News about Art and Graphic Design

Morgan Foundation grant pushes scholarship fund past $1 million

A second gift of $500,000 from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation has boosted an endowed scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology to more than $1 million.

The John E. Morgan Scholarship gives first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Examples of such programs offered at Penn College include, but are not limited to, culinary arts and systems, web and interactive media, building science and sustainable design, health information management, industrial design, plastics and polymer engineering technology, emergency management technology, and aviation maintenance technology.

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Manhattan exhibition to feature Penn College professor’s art

David M. Moyer

Three works of art created by a graphic design faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be exhibited in Manhattan during November.

Wood engravings crafted by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design, have been selected for inclusion in “The Print Effect: Small Works/Big Impact” at Manhattan Graphics Center, 250 W. 40th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues in New York’s artistic garment district.

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Reception extols exquisite addition to ATHS

Highly regarded – literally! – for his eye-grabbing work on campus, Stabley plays to the admiring crowd below.

The artist (center) describes his process.

A guest snaps a cellphone photo of the work-in-progress, shown on one of the atrium’s monitors.

Stabley points out the intricacy of his creation's colored glass tiles.

A reception celebrating the magnificence of the mosaic gracing the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center was hosted Friday evening by the mosaic’s creator, David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture. Art supporters, friends and family from Williamsport, as well as the Bloomsburg, Danville and Lancaster areas, gathered in the building’s atrium. For some, it was their first visit to Penn College and “they were very impressed with the campus,” Stabley reports. The abstract mosaic, designed to complement the atrium’s angles as well as the sunlight that streams into the space, was installed during the summers of 2017 and 2018. Stabley estimates installation took about 350 hours. The ATHS mosaic is the artist’s third large-scale mosaic created on Penn College’s main campus. He will begin one in downtown Williamsport in the spring.

In Any Medium, Campers’ Artistry is Well-Done

A camper delights in her clay creation: an elephant-inspired bee house. When complete, campers can place their bee houses outside their homes to enhance bee habitat.

Penn College art studios offer welcoming space for artistic expression and exploration. Here, a young camper adds finishing touches to his creation in a printmaking workshop.

For outdoor fun, Varner adds detergent to a camper’s wet felting project that incorporates wool roving.

A tie-dye T-shirt complements a tie-dye wool ball, which was later transformed into a felted bowl.

In a needle felting session, a camper crafts a Brachiosaurus.

Creative spirits soared this week at Penn College’s Creative Art Camp, held Monday through Thursday, in the Bush Campus Center art studios. About 30 campers, entering fourth through seventh grades, explored a wide range of media and crafted objects from clay bee houses to felted bowls and animals. The day camp, coordinated by Penny Griffin Lutz, director of The Gallery at Penn College, featured three local artists/art educators as camp instructors: Deborah L. Stabley, adjunct art faculty, Penn College; Andrea McDonough Varner, art educator, Williamsport Area High School; and Holley Fuller, a 2018 art education graduate of Lycoming College.

Something New Under the Sun

Stabley and Andreassen: outstanding in the ATHS atrium

The mosaic art complements existing artwork and painted elements of the space.

Oh, so many little details!

An earlier image taken during “phase two” shows how the abstract mosaic accents mimic shadows on the wall when sunlight filters into the atrium.

Coincidentally, the photographer arrived just as the duo had placed their final tile. They still need to grout the work, but decided to rest on their laurels (or their scaffolding) for this photo.

More meticulous mosaic artistry has been added in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, has placed mosaic tiles on two side walls in the space, further enhancing the “center piece” that was completed last June. He and assistant Barbara A. Andreassen, a 2010 graduate in graphic design, completed the intensive tile work Tuesday afternoon and will next grout the art to finalize it. Stabley estimates the current work features approximately 7,000 small black pieces alone, with 35,000 pieces total. The abstract lines of the artwork are meant to parallel the shadows cast into the atrium by sunlight.

Faculty Member’s Drawings on Exhibit at Penn State

The Piscophilist," by David M. Moyer

Penn State is exhibiting artwork created by a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member.

Thirty drawings by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design, are on display in the Art Alley of Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center galleries and display areas. A reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7; Moyer’s collection, titled “Of Man and Nature,” will be exhibited through Sept. 18.

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Design Students’ Portfolio Show Opens in College Gallery

A bowtie-accented Jonathan D. Straub, of Williamsport, fronts an array of his design work.

Fingers and cellphone cameras are pointed at the students' impressive output.

Effective product placement spotlights the creativity of Austin L. Fulton, from Montoursville.

Daniel T. Wrench, of Jersey Shore, engages gallery patrons in a discussion of his work.

Artwork by a dozen graphic design seniors is on exhibit in The Gallery at Penn College, the latest incarnation of a yearend campus tradition. A public reception for “Design 2018” was held Friday evening on the third floor of Madigan Library, where the portfolio display continues through May 10.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

‘Design: 2018’ Showcases Senior Students’ Portfolios

"Design 2018"

Twelve graphic design seniors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will exhibit their work as part of “Design: 2018,” the annual student portfolio exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College.

A public reception for the exhibit’s opening will be held Friday, April 27, 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 April 27 through May 10.

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Graphic Design Faculty Member’s Art Accepted at Poland Museum

David M. Moyer

Two works of art created by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology, are featured in the 14th Gielniak Graphic Arts Competition at the Muzeum Karkonoskie, Jelenia Góra, Poland.

Moyer’s woodcuts “Utopia I” and “Utopia II” were selected for the prestigious exhibition.

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Artist Immerses Audience in Depths of Creative Inspiration

The speaker is backed by visuals of a brooch she gave to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who used pins as her diplomatic signature.

Two stories of audience engagement in the ACC Auditorium

Strzelec answers an audience member’s question as the evening’s moderator, Craig A. Miller, instructor of engineering design, looks on.

At the conclusion of the talk, students and community members explore some of the artist’s jewelry designs.

A former Penn State Laureate, Strzelec takes pride in her campus and community (which she pointed out to the audience is “home of the Slinky” – an excellent example of toy design).

College and community members were taken on an exploration of personal and professional layers Tuesday evening in a talk delivered by 3-D printing artist Rebecca Strzelec, as part of Penn College’s Technology & Society Colloquia Series. About 150 people gathered in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium for “Art + Engineering = Creative Problem Solving.” Strzelec, professor of visual arts and program coordinator of visual arts studies at Penn State Altoona, served as the Penn State Laureate in 2016-17. She shared artistic projects crafted in her digital studio and discussed a range of inspirations and collaborations. Earlier in the day, Strzelec visited an industrial design model-building class in College Avenue Labs and dined in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant with graphic design and industrial design students and professors. Her evening conversation featured an engaging question-and-answer session, including discussion related to The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College, expected to open in Fall 2018. The event concluded with a reception in Wrapture. The next presentation of the Technology & Society Colloquia Series is titled “The Great War and the Forgotten Realm” and set for Nov. 8, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. Presented in collaboration with the Notre Dame Club of Greater Williamsport, the talk will be delivered by John Deak, associate professor of history at Notre Dame University, as part of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series.

Students, Alumni Earn Honors in Design Competitions

Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design students and alumni received honors at the American Advertising Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania’s Student American Advertising Awards competition. From left: Jared D. Kosko, Luke A. Bierly, Morgan N. Keyser, Jonathan D. Straub, Emily R. Kahler, Austin L. Fulton and MinhThu H. Nguyen. (Not in attendance were award winners Nicholas J. Vetock and Alexis M. Botek.)

The graphic design talents of 10 students and two alumni from Pennsylvania College of Technology have been honored in two prestigious design competitions.

The American Advertising Federation of Northeast Pennsylvania’s Student American Advertising Awards presented Best in Show honors to Morgan N. Keyser, of Dillsburg, a 2017 graduate of Penn College’s graphic design major. Keyser was honored for her “Fade to Black” beer packaging.

Keyser also received a gold award for “Fade to Black,” as did graphic design senior Austin L. Fulton, of Montoursville, for his “Ocean Alliance” annual report, and juniors Luke A. Bierly, of Centre Hall, for his “Austin City Limits” poster, and Jared D. Kosko, of DuBois, for his “Great American Smokeout” microsite.

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Alumni Sweethearts Celebrate Inspiring Mentors, Enduring Love

Alumni Sweethearts Chris Y. and Beth L. (Rozman) Cummings enjoy a Victorian House stay during their return to campus.

A couple who met at freshmen orientation – during the summer of 1998 – returned to campus this past weekend as the 2018 Alumni Sweethearts.

Chris Y. and Beth L. (Rozman) Cummings, of Elizabethtown, enjoyed an overnight stay in the Victorian House and dinner at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant as winners of Alumni Relations’ seventh annual Alumni Sweethearts contest. Due to the start of Spring Break, the alumni enjoyed a particularly quiet weekend at their alma mater.

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Student Designs Winning Logo for CAC’s Silver Anniversary

Austin L. Fulton, a graphic design major from Montoursville, holds his first-place design on-stage at the CAC.

The Community Arts Center congratulates graphic design student Austin L. Fulton on his winning 25th Anniversary logo following a Fall 2017 corporate-pitch competition under the guidance of graphic design instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson.

The project included nine other graphic design students that were assigned the task of creating a logo to commemorate the upcoming anniversary season for the CAC.

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Art à la Carte

Handcrafted ceramic bowls to grace fundraising table.

Got soup?

Truthful labeling awaits nourishing ladling.

Chef Frank M. Suchwala (in blue cap) stirs a pot of mushroom bisque as student Nolan S. Lester (left) adds stock. Others involved include (from left) Amaris T. Smith, Dylan H. Therrien, William D. Benedetto and Austin B. Ovens.

Penn College students are again lending a helping hand to the Williamsport Soup & a Bowl event benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. About 120 bowls crafted by students in Ceramics 1 classes will be filled with soup created by students in the culinary arts and systems major. This year’s fundraiser will be Friday, March 2, at The Genetti Hotel and Suites in downtown Williamsport. Three seatings (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.) and takeout orders are offered; the 11 a.m. seating is sold out. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the food bank’s Williamsport office at 570-321-8023. The bowls were produced in classes taught by husband-and-wife duo David A. and Deborah L. Stabley, members of the college’s art faculty. This is the sixth year the college has donated bowls. Students in the Technical Training for Hospitality Industry course made about 25 gallons of soup for the event, stirring up Cajun vegetarian and mushroom bisque under the guidance of Chefs Todd M. Keeley and Frank M. Suchwala, members of the hospitality faculty. And, while the soup was simmering, the instructors discussed community service and outreach with their students. “We want to be a positive force in the community,” Suchwala said. Students in the culinary class are William D. Benedetto, of Howard; Bridget M. Callahan, of Pottsville; Eliza B. Cook, of Towanda; Nolan S. Lester, of Perkiomenville; Austin B. Ovens, of Elizabethtown; Amaris T. Smith, of Williamsport; and Dylan H. Therrien, of Reading.

Thirteen Students Selected for Penn College NOW Scholarships

Penn College presented scholarships to 13 first-year students who took Penn College NOW courses. From left are Tavor T. Wadsworth, of Williamsport; Vincent R. Keene, of Downingtown; Kayley E. Johnson, of Bloomsburg; Monica A. McCarty, Penn College’s dual enrollment specialist; Michael L. Gardner, of Williamsport; Warren E. Knipe, of Liberty; and Tanya Berfield, the college’s manager of college transitions. Additional recipients not in the photo are: Cheyenne N. Greene, of Jersey Shore; Deontae Z. Johnson, of Selinsgrove; Kylee E. Kelley, of Lock Haven; Tyler W. Miller, of Montgomery; Luke B. Walter, of Millmont; Brittany M. Weiskopff, of Blossburg; Clayton T. Welch, of Benton; and Jeremy M. Wolfgang, of Allenwood.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently recognized 13 first-year students who received Penn College NOW scholarships.

The recipients completed Penn College courses during high school as part of the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The group was honored during an Oct. 27 reception.

To be eligible, students must have successfully completed at least one Penn College NOW course, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Penn College NOW classes, enroll in Penn College as a full-time freshman student for the fall semester after high school graduation, and maintain a 2.5 GPA at Penn College as an enrolled student.

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