Martin Art Gallery
2013 Senior Thesis Exhibition
The Martin Art Gallery proudly hosts the 2013 Senior Thesis Exhibition, which will showcase the work of six art majors: Nina Marie Corona, Tori Kline, Mancy R. Maxwell, Jesse Nusbaum, Amy Elizabeth Osika, and Lowell Wynn.
Their work in painting, digital photography, print-making, sculpture, and drawing is the culmination of meeting all the requirements of the two-semester senior seminar course in studio art.
An opening reception will be held Wednesday, May 1, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays, noon – 8:00 p.m. and by appointment. The exhibition closes Sunday, May 19. For additional information: 484-664-3467.
Lisa A. Turngren
Lisa A. Turngren, Front and Center, 2012. Mixed media, 53” x 46”.
Patterned Lineage: Facing, Backing and the Space Between includes new work by Turngren that examine personal and societal inheritances from the past, how these inheritances inform the present and their relationship to future narratives while taking into account the patterns and marks that imprint the spaces between.
Paper Architecture features the disparate, yet cohesive, work of five visiting artists— Sarah Kate Burgess, Andrée-Anne Dupuis-Bourret, Colette Fu, Jacque Liu, and Lee Emma Running—who collaborated with guest curator Amze Emmons in his search for artists who are working at the intersection of two distinct visual media, drawing and sculpture. Emmons feels these artists, operating conceptually and quietly exploring innovations in process and perception, give viewers an exciting opportunity to consider the blurring of those traditional boundaries and distinct modes of making art.
Ed Osborn: Standing Wave
Standing Wave is a kinetic sound installation that forms deeply layered and visceral patterns of sound and physical motion. In it, speakers are held aloft by a set of tall, flexible, motorized poles that arc and sway. The sounds heard from the objects are sustained, and complex tones are linked to the shifts and changes in their movements. These tones comprise an undulating sound field that has a strong and tactile physical presence. The combination of kinetic, sonic and visual elements creates an immersive environment in which the terrain of activity continually shifts and evolves in an organic manner.
Beautiful People, curated by Muhlenberg art history professor Dr. Margo Thompson, explores how three very different artists—Andy Warhol, Muhsana Ali and Josh Lehrer— respond to the notion of beauty in photographic portraiture.
Kevin Tuttle: Comings & Goings
Palatine Hill, (Reliquary Doors from Uselessys), 1994
The Gallery proudly presents Comings & Goings a survey that covers a period of about 30-years of Tuttle’s artistic output. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the artist’s work come together in a formal exhibition for the first, and possibly, only time. It chronicles his journey from decorative, to reductive formal, to subject-narrative driven work. However, even in the decorative work, there is a kernel of subject matter that over time unwittingly resurfaced.
Tuttle’s work is informed by literature and poetry; Greco-Roman painting and sculpture and contemporary artists such as Anselm Kiefer. The artist remarks, "I have tried to have no fear of influence. I have been guided by statements from other artists such as Goethe and Matisse who advocate for the possibility of being influenced. In particular I’ve been guided by Matisse who felt that an avoidance of influence is an act of insincerity. I also have taken courage from his ability to periodically re-form himself especially during the period of 1915-1917. While at the time one of the preeminent artists in the world, and at the age of 45-47, he undertook a belated response to cubism and also reaffirmed his much earlier statement and heritage, 'if Cezanne is right, then I am right.'"
Paul King: Free Fall
Over a period of years, King’s work has been naturally evolving from representation towards abstraction. In the booklet that accompanies the exhibition, William R. Valerios, Director of the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, writes about the painterly path King embarked on as a product of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts—“a path of the figurative arts that gave him a strong backbone of historic reference and a tradition of making paintings as well-crafted objects that tell good stories”.
Currently, King’s paintings show the result of his on-going journey and exploration—energetic gestures and potent colors explode across the canvas in chunks, swaths, curves, and drips. He is a painter absorbed with, and passionate about, the material and the process.
2012 Senior Thesis Exhibition
The Martin Art Gallery proudly hosts the 2012 Senior Thesis Exhibition which will showcase the work of ten art majors: Nicole Bacchus, Brooke Cutler, Whitney Ellis, Amanda Heiberger, Alexander King, Jessica Marcus, Ariel Messeca, Ruth Trumbull Morris, Emily Snyder, and Marc Stylman. Their work in painting, black-and-white photography, digital photography, graphics, print-making, sculpture and drawing is the culmination of meeting all the requirements of the two-semester senior seminar course in studio art.
Along the Eastern Road:
This spring, the Martin Art Gallery proudly presents Along the Eastern Road: The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido a comprehensive exhibition that features 55 color wood-block prints by master Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). The historic Tokaido Road linked Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital of Japan. In 1832, Hiroshige, having trained in the tradition of the ukiyo-e (floating world) wood-block print making, journeyed along the entire Tokaido route. He visited each of the fifty-three towns and villages—stations—that provided lodging, refreshments, and souvenirs for the steady traffic of merchants, religious pilgrims and tourists. While staying at these overnight stops, Hiroshige carefully recorded numerous views of each town and the surrounding landscape as well as the people.
Faculty at Work
The Martin Art Gallery proudly presents Faculty at Work a showcase of the diverse technical skills, creativity and talent of eleven artists who comprise the department of studio art at Muhlenberg College. This comprehensive exhibition includes both full-time professors as well as part-time adjunct lecturers.
Intentional effort was made to juxtapose these artists’ exploration and use of traditional media and subject—graphite drawing, figurative and abstract painting, and black-and-white photography—against contemporary applications of print-making, digital photography, sound art, and object-oriented installation. The resulting eclectic mix emphasizes and celebrates the energy and pluralism of contemporary art practice.
The participating artists are: Raymond Barnes, Professor of Art/painting, Greta Brubaker, Adjunct Lecturer of Art/photography, Joseph E.B. Elliott, Professor of Art/photography, Amze Emmons, Associate Professor of Art/printmaking, Leslie J. Fletcher, Adjunct Lecturer of Art/drawing, Leslie Friedman, Adjunct Lecturer of Art/printmaking, David Haas, Adjunct Lecturer of Art/photography, Carol Heft, Adjunct Lecturer of Art/drawing, Karen Seapker, Adjunct Lecturer of Art/drawing, Scott Sherk, Professor of Art/sculpture, and Kevin Tuttle, Lecturer of Art/drawing and sculpture.
A reception for the artists will be held Wednesday, January 25, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in The Gallery.
Martin Art Gallery events and programs are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.; other hours by appointment. Closed during semester breaks and holidays.
The Art of Design
The Martin Art Gallery proudly hosts the second annual exhibition of senior student design for theatre and dance in the Galleria Lobby of the Baker Center for the Arts, February 24th through March 18th.
The exhibition features Douglas Bucci’s and Ryan Killeen’s work in lighting design; Rebecca Schlauch’s and Jackie Walsh’s work in costume design and Andy Zepp’s work in scenic, lighting and sound design. All five students have participated extensively in numerous campus productions during their academic careers.
The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein
Artist’s reception: Nov. 30, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
*Please note this show opens on a Monday due to Thanksgiving recess.
In The Fluidity of Gender artist-activist Linda Stein explores gender roles and stereotypes. Using sculpture and video she reacts to notions about empowerment, sexism — past and present — and the heroic female form.
October 12 - November 12, 2011
Ashes in the Night Sky is Bill McDowell’s artistic journey -- born of loss and fueled by his urge to react creatively to the effect of his father’s death.
Ashes, refers to cremated ashes. As McDowell tentatively began working, he felt the emotional weigh of his undertaking but became absorbed by how his father’s ashes, when scattered on a flatbed scanner, resembled starry skies.
Curious to know more about astronomy, he collected numerous books and pictures on the subject. He was struck by the notion that each one was “beautiful in their quirky otherness: they looked like ashes! Or, rather, my father’s ashes looked like them,” he says. Photographs of nebulae and star clusters also resonated with him. He decided his photographs should aim to recall both ash and sky.
August 31 – October 1, 2011
Western art history, specifically the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods are the spawning grounds for Carreiro’s compositions. To make worlds with worlds appear on a two-dimensional surface, he dissects the historically rich images and arranges them in intricate patterns and juxtapositions that wax, wane, meander and swirl across birch panel supports.
Match Zimmerman: Recent Photography
Galleria Lobby of the Center for the Arts
Zimmerman (Muhlenberg College '05) photographed this body of work traveling throughout the United States earlier this summer. He used a Holga 120N, a plastic camera known for its simplicity, blurry focus and common light leaks. He enjoyed the challenge of harnessing the unpredictable nature of the camera and manipulated its shortcoming to enhance the narrative of each of the 6" x 6" gelatin silver print images.
September 21 - December 11, 2011
Andy in the Valley: Warhol Polaroids and Black-and-White Photographs from Three Collections, is a collaborative exhibition drawing together recently acquired pieces from the collections of Muhlenberg College, Lafayette College and Lehigh University. Over 180 original photographs of people, places, and miscellaneous objects taken by Warhol between 1973 and 1986 will be on view in the Lehigh University Main Gallery at the Zoellner Arts Center.
Asylum: The Closed World of State Mental Hospitals
Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation, Inc.:
March 18 – April 3, 2011
An inaugural exhibition of costume, lighting and set design by senior theatre design majors: Angela Palaggi, Chris Szczerbienski and Jason Turner will be on view in the Galleria Lobby of the Baker Center for the Arts.
2011 Senior Art Seminar
The Martin Art Gallery proudly hosts the 2011 Senior Art Exhibition which showcases the work of seven art majors: Carolyn Blake, Darren Cole-Henry, Katherine DiPierro, Roger Loos, Kate Morrow, Valerie Patriarca and Lauren Weinhofer.
Their work in painting, photography, new media and sculpture is the result of their year-long participation in the Senior Art Seminar.
June 10 – July 30, 2011
In his most recent body of work, Ramon Peralta reveals essential attributes of his artistic personality and draws from the deep traditions of both surrealism and portraiture. Such juxtapositions are at the core of contemporary art.
Baker Center for the Arts
Martin Art Gallery Fall 2009 exhibition schedule
Faculty Show:Raymond Barnes: Untitled
September 2 – September 25
September 9, Gallery talk: 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Reception: 5:00– 6:00 p.m.
Professor of art, Raymond Barnes, explores 3-dimensional industrial form and context in his installation of stainless-steel industrial screws. The screws vary in length from 3’ to 10’ but are similar in circumference—5” – 6”. Barnes has been working on linear and grid installations for many years. His work is informed, at times, by installations of American minimalist Carl Andre.
Judith Ross: Living with War
October 7 – November 7
October 7, Reception: 4:30– 6:30 p.m.
October 14, Gallery talk by the artist: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m
Nearly four dozen provocative portraits from three of Ross’ series: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Gulf War, and Protest the War and several monographs of her work are featured. Ross, a well-respected photographer both in the U.S. and abroad, works with a large-format camera and prints using gold-toned gelatin silver. In her 25-year plus career, her subjects have also included school children members of the U. S. Congress.
November 18 – December 18
November 18, Gallery talk: 4:30 –5:00 p.m.
Guest curator Amra Brooks, brings together painter Erica Svec, installation artists Carlos Motta and B. Wurtz, sound artist Scott Sherk, and video artists Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn and their personal response to the theme of place and space. Exposed Terrainis is part of the Center for Ethics 2009 programming.
Galleria Lobby Spring 2009
Darfur: Artwork for Awareness
February 15 – 18, 2009
Student curators: Jenny Bleznak and Sami Mangel/STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur)
Related lecture: Dr. Ehrlich, Feb. 18 in Recital Hall
The Art of Magic
March 11 – April 4
Curator: Alumna Candace Dobro
The exhibition is part of the College’s 10th anniversary celebration of the Theory and Art of Magic.
June 5 – July 26
Photographs by alumna Sally Wiener Grotta that celebrate Pennsylvanians who keep traditional arts and crafts that reflect our state’s diverse culture alive. Grotta was awarded a Lehigh Area PPA grant for this project.
Martin Art Gallery Fall 2008
Floating Architecture and Constant Centers: Some Projections
August 27 – September 27, 2008
Guest curator: Bartholomew Ryan/ 7 international video artists
Reception: Wednesday, September 3, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Floating Architecture is guest curator Bartholomew Ryan’s intriguing exploration of identity and the relationship of identity to place. In developing the theme, he chose to work with young, international video artists whose imagery is as varied as their individual backgrounds. Ryan compiled six separate and distinct videos made by Yvonne Buchanan, Jana Eske, Yael Bartana, Kota Ezawa, Dionn Meade & Mary Simpson, and Dawit L. Petros and looped them to be shown continually on one projector. Most were produced using a long shot of a single scene with no cuts.
In Harlem, Buchanan documented young children in a typical urban playground. Using grainy black-and-white Super-8 film, Mead & Simpson captured anonymous legs and feet moving rapidly in an undeterminable location of brick and gravel. Ezawa used a laborious animation technique to reduce a suburban tract home to an iconic representation of contemporary suburban angst, while Eske employed an aquatic vantage point to shoot a building complex in Helsinki, Finland. Finally, painterly references were made by Petros who framed a Canadian lake as a landscape and by Bartana who shot a Vermeer-like, frame-within a-frame viewpoint of a Purim celebration in Jerusalem.
October 15 - November 15, 2008
Guest curator Lou Joseph worked with nine artists--Diana Behl, Micah Bornstein, Sam Brown, Amze Emmons, Kim Faler, Goatmother Industrial, Brooke Inman, Michael Markwick and Mario Marzan--who are looking at the various apparatus and infrastructures that promote public and personal safety.
Maybe more appropriately, these artists are looking at systems designed to protect us from a myriad of both real and imagined dangers. These dangers can come in many forms- natural, criminal, accidental, civil, chemical, governmental, sociological, mental, biological, to name just a few. The work in the exhibition touches on those themes and more. Some of these artists looked more directly at the actual objects of our safety architecture, at their form and how they function. Others explored the edges where an obsession with safety can turn into paranoia.
Opening reception: October 15, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m
Creighton Michael: Plane Drawing
November 25, 2008 – January 9, 2009
Opening reception for the artist: Wednesday, December 3, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Slide lecture in conjunction with the exhibition by writer Susan Isaacs: Tuesday, December 2, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Center’s lobby.
An excerpt by independent curator, essayist and critic Lilly Wei from the exhibition catalogue,
Creighton Michael: Plane Drawing:
…Calling them dimensional drawings, Michael began to experiment with a range of formulations, in particular grids, his next series, proceeding in an intuitive but also systematic way, incorporating repetition, difference and an element of chance. Using wire to represent the mark, shaped individually by hand into forms that suggest leaves and petals, the process replicated the act of drawing while creating more substantive delineations. The delicate wire units, combined with glue, plastic or rubber, were inserted into a sectioned, pre-drilled wall, the resultant shadows from the interaction with light functioning as a shimmered modeling, enhancing the work’s three-dimensionality. In essence, Michael created a hybrid of drawing and sculpture, incorporating actual space and movement, claiming the architecture as the support. These early grids, drawn in graphite on the wall, were always 30, 24 or 12 inch squares, the measurements he favored…
Creighton Michael is lives and works in New York. Wei writes for Art in America and is a contributing editor for ARTnews and Art Asia Pacific.
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