This project celebrates the many contributions of Black Mountain College potter, poet, painter, author, translator, and educator Mary Caroline (M.C.) Richards on the occasion of her centennial. M.C. Richards, Centering: Life + Art - 100 Years is curated by Julia Connor and Alice Sebrell and organized by the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, where it is currently on view through August 20, 2016.
Mary Caroline (M.C.) Richards (1916 – 1999) was born in Weiser, Idaho and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Reed College and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1945 she joined the faculty at Black Mountain College (BMC) where she taught writing, translated plays, danced, studied pottery and founded The Black Mountain Review. She was one of BMC’s most popular faculty members in the late 1940s and later wrote: “I have no criticism of Black Mountain, it was an entirely transforming, maturing and inspiring experience.” While at BMC, Richards played an essential role in maintaining community balance in the wake of Josef and Anni Albers’ resignation and the rise of Charles Olson as the college’s leader during the 1950s. Richards was among those who participated in the 1952 Happening at BMC titled Theater Piece No. 1, a multi-media experimental performance conceived by John Cage and David Tudor.
M.C. Richards, Centering: Life + Art, 100 Years includes work from the BMCM+AC collection and from various lenders. Highlights for this exhibition include works in clay made from Richards’ Black Mountain College years (1940s-50s) up to the 1990s, paintings, poems, broadsides and typescripts from BMC and after, photographs, and ephemera.
The exhibition is accompanied by a digital catalogue with contributions from James C. Anderson, Paulus Berensohn, Julia Connor, Deborah Haynes, Diedra Heitzman, Sherry Wildfeuer, Matthew Fox, Irwin Kremen, Jenni Sorkin, and Jeffrey Spahn.
GALLERY TALK: The Pivotal Moment of Black Mountain College and Contemporary Art, Wednesday, September 21st @ 3 PM, given by Robert Schweitzer, Curator, The Maslow Collection
Information on the exhibition and catalog link: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Beginning in 2008, Ken Marquis, artist and founder of Wilkes–Barre, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit Landfillart, Inc., solicited more than 1,000 artists from around the world to create and donate works of art made from discarded automobile hubcaps. The collection now numbers more than 900 transformed hubcaps, created by professional artists hailing from every U.S. state and 52 countries.
Originating from the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, and adapted for travel by ExhibitsUSA, Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art features a selection of works from Landfillart’s collection—some wall-based and some pedestal-based. The exhibition encourages viewers to think of artists not only as creators, but as creative problem solvers. Objects range in size from one hubcap to a series of objects; some are kinetic and incorporate sound; while others directly reference specific environmental issues. In some cases, the artist responded to the hubcap formally, by focusing on design elements like color, line, shape, and texture in humorous or fanciful ways. The exhibition inspires viewers to reflect on the role of consumption in American culture and stimulates creative thinking about ways to re-use and recycle. Intriguing to viewers of all ages, the varying objects in the show fosters opportunities for intergenerational connections.
Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art is curated by Dana Hand Evans, executive director at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA; in partnership with a professor of environmental studies at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA and a curatorial team from Marywood University, Scranton, PA: Matt Povse, Robert Griffith, Steven Alexander, and Sandra Ward Povse.
Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art is a Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.
For further information on Landfill Art: http://landfillart.org
Reception: November 12, 6-8 pm
The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, founded in 1923, identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The 2017 Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition for Northeast Pennsylvania is sponsored by Marywood University, hosted and presented by Marywood University Art Galleries, and made possible by the art educators in Northeast Pennsylvania. The popular exhibition features the Gold and Silver Key award–winning work by junior high and high school students from the Northeastern Pennsylvania art region. Gold Key award–winning artwork continues on to the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition in New York, where they are considered for further awards, exhibition, and scholarships. www.artandwriting.org
Awards Presentation: January 28, 1 PM, Latour Room, Nazareth Hall
(Inclement weather date: January 29, 1 PM, Latour Room)
Niko J. Kallianiotis was awarded a one-person exhibition in 2016–2017 at Marywood University by the selection committee for the Northeastern Biennial Twenty-Fifteen. His exhibition of photographs will include new and old works form his travels across the Keystone state. Kallianiotis' formative years were spent in Greece and all of his adulthood in the United States. His hybrid background allows him to view the world and his surrounding environs from two different perspectives, both culturally and socially.
My subject choice derives from intuition and desire to explore the unknown and rediscover the familiar. Through form, light, color, and layered compositions, my work organically evolves, and evinces a melancholic and desolate feeling, indicative of my alienation. I search for nostalgic images reminiscent of my homeland and concurrently reflect and interpret life in small-town America, and the yearning for survival and cultural perseverance. I am interested in the vernacular, the inconsequential, the humble, and the comical. Through my photographs I am looking for the core values of American society, and at the same time reevaluating my own.
The paintings of Laura Duerwald are not actually painted. They are constructed out of materials - paper, graphite, linen, wax - through an intuitive process of addition and subtraction. They employ an acute sensitivity to the character of each element, and the poetic possibilities of their various combinations. Reflecting a deep interest in the order and randomness of the natural world, Duerwald's grid structures provide an armature for her improvisations. From a distance, extremes of value, color and texture meld into dynamic fields that possess a teeming opticality, while up close, they assert their supple materiality. Referencing ancient tactile processes of weaving and hand-building, Duerwald's paintings evoke ageless connections to the earth and to the primal aspects of human sensibility.
Reception: Feb 25, 6-8 pm
The class of 2017 presents their ART!
Senior Art Exhibition is the culmination of the students’ undergraduate studies and showcases the artists they have grown to become as well as their potential path in the arts. The under-graduate group exhibition presents work in the concentrated studies of art education, art therapy, and studio arts concentrations in ceramics, graphic design, illustration, painting, and photography. A closure experience for graduating art majors, participation in the group exhibition at Marywood University is a requirement of the Department of Visual Arts. Students will be receiving a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) or a bachelor of arts (BA) degree, depending on their area of study.
Graduate exhibition features Master of Fine Arts thesis work of Gavin Blackburn (painting), David H. Schulte III (printmaking), and Heidi Schmidt (sculpture).
Reception: May 6, 5–7 PM
Marywood University Art Galleries
|Shields Center for Visual Arts
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509-1598