A juried exhibition of paintings by past and current BFA and MFA students from the Painting Program of Edinboro University.
Approximately sixty miles away from Edinboro University, which is the designated arts-focused campus of the state university system, the Crary Art Gallery has found much talent to display.
Terry McKelvey, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Edinboro University, and artist Thomas Paquette, chair of the exhibitions committee at the museum, selected forty-six paintings by thirty-four artists for this exhibition. Painters from coast to coast were selected. At least twenty of them, some from as far away as Seattle and Baltimore, are traveling to Warren to attend the opening reception on Saturday, October 7, from 6-8pm.
Artists whose works are in the exhibition include Chris Boring; Liza Brenner; Ryan Butters; Brooke Ebeling; Scott Fischer; Ben Frederick; Lisa Gutting; Claira Heitzenrater; Heather Heitzenrater; Nate Jeffery; Heather Kanazawa; Hiromi Katayama; Rob Katkowski; Josiah King; Megan Kunst; Jeff McManigal; Brad Milligan; Josh Mitchel; Jen Murray; Maggie Myers; Mary Kate Noonan; Jan Northey; Piper Olsen; Rosalie Pekelnicky; Aaron Pickens; Zack Pontious; Rachel Renaudin; Scott Rispin; Angela Scalamogna; Rabecca Signoriello; Cat Sirianni; Liz Rundorff-Smith; Paige Stewart; and Abby Winkler.
A few of the artists will come a day before the show opens, to help host the museum's Student Day. Regional high schools and community colleges in Pennsylvania and New York will bring art students to get a sneak preview of the exhibition and to hear from former art students about studying art at the college and post-graduate level.
The title of the exhibition, A Legacy of Observation, refers to the EU Painting program’s decades-long emphasis on working from direct observation as a best practice for developing artistic skills. While emphasis on traditional methods of painting instruction has waned at most college-level Painting programs, Edinboro faculty believe that painting from life presents the best opportunity for the investigation and mastery of color, form, space and light, as well as the handling of paint itself.
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