pulaski, Va., enrolled in the building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration, shares some banana-mouthed dissatisfaction with current events.
Gavin E. Hain's robot comes complete with facial protection. Hain is a graphic design student from Myerstown.
Gavin E. Hain’s robot comes complete with facial protection. Hain is a graphic design student from Myerstown.
Whimsical work by Joshua T. Fox, a building automation technology major from Harrisburg, incorporates some tools of the trade.
Whimsical work by Joshua T. Fox, a building automation technology major from Harrisburg, incorporates some tools of the trade.

Students from Ceramics and Sculpture courses completed their semester at Penn College, remotely, with masks and robots.
David A. Stabley’s Ceramics ll and Sculpture students built robots with found objects and junk items from around their homes; his Ceramics l students turned natural materials into masks; and Deborah L. Stabley’s Ceramics l students made masks from found household items. “Since actual clay and wood sculpture work ended at Spring Break, we felt our students needed to get involved in a hands-on project, realizing supplies would be limited or non-existent,” the Stableys said. “The outcomes were amazingly creative and resourceful.”
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May 7, 2020
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications

Design grad’s playful work diverts minds full of worry

Take a break from binge-watching to find the TV remote in the sofa.

Pennsylvania College of Technology alumni are using their skills in a variety of ways to help others during the global pandemic, including a graphic design alumna living and working in England.

Eliza R. Whyman, ’17, a designer at MediaCom in Manchester, designed and illustrated six visually appealing and puzzling brain teasers for Brits to enjoy during shelter-in-place orders.

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May 6, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Gallery Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Graphic Design 2020 exhibit moves online for first time

Graphic Design 2020

In keeping with other creative adjustments being made during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual graphic design student exhibit has moved online for the first time in its 12-year history.

Graphic Design 2020 showcases the portfolio work of 17 seniors: Charles A. Blake, West Chester; Andrew Caccese, Reading; Seifeldien A. Elerman, Dover; Adam Foelker, Myerstown; Kennedy L. Englert, Williamsport; Zoey J. Graybill, McAlisterville; Gavin E. Hain, Myerstown; Emily N. Latshaw, Danville; Meredith A. Long, Trevorton; Anthony M. Niemeyer, Red Lion; Ali D. Petrizzi, Langhorne; Madison P. Shrout, Petersburg; Justine A. Stage, Montoursville; Jessica L. Stanford, Marion Center; Hunter L. Tompkins, Richfield; Shaina T. Vanderveer, Monroeton; and David A. Walker Jr., Waynesboro.

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May 5, 2020
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Online tutorials, alumni interaction engage students

Graphic design junior Ashley Tate, of Lewisburg, offers advice on nondestructive burning and dodging in Photoshop (featuring an image of Alexandra "Ali" D. Petrizzi, a senior in the major).

Creatively adapting to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design student chapter of AIGA has launched tutorials on YouTube and are hosting graphic design alumni Zoom talks.

Although initially intended as student-to-student sharing of various design tips and tricks, the short tutorials are also available for public viewing on the AIGA Penn College YouTube channel.

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April 29, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Virtual shopping helps local fight against hunger

Virtual soup bowl

This semester’s Penn College ceramics students missed out on making bowls for Williamsport’s annual Soup and a Bowl event, an important fundraiser for the Central PA Food Bank. The campus community can help those students leave their legacy, however, by filling a virtual empty bowl with an online shopping trip to the food bank by May 8.

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April 17, 2020
Art & Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Graphic design students excel in national competition

Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design student Ashley Tate, of Lewisburg, poses with her “Food Delivery Ads” entry, which captured a top honor in the national Flux Student Design Competition. Fifteen other designs by Penn College graphic design students won merit awards in the annual contest.

Sixteen design projects created by graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been honored in the national Flux Student Design Competition.

“This is, by far, the best showing we’ve ever had in this contest,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design at Penn College. “Additionally, we are listed as winners among some of the best design schools in the country.”

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March 3, 2020
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Graphic design at Penn College

Get an insider’s look at Penn College’s graphic design program through an engaging video created and edited by Luke A. Bierly, a 2019 alumnus of the major.

“A graphic designer isn’t just somebody who’s solid in art, or can draw, or can build websites,” instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson says in the three-minute piece, which has been added to the college YouTube channel. “A graphic designer has to be somebody who understands solving problems and about coming up with ideas.

“I’m enormously proud of what the students have done here,” the faculty member adds. “I’m constantly humbled by the incredible work and the incredible understanding of design, and ability to produce really good graphic design.”

February 21, 2020