Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

  • Salina Almanzar-Oree, Center for Creative Exploration Program Coordinator, was awarded an Equity Partner Grant by Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Equity Council. The grant will support Taller Pa’lante: Art in Parks, return pop-up engagements in neighborhood parks that will encompass mini murals, make-and-take projects, and investing in a youth mentee who will learn how to conduct community-engaged arts projects working alongside Almanzar-Oree and Osmyn Oree, Admission Counselor, artist, and PCA&D ’11 (Photography).
  • Daisy Brooks ’22, Animation & Game Art; Laurence Jacoby ’25; Faith Poehner ’25; and Jay Shelor ’24, Illustration assisted PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration at this spring’s Science is Amazing! event at Lancaster Science Factory. CCE’s tie-dye project was hugely popular, and about 200 young students visited CCE’s table to interact with CCE staff and our Young Artist Assistants to get creative. 
  • Skill Set, an exhibition of art by Center for Creative Exploration instructors, was on display this spring at Garden Spot Village, New Holland. CCE instructors whose work was on display included Bill Cifuni, Dobe, Sheri Hansen, Rich Johnson, Adam Leitzel, Abigail Saurbaugh, Adam Serrano, Leah Limpert Walt, and Jason Ward. The exhibition continues a strategic partnership between CCE and the retirement community in Eastern Lancaster County. Partnering with Garden Spot Village on workshops that are open to GSV residents as well as the general public brings CCE programming to new audiences who may not always be able to physically access Lancaster City, says CCE Director Natalie Lascek
  • Mandi Hall ’21, Fine Art, was one of five curators chosen by the non-profit organization Philadephia Sculptors for 5 into 1, its annual exhibition showcasing the works of emerging sculptors. The exhibition was held last month at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University. Hall’s work also was on display this spring at Blick Philadelphia representing that city’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists

  • Work by Pennsylvania-based Adam Leitzel ’20, Photography & Video, recently was included in Surveillance Society, a photo, video, and visual design international group exhibition organized in Rome, Italy, by LoosenArt, an online gallery and platform dedicated to contemporary visual arts. 

  • Work by Normandie Luscher, Illustration adjunct, has been included in American Illustration Winners 41. Her illustration, of Queen Elizabeth II, was created for Mighty Kind Kids Magazine. You can see this work and more at @normandieillustration
  • Work by Malia Matthews ’25, Photography & Video, was featured on Instagram twice this spring by Study Breaks Magazine. You can follow her work at @thescapepr0ject
  • Monica Miller, PCA&D’s Esports Program Development Consultant, recently was interviewed by the MAP Esports Podcast Network at the PowerUp conference in South Bend, Ind. Miller discussed budgeting for basic esports gaming and the difficulty in being a translator between gamers and non-gamers. You can watch and listen here to the full episode. 

  • Two large-format prints by Rachel O’Brien ’23, Photography & Video, were put on display at Photo Lounge lab in Philadelphia. You can follow O’Brien’s work at @rachelrae_photos.
  • Joe Palumbo ’08, Illustration, was featured in the media for his work on a Wilson School District community mural that memorializes a student who passed away in 2004. Learn more here about Palumbo’s contribution to this healing and unifying art project. 
  • Congratulations to the five students who have been elected as Student Council officers for the 2022-2023 academic year: President: Mak Sherrid ’24; Vice President: Allana Hayden ’25; Secretary: Onix Guadalupe-Rivera ’25; Chair of Marketing and Promotions: Jacob Kinney ’25; Chair of Events and Activities: Hannah Groff  ’24.

  • If You Gotta Hurt Somebody, Please Hurt Me, a two-gallery exhibition of work by Pacifico Silano ’08, Photography, was reviewed last month by Vince Aletti in The New Yorker. It’s part of a larger examination by Aletti of Silano’s work, which he describes as “sexy, seductive, and intensely pleasurable, yet haunted by pleasure’s limits.” Read the full article here

  • Robert Young, Assistant Professor and Chair of Illustration, will present a paper at ICON 11 in Kansas City, Mo., this summer. This conference is a gathering of designers, illustrators, educators, and art buyers. You can find Young listed here among the main lineup of speakers. In other news, Young recently completed a brand redesign and illustration work for Cat Head Press