By Gretchen Schwartz '07, PCA&D admissions counselor, and Natalie Lascek-Speakman, PCA&D Director of Admissions Marketing & Recruitment
April First Friday in Lancaster was absolutely overflowing with Pennsylvania College of Art & Design students, alumni and faculty exhibiting their work. We worked hard to scour the city and document as much of it as possible.
It started after the Osamu James Nakagawa lecture at PCA&D in conjunction with the current Main Gallery exhibit, "Landscapes of Conflict," of which Nakagawa is one of three artists exhibiting.
We then set out with iPhones, cameras and lists in tow.
Osamu James Nakagawa lecture
Amanda Kirkham '08, Photography, is seen documenting Nakagawa's gallery reception.
The evening was exhausting - but so much fun! It was great to catch up with so many current and former students as well as faculty and to discuss their creative processes. It's awesome to see how they are beginning, or continuing, their lives in the visual arts. It's nights like this that you can really see PCA&D's impact on the community of Lancaster. Seeing work from all phases and stages of an artist's career is very satisfying.
This is where we went:
First on our list - "Daydreams & Fevers" which was a one-night only exhibition of BFA junior photography student video and photo installations. This was hosted at The Demuth Museum and featured really fantastic work by Kate Frese '13, Leah Kolakowski '13, Briana Major '13, Steve Purdham '13, and Rebekah Shultz '13.
After a short walk down King Street we came to Gallery360 at Tellus360. The gallery featured installation/sculptural work by PCA&D BFA instructor, Tedd Pettibon. We had a great time talking to Tedd about his process of evaluating the gallery space and developing the work to install. Tedd's show will be up until April 29.
Tedd Pettibon and Gretchen Schwartz '07 talk about Tedd's installation process and materials.
Next we were off to Red Raven Art Company to see PCA&D alumnus, Barry Sachs '10 (Illustration). Barry was chosen as the emerging artist for the month of April at Red Raven. It was so great to see his recent paintings and hear about his freelance work.
Barry Sachs '10 is the emerging artist for the month of April at Red Raven Art Company.
Just two blocks away, we visited Lancaster Dental ARTS, P.C. for the "Open Wide" exhibit. We were able to photograph a few pieces, but unfortunately we couldn't document them all. In addition to the pieces featured in the slideshow (below), the show contained work by the following PCA&D-ers:
Justin Jones '07, Illustration
Quinn McNichol '12, Fine Art
Owen Bradley '12, Fine Art
Laura Luce '10, Fine Art
Joel Abler '12, Photography
Jason Herr '15, Illustration
Drew Nowacoski '12, Illustration
Allison Farris '12, Illustration
Uriah Arborgast '04, Graphic Design
Mike Muldowney '05, Illustration
Allen Young '07, Fine Art
Sam Warren '13, Fine Art
Caitlin Herrschaft '12, Fine Art
This show is open until July 6 so if you haven't seen the work, make sure you stop by.
Only one door away, we visited Annex 24 Art Gallery to view a series of pet portraits created by PCA&D illustration alumnus, Justin Jones '07.
Though it was getting kind of late, we were able to make one last stop at the Keppel Building on N. Queen Street to catch up with Allen Young '07, Fine Art. Allen was displaying really unique/quirky carved and illustrated ceramic mugs.
There were two additional shows that we didn't have time to visit but we don't feel too bad about it as we still have time to catch them before they close.
The first was the "Buzz Worthy" exhibit at the North Museum of Natural History & Science. This show is a result of a collaboration between the North Museum and the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. "Buzz Worthy" features over 30 original pieces of insect art produced by PCA&D illustration students. Each work highlights a playful look at insect names and is on display until May 13.
The second was "Jubilation," an exhibit at ~lowercase gallery~ by Amy Boone McCreesh '07, Fine Art. The reception will be held on April 27 from 6 - 9 p.m. and you can view her work until May 19.