June 24, 2009
HARRISBURG – Based on the number of submissions by HACC graduates for a juried alumni art exhibit, there are many who continue their artistry after they leave the college’s halls. Selected pieces are part of the HACC Alumni Exhibit July 16-Aug. 27 in the Rose Lehrman Art Center Gallery.
The show includes a wide spectrum of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. The jury reviewed more than 100 submissions before selecting 30 pieces for the exhibit.
Some of the artists are attending professional art schools, such as Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and the School of Visual Arts in New York City; some have received degrees from art programs, such as Alfred University’s School of Ceramics in New York; some operate their own business and some have continued to make their art while pursuing other careers.
Selected artists include: Keith Alexander, Shippensburg; Cassondra Allen, Marysville; Cambria Bailey, Manchester; Chris Buchholz, Rebecca Mader, Lara Mullins and Bettina Rupp, all of Harrisburg; Michael Hill and Susan Mackay of Hershey; Brian Lahr, Millersville; Casey Lard, New Orleans, La.; Amy Lefever and Shawn Warnick of Middletown; Kelly McGee, Kyle Shover and Lisa Wight, all of Camp Hill; Amber Nightingale, Elizabethtown; Wendy Palmer, Hummelstown; Katie Smith, New York City; Jennifer Stork, Bernville; Anita Williams, York; and Bob Willis, Shiremanstown.
Themes in the work are as disparate as the mediums, though many of the artists state the importance of experimentation. Painter Lisa Wight said: “I tend to be most satisfied with work that shows the history of my marks and the unpredictable and unique effects that occur when elements collide. Working in encaustic has been particularly fruitful in this respect, as even just the amount and intensity of fusing will produce an amazing range of results.”
Sculptor Kyle Shover: “I have been doing my best to expose myself to a wide array of materials and processes, which has forced me to experiment and adapt to new situations, unforeseen outcomes, and pleasant surprises. My work has been largely process-oriented, and I have found an interest in challenging the conceptions of a material and its typical function or presentation.”
The public is invited to a closing reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.
All Rose Lehrman Art Gallery events are free and open to the public. Summer gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, or by appointment. For more information, call 780-2435 or e-mail Kim Banister, gallery curator.
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