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2008-2009 Exhibitions

  • Student Art Show

    April 23-May 10, 2009, Rothman Gallery

    Reception and President Fry's Presentation of Awards on April 23, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

    Featuring artwork by F&M student artists invited to exhibit their work at this annual show. Among the works juried into the exhibition, there will be award winners in 2D and 3D categories. President Fry will present awards to the winners at their reception in the Rothman Gallery on April 23 at 4:30 pm. Student artists will be on hand to meet and greet visitors to the exhibition. All events free and open to the public.

  • Senior Art Show Exhibition

    April 16-May 16, 2009, Dana Gallery

    Gallery Artist's Reception on April 16, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

    Senior art students are invited by Art Department faculty to exhibit their works in the annual exhibition.  This exhibition opens with a reception for the artists and closes on the date of commencement, when they and their families will be feted by the Art Department before taking their work and their memories at the end of the day. 

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  • The Procession and other works by Eleanore Lockspeiser

    Researched and curated by Kaitlin Dunn '09

    April 9-May 16, 2009, The Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery

    Kaitlin Dunn, '09, has researched work of Eleanore Lockspeiser, from the collection of the Phillips Museum of Art. Dunn discovered a piece by Lockspeiser, which came over to the Museum from a remote storage area. When Dunn began researching the large diptych in the collections, records showed only a title, "The Procession", and artist, Eleanore Lockspeiser. Kaitlin began in September of 2007 and continued independent study to reveal a remarkable and important artist of the Abstract Expressionist era, as well as a person of incredible influence over students as well as her daughter, Mary Frank. The exhibition will feature works by Ms. Lockspeiser from the Phillips Museum's collection. Photos of Eleanore Lockspeiser provided courtesy of Mary Frank. 

    News Article

    Reception and gallery talk on April 9, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Free/open to public

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  • Dreaming Through My Hands

    Fabric works by Carol Piersol '01

    March 5-April 4, 2009, The Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery

    From the artist: "Fabric has been part of my life for as long as I can remember.  Fabric weaves and intertwines itself into many of my memories.  I find fabric marks the years and events of my life as one might place tabs on a timeline to highlight special occasions in the passage of time." Carol Piersol has worked with fabric design as art since a child.  As a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, her experiences include drawing and painting studios, which further developed her sense of composition and design. She has worked at her skills as designer and seamstress in the costume shop at Roschel Center for the Performing arts.  Carol was the 2008 recipient of the 1st place Annual Open Art Award at the Lancaster Museum of Art.  News Article

    Artist's Reception and Gallery Talk on March 12, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Free/open to public

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  • Embracing the Uncarved Wood

    Relief Carvings from Shandong, China

    January 30-April 12, 2009, Rothman Gallery

    Embracing the Uncarved Wood is an exhibition of wood relief sculptures created by a group of young deaf-mute artists from Shandong, China, where the husband and wife team of artists, Zhou Ning and Xiao Yixia, instructed them. In 1998, Mr. Christopher Zhu, Former Assistant Director of the Shanghai Museum of Art and currently Director of Han Ying Art Consultants in Shanghai, discovered these artists and their work, which is firmly rooted in Chinese folk craft. Since that time, Mr. Zhu has assiduously championed their art and has curated exhibitions of the Shandong studio's productions in Shanghai, Santa Fe and Dallas. During the Summer of 2005, Professor Kent saw a large group of these sculptures while conducting research in Shanghai. Their beauty and sophisticated level of conception were remarkable for their fusion of traditional craft with modern abstraction. The sculptures vary in size from small panels to large-scale, mural-like pieces. Professor Kent and Mr. Zhu are co-curators of this beautiful work, which will be exhibited in the Dana Gallery of the Phillips Museum. A reception will be held at the Museum on February 12, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. when Christopher Zhu will be present to give a gallery talk, along with Richard Kent and Virginia Maksymowicz, who have visited the artists' collective in China and have written essays, which are featured in a catalog of the exhibition. Mr. Zhu's exhibition assistant, Lewen Xu, will speak about the installation of the exhibition through an interpreter. More discussion is planned for Friday, February, 13, when Christopher Zhu will lecture students. There will be a gorgeous hard-cover catalog for sale at the exhibition. Made possible by a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and funding by the Provost's Office. News Article

    Beautiful bi-lingual exhibition catalog in soft and hard bound is available for sale.

    Reception and Gallery Talk: February 12, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Free/open to the general public

    Friday, February 13, 2009, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Bonchek House Seminar Room. Lecture by Christopher Zhu, "Traditional Chinese Aesthetics: How Chinese Look at Art." Food and refreshments available prior to the event. Sponsored by the Bonchek House and International Studies. Open to F&M students, faculty and staff.

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  • Cabinet Fever: Reinventing the Cabinet of Curiosities at F&M

    Curated by students in Professor Lina Aleci's "Cabinet of Curiosities"

    January 29-March 1, 2009, Curriculum Gallery Classroom exhibition space

    In the fall of 2008, students in Professor Linda Aleci's curatorial seminar began working as a team on one project--transforming the curriculum gallery classroom into a Cabinet of Curiosities. Working in partnership with The Phillips Museum, the North Museum, College Archives, and the hidden collections of departments across the campus, the students have assembled and installed a rich gathering of marvelous objects rarely seen, yet an integral part of the college's history. Organized around 8 "topics" that are based on systems of knowledge from the 16th and 17th centuries, the objects map relationships both wonderous and mundane between art, science, and nature. In the process, students have learned exhibition procedures including object research, exhibition design, loan protocols, and of course, the thrill of discovery. This is a unique opportunity to view a modern interpretation of the most astonishing ancestor of the museum, and to catch a glimpse of the history of F&M's own collections.

    Reception and Gallery Talk on January 29, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Free/open to public

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  • Artifacts of the 21st Century

    Paintings by Douglas Graupe '09

    January 20-March 1, 2009, Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery

    This solo exhibition features painting by F&M senior, Douglas Graupe, who explains: "A canvas is an artifact that I am leaving behind, an artifact which documents my immediate world, the greater societal world, and the way I view that larger world." Emphasizing inspiration received from art history and artists Gicometti, Pollock and De Kooning, Graupe considers his work to be "reactionary," filled with graffiti-like markings, which the artist explains are "angles over curves." He views his growth in his work as attaining a congruent maturity in his personal life.

    Artist's Reception and Gallery Talk on February 5, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. Free/open to public.

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  • Expanding Universe

    Exhibition of welded steel sculpture by Brooklyn, NY artist, Martha Walker

    January 20-March 29, 2009, Dana Gallery

    "Walker's body of work embodies a powerful duality. In a language that is both very muscular and tender, the inherent beauty of objects found in nature is acclaimed-be they tree trunks, clouds, conch shells, or seed pods. At the same time, these natural forms are laced with threatening intimations of nuclear disaster, the horrors of genocide, and the irrevocable desstruction of our beautiful planet. These troubling undertones are produced by uncanny juxtapositions of forms, surface treatments suggesting charred remains, and unexpected angles of repose or discomfort, resulting in unanticipated feelings of anxiety, fear, isolation and despair. Unifying these potentially warring pursuits-one delighting in the sheer physical beauty of an object, and the other portending calamitous devastation-Walker makes them seamless by revealing her working process and techniques, integrating them directly into the physical appearance and resolution of each sculpture. Accordingly, a balance is struck betweenthe sensuous pleasures of a work and its capacity to evoke disturbing feelings" (Jeffrey Hoffeld). News Article. To learn more about Martha's sculpture go to:

    PDF of Exhibition Catalog

    Artist's Reception and Gallery Talk on March 6, 2009, First Friday, 4:30 p.m. Free/open to public

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  • In Small Things Remembered

    November 20-December 12, 2008

    An Exhibition of artifacts curated and assembled by the Students of Professor Mary Ann Levine's Class "Archaeological Methods".

    Professor Levine's "Archaeological Methods" class of 13 students has assembled artifacts unearthed at Otstonwakin, an 18th century Native American village.  The artifacts date to three time periods-the period immediately before the settlement of the village, objects associated with the establishment of the village itself in the early 1700's, and materials that relate to the white resettlement of the landscape once a small pox epidemic devastated Otstonwakin in the middle of the 18th century.

    Professor Levine was successful in locating the site of the village, based on historical records concerning Madam Montour, who governed the fur-trade era village in the 1720's through the 1740's and records of Moravian missionaries who describe the vilage in their journals.  She will give a talk concerning the dig and the exhibition during the opening reception.

    Opening reception and gallery talk - November 20, 2008, 4:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

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    October 21-December 21, 2008, Writers House

    Photographs on 20th Century Writers by Nancy Crampton

    A series of portraits of 20th Century writers by photographer, Nancy Crampton, as featured in her book, Writers.  Crampton explains: Thrity-five years ago, I set out on a project: to try, as best I could, to make definitive portraits of the leading artists and writers of my time.  After a while I came to focus almost exclusively on writers.  this work, which is still ongoing, is summed up in the book/exhibition WRITERS: Photographs by Nancy Crampton.

    Artist's presentation and reception at Writers House: October 22, 2008, 4:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

    Article about Nancy Crampton

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  • Best of All Colors

    October 9-December 21, 2008, Rothman Gallery

    Paintings by Sarah McRae Morton

    Organized in conjunction with the Comparative Literary Studies course Doctors and Patients in Arts and Literature, this exhibit features large paintings by Sarah McRae Morton that are a result of the artist's experience within the Amish community as the daughter of Dr. Holmes Morton, a Lancaster county physician.  The artist explains that her work is based on memories of accompanying her father on house calls and from his memoirs, which accompany the paintings in this exhibition.  Morton's paintings address the Amish themes as coming of age, labors of farm life, and the "integrity of Amish culture by embracing illness and accepting death."

    Read Sarah's Exhibition Statement

    Exhibition Catalog PDF

    Opening Reception and discussion with Dr. Holmes Morton for Dr. Lina Berstein's course "Illness and Art".  October 28, 2008, 3:00 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

    Gallery Talk by Sarah McRae Morton - First Friday, November 7, 4:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

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  •  A Considered Life

    October 2-December 21, 2008, Dana Gallery

    Large Format Painting by Cleve Gray


    The Phillips Museum of Art has received an extraordinary gift-a painting by post Abstract Expressionist, Cleve Gray.  Jonquil, a large, gestural, color based abstraction, was created by the artist in 1976 and was given to the Museum by the artist's wife, noted biographer and novelist, Francine du Plessix Gray.

    This exhibition consists of works from the series of "Man and Nature 1975-2004," large paintings in acrylic and oil pastel the artist painted until his death in 2004.  Included in the exhibition areJounquil, and Untitled Red, which was the last painting that Gray worked on before he died in 2004.

    Lancaster Sunday News Article

    Lectures: First Friday, October 3, 2008: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk by Deborah Barkum and Scott Wright. 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

    Gallery Talk by Francine du Plessix Gray about Cleve Gray, Dana Gallery, October 29, 4:30 pm

    Francine du Plessix Gray will also discuss her new book at the Writers House at 12:00 pm as part of the "Writers on Writing" lecture series. 
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  • Where Do You Draw the Line?

    August 25-September 28, 2008, Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery

    Exhibition of Works from the Permanent Collection, Curated by Christine Batta '09

    An exhibition of works from the College's Permanent Collection including silkscreen art by Robert Indianna, Andy Warhol, Luigi Rist, and other graphic works curated by Christina Batta '09, a student in Professor Linda Aleci's fall 2007 session of ART 377: Curatorial Practices.  The exhibition showcases works which fall in the gray area between the categories of fine art and graphic design.  In the liberal arts spirit of critical thinking, the exhibition explores the types of cultural constructions used to define art that separate the two worlds of fine art and graphic design.  The exhibition asks the viewer to entertain the question, Where do you draw the line?

    Curator's talk and reception: Thursday, September 11, 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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  • Reflections

    August 25-September 28, 2008, Rothman Gallery

    Digital Photographs by David Spitzer

    The photographs of shop and show windows by David Spitzer, who is best known for his photographs of Jazz musicians and culture, will be of interest to the studio, professional and student photographer. Students of fashion and graphic design and digital manipulation will also find these works to be resources for inspiration and discovery.

    Artist talk and reception: Thursday, September 18, 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public

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  • Inscriptions

    August 25-September 28, 2008, Dana Gallery

    Paintings by Edward Evans

    Lehighton artist and former professor at Southwest State University in Minnesota, uses airbrush and stencil to create large format paintings that are well known for their intricate mystery and trompe l'oeil

    Exhibition Catalog PDF
    Artist talk and reception: First Friday, September 5, 4:30 pm. Free and Open to the Public