Holy Family University Art Gallery Presents
Senior Student Art Exhibition
Please come and support this achievement
Exhibition dates: April 6- May 2, 2016
Artists Reception: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5:00 – 7:00 PM
This body of work is entitled Seriously Hilarious because there is a sense of duality to my art making. In one aspect of my art I am very serious and strict in my technique so to create balanced aesthetically pleasing designs. In the other aspect of my art making I am looser and more spontaneous like in my paintings and drawings of exaggerated features and abnormal situations. It is through these two styles of art making that I have found my personal balance in art and in life.
Throughout my time as a student and during the course of my life I have always, quite literally, drawn on any piece of paper that was in front of me. These drawings usually turned out to be nothing but partially finished sketches of faces or letters. Although different, they always had one thing in common, they all ended up in the trash and I never paid them any mind. Recently I decided to use these sketches, give them life and break away from the guidelines and rules from which I thought art had to follow. My art today is a result of sketches that were either on a blank piece of paper, the back of a syllabus, or in a sketchbook. This work is a break away from the seriousness of life and art and is fun because life is hard and everyone needs a chance to escape; this is mine.
As a Graphic Designer, art plays a different role, which can be viewed as more strict and serious. The majority of my graphic art focuses on the guidelines of design. I enjoy making balanced designs because it allows a different approach to creation. It allows me to create a piece of art that I can look at and know that it can make sense by itself. My graphic design work is serious while my paintings and sculptures are hilarious.
Please join the Art Department at the Artist Reception
There will be refreshments and an artist talk.
Holy Family University Gallery is on the Lower Level of the Education and Technology Center, 9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114.
Contact: Pamela Flynn email@example.com
A Unified Thread
Mixed Media Works
Exhibit: March 4 – April 3, 2016
Artist’s talk and reception: Tuesday, March 22, 3-5 p.m.
My work is an idiosyncratic testimony that calls attention to the value of nature’s presence through unexpected representations. The vision of my work is to blend the congruent lines of artistic and scientific research. In my process as a maker, my goal is to seek a sense of interconnection and understanding of the workings of the natural world. Through merging fact and fiction, the emphasis is away from the imitation of nature. While instead towards the imaginative recombination, of things remembered to the illustration of concepts formed from within. Through this approach to understanding analogies of thinking, progressive ways of invention can take place.
This current series of work embodies the physical as well as metaphysical associations of birds’ nests. There is much value in this ordinary familiar object, yet wonderment of nature. A nest is a nurtured structure for a new beginning or if no longer occupied it can be an entombment. It begins with just an idea, or piece of material, and can endlessly grow. Through the study of many types of nests created from all around the world, I personalize and recreate them into a synthetic archive that uses the nest as a subject within a representational sense, but in my own poetic language.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, I received my BFA at the University of Cincinnati with a minor in Art Education. Having multiple shows upon graduating, I was also passionate about teaching art to a wide range of age groups, but primarily within inner city youth. In 2015 I received my MFA at Ohio University, while teaching as instructor of record for the undergraduate drawing and painting classes. I also gave several lectures there about my work as the keynote speaker for the contemporary art history course, Seeing and Knowing the Visual Arts. Within my artistic career I have shown work in many group, solo, invitational, commissioned, and juried exhibitions. I have shown nationally, internationally, and have multiple awards and grants. I am represented by the Starbrick Gallery in Athens, Ohio where I currently live and regularly exhibit my work.
Juried Art Exhibit and Panel Discussion
Nationalism: Belonging /Not Belonging
In conjunction with a panel discussion titled
Citizenship, Belonging & Nation-States in the 21st Century
Exhibit: February 9, – March 1, 2016
Panel Discussion: February 23, 2016 3:00-4:00 PM
In the ETC Lobby followed by
Artist Reception: 4:00- 6:00 PM
In the Art Gallery (LL ETC)
Eleven artists from across the US are exhibiting works that address the topic of Nationalism: Belonging /Not Belonging
Exhibiting Artists: Kristen Miologos, Lidia C. Hasenauer, Gail Morrison-Hall, Stephen Marc, Robert Fields, Howard Hao Tran, Pamela Flynn, Robert Knight, Calcagno Cullen, Howard Skrill, George Masry Isaac
Panel Discussion: Citizenship, Belonging and Nation-States in the 21st Century. Nicole Stokes-DuPass and Ramona Fruja, editors of this book, will lead a panel discussion about the major themes of the book. Specifically, they will articulate why nation-states still matter in citizenship studies. The authors assert that nation-states continue to hold the unique capacity to determine who has the right to have rights. We also plan to discuss how states actively shape the assimilation outcomes and experiences of belonging among the populations who reside within its borders.
Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Associate Dean for School of Arts and Sciences/Associate Professor of Sociology Holy Family University.
Stokes-DuPass is a political sociologist and an accomplished educator with over 15 years of experience and expertise in teaching diverse student populations. Stokes-DuPass’ research focuses on the state, international migration, citizenship, social integration and Scandinavian and European studies. Her recent book entitled, Integration and New Limits on Citizenship Rights: Denmark and Beyond (2015) is published with Palgrave-MacMillan.
Stokes-DuPass previously served as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow at Roskilde University and Guest Researcher at the Danish Institute for Social Research in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2000-2001 and in 2008. She has also previously served as a Dissertation Fellow for the American-Scandinavian Foundation to Denmark in 2008 and has also conducted research abroad in Russia, Germany and Cuba.
Ramona Fruja, Assistant Professor of Education Bucknell University- Lewisburg, PA.
Fruja has a dual doctoral degree in Sociology and Education and teaches courses on immigration, social contexts of schooling and multicultural education. Her research is interdisciplinary and examines the intersections among immigration and identity, focusing on educational contexts and citizenship, particularly immigrants’ experiences with education and citizenship in their multiple forms. She has presented her work at professional conferences internationally and has published in Globalizations; The International Handbook of Migration Studies (Routledge); Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation and Integration. She is also the co-editor of Social studies and diversity teacher education: What we do and why we do it (Routledge).
Pictures From The Opening
mixed media works
Exhibit: January 13 – February 3, 2016
Artist’s talk and reception: Tuesday, January 26, 6 – 8 pm
This exhibition explores the link between the human body and architecture through a variety of media: sculpture, photography, drawing and printmaking.
Over the past two decades, Maksymowicz has created pieces for very particular architectural spaces such as gallery corners, small rooms with overhead ductwork, and parlors with fireplaces. Along the way, the artist has read the architectural theories of Vitruvius, Jacques-François Blondel and Joseph Rykwert, attempting to connect them visually in metaphorical and narrative contexts.
Caryatids in Five Books, Comparisons and Caryatid explore a type of imagery that holds immense metaphorical potential in this regard. Baskets of produce and bread, acanthus, Demeter and Persephone . . . all overlaid onto women’s bodies placed in the service of structural columns. The caryatid is both a familiar architectural convention, and the visual summation of human life and women’s fundamental role in supporting it. The former considers sculptures of stone and women of flesh, in words and pictures, literally and metaphorically, imprinted and poised on precarious pedestals. The second pairs architectural details and images of woman from a variety of ethnic traditions. The third is an installation combining an eight-foot high drawing of a caryatid with casts of architectural elements and loaves of bread in a mythological mix.
The Cornice Portraits look at another connection between the human body and the built environment. Maksymowicz has inverted Blondel’s architectural theories—which propose that the proportions for cornice moldings should derive from classical concepts of the ideal human profile—by designing cornices based on the actual profiles of a selection of ordinary-looking artists.
Virginia Maksymowicz is an Associate Professor of Art at Franklin & Marshall College, PA. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. She has exhibited her work at the Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum, the Elizabeth Foundation, Grey Gallery and MoMA/Library in New York City, as well as in college, university and nonprofit galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. Locally, her sculptures have been shown at the Michener Museum (Doylestown), the Woodmere Museum (Philadelphia), the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Delaware Art Museum (both Wilmington).
She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Leeway Foundation. Her artwork has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Newsday, The New Art Examiner and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her series, The History of Art, appears on the cover of The Female Body, published by the University of Michigan Press (1991).
Virginia Maksymowicz has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome (three times), an artist-in-residence at the Powel House Museum in Philadelphia, and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. Before coming to F&M, she taught at Oberlin College in Ohio, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Wayne State University, and the Moore College of Art and Design.
In My Right Mind
Senior Student Art Exhibition
Exhibition dates: November 25- December 16, 2015
Artists Reception: Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Artistic Statement-In My Right Mind:There is no arguing that people are interesting beings. The way we act, interact and react to others has been studied and reviewed by countless people. I think my fascination with understanding people and their motives and drives is what inspired me to create these works. It’s also why I love psychology so much, because it’s all about people and how they function. Essentially, these pieces boil down to; how we think about, speak to, and act towards other people, with a focus on those with mental illness.
People are people regardless of how their minds work.
From the Art Show
Senior Student Art Exhibition
Exhibition dates: November 3- November 22, 2015
Artists Reception: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Artistic Statement – Beyond Exteriors
Beyond Exteriors invites the viewers to consider what is beyond the obvious facades that they encounter in their everyday lives. I want the viewers to explore the humanity and psyche that are behind the various exteriors that are presented to them whether it is an abandoned building, old furniture, or a human face. I encourage the viewers to acknowledge and connect with the stories and emotions that are under the surface.
As an artist I am drawn to surfaces and textures, and in my work I use textural elements to highlight and support the emotional content. Wrinkled skin, rotten wood, and cold gritty concrete draw the viewer into the work and communicate an emotional energy. The textures and surfaces in my work are meant to evoke emotional responses that mirror the human and expressive content of the piece.
My body of work includes various media and processes to include oil paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture. I like to explore and replicate various textures by using various processes. Using a variety of media and processes allows me to produce a meaningful image multiple times, which enables me to explore the image and content more fully while still fulfilling my need for variety and innovative production.
Celebrity Portraits: Real or Constructed?
Exhibit: October 2, – October 28, 2015
Nine artists from across the US are exhibiting works that address the topic of celebrity portraits.
Exhibiting Artists: Byron Anway, Theresa DeSalvio, Norma Greenwood, Caroline Hubbell, Leon 47, Leo Morrissey, Breanne Trammell, Evan Williams and Elizabeth Withstandley