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2009-2010 Exhibitions

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  • Surveillance: Re-visioning Community and Cameras

    April 30-May 15, 2010, The Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery  

    Conceived and curated by students at Franklin & Marshall College, the exhibition is a multi-media installation featuring works by regional and national artists.  It uses Lancaster's recently-acquired status as the "nation's most closely-watched small city" as the lens through which to explore the hidden dimensions of the modern "society of surveillance."  While much of the public debate over surveillance tends to focus on the issues of "privacy" versus "safety", this exhibition explores the deeper transformation of economic, political, and social relationships that come into play when surveillance technologies are incorporated into public life.  Made possible with generous support from the Center of Liberal Arts & Society.

    Recommended Resource:

    April 20th 7:00 pm John S. Turner, "Cinema in the Surveillance Society"
    Bonchek Lecture Hall, Barshinger Life Sciences and Philosophy Building


    John S. Turner, Professor of Communications and Media Studies at Goucher College will speak about "Cinema in the Surveillance Society," focusing on "The Conversation" by Francis Ford Coppola (1974) and "The Lives of Others" by Henckel von Donnersmack (2006).  These movies will be screened at the Phillips Museum in conjunction with the exhibition.


    April 24th 1:00 pm "The Conversation" by Francis Ford Coppola, The Phillips Museum, Rothman Gallery

    Released in 1974, in the climate of post-Watergate America, "The Conversation" is a psychological thriller that follows the efforts of an audio surveillance expert (played by Gene Hackmen) to avert what he believes will be a murder resulting from his surveillance of a young couple in San Francisco.  Winner of 3 Academy Awards (including an award for Best Picture) and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, "The Conversation" was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.


    May 1st 1:00 pm "The Lives of Others," The Phillips Museum Rothman Gallery

    Praised as one of the 10 best movies of 2007 and the winner of numerous international awards, "The Lives of Others" is set in East Berlin 5 years before German reunification.  The move is a richly textured and unsettling drama that examines the interwoven lives of agents of the Stasi, the secret police of the GDR, and the individuals whom they are monitoring.


  • Annual Student Show 2010
  •  Annual Student Juried Exhibition

    April 22-May 7, 2010, Rothman Gallery, Steinman College Center

    This annual juried exhibition features works by students from all cohort years.  Students' works are juried by an esteemed member of the arts community and selected works are exhibited in the Rothman Gallery.  There will be a reception on April 22, during which President Fry will present awards for outstanding works chosen by the juror.  

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  • Senior Invitational

    April 15-May 15, 2010, Dana Gallery, Steinman College Center

    This annual exhibition features works by F&M Senior artists who are invited to participate in the exhibition by the Art Faculty.

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  • Surface Painting: Works by John O'Donnell

    April 8-May 15, 2010 Atrium of the Rothman Gallery

    "Surface Painting represents a visual record of my time at Franklin & Marshall, both in what I have specifically learned and how those ideas affected my overall perspective on life. Similar to a written diary, I physically transcribe my thoughts, actions, emotions, memories and all modes of experience onto the two-dimensional surface of the canvas. As a painter I inherently deal with images and the formal properties of the medium, but my consideration of these properties extends beyond a means to an end or a "window into reality". Painting as a dialogue between the canvas and myself remains the focal point of my paintings."      -John O'Donnell

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  • Architecture and Art-Spacial Relationships: Works by Kenneth Kimm '10

    April 1-May 7, 2010, Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery

    F&M Senior, Kenneth Kimm will exhibit his architectual models, related sculptures and conceptual art works at a solo exhibition to be held in the Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Gallery in The Phillips Museum of Art. 

    "Commonalities between art and architecture seem improbable, but, in fact, they are evident and highly relevant for each other. Art performs numerous functions, one of which is to stimulate thoughts and emotions. This sensation is achieved through the observations of an art piece (visual sensory input). Architecture can also deliver those emotions and thoughts, but using in a different approach. This is accomplished through the recognition of and the utilization of (interactive sensory input) the concept of spatial distinction." -Kenneth Kimm

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  • The Art of the Icon-Process As Prayer by Dorothy Thayne

    March 30-April 11, 2010

    There is a formal process in the carefully practiced steps toward the creation, or "writing", of an icon.  The artist will explain the spiritual symbolism of each of the steps and will present examples of different stages of the completed works at an informative gallery talk on Tuesday, April 6 at 4:45 p.m. in the Curriculum gallery annex (which is adjacent to the Curriculum Gallery).  You are invited to attend the reception and gallery talk, which are free.

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  • Adaptation-Equilibrium Between Tensions: Paintings by Alice Oh

    March 8-April 11, 2010, Dana Gallery, Steinman College Center

    Oh is a Philadelphia based artist who attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and went on to study at Temple University in Rome, Italy, and the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia where she received her B.F.A. and at Yale University where she received her M.F.A.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia where she serves on the Board and was Department Chair from 2004-2006.  She has received prizes and awards from Yale, The Leeway Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
    Her most recent series of large paintings remain focused on the biologic, a theme she has developed over time beginning with her experience viewing drops of contaminated blood at 3,000 times their actual size.  She explains that the "dichotomy between the harmfulness of disease and the beauty of the images was intriguing."

    Image: Biota (life), PC. no. 63.08, by Alice Oh, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, "78 x 96"

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  • Kingerlee: Paintings by John Kingerlee

    March 5-April 18, 2010, Rothman Gallery, Steinman College Center

    March 5, 2010, Gallery Talk by Richard Vine, Managing Editor of Art in America

    Self-taught, illiterate until the age of eleven, Kingerlee claims himself an "outsider" artist.  He takes influence from Art Brut and CoBrA artists, and inspiration from Paul Klee and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
    Irish artist John Kingerlee spends several months each year in Spain and Morocco. The influence of these places-the western coast of Ireland (in Cork), the markets of Morocco and daily bustle of the streets of Granada-are evident in the luxurious color and texture of his works in oil on board.

    The exhibition of works is traveling throughout the United States and The Phillips Museum is the only mid-Atlantic venue scheduled. It was curated by internationally acclaimed art critic, William Zimmer. The exhibition was organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

    A very special part of this exhibition is the William Zimmer Prize in Art Criticism, open to students who are currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate Fine Arts Program, or who major in Art at any college or university in the United States.  There will be an award of $1,000 for the best written criticism of the exhibition at The Phillips Museum of Art.  The winning essay will then become part of a national Grand Prize award of $3,000 at the conclusion of the U.S. tour and will be published in an American or European art journal.  Jurors are Dominque Nahas, Richard Vine and Larry Powell.

    Image: Fiesta, Granada, 2005, by John Kingerlee, 9" x 12" collage and mixed media on paper.

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  • AP-PRAISED: Solo Exhibition of Works by William Hutson and Selected Works From His Personal Collection

    January 19-February 28, 2010, Dana & Rothman Galleries, Steinman College Center

    February 11, 2010, Symposium, Bonchek Lecture Hall, Barshinger LS&P

    An exhibition of selected works by Cook Distinguished Artist in Residence, William R. Hutson as well as selected works by: Frank Bowling, Nanette Carter, Juan Cash, Edward Clark, Gregory Coates, Ed Colston, Adrienne Hoard, Alvin Loving, Melvin Edwards, Souleymane Keita, Lawrence Compton-Kolawole, James Little, Sam Middleton, Padmini Mongia, Iba N' Diaye, Baba Shongo Obadina, Larry Potter, Bob Shigeo, Shirley Stark, William T. Williams.
    The exhibition will offer a glimpse of the recently acquired life work of Mr. Hutson, and will include pieces from his personal collection of artwork by distinguished African American Abstractionists, memorabilia and ephemera from the 1960's through the end of the 20th Century.  There will be a reception for Mr. Hutson on February 11, at 6:30 pm following a special symposium in honor of Mr. Hutson to be held in the Bonchek Lecture all of the Barshinger Life Sciences and Philosophy Building beginning at 4:30 pm.

    Speakers featured at the symposium are Mel Edwards and Frank Bowling, Dr. Padmini Mongia, (Professor of English) and Jessica Jackson '10, who was the Phillips Museum's summer Hackman Fellow in 2009 and who will share her documentation of Mr. Hutson's collection and her experiences while recording the gathering, cataloguing and delivery of the collection to the college.  The exhibition, symposium and reception are free and open to the public. Reservations for the symposium are required.  Please call the Museum to make reservations at (717) 291-3879.  This symposium was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

    Article in The Diplomat

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  • Faculty Art Exhibition: Paintings, Sculpture, and Photography by Franklin & Marshall Faculty

    January 19-March 12, 2010, Curriculum Gallery, Steinman College Center

    The Bi-Annual Art Faculty Exhibition will include artwork of fourteen art faculty and emeriti.  Always anticipated, this exhibition offers an opportunity for students to view work by Art Department professors and for the college community to appreciate the vision and accomplishment of the fine art faculty.  There will be an artists' reception on January 28 at 4:45 p.m. in the Dana Gallery.  Department Chair, Virginia Maksymowicz, will give a gallery talk. /art

    Lancaster Online Newspaper Article

    Photograph by Bonnie Halloran '11

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  • Black River

    Retrospective Photographs by Coreen Simpson

    November 6-December 11, 2009 Rothman Gallery

    Coreen Simpson is a forerunner in contemporary American photography. Her works spans the years from her beginning work in the 70's through today. As a lifestyle editor in the 70's, Coreen decided that taking her own photographs of the subjects she wrote about was preferable to using stock images or photos taken by staff photographers. In short time her photographs were in demand and her professional career as a photographer began. She has been on photo assignment around the world, including covering Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Muhammad Ali, as well as contemporary music artists P. Diddy and Flava Flav. She also covered the Fashion Collections in Paris, New York, and her images have appeared in Vogue, Essence, Paris Match, the New York Times, and many other publications.  

    Ms. Simpson attended F. I. T. and Parsons School of Design. Her work is in the permanent collections including those of the Museum of Modern Art, The New School, Oberlin College, The Studio Museum of Harlem, International Center of Photography and Lightwork. She has received many awards and commissions including and honor from The Smithsonian Institute for her outstanding contribution in design, the Mary McLeod Bethune Award, and the Madam C. J. Walker Award.

    Simpson is also a jewelry designer, and her book, "Black Cameo" will be available during the artists' reception on November 19, 2009 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. 

    Image: Photograph of Coreen Simpson by Geore Mingo (used with permission) 

    Artist's Website

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    Sculpture by Ted Prescott

    October 24-December 11, 2009, Dana Gallery, Steinman College Center

    Ted Prescott's sculpture consists of varied organic materials - marble, steel, wood, resin, rubber, but, the primary material is stone. The Distinguished Professor of Art at Messiah College explains:  
    "I first used stone on a commission completed in 1990. The owner of the stone yard where I worked....remarked to me that stone was 'seductive and that once I got involved with it I might stay involved. At the time I didn't think much of it, but ... have found stone becoming a central material interest. In the spring of 2003, I rented space in a studio in Pietrasanta, Italy and shipped two tons of marble back to work on. It is almost gone now, and I hope to get to Italy in the net year to ship more back."

    There will be an artist's reception and a gallery talk by Prescott in the Dana Gallery on October 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

    Artist's Website

    Image: "RIME", Ted Prescott (copyright) Carrara marble, stainless steel, slate 74 x 27 x 14"

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  • SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling

    A National Juried Exhibition

    September 3-October 18, 2009, Rothman and Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Galleries

    This exciting National Juried Exhibition is conceived and co-chaired by Nicole DeAugustine and Christine Batta, graduates (2009) of Franklin & Marshall College. Their goal was to challenge artists and The Phillips Museum to create an exhibition of works using only recycled, salvaged, found, re-used materials in an effort  to convey the contribution artists and art venues make in a green conscious society. They also want to stay connected to the museum and to the college and hope that students will consider the museum a way to maintain their relationships to F & M and making art to address the issues of the day.  The exhibition of selected works will be shown in the Rothman and Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum galleries. The college community has contributed to this exhibition by supplying recycled materials - paper, paint, etc. - for use in making postcards, envelopes, posters and banners publicizing and promoting the exhibition. There will be an artists'reception with awards presentation on Saturday, September 19 from 1 to 4 pm. The film "The Story of Stuff" will be screened during the reception and a video of juror, Linda Cunningham, will be shown offering her comments  and juror's statement concerning the selection of artists and of the award winners.  On First Friday, October 2, Professor Linda Aleci will speak on the topics of sustainability and the impact we can have in our communities and our world. 

    Exhibition Blog

    Juror's Website

    The Story of Stuff


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  • SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling

    Preserving the Past

    September 3-October 18, 2009, Rothman and Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Galleries

    Curated by Claire Giblin, Curator of Exhibitions

    In the Curriculum Gallery Hallway are paintings from the permanent collection damaged many years ago.  Before the museum's vaults were built, these were among items stored in a building on campus that experienced effects from a serious flood. The director of the museum at that time, Carol Faill, hurried to rescue works from the flooded area.  Like Dolly Madison, she saved most of the collection from ruin.  Some pieces did not escape the disaster without harm. Restorers assure us that these paintings, though not completely destroyed, are beyond repair.

    They are skillfully rendered portraits painted by fine artists.  The sitters hoped to gain a bit of immortality.  The artists sought to make a living and hoped their work might survive long after 
    them.  In spite of flaking paint, dark and foggy varnish, holes and crumbling frames, they are hauntingly beautiful.  Not to be converted to some other use, or incorporated into a droll 
    assemblage, they serve the purpose for which they were intended while underscoring things like preservation, conservation, and, perhaps because they are portraits, the value of memory, 
    family, and, finally, the artist.

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  • SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling 

    Salvaged Sculpture

    September 3-October 18, 2009, Rothman and Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Galleries

    Tedd Pettibon, Visiting Scholar of Art, is exhibiting several outdoor sculptures in conjunction with Salvage: Reclaiming Recycling. These works are made primarily from scrap metal that was salvaged from the old F&M campus boiler dismantled this summer.  The works are on view outside of The Phillips Museum, as well as outside the Herman Arts building, September 19-October 29th. "My works are fabrications of found objects/material, often incorporating steel in a manor which usually animates the elements of the work. Steel has become the most highly recycled/fabricated material on the globe. I prefer to 'recycle' the metal thus incorporating the qualities recorded on the material in its previous incarnation" (Tedd Pettibon 2009).

    Image: "Secours"

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    Salvaged Paper

    September 3-October 18, 2009, Rothman and Sally Mather Gibson Curriculum Galleries

    Kevin Brady, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, is  showing a collage, in conjunction with Salvage, made from paper scraps reclaimed from the environment surrounding his home and around Lancaster.

     "I like the deliberative processes of collage - the heightened awareness of elements in play, and surprises that occur when unlike pieces meet and mate. Like drawing, collage is a very direct form of visualizing onto a surface. It is not just a language of accumulation - of stuff added to stuff - but a restless exchange of figure and ground. Structures come into being, and turn away from what they had been. Boundaries are fixed and erode. Identities appear and shift shape. A collage can go through hundreds of adjustments before it arrives at its final state, and even then, it is - to quote Wallace Stevens - "form gulping after formlessness." I re-worked this one over a period of two years.  The destructive and constructive principles exist side by side, in the most intimate kinds of decisions. Found materials, for me, impose a discipline of responding to what is given. To some extent, one has to resist the impulse to design and control, even as this may be what is most needed. In the end, my collages are aimed at producing a symbolic, if provisional, unity."

    Image: "FBRIII"

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  • The Spaces in Between-Recent Paintings

    Paintings by Laura Watt

    September 3-October, 2009, Dana Gallery, Steinman College Center

    Laura Watt's paintings in oil  represent the artist's study of meditation and the resultant understanding of the visual tantric tool, "yantra", used for meditation and composed of precise geometric forms. Formed in a clockwise  direction, Yantra is patterned and constructed in precise manner, each element having a symbolic and structural meaning.  The pattern continues inward toward the center, finalized with a gold dot. Watt describes the relationships between her work and sacred works, relying on repetition as a method to bridge the maker and the mark through meditative gesture.  The patterns are simple, but describe the universe.  This exhibition of paintings will open on First Friday, September 4, 2009 in the Dana Gallery of the Phillips Museum of Art on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  There will be an artist's reception beginning at 4:30 pm on the 4th, and the artist will give a gallery talk.  The gallery will be open during October's First Friday.  

    Image: #90302 by Laura Watt (copyright), oil on canvas 72 x 77"