May 26 - August  11, 2018

Zach Kleemeyer, Blessings in Disguise

Kleemeyer is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Arts Council in Allentown, and  lives and works in Bethlehem where he has a studio at the Banana Factory.  

Underpinnings is a collaborative project between Cedar Crest College’s Center for Visual Research and Muhlenberg’s Martin Art Gallery.  Staged as two distinct exhibitions, in the summer of 2018, this show is intended shine a spotlight on the rich breadth of creative research produced by the arts and cultural workers in the Lehigh Valley.

We as a community facilitate the arts through range of fantastic programming, from college and university galleries, to commercial spaces, non-profit institutions, museums and schools. 

Within each of these institutions is a wealth of talent, whose primary mission is putting together important exhibitions of regional, national and international importance.  Underpinnings is designed to help arts workers as a community to look inward, share knowledge, and highlight a small portion of the creative research underpinning our respective structures.  This exhibition will celebrate our most important resource, the individuals who make up these organizations.

Roughly 25 participating artists include leadership at all levels of Lehigh Valley area arts institutions. Businesses and institutions with participating staff artists include area colleges and universities, notably The Allentown Art Museum, The Baum School of art, Lehigh University and an assortment of commercial galleries, framers and other arts workers from Easton to Allentown, and beyond. Sculpture, painting, drawing, collage and photography are represented, and highlight figurative, abstract, conceptual and other artistic directions in two dynamic exhibitions. 

Martin Art Gallery will be open in summer most weeks 12 - 8pm Tuesday - Saturday, but will be closed for college holidays and occasionally for special events without notice

Ongoing Events and Exhibitions:

Roger Loos: Stone ‌Koans

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). Exhibition runs through 2018.


Gods Eyes by Jen Huh will remain on extended loan and is on view in the Baker Center for the Arts Galleria through 2018. Jen Huh is showing five of her God's eyes sculptures as an overhead installation adjacent to the pitched glass atrium ceiling.

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 http://www.muhlenberg.edu/main/aboutus/gallery, 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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