Art Show Openings and Events

Reckoning 

/'rek(ǝ)niNG/

art exhibition

  • The action or process of calculating or estimating something.
  • A person's view, opinion, or judgment
  • A bill or account, or its settlement
Reckoning? I reckon.
Wreckin? I reckon it could be.
Can you attest? I reckon, it is.
They're not the ‘Sweet Valley High’ twins; but then again, neither is she Regina George. Well, because you see, they've identified as “poor” too. Farm-raised.
And She believes it well.
And so, I question the usefulness of your poverty as necessary entertainment as enough for distraction.
Can you attest to the usefulness of your making?
Yes. I am reckoning. It is.

–– Notes from a Black girl who sings like a white girl singing like a Black girl, 2018

This exhibit takes up the question: what does it mean to reckon with the past and the ways it manifests in the present? How can such manifestation act as a practice of reckoning that provides new insights into how we imagine and engage to the past? What do the politics of reckoning entail? What forms of accountability are deemed necessary of artists, of citizens? And what new social and creative worlds might be made visible and viable after such a reckoning?This exhibit features the work of a number of artists across disciplines whose work function as modes of reckoning. Living in an age of consequence, what accounts need to be settled in order to activate transformation(s)?From the deepening crisis of climate change, to ecological collapse, to warfare within school walls, to contemporary debates over nations’ borders, democracy, race, gender, sex, and class inequality we encounter a moment of profound precarity, uncertainty, and unknowing. For artists, these crises pose a unique challenge, namely, what does it mean to make art in this moment?

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

Show runs, March 1–24

Opening reception, Friday, March 1, 5–8pm

Artists' reception, Monday, March 18, 7:30–9:30pm

Artwork by Anya Wallace, Courtney Morris, Mary Lee Ker, Leslie C. Sotomayor, Grace Hampton, Rudy Shepherd, Bessie Floresgomez, Ciara Newton

Our Roots Run Deep

Dances, Short Films, Readings event

Monday, March 18, 5:30–7:30pm

at Albright-Bethune United Methodist Church, 206 South Burrowes Street

Short films

"Lumiere douce, Lumiere brilliant; Soft light, Brilliant light,” by Wilna Julmiste Taylor

“Outsiders,” short films on the experiences of South and Central American migrant farmworkers in the U.S. and Centre Hallby Bessie Floresgomez Followed by discussion

Youth Performances

Readings, dance, and vocals by youth of color from the State College Area High School focusing on the legacies of Martin and Malcolm and different approaches to working for racial justice

 

Art Alliance Events

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Member News

Join the Centre County Historical Society for a reception to meet the artists on Sunday, February 24, at 2 p.m.

This exhibition will be in the first floor period rooms of the Centre Furnace Mansion and feature the artwork of The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania, a group of artists dedicated to promoting the appreciation and preservation of our area’s farmland through the visual arts.

These artists work in a variety of media: acrylic, oil, watercolor, soft pastel, and photography. As one of the artists said, “The joy of experiencing the farm landscapes becomes magnified and continues long after the painting is done”. The Farmland Preservation Artists aspire to awaken the community’s awareness of the visual beauty and agricultural richness that contributes to what is unique about Centre County.

Centre County Historical Society (find on Google Maps)

1001 E College Ave State College, Pennsylvania 16801

(814) 234-4779 // www.centrehistory.org

 

Jackie Thomas and grade school students make artwork for new Williamsport Hospital Pediatric wing

Two projects created with 180 second and third grade students in Jackson Primary School were unveiled and celebrated during a ribbon cutting to open the new Pediatric Wing of the UPMC Susquehanna (Williamsport) Hospital. Jackie Thomas designed the projects in collaboration with Maddie. Then Maddie and her classmates created the components that became the final works. 1) Monet & Rousseau Inspire Maddie (size: 32.5" square before stretching & framing...technique: applique); 2) Bug Heaven: Madilyn's Leaf (size: 36" square Rousseau Inspire Maddie (size: 36" square... technique: handmade wet felt & needle felting

 

Calls for Entry

The changing climate is one of the most pressing issues of our time. For our April show, “Climate,” we invite you to choose a topic and create a work of art and short essay or description.

If you are looking for inspiration, consider the following effects of climate change:

Choose a topic in one of three categories:

  • Changes – What is happening, what is predicted to happen in the future, and causes: Coastal flooding, permafrost thaw, ocean acidification, severe weather, melting ice and rising sea level, impact on agriculture. Causes include deforestation, agricultural practices, and fossil fuel burning, which lead to increased CO2, CH4, N2O, and methane.
  • Hazards – Effects of climate change on humans: Sickness and death, food production, shelter, air quality, water quality, economy, disease, pests, transportation systems.
  • Adaptation and Mitigation – If we try, what can be done to adapt to and slow the pace of climate change: Green building innovations, infrastructure investment and redesign, global action and coordination, new jobs and industry, electric cars and biofuels, renewable energy production, long term growth and stability.

The process:

  1. Read up a little about your area of interest;
  2. Create your work of art, or use one that you have already made;
  3. Write a one paragraph description, essay, or poem about your piece and how it relates to the topic;
  4. Submit it to the show.

Climate show entries are due:

Wednesday, March 27 by NOON in the Art Alliance Office in Lemont

Click here for a PDF file of the entry form

Click here to enter online

Entry Fees: $30 member; $40 non-member; $20 student (high school / college)

You must submit your payment separately:

About the Juror

Peter Buckland is a lifelong central Pennsylvanian. Since childhood, he has loved the region's forests, fields, and streams and the creatures--including humans--who rely on them. He nurtures this love through his work at Penn State's Sustainability Institute, his service as the Chair of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and other governmental positions, as published poet, amateur photographer, and outdoor enthusiast. His climate-related work has been featured in peer-reviewed journals, a TEDxPSU talk, The Washington Post, Democracy Works, Dirt Rag, local press, and numerous presentations at state and national conferences. He loves to spend time with his wife Alexandra and son Sacha.

Peter Buckland—Academic Programs Manager, Penn State's Sustainability Institute

"What's the Future Hold? Ask A Metalhead." TEDxPSU

Eligible Work

2D and 3D work created in the last 5 years that has not previously won an award in an Art Alliance show is eligible. Reproduction prints are not acceptable. 2D work must not exceed 48" in any direction. Work must be ready to hang with hardware on the frame or stretched canvas. The Art Alliance reserves the right to reject any entry.

Entry Process and Fee

This exhibition is open to all and is not juried in. The entry form must be received in the Art Alliance office by 12pm, Wednesday, April 27.

Entry Fees: $30 member; $40 non-member; $20 student (high school / college)

Poetry & Climate Talk

The exhibition will include a special poetry and climate talk on Sunday afternoon, April 7th, from 4–5pm. Our Juror, Peter Buckland’s reading will intersperse poems with reflections on climate science, clean and dirty energy, land and soils, and organizing for a more convivial world.

Show Dates and Hours

“Climate” will open at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown on Friday, April 5, and run through Sunday, April 28. Art Alliance Downtown Gallery hours are Thursdays–Saturdays, 12–6pm, Sundays, 12–4pm.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held the evening of Friday, April 5, from 5–8pm. Contributing artists can contribute food or wine to the reception (please see entry form).

Prizes and Judging

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded. In addition, Honorable Mention awards will be given to other notable works.

Sales and Conditions

Works may be for sale. The Art Alliance has a commission of 20% of the selling price for work sold at the show. The Art Alliance is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork. Purchased pieces must remain in the gallery until the end of the show, April 28.

Receiving and Retrieving Work

Artwork must be delivered to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown at 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA, on Sunday, March 31 between 4–6pm. Please attach a completed label to your work. Pick up your artwork on Sunday, April 28 from 4–6pm. The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown has no additional storage space for artwork, please honor the pickup date.

Sitting for the Show

In order to have the show open to the public, the artists are asked to Sit at the show. You will receive an email with a link for you to sign up for a time slot.

About the Juror

Peter Buckland is a lifelong central Pennsylvanian. Since childhood, he has loved the region's forests, fields, and streams and the creatures--including humans--who rely on them. He nurtures this love through his work at Penn State's Sustainability Institute, his service as the Chair of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and other governmental positions, as published poet, amateur photographer, and outdoor enthusiast. His climate-related work has been featured in peer-reviewed journals, a TEDxPSU talk, The Washington Post, Democracy Works, Dirt Rag, local press, and numerous presentations at state and national conferences. He loves to spend time with his wife Alexandra and son Sacha.

Peter Buckland—Academic Programs Manager, Penn State's Sustainability Institute

"What's the Future Hold? Ask A Metalhead." TEDxPSU

 

Calling All Artists... PEOPLE'S CHOICE FESTIVAL 2019 POSTER CONTEST NOW OPEN (Boalsburg, PA) –

The Committee of the People's Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts is now accepting entries for their annual Poster Contest. This is a chance to get your art work in front of thousands of people, and win $500! We're looking for someone who can capture the fun, family-oriented look and feel of the People's Choice Festival.

The contest is open to everyone.

Here are the particulars:

  • The Poster Contest is sponsored by First National Bank
  • Finished size MUST be 18x24
  • Poster designs must be submitted digitally in high-resolution PDF format by May 1, 2019.
  • Festival dates are July 11–14, 2019 at the Military Museum Grounds in Boalsburg.
  • Winner will be notified by May 15, 2019.
  • Poster design may be used in advertising and print materials.
  • Contest winner will be awarded $500.00

Submit entries to: peopleschoicefestival@gmail.com and scbiddle@gmail.com

Get Ready... Get Set... Imagine!

For further information, or media inquiries, please contact Cindy Rockey at cjrockey17@gmail.com

 

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