Group exhibition features the graduate thesis work of Amani Ashour (MA printmaking), Nadine Kloss–Gannon (MA photography), Sea Macleish (MA printmaking), and Natalie Seewen (MA Art Education).
• Reception: December 5, 5–7 PM
The Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center, Marywood University
How do we break this chain of inhumanity?
The exhibition is a journey, through photographs by Michael Mirabito, which paints a view of Terezin (or Theresienstadt) in Czech Republic and various places in Kurdistan, sites of past and recent genocide. The photographs capture haunting images of implied former devastation and atrocities, as well as portray the human need for normalcy. Yet, the line between normalcy and violence can be a thin one and in some regions genocide has become the new normal. This exhibition is the inaugural presentation of the virtual Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at Marywood University. How do we break this chain of inhumanity? The Center, directed by Mirabito, will work to answer such questions. Gallery Talk: February 17th, 2 PM
Terezin or Theresienstadt was originally a garrison city/fortress in what is now the Czech Republic. Built in the 1700s, it was taken over by the Nazis during the World War II and was transformed into a concentration camp and Jewish ghetto. Unlike Treblinka and other camps, which were designed as killing fields, Terezin was, in part, a transit and holding site, where prisoners were subsequently routed to Auschwitz and other locations. It also had a propaganda function: Terezin was portrayed as a model Jewish resettlement community. In one example, prior to a 1944 visit by the International Red Cross, the ghetto was transformed. Gardens were planted, deportations to Auschwitz were accelerated to hide the overcrowding in the ghetto and cultural events were planned. A subsequent film highlighted life in this ‘model’ community. In reality, thousands died through disease and deprivations; thousands more were transported to death camps.
In spite of the horrendous conditions, a vibrant cultural atmosphere developed. Musicians played and wrote compositions as artists depicted ghetto life in drawings that were hidden and subsequently recovered after the camp’s liberation. Children clandestinely attended school and painted their own impressions of daily life. This artwork is one of Terezin’s greatest legacies.
Kurdistan. The autonomous Kurdistan region is a part of Iraq. The Kurdish people have sought independence for years and, during the 1990s, a partial no-fly zone helped Kurdish leaders and the Peshmerga, Kurdish armed forces, to consolidate their territory and establish self-rule. But, this path to autonomy was fraught with devastation, the most infamous of which was the al-Anfal campaign of the 1980s. Saddam Hussein’s forces targeted Kurdish and other minority villages; thousands died while others were forced to flee their homes. In Halabja, its people were the victims of chemical warfare, a poisonous gas attack.
The Kurdish genocide is not as well known in the international community as other, such events. Nevertheless, the end goal was the same: the destruction of a people and culture. The Kurds overcame these and other difficulties, only to face discord within Iraq itself. In 2014, another challenge loomed, the emergence of ISIL/ISIS, perpetrators of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
The Photographs. The photographs were taken during the summer of 2014. They paint a view of Terezin and, in Kurdistan, a prison/headquarters in operation during Saddam Hussein’s regime. Through the work of one of our former graduate students, Hemn Mamrash and the Kurdistan Ministry of Martyrs, we were also afforded an opportunity to visit genocide memorial sites and, at Halabja, to meet an individual who lost family members during the al-Anfal campaign.
When you enter the gallery, you’ll also note a series of photographs hanging from the ceiling. These images reveal a field of names—the names of Holocaust victims written on a synagogue’s walls in Prague. Another photograph depicts the sign at the entrance to Auschwitz. Translated, it reads, ‘Work Sets You Free’. It is included in the exhibit as a number of Terezin’s prisoners were ultimately transported to and died/murdered in the Auschwitz camp complex.
A smaller photographic series portrays contemporary, everyday life, in parts of Kurdistan and Prague (Czech Republic). People marry, festivals are held and patrons revisit their favorite coffee or tea houses. It’s a reminder that normalcy may return to a region. ...Michael Mirabito
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 2016 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 30, 1 PM, Latour Room, Nazareth Hall
(Inclement weather date: Feb. 6, 1 PM, Latour Room)
Gayle Wells Mandle
Gretchen Dow Simpson
Exhibition features painters whose work range from the realistic to the abstract, from the timeless to the political, personal, and immediate. Telling a story, or a piece of a story, each body of work engages with, and reveals itself to the viewer differently –– overtly, partially veiled, mysteriously, ambiguously, over time. From domestic settings and current events to iconic configurations, all create unique places, states of being, and visual narratives for the viewer to explore.
Opening Reception: Feb. 27, 6–8 PM; accompanied by Gypsy Jazz Quintet
NEW WORKS IN PAPER COLLAGE
BY PAMELA M. PARSONS
From tiny fragments of our own visual history –– from scientific diagrams, travel magazines, outdated school texts, and illustrated children's books, to old foxed lithographs, discarded maps, and collected decorative paper scraps –– a little Americana is revealed. Parsons repurposes diverse graphic matter, juxtaposing color and image to create new intricate designs and off–beat narratives. This fresh body of work is delightfully innovative, energetic, and decidedly contemporary.
The class of 2016 presents their ART!
Group exhibition of undergraduate art students receiving bachelor of arts and fine arts degrees in art education, art therapy, graphic design, illustration, painting, and photography.
ART EDUCATION: Samantha Ziemba
ART THERAPY: Heather Carr, Noel Flynn, Lydia R. Fulton, Kellyann Kolanda, Julie C. Kowalski, Sabrina Laytos, Megan Lillie, Emily C. McElwain, Kristie McNeill, Samantha J. Meck, Julia Meeker, Katherine Rubbe, Francesca Russo, Abigail E. Saint, Kristen Sampson, Kristen E. Schreiber, Amanda J. Snody, Deanna L. Spak, and Alyssa M. Wood
GRAPHIC DESIGN: David C. Bonomo, Maxwell V. Drake, Laura E. Drapek, Allyson L. Hawk, Jennifer Hinkley, Meghan McClarey, Caitlin R. Metzger, Casey Peckio, Maria T. Ryle, Amber A. Sharkey, and Allison N. Warner
IlLLUSTRATION: Eric Bussart, Gillian Jeffords, Kwangbum Lee, Deanna Szabo, Rebecca L. Vagnarelli, and Zachary Yahn
PAINTING: Lorianne Zarra
PHOTOGRAPHY: Joanna F. Carrier, Edward R. Griffith, and Parker Reinecker
Reception: April 16, 2–4 PM
Group exhibition features Master of Fine Arts thesis work of Annmarie Holler (painting) and Eva Polizzi (ceramics).
Reception: May 7, 5–7 PM
Marywood University Art Galleries
|Shields Center for Visual Arts
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509-1598