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Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen opens October 17, 2015 at four venues concurrently: Mahady Gallery at Marywood University, AFA Gallery, Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton, and ArtWorks Gallery & Studio. The exhibition is juried by art dealer, Hal Bromm, who opened Tribeca’s first contemporary art gallery in 1976, where “new talent” shows introduced Keith Haring and David Salle to appreciative collectors long before they became well-known. He established Hal Bromm Art and Design in Manhattan and spent several years between New York and London as managing director for an English furniture design studio. In the 1980’s Bromm opened a satellite gallery in the East Village, and continues exhibiting national and international artists. He has also curated and promoted exhibitions in Key West and commissions for the Key West Art in Public Places and the Studios of Key West. Bromm has taught at the School of Visual Arts and worked with civic, planning, preservation, and arts organizations as an historic preservationist, designer, real estate developer. Along with prominent New York residents including Edward Albee, Robert DeNiro and James Rosenquist, Bromm lobbied for the designation of Tribeca as an historical district, and published The Texture of Tribeca, an award-winning book.
Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen is the eighth juried exhibition in an ongoing series of biennials presented in Lackawanna County since 2000. Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen provides a look at the current state of contemporary art in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and surrounding communities. Participating artists are eligible for cash, honorable mention, and solo exhibition awards to be announced October 17, 2015.
The progressive opening on October 17th is a culinary, musical, and visual art experience at each of the participating venues. Starting at 2PM at The Hope Horn Gallery at The University of Scranton and moves on to AFA Gallery and ArtWorks from 3-4:30 PM. The afternoon concludes with a presentation of awards at Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery at 5:30 PM. Please join us for this event!
A Centennial Exhibition
Honoring Marywood University’s 100th anniversary and IHM tradition, we welcome the community to experience magnificent icons and relics on loan from St. Tikhon’s Monastery and the Metropolitan Museum of the Orthodox Church of America at St. Tikhon’s Monastery in Waymart, PA. Organized by Fr. John Perich, curator for St. Tikhon’s Museum and Icon Repository, and Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, Villanova University, the discerning exhibition celebrates the continuing dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodoxy.
Lecture followed by a Reception: October 25th, 4 PM, Witnessing the Mother of God and her intercessory role in the lives of the Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church, given by Archpriest Fr. John Kowalczyk, Professor at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (and Alumnus of Marywood University)
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 of–beat narratives. This fresh body of work is delightfully innovative, energetic, and decidedly contemporary.
Marywood University Art Galleries
|Shields Center for Visual Arts
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509-1598