April accomplishments in the PCA&D community

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Friday, May 12th, 2023

  • Eight Pennsylvania College of Art & Design faculty and staff members have been selected to exhibit work in the annual Demuth Invitational. Demuth Invitational: Portraiture Through Artists’ Eyes runs through June 25 at the Demuth Museum, 120 E. King St., Lancaster. 
    PCA&D faculty and staff whose work will be on display include Salina Almanzar (Program Coordinator, Center for Creative Exploration), Becky Blosser (Chair, Fine Art), Evan Kitson (Adjunct, Fine Art), Bill Mammarella (Chair, Foundation), Osmyn Oree (Admissions), Justin Phillips (Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs), Aaron Thompson (Assistant Professor, Fine Art/Foundation), and Eric Weeks (Chair, Photography & Video). 

    To learn more about Demuth Invitational: Portraiture Through Artists’ Eyesgo here.  

  • Three members of Associate Professor Pamela Barby’s Junior Design Studio class have been named winners in The Real Show23 competition organized by George Mason University School of Art. Congratulations to Amanda Choong, Cleo Kendrick, and Alex Maxwell. Participants were charged with designing a brand identity and menu for Huevos, an all-day eatery in the fast-casual food space. Contestants were asked to develop a logo system that was approachable, gutsy, and unexpected, with a logotype, tagline, logo lockup, and contextualization of the logo in a menu using provided menu copy. 
  • Students in Bill Dussinger’s Art for Social Good class turned a classroom prompt into an exhibition at Penn Cinema in northern Lancaster County. Escape to the Movies will be on display through Memorial Day weekend. Student artists include Hailey Bortz ’23, Illustration; Shannon Bray ’23 Illustration; Rachael Clough ’24, Graphic Design; Sami Halfpenny ’23, Illustration; Gregory Johnson ’25, Illustration; Jacob Kinney ’25, Illustration; Alaina Masi ’24, Illustration; Alex Maxwell ’25, Photography & Video; Lucas Smith ’25, Illustration; Sherrie Snyder ’24, Fine Art; Jasmyn Stokes ’23, Illustration; Kaya Vosburgh ’25, Illustration; and River Wintermantel ’25, Fine Art. 

  • Rite of Simulation, a solo exhibition by Troy Holleman (Adjunct, Live Experience Design & Production/Photography & Video), is open through June 3 in the Scott Center Gallery of Carroll County Community College, Westminster, Md. You can take a virtual walkthrough here. This interdisciplinary exhibition investigates relationships between animism, contemporary technology, and the chosen methodologies and mythologies by which we live. Frantic attempts to communicate sacred thoughts and truths are paired with 3D-printed facsimiles of forms found in nature. You can see more of his work on Instagram at @troydutch, and at troylholleman.com 

  • Three PCA&D faculty members were the subject of an April exhibition at Garden Spot Village Main Street Gallery last month. Inside the Cover aimed to offer a behind-the-scenes look at different ways to create a children’s book. Highlighting work by Amber Kane, Bill Dussinger, and Matt Novak, each of these artists and authors showcases the collaborative nature of creating a children’s book and the various methods that can be used to illustrate a story. Kane, who teaches AP Drawing, AP 2D Design, and AP Art History online, is The Art of Education University, Director of Product Management. She and her brother Ashley Sollenberger started creating books in 2021. Dussinger, a graphic designer/illustrator/educator, has been in the design/illustration business for over 40 years and has been an educator for the past 11 years at PCA&D in the Illustration and Graphic Design departments. His first book evolved into a company that has published numerous books. Novak (Assistant Professor, Animation & Game Art) is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, and veteran of Disney, whose honors include School Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year for Mouse TV and the International Reading Association’s Children’s Choice Award for Newt.  

  • The third-floor hallway leading to the dining area has transitioned from a dim passageway to a bright, fresh space thanks to the 2022-23 Mural Team. Harmonious Transition, inspired by the cut-out work of Henri Matisse, was dedicated in late April by President Michael Molla. The hallway has been lifted from bare concrete block walls into “something students would enjoy moving through between classes without distracting them or requiring longer observation to understand,” according to a new plaque in the hallway recognizing its contributors: Nicole Carvajal, Ezra Davulcu, Hannah Groff, Dzifa Lassey, Beck Schilling, Jonathan Shelor, Mak Sherrid, Kelby Weaver, and River Wintermantel. The team was advised by Salina Almanzar of the Center for Creative Exploration, Director of Physical Plant Dan Freiler, faculty member Michael Hawthorne, Assistant Dean Justin Phillips, and Director of Exhibitions Alex Schaufele