November accomplishments in the PCA&D community

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Monday, December 6th, 2021

  • Work by nearly a dozen artists with PCA&D ties was part of a Nov. 19 community art show and silent auction to benefit the work of CWS Lancaster, a nonprofit organization that works to resettle refugees. CWS Lancaster recently partnered with NPR’s StoryCorps American Pathways program to record podcasts with local refugee storytellers. Those recordings were interpreted by the artists. Those with current and former PCA&D ties included Salina AlmanzarMatt Allyn ChapmanBill CifuniNicole DuquetteAmelia MellbergNathalie Pacheco, Allie Townsend, and Megan Zettlemoyer. In addition two artists whose collaborative work was featured in Summer 2020 in the Art Garden, Keisha Finnie and Kerasten Jordan, also participated.
  • The work of Joanna Becker ’21, Illustration, is newly published in Mistakes Are A-Okay, Maggie Maye!, a children’s book by Professor Pickleman now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. The story centers around Maggie Maye, whose day is not unfolding as expected: Can it still turn out OK?
  • Comfort, a photo by Justin Carney ’20, Photography & Video, was selected for Lenscratch magazine’s online exhibition, Still Life. You can see the full exhibition here.
  • The work of PCA&D Illustration graduate Mairin-Taj Caya is featured in a solo exhibition, Speak the Dark, opening on December First Friday, at curio. Gallery & Supply in downtown Lancaster. “This work focus is coming through the dark of the subconscious, through time, and memory, into a spotlight,” Caya told curio. Caya also is a studio class model at the College.
  • In November, 2014 Illustration graduate Matty Geez presented an Artist Talk in conjunction with his exhibition, Botanic Panic, at curio. Gallery & Supply. His show was featured by the gallery through Nov. 26.
  • Rich Johnson, a graphic designer and adjunct member of the Center for Creative Exploration faculty, has an exhibition featuring his work in acrylics through the month of December at Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts, 770 Cumberland St., Lebanon. The show opens Friday, Dec. 3, with a reception from 5-8 pm and live improv music by Johnson at 7 pm. 
  • First-year student Jacob Kinney has been named to Student Council’s Executive Board in the position of Chair of Marketing and Promotions. At PCA&D, he plays Tank for the PCA&D Overwatch Esports Team. Kinney joins the other members of the Executive Board already announced: President Dzifa Lassey ’24, Graphic Design; Vice President Mak Sherrid ’24, Illustration; Secretary Annaca Stieber ’25, Illustration; and Chair of Events and Activities Bianca Garcia ’24, Illustration.
  • During media coverage of this year’s Extraordinary Give fundraiser in Lancaster, alumna Ayana McGaw ’21, Illustration, was interviewed by LancasterOnline.com. In support of Habitat for Humanity fundraising, and in celebration of Habitat’s impact on her own life, McGaw painted a window mural of a Habitat home on Penn Square in the city’s downtown.
  • The work of Justin Phillips, Director of Virtual Learning and Artmaking and Foundation faculty member, was part of a November group exhibition at Paste Table Gallery, London, that focused on analogue collage.
  • Emily Reifsnyder ’22 and Alex Eggleston ’23 are this year’s hosts of Into the Darkroom,  the Photography & Video Department’s podcast. The pair recently hosted Prof. Troy Holleman for the first episode of the academic year. Into the Darkroom can now be found on YouTube. A link to the most recent episode is here; previous episodes will soon join it on that new platform. 
  • Members of the PCA&D community who enjoy a craft beer can check out the work of Shannon Yordy ’10, Graphic Design. Her designs were commissioned for two of Neshaminy Creek’s seasonal brews, Stargazer Saison and Quilts of Fury Baltic Porter, as part of their artist label series. “I’ve been working in design/marketing since I graduated,” the Lancaster resident says, and she currently does illustration and show flyers for the largest car wash supplier in the U.S. Neshaminy Creek contacted Yordy after seeing the illustration work she had done for bands.