2016-17 Exhibit Schedule

Daryl Thetford — The Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time
Joo Lee Kang — Nature, Fathomable
A View Within — A Collaboration of Two Fiber Artists
Mikhail Gubin — Geometry
Robert Gerhardt — Muslim / American, American / Muslim
Student Portfolio Exhibition — Design: 2016
Margaret Smithers-Crump — Full Circle

Michelle Ramin - The sky's (not) the limit

2016 Exhibit Dates

Thursday July 14 to Sunday Aug 14

Meet the Artist Reception

Thursday July 14 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Gallery Talk starts at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Special Hours

The Gallery is on summer hours during this exhibit.

Michelle Ramin explores the possibilities and limitations surrounding humanity’s insatiable search for happiness and contentment. Her highly rendered figurative pieces discuss the mundane concerns of the everyday, searching for the sublime in common occurrences. Ramin’s work examines a particular socio-economic demographic: the “slacker" or “hipster" culture. In her pieces, the lifestyle of this group emphasizes lounging, partying, and other inexpensive, perhaps ironic pastimes that young people can afford. Considering many of these works to be self-portraits and portraits of her peers, Ramin sees herself and her fellow 30-somethings as a generation that is adrift, while steadfastly searching for something that prior generations cannot help them to find.

Ramin received her BA from Penn State University and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has been featured in such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, 580 Split, and New American Paintings. In 2014, she received the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Goldie Award in Visual Art. Originally from Williamsport, PA, Ramin currently lives and works in San Francisco.

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Quiet Riot, 2013, colored pencil on paper, 22" x 30"
Searching for Paradise, 2014, watercolor on paper, 22" x 30"

Take Ten

2016 Exhibit Dates

Thursday Aug 25 to Sunday Oct 9

Opening Reception

Tuesday Aug 30 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Special Dates

The Gallery is closed September 4.

The Gallery at Penn College celebrates ten years of exhibiting contemporary art in the Madigan Library on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Since opening in 2006, the Gallery has hosted more than 55 solo and more than 20 group and traveling exhibitions featuring a wide variety of exceptional talent and thought-provoking work. To commemorate the 10th anniversary, 25 past exhibiting artists have been invited to exhibit new work. The exhibition is intended to celebrate both the artists and the community that has supported the Gallery and its special programs.

The exhibition will include work in a range of media including ceramics, digital media, fiber art, installation, mixed media, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. A catalog will be available during the opening reception, and visitors will be invited to vote for the People’s Choice award.

We believe that access to the arts is a vital part of our community, and look forward to continuing to provide high quality exhibitions to Penn College and the region. Help us celebrate our past and future artistic journey!

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  • Anila Quayyum Agha
  • James Arendt
  • Morgan Craig
  • Karen Kettering Dimit
  • Maureen Drdak
  • Cynthia Fisher
  • Jason Godeke
  • Timothy Hawkesworth
  • Cynthia Hron
  • Lauren Kinney
  • Shalya Marsh
  • Ned Martin
  • Amanda McCavour
  • Timothy McCoy
  • Gary Mesa-Gaido
  • Antonio Puri
  • Tammie Rubin
  • Rachel Sager
  • Meredith Setser
  • Ceil Sturdevant
  • Cheryl Tall
  • Daryl Thetford
  • Miguel Tio
  • Patrick Vincent
  • Renee Zettle-Sterling
Morgan Craig, Ouroboros, 2013, oil on linen, 72 x 54"
Daryl Thetford, The Discovery of Choice, 2016, digital media, 24 x 36"

Connected by Stitch

2016 Exhibit Dates

Oct 22 to Dec 8

Opening Reception

Oct 22 2 - 5 p.m.

Special Dates

The Gallery is closed November 23 – 27.

Connected by Stitch is a collection of fiber based artwork by Pennsylvania regional members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The juried exhibition showcases a wide range of 2D and 3D fiber art, and highlights the diverse styles and techniques of a medium that prioritizes aesthetic value over utility. Working with fiber 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.

All the artists included in the exhibition are members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to promote art quilts and fiber artists. SAQA mounts museum-quality exhibitions that travel the world.

SAQA logoConnected By Stitch was juried by New Mexico mixed media artist Joshua Willis and curated by SAQA Pennsylvania Regional Representative, Meredith Eachus Armstrong.

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Curator's Tour

Wednesday, December 7, 2 p.m.

Join curator Meredith Eachus Armstrong for an insightful survey of the artwork, the exhibiting artists, and the curation process; and an overview of contemporary quilt-making techniques utilized by artists in the show. This is the final opportunity to learn more about SAQA Pennsylvania and the Connected by Stitch exhibit. This event is free and open to the public, no reservations required. Inclement weather date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.

Meredith Re Grimsley, The Dress Don’t Fit, 2016, digital print on cotton, watercolor painted cotton, machine and hand embroidered and quilted, thread, fusible web, thermolam batting, 64” x 36”

Zahra Nazari - Transformation

2017 Exhibit Dates

Jan 12 to Mar 2

Meet the Artist Reception

Jan 19 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Gallery Talk starts at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Special Dates

The Gallery is closed January 15.

Spatial ambiguity over the course of cultural change is the explored theme of Zahra Nazari’s paintings and installations. Structures both ancient and contemporary are merged into abstract, organic forms with floating, collapsing, and shifting environments. This unification is represented with both laws and chaos to convey the unsettled sensations caused by the transitions between different cultures.

Nazari was born in Iran. She received her MFA in Painting/Drawing from State University of New York, New Paltz; and her BFA from the School of Art & Architecture, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Iran. Most recently, she was awarded the 2016 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art from the Main Line Center; AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum; Residency, Cooper Union School of Art; and the Ruth Katzman Scholarship from the Art Students League Residency at Vyt. She has exhibited in national and international museums and galleries including: Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark; China Millennium Monument, Beijing; Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester; and Spartanburg Art Museum, SC. She currently resides in New York City.

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The World is Beautiful Before it is True, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 48"x84"

Virginia Derryberry - Private Domain

2017 Exhibit Dates

Mar 14 to Apr 20

Closing Reception

Apr 20 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Gallery Talk starts at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Special Dates

The Gallery is closed April 16.

Virginia Derryberry’s large-scale figure paintings and costume constructions blend narrative elements from mythology and alchemy, the forerunner of modern science. Rather than a straightforward illustration of a specific narrative, she presents multiple interpretations to the viewer to further exemplify alchemy’s transformative process. The painted images are constructed from multiple viewpoints and lighting systems, with passages of volumetric rendering set next to more abstract, painterly areas. The result is the creation of a virtual, shifting world where nothing is quite what it seems.

Derryberry has exhibited throughout the United States in venues including the Carnegie Museum of Art; Herron Galleries, IN; Forum Gallery, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia; Erie Art Museum; Hunter Museum; and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is in various collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art; Asheville Art Museum; Tennessee State Museum; and West Virginia University. Her work has received numerous awards including the Southeastern College Art Association’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.

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Madonna of the Rocks (Celo), 2015, oil on canvas with attached fabric, 70" x 47"

Design: 2017

2017 Exhibit Dates

Apr 28 to May 12

Opening Reception

Apr 28 4 - 6 p.m.

Special Exhibit Hours

Tuesday – Thursday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 1-4 p.m.

The Gallery is closed May 7.

Design: 2017 is an annual exhibition showcasing the best graphic 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.

Design: 2017 Student Portfolios

Kay Healy - Vestiges

2017 Exhibit Dates

May 23 to July 23

Meet the Artist Reception

June 29 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Gallery Talk starts at 5:30 p.m. in The Gallery

Special Hours

The Gallery is on summer hours during this exhibit.

Through her drawn, screen printed, and stuffed fabric installations, Kay Healy investigates themes of home, memory, displacement, and loss. The exhibition will feature life-size fabric panels from her Lost and Found series; along with a number of new figurative works. Lost and Found is based on stories of lost objects from interviews with over forty individuals from the Philadelphia area. By working with the memories of other people, Healy creates a physical representation of collective recollections, while investigating how a variety of people - who differ in gender, age, race, neighborhood, sexual identity, income, and education - all relate to the objects that populate their memories. She is interested in how objects can embody vivid memories of people, events, and periods of someone’s life.

Artist and educator Kay Healy earned an MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in Book Arts and Printmaking. She recently completed a 1,000-square-foot printed fiber installation for the Central Library of Philadelphia, a project supported by the Independence Foundation’s Fellowship in the Arts. Healy was named a West Collects winner; she was a Fellow in the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Career Development Program; she was a recipient of the Leeway Art and Social Change grant; and she received the New Courtland Fellowship, which supported a teaching-artist project with senior citizens in Germantown. Originally from Staten Island, NY, she currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

Time Released, 2013, oil paint, oil bar & acrylic on translucent Plexiglas, 106