Celebrity Portraits: Real or Constructed?

Celebrity Portraits: Real or Constructed?

Exhibit: October 2, – October 28, 2015      

Panel Discussion: October 8, 2015 5:00-6:00 PM

In the ETC Lobby followed by

Artist Reception: 6:00- 8:00 PM

In the Art Gallery (LL ETC)

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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

Panel Discussion: Celebrity Portraits: Real or Constructed?

October 8, 2015 5:00-6:00 PM

Join Dr. Janice H. Xu, Dr. Mary Beth Ray and Dr. Amanda S. McClain for a panel discussion that will explore the notion that in today’s media culture anyone and everyone can be “famous.” YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, blogs, Facebook and other social media allow insignificant actions to compete with truly important accomplishments. The distinction between great and trivial has been blurred by self promotion and Internet users’ tendency for a short attention span.

Janice H. Xu (Ph.D. in communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is Assistant Professor of Communication at Holy Family University. She is faculty advisor of HFU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Previously she worked as news assistant at New York Times Beijing Bureau and radio broadcaster at Voice of America, Washington DC.  Dr. Xu received a Penn State University Page Legacy Scholar Grant for designing a teaching module “Media Relations in Crisis Communication” in 2013.

Mary Beth Ray (Ph.D. in Communication and Media, Temple University) is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Plymouth State University. Her research interests include emerging technology, creative industries, co-production, qualitative research methods, and popular music culture.  Her dissertation examined how the rise of widely available digital communication technology impacts the way music is produced, distributed, promoted, and consumed, with a focus on the changing nature of the relationship between artists and audiences. Dr. Ray’s chapter “If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name”: Borders, Boundaries, and the Production of M.I.A. was published in Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture on Lexington Books. She is currently the Internet Culture area co-chair for PCA/ACA (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association).

Amanda S. McClain  (Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication, Temple University) is an Associate Professor of Communication at Holy Family University.  She is author of the books American Ideal: How American Idol Constructs Celebrity, Collective Identity, and American Discourses (2011, Lexington Books) and Keeping Up the Kardashian Brand: Celebrity, Materialism, and Sexuality (2013, Lexington Books).  She is co-chair of the Television Studies area for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.  McClain’s research interests include reality TV, social media, celebrity, communication theory, narrative, and media representations of women.

Star Wheel Printers

Holy Family University Art Gallery Presents


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September 9, 2015 to September 29, 2015.

Reception: Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Star Wheel Printers exhibit printmaking works in Memories and Metaphors at Holy Family University, Education and Technology Center, 9801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA. 19114. Memories and Metaphors runs from September 9, 2015 to September 29, 2015. Please join the artists at Holy Family University for their reception on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM.

Artists use diverse print media to express individual reminiscences illustrated through unique visual symbols. Thematic interpretations throughout the exhibit demonstrate how each artist reflects upon their pasts.

 Among the participating artists are: Hanna Aufschauer, Cynthia Back, Bill Brookover, Reena Brooks, Gerard DiFalco, Nicole Patrice Dul, Marie Elcin, Elaine M. Erne, Terri Fridkin, Linda Dubin Garfield, Gloria Klaiman, Phoebe Murer, Carlee Myers, Jose Ortiz, Joe Speight 

Star Wheel Printers is a Philadelphia- based collective that supports, promotes and shares printmaking with like-minded artists and local communities. We would like to acknowledge Philadelphia’s printmakers and present a means to share our passion for woodcut, etching, lithography, screen-printing and the like with each other and with the public.

If you’d like more information about this event, or to schedule and interview with Star Wheel Printers e-mail us at Starwheelprinters@gmail.com.

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 pflynn12@holyfamily.edu

image: Artist: Bill Brookover Title of Work: Green Leaves #2

Ariella B Tompakov

Holy Family University Art Gallery Presents

Emotional Wreck

Senior Student

Art Exhibition


Ariella B Tompakov


Exhibition dates: April 21- August 3, 2015

Artists Reception: Tuesday, April 21, 2015   7:00 – 9:00 PM


Truly, art and therapy are both huge passions of mine. Many people do not realize that both emotion and the arts go hand in hand. Art has been something I have been doing my whole life.  It has always been an escape for me. While you walk through my exhibit think about what emotions each piece is speaking. Take a step back through your whole life and connect it somewhere into my work. It could be some place or state of emotion that only you understand. I want you to stare at my work and cry. I want you to laugh or even just smile. It should take you on a roller coaster of emotions. I want to make you feel.

Can you feel what I feel?

How does this really make you feel?

 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 pflynn12@holyfamily.edu

Kayla Cummons

Holy Family University Art Gallery Presents


Senior Student Graphic Design

Art Exhibition


Kayla Cummons

Please come and support this achievement


This exhibit is primarily focused on the basic graphic design fundamentals: color, shape, line, texture, and illustration/photography. I wanted to capture the aspect of these elements and create a successful and aesthetically pleasing series of advertisements for Holy Family University’s graphic design program. These fundamentals are also shown in my printmaking projects to coincide with the advertisements.

Another focus in my show is the branding package for a fabricated cake pop company called Pop’s Cake Pops. The attention this package brings to the viewer is meant to show my communicative skills as well as my artistic skills in order to work with someone and meet their expectations as best as I can.

This show is about my future as a graphic designer, and really starting with the ABC’s and taking it to a level I never thought was possible. As a graphic designer, it is important to know the basic elements that make a successful graphic; whether it is a logo, advertisement, or a print created for a simple visual purpose.

Exhibition dates: April 1- April 16, 2015

Artists Reception: Thursday, April 9, 2015   7:00 – 9:00 PM

 Please join the Art Department at the Artist Reception

There will be refreshments and an artist talk.

Carole Loeffer


Mixed media


Exhibit: March 4-March 29, 2015

Artist Reception: March 24, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.

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“Quietude” a solo exhibition by Carole Loeffler

Pausing, thinking, contemplating, Carole spent the last year on sabbatical from her teaching position at Arcadia University making a new body of work inspired by the surroundings in and outside of her home in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. She busied herself in her studio laboring for hours over repetitive artistic tasks. The motions, actions and processes utilized create an abundance of works that show an accumulation of time, dedication to a variety of ideas and a commitment to making. She has long been interested in the color red and all the meaning and baggage that the color carries with it. This exhibition will bring together a variety of sculptural pieces employing the color red. The work in “Quietude” requires the viewer to pause, reflect, and enjoy a moment of awe and wonderment.

Please join the Art Department at this Gallery Reception

Holy Family University Gallery is on the Lower Level of the Education and Technology Center

Contact: Pamela Flynn pflynn12@holyfamily.edu

Jing Zhou

Ch’an Mind, Zen Mind: Visual Meditations on the Ultimate Reality and Absolute CalmnessExhibition: February 4th–28th, 2015


Artist Reception: 6–8pm, February 10th, 2015



This body of work reflects Zhou’s spiritual experience through one of the most widely held oriental philosophies—Ch’an, also known as Zen. Ch’an’s profound wisdom/teaching and Western art inspired these images. Every image in this series carries a unique philosophical concept with different aesthetic approach. She would like to communicate to her audience Ch’an’s subtle atmosphere of Emptiness and Calmness by developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas. All images are high quality digital prints incorporating traditional art forms, such as photography, painting, printmaking, and drawing.

Born in Chongqing, China, Jing Zhou is a multimedia artist, designer, and professor at Monmouth University, New Jersey. As an Asian woman artist living in the Western world, she is aware of art, literature, philosophy, and mythology from both cultures. Inspired by nature and multiple cultures, her artwork explores our common humanity, diverse society, and her inner voyage. Jing’s work has been widely shown and collected internationally, including Triennale Design Museum, Milan; Asian Cultural Center, New York; British Computer Society, London; SIGGRAPH Art Gallery; Royal Institution of Australia; Danish Poster Museum; Athens Video Art Festival, Greece; Taksim Republic Art Gallery, Istanbul; FILE, Sao Paulo; Mundaneum, Belgium; Brown University; Korea Visual Information Design Assn.; Goethe Institute Alexandria, Egypt; public collection of the WRO Media Art Center, Poland; Waikato Museum, New Zealand; SDAI Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego; and Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. She is also a Gold Medal recipient of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey, Gold Winner of the American Design Awards, and Prize Winner of IFUW Poster Competition in Geneva. [www.jingzhoustudio.net]



Jing Zhou

As a Chinese woman artist living in the Western world, I am aware of art, literature, philosophy, and mythology from both cultures. My understanding of Chinese philosophies has shaped my thinking and conduct. The prudent and contrary-minded Taoist beliefs, the attached-to-the-earth reality of Confucianism, and the sudden enlightenment and intuitive insights of Zen are the foundation of my life. On the other hand, Western culture has inspired me and opened new ways of thinking.

Developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas, I create artworks for the stories and aesthetics of each image, and for making visible those concepts which reflect my personal experiences. I want my viewers to look at my images through magical windows into a deep secondary space.

Inspired by nature and multiple cultures, my artwork explores our common humanity, diverse society, and my inner voyage. Creating artwork required me to realize my nature, re-study my culture, and adapt new thinking, which resulted in a new perspective on life. It has also challenged me to constantly solve visual problems, learn new techniques, and explore the splendid human heritage. My images form a visual communication that interacts in several collective dialogues. These dialogues are between eternity and transience, oneness and variety, existence and emptiness.

Beyond various techniques and conceptions, the process of creating and making art has enchanted me. At the core of my art-making is an attempt to attain moments of transcendence, to reach the artless-art, emptiness, and egolessness. My artistic creation is a process of deciphering my life journey.

Bryan Rasmussen




works on paper

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Exhibit: January 5 through February 5, 2015

Artist Reception: January 20, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.


Bryan Rasmussen is an international artist who is known for his dynamic and elegant sculptures that incorporate tension and contrast in their design.

Bryan Rasmussen lives and creates his art in Chattanooga, TN and has been an artist in the Southeast for more than 10 years. Regarding this art show Rasmussen stated “I am very pleased and gratified to be chosen by the Holy Family University Art Gallery for this solo show. It is nice to be recognized in one of the great art scenes of the world (Philadelphia). ”

About Artist Bryan Rasmussen:

Bryan Rasmussen lives and works in Chattanooga, TN. His artwork is represented in Private collections of art collectors and other institutions across the country, including the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA and Volkswagon Manufacturing Plant in Chattanooga, TN.

Rasmussen’s website can be found at www.bryan-rasmussen.com.

Artistic Statement:

Simplicity, precision and tension are properties that I explore in my work. I find these properties in nature spending time outdoors studying the things that I find on hikes such as seed pods and animal bones. It is fascinating to see the geometry of a seed pod that has burst open, to view that each part of the pod can be put back together to reform the whole. The way bones fit together to shift and slide to make movement possible also informs my work.

I have chosen a very simple, direct approach to express my observations through my work. I start with a three-dimensional representation of a straight line. I slice the line one or more times, opening it like a seed pod and let the pieces slide and shift, like bones. The new form that these actions create becomes the sculpture. Old work inspires new work, this keeps the series constantly growing becoming more and less complex, but always moving forward, exploring simplicity and precision to make an elegant work of art.

Artist Contact Information:

Telephone: (423)834-4174

Email Address: rasmussen.bryan@yahoo.com


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