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Gallery to Exhibit John Bavaro’s iPhone-, iPad-Generated Art


The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, will host “Masterpiece Mobile: Art on a Wireless Canvas” from Aug. 30 to Sept. 30.

The exhibit features the work of John Bavaro, who paints mini “masterpieces” on the iPhone and iPad, often using only his finger as a stylus.

"iPhone/iPad Fayum Portraits"
“iPhone/iPad Fayum Portraits,” grid of 30, 2011, Epson prints, 12 inches by 9 inches each

Using art apps, Bavaro reinterprets classical paintings from his hyper close-up museum photography and recreates versions of the Roman-era “Fayum Portraits” from Egypt using friends and family as his models.

His use of the mobile technology illuminates the reaches of Apple’s famous “app for that” claim for the wireless generation – endlessly engineering the common device to reach into every area of the modern existence.

Bavaro earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Cincinnati and is an associate professor of art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. His iPad and iPhone works have been included in national and international exhibitions.

The gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit on Sept. 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 5:30.

The gallery is open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Saturday and Monday). The gallery will be closed Sept. 1-3.

For more about the exhibit and The Gallery at Penn College, email or call 570-320-2445.

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