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2007-2008 Exhibitions

  • Experimental Portraiture
  • Experimental Portraiture

    April 24-May 17, 2008, Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery

    Artwork by Daniel Westfield '08

    Westfield presents a series of exploratory artworks which represent his evolutionary growth as an artist over the last several years.  Included are works on canvas and wood using acrylic paint and graphite, combining the artist's "Traditional Portraiture" with methods he has named "#2" - referencing the #2 pencil used in their development.

    Please join Dan tomorrow (Thursday, April 24) at a reception in his honor at 4:30 pm where he will be present to talk about his work.  The exhibition and the reception are open to the public and I hope you will stop to see the show and invite students to attend.

  • Stallion-Castle Eufemio
  • The Castle Eufemio

    March 18-April 20, 2008, Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery

    This exhibition is concurrent with the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House presentation and promotion of Blaise Tobia's newest book, "The Castle Eufemio."  Text in both English and Italian will be presented alongside the documentary photographs taken by Tobia during the Festival of the Most Holy Crucifix ("Fest del Santissimo Crocifisso") in the Sicilian town of Calatafimi.  Blaise Tobia is a professor of media arts at Drexel University and a long-time student of Italian language and culture.  He has extensively photographed in Italy and Sicily and was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2006.

    Lecture: March 25, 6 p.m.. Philadelphia Alumni Writers House 

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  • Art and Crime

    March 13-April 13, 2008, Rothman Gallery

    Lithographs by Jose Cuevas and sculpture by Frank Bender

    "Art and Crime" showcases an 11-lithograph suite by Mexican artist Jose Cuevas.  The suite belongs to a College Collection portfolio entitled "Crimes by Cuevas" and is a gift of Dr. Edward Diamond '49.

    Cuevas' work presents a panormaic view of crime from Jack the Ripper to Van Gogh at Arles.  Born in Mexico City in 1934, Cuevas opened the Prisse Gallery there in the early 1950's.  He exhibited works at the Pan American Union in Washington, D.C. and throughout the U.S. and Latin America.  Cuevas taught at the Universidad Iberoamericano, and his work is in the collections of museums in the U.S., France, Peru, Venezuela, and Columbia.

    The lithographs are accompanied by an installation of forensic sculpture and mixed media works by Philadelphia artist, Frank Bender.  During the April 4, reception, Bender will present a slide lecture regarding his work with law enforcement as a forensic artist reconstructing three-dimensional images of unidentified victims and fugitive criminals.

    A First Friday with the Friends reception will also feature a lecture, "Representations of the Criminal," delivered by the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, Joel Eigen.

    First Friday with the Friends Reception and Artist's Talk: April 4, 2008, 4:30-7 p.m., Rothman Gallery.  "Representations of the Criminal" lecture to follow Bender's Artist's Talk.

  • Photograph of Algeria
  • Algeria: Albert Camus' Mediterranean

    March 7-March 31, 2008, Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery

    Photographs and Objects collected by Jacob Wysor '08

    The exhibit consists of photographs taken and objects collected by Jacob while traveling through Algeria during winter break, gathering information and atmosphere for his independent study of Albert Camus.  Jacob explains: 

    Algeria is neither a popular tourist destination nor a tired scholarly topic, to the extent that I am the first student that international programs has processed to travel there.  While some of my photos, such as those of the Roman ruins at Tipasa, setting of "Noces", are simply a personal perspective on a commonly photographed site, many document locations of cultural and literary interest that can't be found on google images or in Shad-Fack: a dead rat in a pile of rubble in Oran, also the site of "La Peste" in which the sign of the coming plague was the death en masse of the city's rat population. The blinding sun in Algiers that provoked Meursault's murder of an Arab on the beach.  A church in profile overlooking Oran, where Christianity is a key metaphor in "La Peste".

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  • Cuba: Through My Eyes

    January 22-March 7, 2008, Rothman Gallery

    Photographs by Javier Machado

    When photographer Javier Machado emigrated from Cuba to America in 2003, he never imagined that travel restrictions would erect a barrier between him and his family. While Machado's portraits of Cubans affected by legislation are a testament to his own fragmented family, they also serve as a statement about human rights violations.

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  • Double Personality

    January 22-February 24, 2008, Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery

    Mixed Media Works by Saxon Williams '08

    Senior Saxon Williams describes his exhibitioin as a representation of "the internal cave of my fantasies and the external world...as I leave the cave...a metaphor of my mind's everyday existence."

    The exhibtion consists of two sections displaying Williams' two distinct styles--one controlled, the other liberated. Williams has written and recorded a musical composition, which will accompany his 24 pieces and 38 drawings of individual mythical creatures.

    Reception: January 31, 4:30-6 p.m., and February 7, 2008, 4:30-6 p.m.

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  • Domicile

    January 18-February 20, 2008, Dana Gallery

    An Installation by Shirley Thomas

    Shirley Thomas' central installation showcases 93-year-old window sashes, dried leaves and raspberry canes, fragments of furniture, and nests. Her work challenges viewers to revisit their assumptions of "the relationship between condition and value and, ultimately, between condition and survival." A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Thomas also attended Parsons School of Design and NYU. She has exhibited work in the U.S., Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Italy, and Ireland and is the recipient of grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

    First Friday and the Friends Artist's Talk and Reception: February 1, 2008, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

  • Bird, Hand & Man
  • Surface and Substance

    March 4-April 11, 2008, Dana Gallery 

    Paintings by Florence Putterman

    Selinsgrove artist, Florence Putterman, used her National Endowment Grant in 1979 to study Southwestern Native American petroglyphs.  Those historic symbols, along with colorful birds, plants, people, and animals, continue to fill her paintings.  Putterman graduated from Penn State University in 1947, where she received her Bachelor's degree.  She later attended Bucknell University and NYU to earn her Master's.  Known for her wonderful narrative mixed media paintings, she also has a respected reputation as a fine printmaker.  Her art is found in private collections and has been extensively sought by and placed into national and international museum and corporate collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, Fl.), where she has taught for many years.

    Artist's Talk and Reception: April 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Dana Gallery, February 7, 4:30-6 p.m.

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  • 107th Annual International Exhibition of Works on Paper

    October 11-December 31, 2007, Dana and Rothman Galleries

    Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Water Color Society (PWCS) holds an annual, juried, anniversary exhibit as well as regional shows where members exhibit their work.  Over the years, the PWCS has presented a distinguished permanent collection to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including works by John Singer Sargent and Pablo Picasso.

    In addition to its exhibitions, PWCS sponsors demonstrations and other events and supports superior students working in aqueous media in Philadelphia art colleges.  Members of the society are frequent award winners in major national exhibitions, and many have authored books or are featured artists in books and magazines.  Since the inception of PWCS, Philadelphia and the surrounding region has become an epicenter for watercolor art and artists.

    Reception: November 4, 2007, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Artist's Demonstration: Ann DeLaurentis, November 8, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

    Gallery Talk: Bonnie Mettler, October 25, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

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  • Drawings from the Inside

    August 29-September 30, 2007, Rothman Gallery

    Mollenkof's graphite drawings suggest both the familiar and tangible, the organic.  Yet his images are mysteriously allusive and only hint at an object the observer might recall, as though the stem of a plant or the arch of a dog's body can never quite be realized.  Each piece is carefully composed, thousands of strokes filling paper sometimes six feet in length.  At times the shock of erasure or the hint of lettering suggests the energy humming beneath the balanced forms and the tension at bay in these quiet giants.

    "The 'subjects' in my drawings are mostly based on natural forms and organic shapes, but also rely heavily on subliminal impulse and sensation," said Mollenkof.  "My paintings explore formal and stylistic relationships that emerge from a purely intuitive process of synthesis by experimentation."

    Mollenkof was born in Philadelphia in 1949 and recieved his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art and an M.F.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He lived in Japan between 1977 and 2000 where he taught studio art, exhibited and wrote about art.  He is affiliated with Messiah College where he served as the director of the Aughinbaugh Art Gallery and teaches studio arts.

    For more information, please visit Mollenkof's online gallery.

    Reception and Artist's Talk : September 11, 2007, 4:30 p.m.

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  • Faculty Showcase

    August 29-September 30, 2007, Dana Gallery

    It is no secret that teaching allows an artist to earn a living while making art.  While this may explain why an artists decides to teach, it doesn't explain why artists continue to teach for years, placing their own art secondary to that of their students.  At some point, the idea of the artist as mentor becomes a mission, and art is often the direct result of the alliance between student and teacher.

    The Faculty Show includes oil painting by Jun-Cheng Liu, color photography by Scott Wright, acrylic and mixed media by Carol Galligan, relief sculpture by Virginia Maksymowicz, pastel and watercolor drawings by F.T. Kihlstedt, laser transfer images and mixed media work by Linda Cunningham, architectural renderings by Carole Hickey, digital photo manipulation, charcoal drawing and color photography by James Peterson, black and white photography by Richard Kent, oil on panel by Michael Clapper, mixed media installation by William Hutson and color photography by Chris Welch.

    Reception: Septemeber 6, 2007, 4:30 p.m.