Lycoming College celebrates grand opening of downtown art gallery

Lycoming College celebrates grand opening of downtown art gallery

The Lycoming College Art Gallery, 25 West Fourth Street

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Lycoming College celebrated the grand opening of the Lycoming College Art Gallery, 25 West Fourth Street, in downtown Williamsport last week. The opening exhibition, on display until Nov. 22, features the private collection of Barbara and Leonard Sylk.

“Contributing to the vibrant arts culture downtown is a way for us to demonstrate Lycoming's desire to become more engaged with the City of Williamsport,” said President Kent C. Trachte. “We are especially excited that Lycoming has a presence on the avenue of the arts.”

Barbara Sylk is a Lycoming College art alumni and is trustee of the college. Sylk and her husband Leonard, are well known for their extensive collection of Pennsylvania artists, including Bo Bartlett, Thomas Chimes, Elizabeth Osbourne, Sidney Goodman, Neysa Grassi, and Jimmy Lueders. Taken together, the pieces exhibited show a range of responses to the natural world, both figurative and abstract.

President Kent C. Trachte, welcomed Lycoming College trustees Barbara Sylk, Hugh Sides, Frank Pellegrino and Dr. Robert Shangraw (emeritus). In addition, the event attracted several dignitaries including Williamsport Mayor Gabe Campana; President Davie Jane Gilmour, Pennsylvania College of Technology; State Representative Rick Mirabito; County Commissioner Tony Mussare; and Vice President of the Lycoming County Celebrates the Arts Alliance, Judy Olinsky.

The gallery provides a unique experience for Lycoming art students, who have the opportunity to interact with visiting artists and be a part of the set-up, arrangement and tear down of all exhibitions. Students who assisted with the exhibit of the Barbara and Leonard Sylk Collection include: Danielle Grega, Tenninger Kellenbarger, Charles Marshall, Kelsey Rawson, Rachel Salmon, Sarah Sipe and Taylor Toczylousky.

“I think our students underestimated the amount of time you spend moving pieces around before the final arrangement is achieved,” said Rose DiRocco-Hodges, gallery director. “Even after the arrangement is set, we still have more work to do to ensure the lighting complements each piece of art in the exhibit.”

The Lycoming College Art Gallery features four or five regional or national exhibitions plus the Faculty Show and Senior Show annually. The next exhibit will be the Faculty Show, from Dec. 5 – Dec. 19, featuring a reception and gallery talk on Friday, Dec. 5 from 8-10 p.m. This event will be free and open to the public.

For more information on the Lycoming College Art Gallery opening, please watch WBRE’s coverage of the event.

For more information on the Lycoming College Art Gallery and the upcoming exhibitions, please visit the Lycoming College Art Gallery Web page.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.

  • President Kent C. Trachte speaking to the guests at the grand opening.

    President Kent C. Trachte speaking to the guests at the grand opening.

  • The students who assisted in setting up and arranging the opening exhibition.

    The students who assisted in setting up and arranging the opening exhibition.

  • President Kent C. Trachte with board members and the art faculty members at the opening.

    President Kent C. Trachte with board members and the art faculty members at the opening.

  • The view of the gallery from West Fourth Street.

    The view of the gallery from West Fourth Street.

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