Lycoming College art faculty to exhibit works at downtown art gallery
The Lycoming College Art Gallery will present an exhibition of recent work featuring the college’s studio art faculty, who are professional exhibiting artists, as well as exceptional educators. Coinciding with Williamsport’s First Friday events, the show opens Nov. 2 with an artist reception from 5-7 p.m., and a gallery talk beginning at 5:30 p.m. The gallery will remain open until 9 p.m. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5, 2019.
The 2018-19 Lycoming Art Faculty Show will include the following:
An avid motorcyclist, David Burke, art instructor, was captivated by the extensive use of two-wheeled transportation in all aspects of the Vietnamese culture during a recent May term trip. “Many families only had a small scooter as their sole means of transportation. It was not unusual to see a family of three or four or large amounts of merchandise perched precariously headed to market,” said Burke. Digital images were processed on Photoshop and archivally printed with an inkjet printer.
Burke teaches 35mm, medium format and large format film photography, studio lighting and alternative processes. Since graduating from Lycoming College, Burke has worked in commercial photography with an emphasis in healthcare. His traditionally produced large format black and white photographs have received awards locally and regionally. He has taught black and white photography at the college level for over 20 years.
Visiting assistant professor of digital design, Setareh Ghoreishi’s “McTradition” focuses on food topics, because food and eating are fundamental to culture and bring the commonalities and distinctions of people across the world to light. A new set of American fast food packaging represents a mash-up of cultures, based on contemporary Iranian culture’s extreme interest in westernization and Ghoreishi’s own life in the United States. “I wanted to show that being with family is one of the cornerstones of each culture, no matter Iranian or American,” said Ghoreishi.
Ghoreishi teaches Introduction to Digital Art, Interactive – Multimedia and Web Design and Special Project in Commercial Design. After receiving her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Art in Tehran, Iran, Ghoreishi received her first M.F.A. from Florida Atlantic University in Graphic Design, and the second M.F.A in Art & Technology from University of Florida. In her work, she investigates cultural disparities, most specifically between the United States and Iran. Through the lens of her own experience, she examines each country’s cultural and social issues.
Recent work by Seth Goodman, associate professor of art and department chair, is topical political and social satire. Hogarthian in attitude, Goodman’s work reads as sardonic half-truths speaking to absurdity of the American political landscape.
Goodman teaches painting, drawing, 2-D design and color theory. He received his B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and his M.F.A. from Towson University. Goodman exhibits his paintings, drawings and mixed-media work internationally.
This series of prints from Jeremiah Johnson, art instructor, depicts the self-immolation of the Buddhism Monk, Thich Quang Duc, during the Diem Regime in South Vietnam in 1963. It is an attempt to understand his belief in the good fruition of his act of self-sacrifice for the sake of others. An act that moved the world. The prints in this show reflect Johnson’s recent collaborations with his wife, Duyen Nguyen. Their combined vision and inspiration come together to form The Nguyen-Johnson Company.
Johnson received his BFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University and his MFA in print, paper and book arts from Syracuse University. Johnson’s work is in several public and private collections including The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pa., The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Va., and the Alain Servais Collection, Brussels, Belgium.
In the video piece “The Wanderer,” Andreas Rentsch, assistant professor of photographer, employs an interdisciplinary approach including still images, video and avant-garde music to create a work that is as much an homage to early German Expressionist cinematography, as well as a piece of remembrance of a kindred spirit that went through life endlessly searching.
Rentsch’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in many museum collections. He is a recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships and two grants from the Polaroid Corporation. The prestigious photography magazine, Aperture, published one of his portfolios. Other pieces have been published in numerous books and magazines including “The Polaroid Project,” a book published as part of a six-museum exhibition of artist that have used Polaroid film in their work.
“I create a diverse blend of functional pottery and contemporary clay art,” said Katherine Sterngold, art instructor. “In my work, I like bringing out the nature of the clay, whether by the fluidity of the throwing process or the subtle, minimalist lines of hand building. I’m influenced by the beauty of natural objects that surround my daily life in such abundance. The earthy colors and textures in our local landscapes are a source of inspiration for the colors and textures of the clays and glazes that I use in my forms.”
After earning arts degrees from Kutztown and Alfred University, Sterngold joined The Clay Studio in Philadelphia as one of its first resident artists. Her work has been exhibited at the LH Horton Gallery in California, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Bushkill Falls, Pa., the Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg, Pa., the Radius Gallery in the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Lycoming College Art Faculty Show on multiple occasions. In 2014 and 2016, her works were chosen for the “Visions in Clay” exhibition in Stockton, Calif., named by Ceramics Monthly as one of the top ceramic art shows in the nation. She taught workshops at the Bucknell University Craft Center and art classes in the Muncy public schools, where she gained tenure as a full-time teacher. Kathy has been teaching ceramics at Lycoming for 30 years.
Howard Tran, professor of art, creates artwork ranging from figurative sculpture to abstract, two-dimensional pieces. Utilizing traditional and non-traditional materials, he creates pieces that emphasize texture and symbols and reflect his Vietnamese/Chinese background.
Tran received his MFA in sculpture from Boston University in 2000. He received his BFA in sculpture from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 1998. His work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions.
Andrea McDonough Varner
Art instructor Andrea McDonough Varner’s current art practice involves the exploration of mindfulness through drawing, experimental works, and mixed-media encaustics.
McDonough Varner is a secondary art educator and K-12 art curriculum coordinator for the Williamsport Area School District, and supports the art and education departments at Lycoming College. She is a successful grant-writer with a passion for public art and the expansion of K-16 visual arts curriculum in the Williamsport area. McDonough Varner holds a PA K-12 Art Education Certificate and a PK-12 Supervisory Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction. With a MA.Ed. from Mansfield University, McDonough Varner is a doctoral student at Drexel University, concentrating research in creativity and innovation.
The gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 4 – 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 9 p.m.; and on First Fridays and exhibition opening nights, 4 – 9 p.m. For more information, please visit the gallery online at https://www.lycoming.edu/art/gallery.html or send an email to email@example.com.