Martin Art Gallery

George Afedzi Hughes in the Martin Art Gallery

George Afedzi Hughes - Collissions

Collisions 33, 2015, 30 x 30 ins approximate, collage, acrylics, oils on wood and plastic

New works by George Afedzi Hughes, February 8 - March 4, 2017, Public Reception February 8, 5 - 6:30pm

George Afedzi Hughes' work uses the history of colonialism as a basis to highlight parallels between that violent history and contemporary global conflicts. In today’s informational age global occurrences of violence reach us through the media: transmitting fear that increasingly replaces sensations of calm. Hughes' work interprets in visual form the spectacle of information, knowledge and subjectivity. Furthermore, he investigates postcolonial reconciliation through competitive sports imagery, popular culture and narratives of multicultural societies.

Originally from Ghana, George Afedzi Hughes studied painting at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, College of Art, where he earned a BA in Art (Painting and Drawing1989) and an MA in Art Education (1991). He moved to England in 1991 and finally settled in the United States in 1994 after a major solo exhibition of his works created in London were exhibited in Accra, Ghana at The Artists Alliance Gallery. He later received an MFA in Painting and Drawing (2001) from Bowling Green State University.

Since moving to The United States, he has taught Art at The University of Toledo (1997-2001), Bowling Green State University (1999-2000), The University of Oklahoma (2001-2006) and currently at SUNY at Buffalo (2006-present). His paintings, performances, and installations have been shown internationally in Germany, Portugal, England, Holland, China, Denmark, France, Nigeria, South Africa, and in Ghana.


AM DeBrincat: Speculative Fiction

Scoop, 2016, Mixed Media Painting

Mixed Media Paintings by Brooklyn Based artist, publisher and curator AM DeBrincat January 30 - March 27, 2017, Public Reception February 8, 5 - 6:30pm; Public Artist Talk February 22, 5:00 pm.

AM DeBrincat is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the hybrid nature of identity in the digital age. DeBrincat’s work has been included in group exhibitions throughout the US and internationally, and in solo exhibitions in the US. Recent residencies and grants include residencies at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), The Wassaic Project, and Chashama, and grants from the Durst Foundation and the Deming Foundation.

Originally from San Francisco, California, DeBrincat received a BA in Spanish and English Literature from the University of Oregon, and received an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design.


Patricia Satterlee: Already Gone

Already Gone, 2014 Flashe on linen panel 60 x 60 in.

New works by Patricia Saterlee, January 30 - May 26, 2017, Public Reception February 8, 5 - 6:30pm, Public Artist Talk March 1, 5:00 pm.

Patricia Satterlee's work explores the balance between abstraction and representation, symmetry and irregularity. Her paintings are highly layered compositions, with each layer weaving together observation of physical objects and a sense of the energy within and around the objects. The flashe paint she uses produces a flat matte surface where colors collide between fluidity and solidness. In her drawings and collages, Satterlee focuses more on the tension within the boundaries surrounding physicality and energy fields.

Satterlee's studio is in Brooklyn, New York. She has shown at The Kitchen, Frosch&Portman, Valentine Gallery, M55 Gallery, and Norte Maar in New York; the Matewaan Gallery in Beacon, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) in Washington, DC; and Salon Zucher in Paris.

Satterlee did undergraduate studies at Carnegie-Mellon University and University of California. She holds an MFA from American University.


Florence Foerderer Tonner: A life of art and ideas
February 5 - April 15, 2017

Florence Foerderer Tonner

Boy with a tricorner hat, c. early 1800's, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, and Monuments of St Paul's and Westminster Abbey, 1839, George Lewis Smyth.

Muhlenberg's Martin Art Gallery partners with Trexler Library's Special Collections to present artworks and rare books from the Philadelphia Collector and Muhlenberg donor Florence Foerderer Tonner. This exhibition features scores of complimentary works from our respective collections which highlight her curiosity and creative interests in literature and fine art. This exhibition provides an intimate look into Ms. Tonner's personal interest in preserving and collecting through various highlights from our collections including works by William Blake, Theodore Rosseau, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun and others. Exhibition takes place in the Rare Books Exhibit Room, Level B, Trexler Library, and is free and open to the public 11:00am - 7:00pm daily. Curated by Susan Falciani Special Collections & Archives Librarian and Paul Nicholson Director Martin Art Gallery.


Roger Loos: Stone ‌Koans
November 2016 – November 2017

An exhibition of stone works by Roger Loos. Four works remain on display in the garden walk (between Trexler library and Baker Center for the Arts) for one year. Exhibition runs through November 2017.

Upcoming events and exhibitions:

Artist Talk: Chicago based artist Jesse Mclean will visit Muhlenberg to give a public talk on her work April 26, 2017, at 5pm [this talk has been rescheduled from fall 2016]

Summer 2017:  Martin Art Gallery and Baum School of Art collaborate on Vision and Sound: Allentown's 80's Art Scent Revisited

Works on loan by Jen Huh and Dan Golden will remain on extended loan and are on view in the Baker Center for the Arts through the end of 2016. Jen Huh is showing five of her God's eyes sculptures as an installation adjacent to the pitched glass atrium ceiling. Additionally Jennifer and Dan Golden collaborated on a new mural work, which is situated near the Paul C. Empie Theater.‌

The Martin Art Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 8pm, and The Martin Art Gallery's Galleria Space is open Monday - Sunday, 9:00am - 11:00pm*.  All of our exhibitions and programming are free and open to the public.  For further information, please visit, or call us at 484 664 3467

Artists may submit an exhibition packet or proposal for consideration to the gallery. Packets should include contact information and web portfolio link. Our gallery mailing address is: Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, PA 18104. Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing/rolling basis, and prospective artists will be contacted by the gallery. Please do not submit original art work as the gallery cannot be responsible for caring for or returning unsolicited submissions. Promotional materials submitted for consideration will not be returned.

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