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National Poster Show Exhibited at Penn College

Posters line a wall in The Gallery at Penn College for the National Poster Retrospecticus, on display through Oct. 11.

An internationally traveling poster show that has graced the walls of exciting venues like The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is on exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College through Oct. 11.

The National Poster Retrospecticus (NPR) features hand-printed posters made by prominent designers from around the world. The display of 100 posters at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a comprehensive and eclectic mix of posters, including “gig posters” created for musical performances, as well as prints celebrating America’s national parks.

“Our students are very excited, as am I, about the NPR show,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, graphic design instructor. “Poster shows like this one are important because they articulate both the designer’s personal artistic vision and because they are representative of the times in which they are created. This is a great show for anyone who is interested in design, music and/or art. It’s a rare opportunity to see work close up from some of today’s most important and influential graphic designers and illustrators.”

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An Object Lesson in Loss and Rediscovery

A triptych of figures: one with a saltshaker, one with knife and fork, and another with dinner napkin, recall the memories of a person interviewed by the artist in a composition titled “Regina Had Big Dinners.”

“Roger’s Grandmothers Were Cheaters” uses scratchy fabric to reflect Roger’s impression of his pinochle-playing grandmas.

Healy discusses the stories behind her work.

The “Lost and Found” series, which displays more than 75 objects based on stories solicited and submitted about objects people wished they still had. It’s notable, Healy told the audience, that most were not of great monetary value.

A set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures, given away by a mother, are still missed.

Philadelphia-based artist Kay Healy shared the stories behind her work during a Meet the Artist reception in The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday. Many of the works centered on stories she gathered from others: a series of lost objects, gleaned from interviews with and written submissions from more than 40 people, and the Walton Arts Center Series, created in response to interviews with eight volunteers and donors of the Fayetteville, Arkansas, center. Others represented her own memories. For depictions of lost objects, Healy drew a life-size picture of the object, transferred it to a screen and screen-printed it on fabric, which she then stuffed and quilted. Healy’s exhibition, titled “Vestiges,” remains on display through July 23 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Sunday: 1-4 p.m.

Williamsport Student’s Art Exhibited at Penn College Gallery

Williamsport Area High School graduate Brayden Cohick with some of his artwork that will be on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through July 23.

Artwork created by Brayden Cohick, a 2017 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, is on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College through July 23.

Cohick was selected to receive The Gallery at Penn College’s Artistic Excellence Award recognizing outstanding talent and achievement in the visual arts. The award includes a gift certificate to The College Store and an opportunity to exhibit artwork in the gallery lobby. Given to a student who demonstrates skill in his or her selected medium and knowledge of the artistic process, the purpose of the prize is to encourage the student to continue exploring the visual arts.

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Fabric Installations at Penn College Explore Objects, Memories

Five panels from Kay Healy’s “Lost and Found” series will be included in her exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College.

Objects and memories, transience and stability are explored in “Vestiges,” an exhibit of fabric installations on display May 23 through July 23 in The Gallery at Penn College.

Through her drawn, screen-printed and stuffed fabric creations, Philadelphia artist Kay Healy explores themes of home, memory, displacement and loss. “Vestiges” will showcase more than 50 of the artist’s works, including five panels from the “Lost and Found” series, a life-size installation featuring three-dimensional objects from armchairs to frying pans and guitars to Teletubbies.

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Students’ Design Work Met With Adulation in Annual Exhibit

The pencil points the way to designs aplenty.

Book jackets (on the display stand) and skateboard branding and illustrations (on the wall) by Todd R. Surkovich offer intricate details.

Guests listen to a brief introduction by Thomas C. Heffner, assistant dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications.

The 17 celebrated graphic designers pose for a group photo in the gallery.

Around 200 people joined in the artistic celebration of “Design: 2017” at its opening reception Friday. Seventeen graphic design seniors presented their portfolios to appreciative family, friends, the college community and other admirers who filled The Gallery at Penn College. The annual exhibition gives students a chance to present their work in marketing, branding and design. The works will be on display through May 12. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. (The gallery will be closed May 7, as well as Saturdays and Mondays.)

Student Interview to Be Broadcast on Public Radio

Fiona Powell’s interview with graphic design student Eliza R. Whyman, of Williamsport, whose work is included in the soon-to-open “Design: 2017” exhibit in The Gallery at Penn College, is scheduled to air at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday on WVIA-FM (89.7).

Artistic Alchemy Engages Guests at Closing Reception

Gallery guests discuss the works of “Private Domain.”

A group of Girl Scouts explores Derrberry’s creative narratives.

The artist discusses the thought processes behind her creations.

Interested patrons fill the gallery space for the artist’s talk.

A sizeable crowd turned out in The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday evening for a closing reception for “Private Domain,” an exhibit of richly hued, large-scale photorealistic paintings by Virginia Derryberry, a recently retired professor of painting and drawing at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The artist mingled with guests during the reception and delivered a gallery talk focused on her process and the concept of alchemy in her works. The exhibit was on display March 14 through April 20. During her two-day stay on campus, Derryberry shared her expertise with students enrolled in Modern Art and the Contemporary Image (ART 330), taught by Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design. She also toured the art studios in the Bush Campus Center and dined in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

‘Design: 2017’ Presents Graphic Design Student Portfolios

"Design 2017"

Seventeen graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2017,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, April 28, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. The design work will be on display through May 12.

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Asheville Artist’s Works on Exhibit at Penn College Gallery

Virginia Derryberry's “The Four Elements, ” oil on canvas, 96 x 54 inches

Large-scale photorealistic paintings in rich hues presented with luminous costume constructions are among the works exhibited with “Private Domain” in The Gallery at Penn College from March 14 through April 20.

Showcasing the creations of Virginia Derryberry, the exhibit will feature a closing reception on Thursday, April 20, with a Meet the Artist Reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., including an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Gallery Exhibit Suffused With Cross-Cultural Insight

The exhibit’s title is featured on The Gallery’s glass entryway.

Students and community visitors explore Nazari’s abstract works.

The artist shares personal and professional inspirations.

Capturing a memory of “Transformation"

“Inside Out,” an installation of acrylic on wood panels, sets the stage for the artist’s talk.

An engaged and attentive audience gathered in The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday evening for a Meet the Artist reception featuring Zahra Nazari and her exhibit “Transformation.” Nazari shared stories of her childhood growing up in Iran and her explorations as an artist living in America. Based in Manhattan, Nazari’s creative work is flourishing via numerous awards, grants and fellowships. A fan of architecture, she draws inspiration for her paintings from New York City’s modern designs and blends those sensibilities with the ancient structures of her homeland. Cultural change, shifting environments and the energy inherent in cities fold into her abstract pieces. “Transformation” is on display through March 2 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 2-7  p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and 1-4 p.m. Sundays (closed Mondays and Saturdays).

‘Transformation’ Opens New Year at Penn College Gallery

Zahra Nazari’s "The World Is Beautiful Before It Is True,” acrylic on canvas, 48 x 84 inches

An inspired blend of ancient Iranian culture and modern Manhattan architecture, “Transformation” opens 2017 in The Gallery at Penn College. Running from Jan. 12 through March 2, the exhibit showcases works by Zahra Nazari, a native of Iran who resides and works in New York City.

A Meet the Artist Reception is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, featuring an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge.

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Curator’s Tour Closes Fiber Arts Exhibit

Cynthia Friedman, “A Man Among Giants,” silk, silk organza, cotton batting and backing, silk thread and interfacing material, 39" x 53”

A curator’s tour of the popular “Connected by Stitch” exhibit is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in The Gallery at Penn College.

Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Connected by Stitch,” a juried exhibition showcasing a wide range of 2-D and 3-D fiber art, opened on Oct. 22 and is set to close Thursday, Dec. 8.

The curator’s tour will be led by Meredith Eachus Armstrong and intends to be an insightful survey of the artwork, the exhibiting artists, the curation process and an overview of contemporary quilt-making techniques utilized by artists in the show.

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Student Ceramics Exhibit, Mug Auction Announced

Two of the mugs to be auctioned at the ceramics exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College

A ceramics exhibit by four students and one faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology – “4+1=Five Hands in Clay” – will be offered Dec. 1-8 in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College. The exhibit will also feature an auction of 10 clay mugs on display from Nov. 29 through Dec. 8.

An opening reception is set for Thursday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

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Gallery at Penn College Announces ‘People’s Choice’ Winner

Amanda McCavour’s large-scale embroidery installation, “Accumulate,” is the recipient of the People’s Choice award from the “Take Ten” exhibit held at The Gallery at Penn College.

Artist Amanda McCavour’s large-scale embroidery installation titled “Accumulate” has been named the winner of the People’s Choice award from the “Take Ten” exhibition held at The Gallery at Penn College this fall.

The Toronto-based artist will receive a $500 cash prize.

A special 10th-anniversary exhibition, “Take Ten” featured works from 25 past exhibiting artists representing each of the gallery’s 10 years. For the six and a half weeks of the exhibit, visitors were encouraged to vote for their favorite work of art on a computer stationed in the gallery.

“Visitors were impressed by the variety of media and the high quality of the work created by the 25 artists included in the Take Ten exhibition,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery director. ”We were pleased with the number of visitors that attended the show and celebrated this milestone with us.”

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Exhibit of Fiber-Based Artwork Opens in College Gallery

Patrons marvel at the creativity and variety of the pieces on display.

Meredith Eachus Armstrong, who curated the show and is among the exhibitors, talks with the crowd.

Gallery director Penny G. Lutz (with blue nametag) gathers with some of the artists represented in "Connected by Stitch."

Bern Yates, another Studio Art Quilt Associates representative, offers her perspective.

An attentive crowd listens to the "Artists' Talk" during a rare Saturday opening reception.

The commonwealth’s first regional juried exhibit of work by Studio Art Quilt Associates, is on display in The Gallery at Penn College. A showcase of two- and three-dimensional fiber art, “Connected by Stitch” officially opened with a reception Saturday afternoon. The exhibit will run through Dec. 8 during regular hours (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 Nov. 23-27.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer