Juried exhibition “Blurred Expectations” challenges stereotypes at Lycoming College

Juried exhibition “Blurred Expectations” challenges stereotypes at Lycoming College

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The Lycoming College Art Department is excited to announce another National Juried Exhibition, Nov. 22-Jan. 24 in the Lycoming College Art Gallery in downtown Williamsport. The show will begin with an artist reception on Nov. 22 from 5-9 p.m., and a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is the culminating project for students in the Introduction to Curatorial Methods class and will include work chosen from a group of submissions from around the country. With the help of their instructor, Seth Goodman, associate professor of art, students work collaboratively to conceptualize, research, promote, organize, install, and write about this thematic exhibition of artwork.

“Blurred Expectations,” brings together works that both challenge negative stereotypes about and pay tribute to positive and uplifting representations of black people and culture. The show aims to showcase high quality artwork that fits within the described theme while stimulating students with understanding and experience related to exhibition curation and design, installation, and art handling.

The students design a “call for entry” that is published in three major online resources that are frequented by working artists. Each artist may submit up to five works for consideration, including video work. Students narrow down the submitted work based on the size of the gallery, the quality of the individual work and how well that work fits within the designed theme. Lycoming College’s last national juried exhibition received more than 100 submissions from more than 20 states across the country.

“The students in the class gain a great deal of experience and understanding that they can later apply directly to careers in museums and galleries, if they choose to move in that direction,” said Goodman. “The art department is excited to bring together artwork curated by our students from around the country that speaks to this relevant and important theme.”

The curation of artwork is a major component of the grade assigned for the class, and a significant portion of the semester is spent on the show. The students look for conceptual and formal connections that lead them to orchestrate a cohesive and challenging experience for the viewer in the form of a finished exhibition. The curation process will begin in late October, and the chosen artwork will arrive for installation in early November.

The curatorial course is offered every two to three years and it has been found to be a resounding success. The art department plans to offer the course on a rotating basis.

Student curators include:

Tamara Collington ’20 (Upper Marlboro, Md.) – criminology major, philosophy minor

Lily Frey ’20 (York, Pa.) – history major, art history minor

Victoria Grundhoeffer ’20 (San Antonio, Texas) – film major, photography minor

Madison Ney ’20 (Marietta, Pa.) – archaeology major, anthropology minor

Jessalyn Smith ’20 (East Windsor, Conn.) – photography major, entrepreneurship minor

Kiannah Titus ’21 (Syracuse, N.Y.) – archaeology major

Taylor Huth ’21 (Mount Pleasant, Pa.) – anthropology major, archaeology minor

Vito Montgomery ’21 (Newark, Del.) – film major, commercial design minor

Inga Brostek ’21 (Williamsport, Pas.) – philosophy major

Medhavi Bhunjun ’22 (Rose Hill, Mauritius) – art major

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