2019-20 Exhibitions

2019 Exhibit Dates
Aug 16 To Oct 06
Reception
Sep 12
4:30 PM
Biscuits Biscuits Greenspace, 2017, digital photograph, 22” x 32” Greenspace, 2017, digital photograph, 22” x 32”

Michael Hower began working in digital photography six years ago, founded upon a fascination with abandoned buildings and landscapes. That quickly turned into a project photographing ghost towns of the Mid-Atlantic where he found the inspiration for his current body of work, Graffiti Scapes.

His quest to find landscapes and spaces consumed by graffiti began in Centralia, the Pennsylvania ghost town that sits atop a burning mine fire. The main road leading into town was buckled by the fire underneath, and decades later, people started to leave their mark.

The road is covered with colorful tags and philosophical tidbits from berm to berm, end to end, and three quarters of a mile in length. The infamous “Graffiti Highway” was born.

Hower researched more locations to find spaces covered in Pollock-like webs of graffiti, whether abandoned or not, illicit or licit. He has gone on place-seeking journeys around the Mid- Atlantic to ghost towns, skate parks, train graveyards, city alleys and wherever else graffiti dominates the landscape.

Hower’s art career began with formal training in drawing and painting. As a self-taught photographer, his work has garnered numerous awards and has been featured in over 150 exhibitions and publications around the country. He currently resides in the greater Harrisburg area with my wife and two sons.

Reception

Thursday, September 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Gallery talk 5:30 p.m.

Special Hours
  • Closed September 1
  • Special hours for Homecoming: October 4-6
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2019 Exhibit Dates
Oct 23 To Dec 11
Reception
Nov 07
4:30 PM
Megas, 2018, acrylic, paint, and wood, 24” x 45” Megas, 2018, acrylic, paint, and wood, 24” x 45” Endless Waltz: Crescendo, 2017, acrylic, paint and wood, 3’ x 3’ x 6’ Endless Waltz: Crescendo, 2017, acrylic, paint and wood, 3’ x 3’ x 6’

Jeff Repko creates assemblages that explore potential and possibilities through interactions of color and forms. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, after deindustrialization, his work explores notions of industry and the stories he heard growing up. Never truly having experienced the industrial era in the Pittsburgh, he feels both a distance and closeness to it. His work is a personal attempt to experience and create the physical objects, optimism, and a sense of community.

Time, technology, and color have become a lens distorting the work. His practice evokes a sense of serious play as the sculptures and paintings use color to reinvigorate and turn these analog tools and machinery into playful toy-like assemblages. These assemblages exist both in digital
and physical space juxtaposing the boundless possibilities of a synthetic world in the limitations of a physical presence. Through the forms’ implied potential and the colors’ inherent optimism, he asks the viewers to envision possibilities.

Jeff Repko received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and BFA from Penn State. He is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at the University of North Georgia. His work has been shown nationally in both gallery and public
art environments.

Reception

Thursday, November 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Gallery talk 5:30 p.m.

Closed
  • November 27 - December 1
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Material Matters: Past, Present, Future

This exhibition is the first in a series that will focus on Pennsylvania’s industrial and manufacturing history through art and art materials. Artists working with traditional materials such as steel, wood, paper, or fiber, as well as current and future materials, such as plastics, glass, or electronics, will be featured in the series which includes an artist residency, workshops, and other programs. Visit gallery.pct.edu for details.

Arts LogoThis project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

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2020 Exhibit Dates
Jan 12 To Feb 28
Reception
Jan 23
4:30 PM
Ginkgo Message, 2015, hand-cut Tyvek, 144” x 32.75” Ginkgo Message, 2015, hand-cut Tyvek, 144” x 32.75” Barbara - Foreign, 2018, hand-cut Tyvek, spray paint, paper, 85” x 49” Barbara - Foreign, 2018, hand-cut Tyvek, spray paint, paper, 85” x 49”

Sarah Nguyen uses a balance of abstract and representational forms to sever the connection between shape and meaning, connecting the viewer instead to the cut of the knife, so that s/he becomes complicit in the art. Folklore, reverence, refinement of nature, and observance of daily life are the concepts behind her work.

Using folklore as the source of artistic inspiration, Nguyen attempts to temporarily return the viewer to a state of childhood: dwelling in the senses, immersed in the images of stories, experiencing the primacy of the physical. Whether the viewer seeks mental liberation or sensory indulgence is a matter of significance for them. She is less interested in directing their conclusions as she is in revealing them. The desired effect of this body of work upon the viewer is self-investigation.

Nguyen is a multimedia artist. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibits and publications nationally and internationally. She received her BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in painting from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She currently lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband, the writer Phong Nguyen, and their three sons.

Reception

Thursday, January 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Gallery talk 5:30 p.m.

Closed
  • January 19
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2020 Exhibit Dates
Mar 17 To Apr 17
Reception
Mar 19
6:00 PM
Mystic Comics #9, May 1942 Mystic Comics #9, May 1942 Captain Marvel Adventures #8, March 1942 Captain Marvel Adventures #8, March 1942

Comic books as we know them arrived during the hungry days of The Great Depression, peddled by would-be entrepreneurs struggling to survive. In 1938, the fledgling enterprise suddenly became an industry when Superman appeared on the cover of the first issue of Action Comics. In September 1939, when the Second World War officially began, they exploded. By the time the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, popular titles were outselling mainstream magazines such as Time and The Saturday Evening Post, children and adults were thrilling to the exploits of a colorful parade of new superheroes, and the star-spangled Captain America had become a national symbol. Victory for a Dime: The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War showcases the vibrant, often shocking cover images that exemplified the comic book industry throughout the war years, and helped comics cement an everlasting place in American popular culture.

Mark Fertig is the founder of the graphic design program and chair of the Department of Art + Design at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. He’s the author of Take That Adolf! The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War (cover at right) and Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s and 1950s, both from Fantagraphics Books. His current book project is Hang ‘Em High: 100 Years of Western Movie Posters.

Reception

Lecture: Student & Administrative Services Center, Rm. 1056: March 19, 5 p.m.
Reception to follow in Gallery, 6-7 p.m.

Closed
  • April 12
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2020 Exhibit Dates
Apr 28 To May 08
Reception
May 01
4:00 PM
The Gallery The Gallery

Graphic Design 2020 is an annual exhibition displaying the best design, illustration, and web design work of graphic design majors in their final semester of study at Penn College. For the exhibition, design faculty select the top works developed by each student within their time at Penn College. The exhibition gives students a chance to present their work in marketing, branding, advertising, and design to industry professionals and the community.

Penn College graphic design students have consistently earned recognition through their submissions to regional, national, and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student category of the AAF American Advertising Awards and the AIGA Blue Ridge’s Flux Student Design Competition.

Reception

Friday, May 1, 4-6 p.m.

Summer Hours
  • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
2020 Exhibit Dates
May 14 To May 21
Reception
May 15
4:00 PM
The Gallery The Gallery

Architecture & Sustainable Design features the capstone architectural design work of building science and sustainable design majors in their final semester of study at Penn College. Each graduating senior was tasked with the design and development of a significant building in an urban setting. Students will present design process drawings, 3D models, and computer renderings depicting their individual solutions. 

The Penn College architecture programs have a long history and a strong reputation. Associate and bachelor degree graduates have won awards as team members for the Department of Energy Race to Zero and the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Show competitions. These graduates are well versed in sustainability and make significant contributions to the built environment.

Reception

Thursday, May 14, 4-6 p.m.
Gallery talk 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
  • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
2020 Exhibit Dates
Jun 04 To Jul 23
Reception
Jun 06
3:00 PM
The Gallery The Gallery

Textiles in Translation is a collection of fiber-based artwork by Pennsylvania regional members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The juried exhibit will showcase a wide range of 2D and 3D fiber art and highlight a diverse range of styles and techniques. 

Fiber work stretches back to ancient times and has grown and developed across the centuries into a vibrant art form, encompassing a variety of materials and processes from low to high tech. Today’s fiber artists create beauty, provoke thought, resist convention, and challenge the status quo. 

The work in this show helps to reinforce fiber art’s unique place in the world of contemporary art. 

The artists with work included in the exhibition are members of SAQA, an active and dynamic nonprofit international organization of over 3,500 members that promotes fiber art and the artists who create it through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. SAQA mounts museum-quality exhibitions that travel the world. The Gallery at Penn College hosted SAQA Pennsylvania’s exhibition, Connected by Stitch, in 2016. 

Textiles in Translation is juried by Susan Szajer, a full-time mixed media artist living in New Mexico who enjoys both the spontaneous nature of painting and the challenge of textiles. She finds joy in pushing artwork to the edge while still maintaining good design, composition, and attention to detail. The exhibit is curated by SAQA Pennsylvania Regional Representative, Meredith Eachus Armstrong.

Reception

Saturday, June 6, 2-5 p.m.
Gallery talk at 3 p.m.

Closed
  • July 3-5
Summer Hours
  • Sunday: 1-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.