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.
“For me, growing up in pre-war Bosnia and during the tumultuous years of civil war, and then entering adulthood living in exile, art offered a means of connecting to the outside world. I am driven as an artist to respond visually to what I am experiencing. A sense of wonder about the mysteries and complexity of the world in which we live fuels my art. I seek to recognize how extraordinary everything is." – Amer Kobaslija
Spirit of Place features small-scale older, tightly executed oil paintings of Kobaslija's cluttered art studios from a bird’s eye view, along with recent landscapes inspired by travels to Florida, Japan and Switzerland. Painted in oil, the seemingly idyllic scenes are charged with turbulent histories. The Japan paintings describe the devastation caused by the massive tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of the country in 2011. Meditations on history, environmental issues and the ongoing refugee crisis are underlying currents charging the work and coloring the viewer’s perception – the context defines the narrative.
Originally from Banjaluka in Bosnia, Amer Kobaslija fled his war-ravaged homeland in 1993 to a refugee camp in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1997, he was offered asylum by the United States. A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow for painting, Kobaslija has had more than twenty solo exhibitions in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New Orleans. The monograph Amer Kobaslija: Places, Spaces was published to accompany a traveling exhibition of his work. Kobaslija’s paintings have been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, and ARTNews.
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Lycoming College Art Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of recent work featuring our studio art faculty:
“As a visual artist, I seek to serve as a receptor, processor, visualizer, and locator of the cities and spaces we inhabit. As an observer of contemporary global society, I am acutely aware of the multimodality and multitemporality of my experience of the present. While wandering in New York, Rome, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, London and Berlin, I am drawn to specific buildings as points of confluence for my urban drifting. Architectural forms manifest various ideals—formal, symbolic, functional. I find myself inside places designed for worship, entertainment, material consumption, contemplation, transportation, and governance. The paintings and drawings in this exhibition are a tactile and visual record of my intuitive reckoning with these spaces—offering an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which bodily experience is overlaid at every turn with informational and mental pulsations.” – Paul Fabozzi
Paul Fabozzi received his BFA from Alfred University, his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and studied in Siena, Italy and Cortona, Italy. His work been included in numerous solo and group shows internationally, including exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Rome, London and Busan. His work is included in the collections of The New York Public Library, The San Diego Museum of Art, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Bank of America, University of PA, and others. He is currently Professor of Fine Arts at St. John's University in New York City.
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The exhibition features Cianni’s documentary photographs on issues related to social justice, and civil and human rights. Projects from the 1970s through 2006 are exhibited: East Berlin: And the Wall Came Down, a visual record of events that unfolded after the fall of the Berlin Wall; A Journey Through the Early Years of AIDS, which records the culture, environment, and relationships in the gay community during the early years of the pandemic; We Skate Hardcore: photographs from Brooklyn’s Southside, a nine-year documentary project that examines the lives of in-line skaters in the predominately Hispanic community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the photographer lived for fifteen years, and Gays in the Military, a visual and audio investigation into the effects of the U.S. military’s gay ban on the lives and careers of LGBT service. In addition, a series of black-and-white photographs and manipulated Polaroid SX-70s from the 1970s and 80s are exhibited to understand the visual basis and sources of subject matter in the photographer’s early work and its impact on later work.
Vincent Cianni is an educator, community organizer, and documentary photographer. He graduated with a B.S. in Community Development at Penn State University, attended Maryland Institute College of Art and received an M.F.A. in Photography at SUNY New Paltz. Cianni teaches photography and theory at Parsons New School for Design and the International Center of Photography and is the founder/director of the Newburgh Community Photo Project, a grass roots community-based organization that teaches photography to local citizens to explore topics relevant to their lives. His work has been widely published, exhibited, and collected nationally and internationally. Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Manuscripts and Special Collections Library established a study archive dedicated to his work. Cianni currently resides in Newburgh, NY where he is photographing a long-term project, Liberty Street, reflecting the shifts in America’s destiny.
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The Lycoming College Juried Senior Show is the culmination of the thesis project for all seniors with a major in studio art. All studio art majors are required to produce a cohesive body of professional thesis work, and must be chosen by an outside juror to exhibit in the Senior Show in order to graduate.
Vincent Cianni uses image, text, and audio to investigate issues that focus on advocacy, social justice, human and civil rights, community, and memory. Cianni’s work has been exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions. His photographs are represented in the collections of MOMA; Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts, Kinsey Institute for Sexual Research; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; George Eastman House; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center, Austin, TX; Museet fur Fotokunst, Sweden; Bibliotheque National de France, Paris; The Buhl Collection, NYC; Musee Pierre Noel, Saint-Die-des-Vosges, France; University of Maryland; and Palm Springs Art Museum.
To submit work for consideration for a Gallery Exhibition:
Contact Rose DiRocco-Hodges, Gallery Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 570-321-4002