Mixed Media Prints
Holy Family University will exhibit mixed media prints created by
Lisa Bigalke graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside with a BA in art in 1996. She received her MFA in Studio Art, with a concentration in printmaking, from Louisiana State University in 2000. Currently she teaches Art at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Her artwork has been exhibited in many regional and national exhibitions. Since 2000, she has exhibited her work in over 15 solo exhibitions. In 2016, she was awarded a Racine Art Museum Fellowship Grant.
Most people have a place that makes them feel alive. For me this is being outside with my feet in the grass. Farm, park, garden–it doesn’t matter, as long as plants are growing. The bulk of my imagery has come from places explored with friends — the Chequamegon National Forest, Grant Park in Milwaukee, or even my garden.
For me this body of work began on a trip with my sister and mother exploring places found in my father’s notebooks. He died when we were children on a hunting expedition and this was a way to feel close to him.
Traveling through these places, being able to document through photos, drawings, and notes, gives me the opportunity to reinterpret and organize. I include in my final works maps, statistical information, and personal letters to indicate reality, the actuality of these places and my relationship to them.
The spirit of the place comes through in the color and texture. The intensity of the color often reflects time of day exaggerated, such as, a mid-morning golden yellow light shimmering through the leaves at Buckhorn State Park. Abstracting from nature allows me to create decorative patterns and visual texture in both the macro and micro of the landscape. I include a readable landscape with an enlarged abstracted fossil, flower or water pattern. This layering of surface texture requires the viewer to interact with the rich surfaces. They are forced to peel back the layers and read it at my pace.
The overlapping and concentrated use of the pattern puts the viewer into the realm of my journey- for they travel on my journey through the image. Those who look once may just find a pretty landscape; those who get lost in the color and pattern find the meaning.
From the Exhibit:
Mixed Media Works
Exhibit: September 2-28, 2016
Artist’s talk and reception: Wednesday 9/28 12:50-2:50
Holy Family University will exhibit a collection of artwork created by
Zachary Pritchard from Friday, September 2nd through Wednesday,
September 28th. Made from paper-mâché, plaster, fired clay, pigmented
wax, cast iron and aluminum, the exhibition features sculptures on
pedestals, free standing pieces and wall sculptures.
Pritchard earned his BFA in sculpture from Buffalo State College in
2011. As part of his studies, he participated in an international artist
residency, creating art in Finland and Latvia. He went on to earn an
MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been
exhibited across the United States, recently in Massachusetts, New
York City, and Philadelphia galleries. His most recent body of work
has been included in group and solo shows, earning high praise.
Described as, “forms that play with a sense of expectation and
balance, Pritchard’s sculptures have a familiar, yet uneasy presence
about them, as if they are each their own characters with their own
distinct personalities.” He currently lives and works in
My work explores themes and personal experiences of humor, loss,
death, loneliness, and attraction. Working with materials that lend
themselves to manipulation, such as paper-mâché, plaster, pigmented
wax, paints, and metals, my work plays with structural balance and
expectations of materials in primarily anthropomorphic forms.
I consistently work in an intuitive process that seeks to translate an
unspeakable subconscious language through objects. Engaging the viewer
in a familiar, yet uneasy presence, my aim is to elicit raw and
visceral emotional reactions through my sculptures, drawings and
Pictures from Exhibit:
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