The Gallery at Penn College's 2013-2014 season will be very "American"; not simply because it will feature subjects like baseball and Frank Lloyd Wright, but because the lineup is a controlled explosion of creativity tied only by place. Gallery Manager Penny Lutz put it thusly: "This year's lineup encompasses a wide range of styles, media and time periods; from contemporary Native American art and historic photography to environmental architecture and the art of an iconic American figure."
The exhibit "In the Field of Play" is currently on exhibit and will be on display through Aug. 30. According to the gallery's website, the exhibition "commemorates legendary Williamsport photographer Putsee Vannucci and celebrates his contributions to the visual history of the Little League Baseball World Series." Vannucci shot thousands of remarkable images and witnessed the expansion of the event from a national to an international focus."
The photographs were selected from the archives of the Little League Museum and date from 1947 to 1990.
“Shift in Power” by Christopher Olzsewski is shown. The artwork is made with acrylic paint, spray paint and sharpie marker on canvas.
Visitors will see both behind-the-scenes and on-the-field images of players, as well as some of the most iconic historic moments. "In the Field of Play" serves as the perfect between-game activity for both visitors-to and residents-of Williamsport alike.
From Sept. 6 through Oct. 6, the gallery will show "No Place for the Weak," the work of artist Christopher Olszewski. Olszewski is an active member of the Chippewa of Mnjikaning First Nation and aims to "develop the Native American image beyond the "Souvenir Shop" and to depict actual people struggling with the encroachment of the dominant contemporary culture" according to his artist's statement.
Penny Lutz is looking forward to Olszewski's exhibit.
"I have always been interested in the artwork being created by Native Americans in the 20th and 21st centuries. The general public may be familiar with the traditional ceramic, jewelry, and basket work being made and sold by many tribal members, but may be unaware of the vast creative work being made by Native Americans in what is considered 'non-traditional' media," she said.
Lauren Kinney and Patrick Vincent's exhibition "Darkness" will be on display from Oct. 11 through Nov.10 and features large woodcuts, prints and handmade books.
The work is engagingly ornate and intricate. The gallery's synopsis puts it thusly: "Patrick Vincent engages the physicality of the print, paper and book to survey the interconnection of animal and human in folktales and fairy tales. Lauren Kinney uses hidden pictures, symbols, and patterns to weave collected imagery into narrative."
From Nov. 14 through Dec. 15, the gallery will exhibit "The Art and Illustrations of Zelda Fitzgerald." Fitzgerald is perhaps most famous for being the wife and muse of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but "most people don't realize that Zelda [Fitzgerald] was an artist, writer, and dancer," Lutz said. The work to be displayed is original and comes from the collection of Cecilia Ross, the granddaughter of Fitzgerald.
From Zelda Fitzgerald, the season moves to another American icon with "Frank Lloyd Wright's Samsara: A Mid-Century Dream Home," which will run from Jan. 14 to March 29, 2014.
The Penn College Gallery and ExhibitsUSA collaboration "explores the creation of a Wright house, 'Samara,' from the initial meetings with the owners, through the building and completion of the home, to the design of interior furnishings. It will include furniture, building plans, photographs, videos, and more," Lutz said, adding, "This exhibit also marks the start of the College's Centennial celebration. It is a perfect match, as the exhibit encompasses 20th century architecture, design, construction and environmentalism - programs and initiatives that our institution has shown commitment to over through our history."
From April 8 to May 4, the gallery will exhibit "Tammie Rubin - Neverwhere and Nowhere." Rubin's assemblages of collected objects aim to "[transform] the familiar, disposable, and trivial into the mythic [sic] and fantastical." May 9 through May 16 will be the Student Portfolio Exhibition, and May 29 through June 29 will be "Ned Martin - Before and After," an exhibition of paintings with a haunting genesis; on Feb. 17 of this year, Martin witnessed a horrible horse accident and the death of his wife. The show will divide his work into pieces created before and after that date.
From July through May, the college gallery operates during its regular hours, which means that it will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, and will be closed on Mondays and Saturdays.
The Penn College Gallery is located on the third floor of the Madigan Library (Room 303) on the Pennsylvania College of Technology Campus, at 1 College Ave. (directly off of Maynard Street).