Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

  • Salina Almanzar-Oree and Natalie Lascek of the College’s Center for Creative Exploration (CCE) were recognized in the November issue of Susquehanna Style for their championing of creative initiatives in the Central Pennsylvania region. Lascek, CCE’s Director, and Almanzar-Oree, Program Coordinator, were honored not only for what CCE brings to the community, but also for their “contributions to other boards and community projects throughout the region. From festivals to libraries, retirement homes to classrooms, their impact spans the Susquehanna.” Honorees in the magazine’s annual Women’s Edition were celebrated at a November reception in Lancaster. 

  • Convergence & Coincidence, an exhibition featuring the works of Prof. Becky Blosser and Justin Phillips, opens Dec. 2 and runs through Jan. 28 at curio. Gallery & Creative Supply Lancaster. Blosser is Chair of the College’s Fine Art Department, and Phillips is Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. The works in this show speak in coincidental languages: shape, space, line, and weight are words and symbols that are both ancient and contemporary, signifiers of existence. See more of their work at @justinphillipsart and @becky.blosser on Instagram, and learn more about the exhibition here

  • Justin Carney ’20, Photography & Video, has his first solo exhibition opening Dec. 2 at the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation in Bloomington Ind. Those Left Behind questions what bonds keep a family together, as well as drive them to separate, after a significant death. Carney is pursuing his MFA in Photography from Indiana University. You can see his work on Instagram at @joule_zei.

  • Work by Prof. Kathleen Eastwood-Riaño (Assistant Professor, Foundation) is part of the annual 215/610 CONTEMPORARY Juried Exhibition at The Gallery at Delaware County Community College through Dec. 16. Nearly 40 emerging artists living and working in and around the Philadelphia region are featured. The purpose of this exhibition, juried by Alex Klein, Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, is to showcase local emerging contemporary artists, create a platform for critical discourse through an exchange of ideas, and to push the boundaries of an age-old practice.   
  • Dyneisha Gross ’20, Graphic Design, recently was interviewed by the podcast arm of UK-based Creative Boom magazine about the power of side projects and spreading positivity. “In this episode,” the show’s summary reads, “we talk about the struggles she’s overcome, the lessons of lockdown, and what she’s found has helped her get noticed and succeed in her current career” in the Washington, D.C., office of Ogilvy. Listen here

  • When US News & World Report asked what makes Lancaster its No. 1 place to retire, they turned to Natalie Lascek, Director of PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration, to talk about the arts community and, specifically, CCE’s outreach to artists of all ages. “More experienced students may have really interesting perspectives or techniques to share with younger students,” Lascek is quoted as saying. “It is also an opportunity for retired or senior participants to do things they have never done before while having the option to not have to do it alone.” Read the full article here

  • Congratulations to Frankie Reed ’23, Graphic Design, whose design is now adorning limited edition Pride water bottles being sold by The Common Wheel, a Lancaster-based organization that promotes bikes and bicycle safety! Frankie’s work was supported by a PAPride grand administered by The Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, and a portion of each water bottle sale is donated to the Coalition’s HEART program, an outreach and housing effort aimed at assisting LGBTQ+ folks. The water bottles are on sale for $9.99 at both of Common Wheel’s Lancaster city locations, 324 N. Queen St. and 701 E. King St.

  • A studio tour with Sterling Ruby, an acclaimed artist who attended what has become Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, recently was featured by Wallpaper, a global design publication that covers architecture, art, technology, fashion, and more. You can read Ruby’s article here.