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Contemporary artist Phoenix Savage will exhibit video works with an exhibition entitled, “The Joy of Nothing” at the Lycoming College Art Gallery in downtown Williamsport beginning Friday, Feb. 23, with a virtual gallery talk on Friday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition, which will run through Sunday, March 24, is free and open to the public.
Savage stated, “The extraordinarily mundane. What is it to reach the moment of profundity? To silently breath and view until one encounter above all other encounters, with your breath, brings you to that decisive moment of profundity. Not ever knowing when it will happen or if it will happen. And if it happened, will it ever happen again? You engage by trusting in the moment. Inhaling and exhaling while viewing the banality of any given day, in any given life, in any given world, where nothing becomes the exceptional and the exceptional is nothing at all. Begin!”
Savage recently retired from Tougaloo College where she was an associate professor of art, and relocated to Santa Fe, N.M., where she operates a small but highly successful grants management service for nonprofits. In addition to maintaining a studio practice as a sculptor, Savage directs the Santa Fe Community Yoga Center’s Yoga in Prison Project, now in its second year.
Savage received a M.F.A in sculpture from Georgia State University and holds two additional graduate-level degrees: medical anthropology from the University of Mississippi, and art history from Northwestern State University. Savage received her undergraduate degree in photography from Mississippi Valley State University, as well as a degree in advertising design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. She has received the Scholar-in-Residence award from New York University on three separate occasions for her research on Euphemia Toussaint, a Haitian American who left behind the only child’s perspective of 19th-century New York City.
The Lycoming College Art Gallery, located in downtown Williamsport at 25 W. Fourth St., contributes to the city’s arts culture and allows the College to become more involved with the surrounding community. Lycoming art students have the opportunity to interact with visiting artists and learn first-hand the inner workings of an art gallery.
The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 4-8 p.m. For more information, please visit the gallery online at: https://www.lycoming.edu/art/gallery/22-23.aspx. Contact Rose DiRocco-Hodges, art gallery director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.