Lycoming College Art Gallery exhibit, “See Me” displays student responses to school safety issues

Lycoming College Art Gallery exhibit, “See Me” displays student responses to school safety issues

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The Lycoming College Art Gallery invites the Williamsport and surrounding communities to visit its upcoming exhibition, “See Me,” a collaborative installation designed by Holley Fuller ’18 and coordinated by Andrea McDonough Varner ’03, art department coordinator for the Williamsport Area School District. The exhibition opens with an artist reception on June 1, 5 – 7:30 p.m., and a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The gallery will be open until 9 p.m. on June 1.

Resulting from recent concern for student safety in schools, the “See Me” project provides a creative outlet for public school students to express their thoughts and feelings about these issues by contributing self-portraits using their medium of choice. 

“Student artists from across the globe were invited to respond,” explained Fuller. “The gallery will feature works that have been submitted by students in grades 7 – 12, with selected enlarged artworks and student quotes on display. The responses in this powerful exhibit will encourage viewers to think about the importance of each and every student by looking directly into their eyes.”

Several Williamsport Area High School visual arts students produced original works in response to the “See Me” prompt, offered by McDonough Varner.

“This project affords students the opportunity to engage in critical contemporary conversation,” said McDonough Varner. “The visual representations of their opinions and emotions can speak just as loud and eloquently as words. Young people should be empowered to initiate change, and we hope this display will continue the conversation.”

The Lycoming College Art Gallery, located in downtown Williamsport at 25 W. Fourth St., contributes to the city’s arts culture and provides a way for the College to become more involved with the community surrounding it. Lycoming art students have the opportunity to interact with visiting artists, as well as learn first-hand the inner workings of a gallery.

Summer gallery hours during exhibitions are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 5 – 9 p.m. For more information, please visit the gallery online at: https://www.lycoming.edu/art/gallery.html or send an email to dirocco@lycoming.edu.

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