In the news: Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

  • Tyler Barton, Program Coordinator for PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration, spent a week in December at Modern Art in Lancaster working on his next novel, as part of the gallery’s “Don’t Forget How to Write” project. Passersby could provide prompts and ideas for Barton’s novel as he worked in the gallery’s display window. His first book, a collection of short stories, will be released by Sarabande Books this year. “Where the Rubies Live” was a Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction runner-up last year, and you can learn more about it here. Barton also recently had a short story, “The Skins,” chosen for the 2020 Best Small Fictions anthology. Watch Barton’s ABC27 News interview about “Don’t Forget How to Write”.
  • Work by Justin Carney ’20, Photography & Video, has been published as a monograph by Photography Magazine. Many of the photos in the collection, featuring members of his family in both formal and spontaneous settings, formed the basis of Those Left Behind, his senior thesis last Spring at PCA&D. Carney now is studying for his MFA at University of Indiana Bloomington. You can learn more about the Photography Magazine feature here, and follow Carney on Instagram at @joule_zei.
  • The work of Nicole Belcher Denzler ’21, Photography & Video, has been accepted into Moevir Magazine, a Paris-based publication featuring fashion and art photography. The photos, representing differing Central Pennsylvania styles of fashion, are made using both natural and artificial lighting, Denzler says, “also adding bold colors into the pictures to made them stand out more.” The Lancaster-based photographer can be found on Instagram at @denzle.r, and at nicoledenzler.com.
  • Congratulations to the five seniors who have been selected as co-curators for the 2021 Senior Show. They are Nicole Belcher Denzler, Photography & Video; Rachel Boldt, Fine Art; Meranda Hall, Fine Art; Alexis Lebesco, Illustration; and Regina Mehaffey, Graphic Design. The five will be responsible for investigating display methods, as well as exploring theories of curation and exhibition design. They will work under the guidance of Alana Coates, the College’s Director of Exhibitions.
  • Work by Adam Leitzel ’20, Photography & Video, has been featured in a group show from Darkside Collective. You can find Untitled, curated by Nat Raum, here, and find Leitzel on Instagram at @irwinfinkle.
  • An ongoing photographic series by Photography & Video Chair Eric WeeksWorld Was in the Face of the Belovedhas been featured in Dodho Magazine, a Barcelona-based publication that highlights established and emerging photographers from around the world. Weeks writes: “All of my work involves contemplation and exploration into the nature of human relationships and experience. In past series I have examined the connection to family, looked at the bond between couples, addressed ideas of masculinity in a portrait series of men, combined photographs of seemingly disparate subjects to suggest metaphysical and corporeal connections, and most recently created short films capturing ephemeral human interactions. The images of my wife are part of this investigation.”
  • curio. Gallery & Creative Supply in downtown Lancaster, owned by Foundation and Center for Creative Exploration instructor Matt Allyn Chapman and Nicole Duquette, hosts Living Ink, an exhibition of work by former Graphic Design adjunct Megan Zettlemoyer, Feb. 5 through March 27. Both Chapman and Duquette are 2018 BFA graduates of PCA&D. The show, which you can view here, features abstract paintings made using handmade inks foraged from natural elements such as berries, seeds, and burnt sticks. In each piece, curio. writes, “Zettlemoyer pairs a structured element with sporadic, energetic bursts which symbolize the balance of serenity in nature with the often frenetic bustle of the city.”