Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

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Friday, October 7th, 2022

  • The work of three 2021 Illustration graduates has been chosen to be part of the art collection at Penn State Health’s new Lancaster facility. Joanna Becker of Lancaster, Amelia Mellberg of Columbia, Pa., and Alex Zhao of Harrisburg, Pa., all had pieces selected from those submitted by nearly 300 artists to demonstrate the bridge between the arts and healing. Giclee prints of their work are part of a staff giving campaign in which prints can be purchased to help support the Lancaster Medical Center’s “Healing Through Arts” program.  

  • Prof. Caitlyn Bishop (Fine Art/Foundation Adjunct) recently was part of Resurgence: The F&M Art, Art History, and Film Department Biennial at Franklin & Marshall College’s Phillips Museum. The exhibition featured the work of staff, faculty,and emeriti from those departments. A reception/gallery talk will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 5 pm, in the Gibson/Rothman Galleries.  
  • curio. Gallery and Creative Supply’s latest Pocket Art Swap, The Deep, featured PCA&D alumni Kylie J. Hileman ’22, Fine Art; Aubrey Maurer ’22, Fine Art; Shannon McCoy ’15, Photography; Nathalie Pacheco ’15, Illustration; and Nikki Weisman ’20, Fine Art, among the Lancaster exhibition’s artists. Each participating artist produced 16 miniature works of art on the theme of looking beneath the surface and seeing what there is to discover when you leave the shallows and go further. You can also check out The Deep online herecurio. is owned by PCA&D grads Matt Allyn Chapman ’08 (also one of our Foundation professors) and Nicole Duquette ’08.


  • Lux, PCA&D’s Photography & Video student group, is the organization behind Do You See Me?, an exhibition of student self-portraits now on display in the Photography & Video Hallway Gallery. Work from nine students is on display through Wednesday, Oct. 19: Cassie Carver-Peters ’23, Fine Art; Jenna Cervone ’23, Graphic Design; Kiri Chhun ’25, Photography & Video; Alex Eggleston ’23, Photography & Video; Olivia Koziel ’23, Photography & Video; Emily Moyer ’23, Fine Art; Faith Stiffey ’23, Fine Art; Vee Stepanchak ’25, Photography & Video; and Kelby Weaver ’24, Illustration.

  • A Lancaster County-themed coloring book by Phil Kieffer ’18, Digital Media, has been published by Lucky Manufacturing Co. and can be purchased at Building Character.


  • Graphic Design senior Frankie Reed‘s summer internship with the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition resulted in new club branding, logos, graphics, social media, and a 2022 merchandise collection for the organization. “I feel like a lot of graphic designers want to work for a company with projects on the side, and this experience solidified (that goal) for me,” Reed says. You can learn more here about their internship experience.


  • Art by Samantha Sanders ’16, Fine Art, has been chosen to illustrate Oak Spring Garden Foundation seed packets. The Virginia-based organization’s mission is to inspire “bold action on the history and future of plants, including the art and culture of plants, gardens, and landscapes.”


  • Alumna Paula L. Schmitt is serving as the fourth bishop of the Allegheny Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church. She worked as a graphic designer before entering seminary, and recently took up artwork again. “Painting is a way for me to disconnect from the often-harried pace of the Office of the Bishop,” Schmitt told LivingLutheran.org. Read the full interview here.


  • Prof. Aaron Thompson (Fine Art / Foundation) spent his summer using a PCA&D Research and Practice Faculty Grant to develop the potential for a PCA&D Artist Residency Program. “Coordinating with several departments to establish the precedence of an artist obtaining a classroom for two months during the summer was really interesting and rewarding,” Thompson says. “Everyone was very helpful and excited by the possibility of PCA&D developing a national artist residency program.”


  • Prof. Idalia Vasquez (Photography & Video) recently exhibited in The Woodmere Annual: 80th Juried Exhibition in Philadelphia, and the Dialogo 365: New Rhizomes at the Fleisher Art Memorial, also in Philadelphia. This exhibition asked 19 emerging and established Latinx artists to unpack the interpretations and possibilities in our current state of uncertainty.


  • The summer Montello Foundation art residency of Prof. Eric Weeks (Chair, Photography &. Video) took him about 2,300 miles west, down a 20-mile dirt-and-stone road and into Nevada’s Great Basin Desert. The transformational experience “offered a counterpoint to my usual metropolitan experiences,” says the resident of Lancaster and New York cities.”I have made three short films since 2020 that are about urban civilization, so I have wanted to try to work in an environment absent of humanity.” Learn more here about his PCA&D Faculty Research & Professional Development Grant experience.