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 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Meredith Grimsley, Fiber Art
"Acknowledging a sense of grief and gratitude in daily life, each work reveals a meditation from which my spiritual identity emerges. I am in pursuit of truth. My yearning leads me to the indelible mark of the stitch. I contemplate pivotal experiences which permanently alter a person’s life and path. Through both unsettling and alluring imagery, I reveal the psychological impact of trauma and family dysfunction. Each generation within a family inherits not only genetics but patterns of behavior. My work discusses a balance between beauty and distortion and the endurance of the human spirit."
Meredith Grimsley teaches Fabric Design at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her work, including wearable art, installation, performance, two-dimensional and three dimensional forms, has been shown in numerous national and international venues in solo and group exhibitions. More Info: contemporarycraft.org
Ron Lambert, Installation, Video, Sculpture
"The places we inhabit reflect our lives. They tell the story of how we push our way forward to feel secure and comfortable. The struggle to keep these places healthy consumes a large part of our time. The pieces I have been making over the past few years can be seen as portraits. They represent my fears and anxieties about how fragile this protective shell is. I see the sculptures like specimens of sick dwellings. Like a doctor would remove an infected area from our body, these architectural elements are the removed from the home. The home, the body looking for wellness, looking to protect."
Ron Lambert investigates the intersection between psychology and the environment. Ron is currently an assistant professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He has shown his work in galleries nationally, and his videos have been screened internationally including the Crosstalk Video Festival in Budapest Hungary, and the Sanluan Yishu project in Beijing China.
More Info: www.ronlambertart.com
Paul Higham is internationally recognized as a pioneer of digital sculpture and progenitor of Data Sculpture. He has worked with Virtual Sculpture and Prototyping technologies in the fine arts for over 35 years. This exhibition features select Data Sculpture works that span his history with rapid prototyping and cnc, including three pieces from the 1970's where the seed of working with new technology started, in conjunction with new work. Higham continues to use sonification, A.I./ virtual reality, haptic force feedback, cnc, rapid prototype and 3d printing technologies to directly engage the possibilities of algorithmic generation to make physical Data Sculpture as well as drawings, maps, performance and interactive works for real-time, web and installations.
Paul Higham was born in Scotland, studied at Liverpool Art School and Goldsmith College, and came to the USA in 1995 to carry out advanced research residencies at the University of Minnesota in rapid prototyping and V.R. medical visualization labs. He harnessed these emergent technologies to produce digital art. During this period he was a resident artist at MVS Mayo Clinic Immersive Haptic Laparoscopy and at the DARPA Human Machine Design Lab building neural interfaces and data gloves, where he developed Data Sculpture to create emergent forms. He has lived and worked in London, Manchester, New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago, New Orleans, The Netherlands. He currently resides in Upstate New York where he has an extensive digital sculpture studio. His works are in private collections and museums around the world. More Info: www.datasculpture.net Artist Statement
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.
Residency Video: Masks and Maps
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.
Impending Future depicts the uncertainties posed by questions surrounding social, economic, political, and environmental changes that affect not only the future of American society, but the world as well. With the exhibition, the curatorial team at Lycoming College chose works that create a challenging and thoughtful dialogue about different interpretations of the future.
This show is the gallery’s second national juried exhibition and features 26 artists from all over the United States: Heather Ramsdale, Dan Wolf, Andrew Glenn, Sahn Tran, Clare Benson, Bart Vargas, Whitney Sage, Cassandra Klos, Martina Shenal, Pete Burkeet, Noah, Gelfman, Zaren Badar, Shona Macdonald, Cynthia Myron, Curtis Bartone, Jane Zich, Niko Kallianiotis, Abbey Hepner, Greg McLemore, Jimmy Capalbo, Jeff Schmuki, Kristen Woodward, Jayson Bimber, Coalfather Industries, Phillip Hanson, and Anne Chesnut. The works were selected from more than 300 submissions by nearly 100 artists. The exhibition is juried by Lycoming College’s Curatorial Methods class.
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
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 work, and must be chosen to exhibit in the senior show by an outside juror in order to graduate. The Juor for the 2017 Senior Show was Wendel White.
Just as our physical bodies cast shadows that define us as we pass through light, our thoughts cast shadows of who we are. Three collections make up a body of work that touches on depression and self harm, defining moments, and suppressed feelings. Conceptual and self-portraits are combined with historic photographic processes to explore the causes, manifestations and coping methods that come out of our darkest moments and deepest secrets.
Ralph Wilson discovered a fascination with photography over 50 years ago. He studied at DeAnza College in CA with an emphasis on editorial and fine art photography. While working at the Sun Gazette, he earned awards from the AP and PA Newspaper Association, and his work appeared in USA Today, Time, and Oprah Magazine. His fine art photography has earned regional and national awards from numerous juried exhibitions. Wilson is the director of the Factory Works Gallery and the Williamsport Community Darkroom at the Pajama Factory, where he teaches b/w film photography and historic processes.
To submit work for consideration for a Gallery Exhibition:
Contact Rose DiRocco-Hodges, Gallery Director, email@example.com, 570-321-4002