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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

Fiber Artists are ‘Connected by Stitch’ at Penn College Exhibit

Sharon Wall's "War Horse," – cotton fabric, quilt binding, polyester thread, fabric paint, fabric dyes and metallic foil, 40x59 inches

The first Pennsylvania regional juried show by the international Studio Art Quilt Associates will take place Oct. 22 through Dec. 8 at The Gallery at Penn College.

Titled “Connected by Stitch,” the exhibit includes fiber-based artwork by 35 artists who are all current Pennsylvania members of SAQA and those that have chosen Pennsylvania as their second region. They were invited to submit work for this exhibition.

An opening reception is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, featuring a 3 p.m. gallery talk. The reception and exhibit are open to the public and free of charge. The gallery is on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

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Retrospective Exhibit Marks Gallery’s First Decade

“Take Ten” offers ample opportunities to explore.

Artists and art lovers convened in The Gallery at Penn College on Tuesday evening for the opening reception of “Take Ten,” a special 10th-anniversary exhibition celebrating the venue’s commitment to contemporary art. Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery director, welcomed the crowd and offered appreciation to the many staff, faculty, students, community members and artists who have championed and supported the gallery and its artistic efforts since its opening in 2006. “Our students are so fortunate to be able to walk through every building on our campus and see original works of art, fortunate to have a gallery to visit either alone or with a class to see changing exhibits, and fortunate to know that the arts are an important part their education,” Lutz said. Featuring new works from 25 past exhibiting artists representing each of the gallery’s 10 years, “Take Ten” runs through Oct. 9.

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Gallery Receives Private Grant for 10th Anniversary Catalog

The “Take Ten” catalog documents the 10th anniversary exhibition at The Gallery at Penn College.

In support of a catalog documenting its 10th anniversary celebration, The Gallery at Penn College has received a $5,250 grant from a private foundation based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation awarded funding to support the gallery’s “Take Ten” catalog, created as part of the special anniversary exhibition running through Oct. 9.

The foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of contemporary visual art, primarily through the support of catalogs and other publications produced by organizations outside the nation’s cultural centers that document exhibitions of work by emerging or under-recognized artists.

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Gallery Celebrates 10 Years of Contemporary Art

"Take Ten"

Celebrating a decade of exhibiting contemporary art, The Gallery at Penn College is staging a special anniversary exhibition titled “Take Ten,” showcasing the works of 25 past exhibiting artists.

“Take Ten” runs Aug. 25 through Oct. 9, with an opening reception set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30. A number of the exhibiting artists will be on hand for the special event.

Works featured in “Take Ten” include a range of media: ceramics, digital media, fiber art, installation, mixed media, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

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Receptive Gallery Crowd Greets City Native’s Return

Michelle Ramin hugs a friend near the title wall for her exhibition.

Life imitates art imitating life: A family takes a selfie with "Mona Lisa, IRL," which shows museum visitors taking cellphone photos of the da Vinci masterpiece.

A large crowd turns out for the inaugural exhibit of a new academic year.

The artist talks with gallery patrons.

Visitors replicate cellphone activity in a displayed piece.

The Gallery at Penn College hosted a homecoming for a Williamsport native-turned-San Francisco artist Thursday evening. Michelle Ramin and her artwork drew a large crowd of the artist’s family, friends and fans – as well as other gallery-goers – for the opening of “The Sky’s (Not) The Limit,” a collection of oil paintings, watercolors and colored-pencil pieces. During her gallery talk, Ramin led her guests on a literal and artistic tour of her works from early pencil pieces that could take up to six months to create to her more recent oil paintings, a medium she said affords more brisk movement across the canvas. The artist discussed how her creations often reveal hidden metaphors with masks, from literal balaclavas to cellphone screens that give users a barrier from reality and interactions with others. The show, the first exhibit of the 2016-17 academic year, runs through Aug. 14. The gallery’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer