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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.”

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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
Alumni Art & Graphic Design Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Business & Hospitality Management Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Longstanding project, long-lasting legacy

Santaella (left) and Kreitzer stand with the stunning tile wall.
Santaella (left) and Kreitzer stand with the stunning tile wall.
The final touches to the piece: triangle toppings
The final touches to the piece: triangle toppings
Relief sculptures in clay
Relief sculptures in clay
Artwork awaits stair strollers.
Artwork awaits stair strollers.
Infinite tales in tiles
Infinite tales in tiles

Over 500 students and more than 500 ceramic tiles in the making, another stunning example of Penn College art is complete and ready for rave reviews and views. Adorning a wall in the north stairwell of the Bush Campus Center, the ceramics sensation was started in Fall 2013 by David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, after he received permission from administration. “It was my idea to have students make something to leave behind as part of a permanent art piece,” Stabley said. “It’s an interesting idea of working on a group project over such a long period of time. And it’s nice to decorate a plain stairwell area to give it some life!” With the help of two Ceramics III students – Amber Kreitzer, of Port Trevorton, and Natascha G. Santaella, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico – Stabley recently placed the finishing touches on the CC stairwell project: ceramic triangles topping the tile wall. Kreitzer and Santaella earned associate degrees in baking and pastry arts in 2018 and will graduate this month with Bachelor of Science degrees in applied management. Stabley and smaller groups of students have installed the Centennial Mosaic on a wall of the Physician Assistant Center and mosaics in Capitol Eatery. The artist has also crafted solo mosaics in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center and on an exterior wall of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. Stabley’s inspiring artwork can also be found in downtown Williamsport.

December 12, 2019
Art & Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Students’ wood sculptures on display in downtown Williamsport

Wooden mask sculptures crafted by Pennsylvania College of Technology students are on display at the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts in downtown Williamsport.

The artistry of 12 Pennsylvania College of Technology students and a professor is gracing the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts, 46 W. Fourth St.

As part of a Wood Sculpture art elective, the class crafted masks, inspired by a study of African masks. Each mask was hand-carved with chisels, mallets and rasps, and the students were encouraged to experiment with shape, color, texture, mixed media additions and other design elements.

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Art & Graphic Design Events Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Eyes front! There’s a new exhibit in town

Students and instructor, concealed by their creations
Students and instructor, concealed by their creations
Incorporating barbed wire into his masterpiece, Cole E. Gamber crafted “Angry Bull.” The Elizabethtown resident is enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration.
Incorporating barbed wire into his masterpiece, Cole E. Gamber crafted “Angry Bull.” The Elizabethtown resident is enrolled in information technology: network specialist concentration.
Thomas D. Roberts took his inspiration from traditional African tribes’ use of red with black and white triangles. Roberts, of Pittsburgh, is a construction management major.
Thomas D. Roberts took his inspiration from traditional African tribes’ use of red with black and white triangles. Roberts, of Pittsburgh, is a construction management major.
Basing his work on an African tiger fish, Benjamin L. Reighard took a big bite out of his assignment. The Williamsport resident is a construction management student.
Basing his work on an African tiger fish, Benjamin L. Reighard took a big bite out of his assignment. The Williamsport resident is a construction management student.
The class proudly (and literally) faces its audience in advance of an end-of-semester exhibit.
The class proudly (and literally) faces its audience in advance of an end-of-semester exhibit.

The handiwork of 12 Penn College students in a Wood Sculpture (ART142) class will be on display for First Friday, Nov. 1, in downtown Williamsport. The wooden masks will be showcased through early December at the new office and gallery space of Lycoming Arts, 46 W. Fourth St., next to Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Co. The students’ instructor, David A. Stabley, engages his class in an exploration of traditional African masks as part of idea development. This is the second time that such an exhibit has graced the downtown arts scene; last year, the masks were displayed in the Community Arts Center. Lycoming Arts is an organization advocating for the arts in Lycoming County.

October 28, 2019