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Voting Is Now Open! Public Invited to Participate in Selecting Artwork for Exhibit

The public is invited to help select the artwork to be included in “Art Alive: Lycoming County Juried Art Exhibition,” to be hosted this spring by The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library.

A panel of jurors has selected the work of 24 Lycoming County artists for inclusion in the exhibit, scheduled for May 30 to June 28.

Each artist submitted six works of art. Three will be included in the exhibition: one work selected by the artist, one selected by the gallery director and one selected by the general public through an online voting process.

To vote for your favorite piece by each artist, cast a ballot beginning March 1. Voting is open throughout March.

“Art Alive” showcases the unique vision and emerging aesthetics of Lycoming County. Featuring work in all media, the exhibit allows the community to experience new and exciting contemporary artwork by local artists.

Artists selected for the exhibit are Chad Andrews, Paul Barrett, Marguerite Bierman, Brenda Blackwell, Donna Britton, Steve Buggy, Fred Gilmour, Casey Gleghorn, Jeremiah Johnson, Edward Jonasen, Richard Karp, John McKaig, Deborah Mezick, Penny Miller, Timothy Miller, Matthew Parrish, Veera Pfaffli, Roger Shipley, Theresa Crowley Spitler, Gary Steele, Jackie Thomas, Howard Tran, Ralph Wilson and Maureen Wroblewski.

Artists were selected by jurists Gary Mesa-Gaido, Florence Putterman and Joyce Robinson.

Mesa-Gaido is a professor of art at Morehead State University in Kentucky. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Pittsburgh and has exhibited in more than 100 solo, small-group and large-group exhibitions over the last decade.

Putterman was awarded a National Endowment Grant in 1978 and has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Pennsylvania State University and has taught at Lycoming College and Susquehanna University.

Robinson has been curator at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State for nearly 15 years and is an affiliate associate professor of art history. She received her doctorate from the University of Virginia and has taught at Kenyon College, Davidson College, the American University in Paris and the University of Virginia.

A prize juror will select a first, second and third prize from among exhibited pieces. Prize winners will receive cash awards. In addition, a Viewer’s Choice prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibit.

Prize juror is Carrie Wissler-Thomas, president/CEO of the Art Association of Harrisburg. She manages the association’s art school and handles fundraising, development and public relations. Wissler-Thomas has been a professional artist since her graduation from Hood College in 1968. She holds a master’s degree from Temple University.

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).

For more about the exhibit and The Gallery at Penn College, email or call 570-320-2445. For more about the college, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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