The Lycoming College Art Gallery and the student-run Lycoming College Downtown Project Space are both located at 25 West Fourth Street in downtown Williamsport. Some exhibitions are housed in both spaces. Our window video gallery is viewable from outside the gallery from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
In the Main Gallery:
Maps and masks are objects to be used, not just contemplated. They are also social tools par excellence. Bringing together activities and displays from his Naturalizations mirror mask series (begun 2002) and his Latino/a America mapping project (begun 2003), Pedro Lasch's exhibition and residency at Lycoming College will engage students and the local art community in the creation of new works. The exhibition combines site-specific mural painting, installation, social practice, addressing a wide range of topics and communities.
Naturalizations consists of the production and distribution of various kinds of rectangular mirror masks, all to be used in specific social situations. The process and title of the series invites participants to constantly question the “natural” and those institutions – religious, mythological, or governmental – that claim not only to know what is “natural” but are even ready to issue their own stamps of “naturalization.” Naturalizations projects have included hundreds of participants and dozens of partnering institutions. Most recently, in Washington D.C., Lasch worked with Provisions Library to collaborate with various individuals and organizations, hosting interventions at The Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Latino Center, and George Mason University.
The Latino/a America series is based on the presentation and distribution of a new map of the American continent, and the development of public art forms that are dispersed in everyday social spaces and exchanges. While it may be seen as a monument to the epics of migration, its goal is also to critically reflect on the form and function of conventional monuments. The words “Latino/a” and “America” acquire different meanings depending on the context, and reflect on the deep impact of population shifts in our culture. The common tie between all of the different versions is the sharing of a new “Latinidad” that extends globally, and is redefining the English speaking world. We are changing what “America” means, and what it means to be “American.” Featured in the Atlas of Radical Cartography and used as the cover of many publications, this project has also been exhibited at PS1 MoMA, CAC New Orleans, Parc Saint Leger (France), and many other places around the world.
More info: www.pedrolasch.com
In the Downtown Project Space:
The Lycoming Art Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective of graphic design work by alumnus Stuart Samuels, '54. The exhibition, which covers hand-drafted as well as computer designed graphics, was curated by alumna Briana (Lewis) Hassibi, '01.
The late Stuart Samuels studied painting at Lycoming College and became an award-winning Philadelphia and Florida based graphic artist whose work was recognized far beyond Philadelphia, even before digital advantages. Stu began his professional career as a graphic artist in 1960 at Berman Steinhardt Advertising Agency. For 54 years, Stu’s skill at producing striking visuals for packaging, brochures, and ads earned him scores of awards for excellence from distinguished organizations such as the Philadelphia Art Directors Club. In 1974, Stu opened his own art studio, Stu Samuels, Inc, where he developed lifelong relationships with each of his clients. As the graphic arts industry evolved from drawing board to computer generated design, Stu kept pace, positioning him as one of the region’s most valued commercial designers, maintaining Fortune 500 accounts for decades. Stuart's work was influenced by his wife, Ruth Samuels, who helped shape his career and organized this retrospective.
As a society, we are consciously working towards certain goals for the future. Many find it nearly impossible to live entirely in the present. There are many important questions and uncertainties about the future of not only our society, but our world as a whole. These questions include, but are not limited to social, economic, political, and environmental changes. With the exhibition, Impending Future, the Lycoming College Art Gallery seeks work that creates a dialogue about different interpretations of the future.
Wendel White’s exhibition includes work from two projects; "Schools for the Colored" and "Red Summer.” Each project is concerned with the remnants of America’s complex and unresolved history of race. “Schools” is a photographic portfolio of the architectural remains of legally segregated sites for the education of African Americans between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. These structures are located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. The images from “Red Summer” are landscapes made in various locations throughout the U.S. and refers to a series of deadly race riots that swept across the country during 1919. This project depicts locations where significant racial conflict occurred between 1917 and 1923, using Red Summer (1919) as a center-point for an era of significant racial violence in post World War I America.
Wendel A. White was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He was awarded a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin. White taught photography at the School of Visual Arts, NY; The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY; the International Center for Photography, NY; Rochester Institute of Technology; and is currently Distinguished Professor of Art at Stockton University. His many awards and fellowships include a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography, three artist fellowships from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, a photography grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and a New Works Photography Fellowship from En Foco Inc. White’s work is represented in numerous museum and corporate collections. More Info: www.wendelwhite.com
Wendel White is Distinguished Professor of Art at Stockton University. His work has received numerous awards and fellowships including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography, three artist fellowships from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, a photography grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and a New Works Photography Fellowship from En Foco Inc.
To submit work for consideration for a Gallery Exhibition:
Contact Rose DiRocco-Hodges, Gallery Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 570-321-4002