Martin Art Gallery looks forward to welcoming campus and community partners back into our galleries in person this year with a series of dynamic exhibitions.

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community, and so safe access to the Gallery and the Campus will be determined by the leadership of the College following the advice of an advisory council informed by state and national health guidance. Conditions of access may be subject to change without notice and so we encourage you to check here and with the College's main website for guidance as to masking policies and general access to our spaces.


A Map is Not the Territory

Sandra Eula Lee

September 9 - October 30

   

Ash (2021), terra cotta, copper, sodium bicarbonate

     

Muhlenberg College will host Sandra Eula Lee for a solo exhibition in the Martin Art Gallery for the opening of their 2021/2022 School year. The Gallery plans to hold a public reception on Thursday September 9th, from 6:00 – 7:30pm. Additionally, Sandra will give an artist talk in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall [adjacent to the Gallery], at 6pm on September 23rd, which is also open to campus and community. Masks are required for all visitors entering Muhlenberg College’s indoor spaces.

Sandra Eula Lee is a multidisciplinary artist who employs a range of unconventional artistic processes to pose questions about form and materiality. Her works use raw elemental materials, which she transforms through a series of deliberative steps. As if she were performing a science experiment, these materials are combined then burned in kilns, smashed together, or otherwise manipulated into a range of creative artifacts.

Lee’s works have been exhibited internationally, including at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, The Hilliard Museum in Lafayette, LA, Art Space Pool in Seoul, Inside-Out Museum in Beijing, Smack Mellon and Rush Arts Gallery in New York, Goucher College in Baltimore, and Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Recently her work has been featured at The Delaware Contemporary, Ethan Cohen Fine Art KuBE in Beacon, NY and The Border Project Space in Brooklyn. Lee is currently an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellow and a recipient of the 2020 Individual Artist Award from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. She’s been an Artist-in-Residence at The Elizabeth Foundation Studio Center in New York, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Seoul Museum of Art, and the Vermont Studio Center among others. Her work has been discussed in The New York Times, Time Out New York, Boston Globe, and Harper’s Bazaar Seoul. Upcoming projects include Philadelphia’s Cherry Street Pier and The Phillips Museum at Franklin & Marshall College in PA where she runs the Expanded Sculpture program.

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Amy Burke

September 9 - October 30
Opening reception, September 9, 6 - 7:30pm

The Girls, 2021, tin type 5 x 7"

We are pleased to host Amy Burke for a solo exhibition in the Galleria Exhibition Space in the Baker Center for the Arts at Muhlenberg College. We will hold a public reception on Thursday September 9th, from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Baker Center for the Arts. Additionally, Amy will give an artist talk in the Recital Hall, adjacent to the Gallery, on October 7th, at 6pm. Please note that masks are required of all visitors.

During the lockdown, Burke turned her camera inward, focusing on her family, specifically her three young daughters. Using traditional photographic processes such as wet collodion, tintype, pin-hole photography, and other filmic methods, she’s created a fantastical world of staged portraits of her girls. Victorian looking outfits and props are common, and the technique she’s using feeds into a romantic nostalgia for a pre-pandemic past.

Amy Burke is a Pennsylvania based artist working in photography. Her work is influenced by memory, storytelling, and play. She invites accidents into her practice by shooting with old cameras, some of which have light leaks; and by using historic photographic techniques. These accidents give her work an expressive, painterly quality. Amy first fell in love with photography as a child. She and her sister played dress-up, staged, and shot scenes with the family Polaroid camera. The spirit of her childhood is carried into this current body of work as her own children are cast in starring roles. Amy earned her BA in Photography from the Pennsylvania State University in 1998 and an MFA in Costume Design from the California Institute of the Arts in 2004. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally.

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Alumni Art Exhibition

Um Bab 01, 2020 oil and sand on burlap

Michael Perrone ’89, Um Bab 01, 2020
oil and sand on burlap

Muhlenberg College is pleased to host our annual Alumni Art Exhibition from September 1 – 17th in the Baker Center for the Arts. Participating artists are exhibiting work in painting, photography, sculpture and collage. This year’s participants are Chloe Buergenthal ’21, Leslie Cavaliere ’86, Ethan Geehr ’83, Jacqueline Lewis ’77, Michael Perrone ’89, Dean Schweinler ’20, Monica Sztybel ’89, and Lisa Whelan ’88.

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Collection Works Currently on Display in the Baker Center for the Arts

 

Throughout the year the Martin Art Gallery rotates permanent collection works that are on display in the Center for the Arts. These large works are hung throughout the common spaces, and extend into areas outside of the Baker Theater building [aka the Fishbowl].

Currently works are on display by Marjory Edwards, Heide Fasnacht, Jen Huh, David Mann, Liz Whitney Quisgard, Robert Rauschenberg, Alberto Rey, and others.


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  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.

All art images are the property of Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Any reproduction or distribution of this material without the expressed, written consent of the Martin Art Gallery is prohibited and a violation of federal law. All rights reserved.

Contact Information

Paul Nicholson

Director, Martin Art Gallery
Address Muhlenberg College Baker Center for the Arts 2400 Chew Street Allentown, PA 18104