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‘Hundred Dresses Project’ grows tenfold through community engagement

A young visitor enjoys an “interactive dress” on which felt shapes can be added to create a design; some of the shapes offer positive words: honesty, respect, kindness, empathy and patience.

The “Hundred Dresses Project” has expanded to more than 1,000 dresses in The Gallery at Penn College, where a reception was held Thursday evening to honor the artistry, empathy and outreach stirred by the engaging endeavor. On display through July 23, the exhibit features more than 150 dress prints created by professional artists and over 1,000 dress prints made by youngsters in six area school districts. The outreach to area schools was initiated by Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery director, and supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The creator of “The Hundred Dresses Project” – artist Crystal Cawley – traveled from Maine to offer a gallery talk at the reception and facilitate a Friday workshop on paper and fiber art. An educator at Maine College of Art, she described the inspiration and origins behind the project and discussed the importance of creating art to “cope with hardship,” as the young heroine did in the classic children’s book, “The Hundred Dresses,” and the ability of art to create kindness and community. Outreach efforts will continue with performances of “The Hundred Dresses” by Studio 570 in the gallery on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, June 13-30. “The Hundred Dresses” exhibit can be viewed during the gallery’s summer hours: 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 is closed Saturdays and Mondays, and will be closed July 3-7.)

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‘Hundred Dresses Project’ features layers of art outreach

The Gallery at Penn College will host “The Hundred Dresses Project: We Are All in This Together” from June 4 through July 23. In addition to more than 150 dress prints created by professional artists, the exhibit will feature those made by third, fourth and fifth grade students from six Lycoming County school districts.

With extra layers of art outreach, The Gallery at Penn College is hosting a unique exhibit titled “The Hundred Dresses Project: We Are All in This Together,” set for June 4 through July 23.

A Meet the Artist Reception will be held Thursday, June 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

In addition to more than 150 dress prints created by professional artists, the exhibit will feature dress prints made by third, fourth and fifth grade students from six Lycoming County school districts: East Lycoming, Jersey Shore Area, Montgomery Area, Muncy, South Williamsport Area and Williamsport Area.

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Seniors build up hopes of ‘sustainable’ custom

Everett B. Appleby, the student who spearheaded the inaugural exhibition, stands ready with a virtual reality headset so guests can step inside his design environment. Appleby hails from Wilkes-Barre, but is headed to Seattle to work for the Hyatt hotel chain.
Everett B. Appleby, the student who spearheaded the inaugural exhibition, stands ready with a virtual reality headset so guests can step inside his design environment. Appleby hails from Wilkes-Barre, but is headed to Seattle to work for the Hyatt hotel chain.
Elliot R. Brau, of Coatesville, stands with his impressive project model and its surrounding accessories in the base model near the title wall.
Elliot R. Brau, of Coatesville, stands with his impressive project model and its surrounding accessories in the base model near the title wall.
Naim N. Jabbour, assistant dean of construction and design technologies, delivers a short gallery talk that’s long on praise for his students.
Naim N. Jabbour, assistant dean of construction and design technologies, delivers a short gallery talk that’s long on praise for his students.
Students’ portfolios are offered for exploration on two curved tables along a gallery wall.
Students’ portfolios are offered for exploration on two curved tables along a gallery wall.
Jabbour takes a photo for Cayla L. Erisman (center), of Johnstown, and friends. Erisman earned her associate degree in architectural technology in 2018, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, and is headed to Penn State to pursue a master’s of architecture.
Jabbour takes a photo for Cayla L. Erisman (center), of Johnstown, and friends. Erisman earned her associate degree in architectural technology in 2018, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, and is headed to Penn State to pursue a master’s of architecture.

An institutional emphasis on green building was channeled by architectural majors into Penn College’s first gallery exhibit of students’ sustainable designs, which officially opened with a reception Thursday afternoon. “Sustainable Design 2019,” showcased on the third floor of Madigan Library, challenged students to design and develop a substantial project in an urban setting. Eighteen seniors in the college’s building science and sustainable design programs rose to the task, drawing upon four years of immersive education to present capstones that skillfully encompass their processes, renderings and 3D models. The show, which runs through May 23, follows summer hours in The Gallery at Penn College: 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 is closed Saturdays and Mondays.)

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Inaugural exhibit showcases students’ sustainable design work

"Sustainable Design 2019"

An inaugural exhibition displaying the architectural design work of 18 seniors in the building science and sustainable design majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will open soon in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for “Sustainable Design 2019” will be held Thursday, May 16, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. The design work will be on display May 16-23 in the gallery on the third floor of the Madigan Library.

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Art and Graphic Design Gallery Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Public reception broadens audience for students’ design work

The 11 soon-to-graduate graphic design majors share the spotlight with their exemplary artwork.
The 11 soon-to-graduate graphic design majors share the spotlight with their exemplary artwork.
Each of Erin N. Shaffer's chocolate-bar labels evokes the skyline of its respective U.S. city.
Each of Erin N. Shaffer’s chocolate-bar labels evokes the skyline of its respective U.S. city.
Luke A. Bierly talks about his work with a gallery patron.
Luke A. Bierly talks about his work with a gallery patron.
One wall of the exhibit features design work (from left) by Nina L. Walk, Jared D. Kosko, Daniel Mendoza, Sydney O. Powell and Emily R. Kahler.
One wall of the exhibit features design work (from left) by Nina L. Walk, Jared D. Kosko, Daniel Mendoza, Sydney O. Powell and Emily R. Kahler.
Gallery attendees mingle amid the student projects ... near a wall design adapted from Kahler's event poster.
Gallery attendees mingle amid the student projects … near a wall design adapted from Kahler’s event poster.

The Gallery at Penn College recently hosted an opening reception for graphic design seniors involved in a parting exhibit of their outstanding work. The annual exhibition showcases the best examples of design and illustration by students in their final semester, providing them an opportunity to present their marketing, branding, advertising and design artwork to industry professionals and the public. Only a few more days to catch “Graphic Design: 2019!”
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

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Heed that clock on the wall … and other fleeting student creations

A working clock complete with a pendulum tracks time on a wall. The creation is by Lauren S. Herr, a construction management major from Lititz.
A working clock complete with a pendulum tracks time on a wall. The creation is by Lauren S. Herr, a construction management major from Lititz.
Skilled creations from wooded masks to ceramic “food” on plates
Skilled creations from wooded masks to ceramic “food” on plates
A carved “green man” by Sydney O. Powell, of Linden, graphic design
A carved “green man” by Sydney O. Powell, of Linden, graphic design
A corner of the gallery lobby beckons art explorers.
A corner of the gallery lobby beckons art explorers.
A ceramic “dessert” was created by Amber Kreitzer, an applied management student from Port Trevorton. Kreitzer earned an associate degree in baking and pastry arts in 2018.
A ceramic “dessert” was created by Amber Kreitzer, an applied management student from Port Trevorton. Kreitzer earned an associate degree in baking and pastry arts in 2018.

Oh, the creative spirit of the Penn College student! Artwork crafted by students in Wood Sculpture and Ceramics II and III classes decorate the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College. Instructor David A. Stabley says the masks “are all handcarved out of pine wood, and we start by taking some inspiration from African masks.” Catch the short show while you can! Stabley says his students will pick up their creations on Monday, May 6 – the first day of finals.

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Seniors exhibit work in ‘Graphic Design: 2019’

"Graphic Design 2019"

Eleven graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Graphic Design: 2019,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, May 3, from 4 to 6 p.m., with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. The design work will be on display April 30 through May 10.

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Arts grant supports educational outreach through college gallery

Among the more than 1,300 student artworks that will be displayed in The Gallery at Penn College as part of “The Hundred Dresses Project” are these examples from students in Jersey Shore Area School District elementary schools.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has received a $1,587 grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The funds are supporting programming and educational outreach efforts in conjunction with the exhibit “The Hundred Dresses Project: We Are All in This Together,” slated for this summer at The Gallery at Penn College.

The gallery invited third, fourth and fifth grade students from Lycoming County’s eight school districts to create works of art to add to the exhibit, scheduled for June 4 through July 23. Art educators from six of the school districts accepted the invitation to participate and received a copy of the book, markers and dress prints for each participating student.

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Reception, gallery talk close well-regarded exhibit

Immersed in his work, Ferraro engages the gallery crowd.
Immersed in his work, Ferraro engages the gallery crowd.
Echoing the multi-directional exhibit, patrons take divergent paths to appreciation.
Echoing the multi-directional exhibit, patrons take divergent paths to appreciation.
Interactive exhibit, interactive creator
Interactive exhibit, interactive creator
But is it art? Yes, it most certainly is!
But is it art? Yes, it most certainly is!
Ferraro discusses his work, as a popular exhibit comes to a close.
Ferraro discusses his work, as a popular exhibit comes to a close.

The campus community turned out for Thursday’s closing of “Every Which Way,” a collection of mailable sculptures and interactive installations by Abraham Ferraro, on display in The Gallery at Penn College for the past month. The final day included a free, public reception from 4:30 to 6:30 and a talk by the artist at 5:30. Next on the gallery’s season schedule are a pair of exhibits featuring the work of graphic design majors (April 30 to May 10) and students in the building science and sustainable design program (May 16-23).
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Art and Graphic Design Gallery Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Visually arresting exhibit provides fanciful photo op

An artistic angle is the focus for Hunter M. Zill, an automated manufacturing technology major from Hanover ...
An artistic angle is the focus for Hunter M. Zill, an automated manufacturing technology major from Hanover …
... who got just the image he sought.
… who got just the image he sought.
The artist's arrows provide a literal point of view for Brianna M. Farmer, a baking and pastry arts student from McKean.
The artist’s arrows provide a literal point of view for Brianna M. Farmer, a baking and pastry arts student from McKean.
“Every Which Way” is more than an exhibit title!
“Every Which Way” is more than an exhibit title!
Mahoney (right) assists Yvette B. Moore with camera settings. Moore is enrolled in building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.
Mahoney (right) assists Yvette B. Moore with camera settings. Moore is enrolled in building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.

The colorful curiosities filling The Gallery at Penn College are attracting a good share of visitors, including college students eying occasions for hands-on learning. Jamie L. Mahoney, part-time photography faculty, and her students in Digital Photography (PHO 150) recently took advantage of the gallery space for an experiential session. The current exhibit, “Every Which Way,” features mailable sculptures and interactive installations by artist Abraham Ferraro, a shop supervisor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Instititue. The artwork is on display through Thursday, April 18, when the gallery hosts a closing reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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Colorful, eclectic installations on display at Penn College gallery

Eclectic AND electric, "Light Switch" adds an interactive level to the exhibit on campus.

Delivering a dose of color and curiosity to The Gallery at Penn College are artist Abraham Ferraro’s mailable sculptures and interactive installations.

The exhibition, titled “Every Which Way,” will run March 19 through April 18 in the gallery, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

A closing reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, featuring a gallery talk by the artist at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

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Artwork indelibly melds beauty, soul-searching

“Artemisia” (in foreground) by Carol Brookes stands among a stunning lineup of sculptures.
“Artemisia” (in foreground) by Carol Brookes stands among a stunning lineup of sculptures.
A student makes notes about Sergio Gomez’s inspiring “New Beginnings I.”
A student makes notes about Sergio Gomez’s inspiring “New Beginnings I.”
Gneich and Jefferson (at center) converse with students.
Gneich and Jefferson (at center) converse with students.
Teresa Hofheimer’s “Children Who Don’t Sleep” offers a haunting image.
Teresa Hofheimer’s “Children Who Don’t Sleep” offers a haunting image.
The exhibition’s curator addresses the crowd that spanned the length of the gallery.
The exhibition’s curator addresses the crowd that spanned the length of the gallery.

“Art can go where the law has not. Art can lead public discussion to a tipping point,” said Cheryl Jefferson, executive producer of “The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions,” during a campus talk on Thursday. Jefferson and Charles Gniech,  curator of the exhibition, delivered their remarks at an evening reception in The Gallery at Penn College. Attended by a large crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members, the gathering offered an opportunity to explore the collection of thought-provoking works created by 21 artists. The aim of the fine art exhibition is to raise awareness of global human rights violations and promote social change. “The Art of Influence” is on display through Feb. 28. Located on the third floor of Madigan Library, the gallery is open from 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

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Fine art exhibition examines global human rights violations

Sheila Ganch, "Veiled III," stoneware, 52 inches by 9 inches by 7 inches

A fine art exhibition exploring global human rights violations and aiming to promote dialogue and social change opens the Spring 2019 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions” will run Jan. 15 through Feb. 28 at The Gallery at Penn College. A reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the gallery, located on the third floor of the Madigan Library. A gallery talk, delivered by the exhibition’s curator, will begin at 5:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

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Gallery audience embraces ‘epic’ art

A large crowd listens intently to the artist’s stories.
A large crowd listens intently to the artist’s stories.
“American Landscape” is one of Shaw’s linocuts in the exhibit.
“American Landscape” is one of Shaw’s linocuts in the exhibit.
Shaw (second from left) converses with community artists and Gallery Director Penny Griffin Lutz (far right).
Shaw (second from left) converses with community artists and Gallery Director Penny Griffin Lutz (far right).
An American storyteller
An American storyteller
Silhouettes and linocuts
Silhouettes and linocuts

A large crowd gathered in The Gallery at Penn College Thursday evening to explore the printmaking series, “American Epic,” and listen to its artist describe his process and inspirations. Jesse Shaw delved deep into his childhood experiences, growing up in Hawaii and the rural South, and shared his artistic reflections from discovering the social realism imbued in Mexican murals to committing to his craft on a daily basis. Shaw has completed 29 hand-pulled linocuts in a collection that he intends to grow to 50 pieces. Each intricate artwork takes seven to nine months to carve before it’s printed. Shaw discussed his love of the “authority of black and white” prints and his use of birds as “narrators” and chickens as “underdogs.” The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through Dec. 12. 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. It is not open on Mondays and Saturdays, and will be closed Nov. 21-25.