Art News and Achievements
Patricia Likos Ricci, associate professor of the history of art and director of the Fine Arts Division, is guest curator of the exhibition “A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance,” at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. The more-than-150-piece exhibit is a retrospective about the Pennsylvania State Capitol artist Violet Oakley (1874-1961), the first woman to receive a commission for a government building. Ricci reconstructed the career of Oakley, a prolific muralist, stained glass designer and portraitist and wrote the illustrated exhibition catalog. She also presented “The Woman Artist in a Man-Made World” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Sept. 13 and “The Visions of Violet Oakley: Spiritual, Political and Aesthetic” at the Woodmere Art Museum on October 7, 2017. The exhibit continues through Jan. 21, 2018.
Kristi Arnold, Fine and Performing Arts, and David Bowne, associate professor of biology, co-presented the poster “Turning algae into art: A collaboration between art and ecology students to address eutrophication in a campus lake” at the national conference of the Ecological Society of America in Portland, Oregon, this past August.
Milt Friedly, professor of art, was selected to exhibit with the GAA Foundation at the European Cultural Center during the 16th Architectural Biennali in Venice, Italy, from May – November, 2018. The GAA is a Dutch-based foundation that promotes international, contemporary art. Friedly is one of 30 sculptors invited to participate with 150 architects. The exhibition is titled “Time Space Existence.”
Patricia Likos Ricci, associate professor of history of art and director of the Fine Arts Division, presented the paper, “Civic Pride and Prejudice: History and Allegory in Anglo-American Mural Paintings,” in September 2016, at the 5th Annual International Conference in Paragone Studies at the Manchester (England) Art Gallery. Ricci’s paper addressed the public reception of mural imagery in 19th- and early 20th-century civic architecture, designed to create social bonds with industrial laborers and encourage assimilation of immigrant workers.
Milt Friedly, professor of art, had his printmaking exhibited at the North Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from July through December, 2016. The exhibition includes original printmaking, Etchings, Collagraphs, High-Type Blocks, Lithographs and Monotypes dated from 1981-2016. The exhibition is self-curated.
Milt Friedly, professor of art, had his New Mixed Media Sculpture shown at the Rudy Collective in York, Pennsylvania. Included in the show are “Escape – Move Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee,” “Remove Ashes Daily,” and “Corn Chip.” Friedly’s sculptures combine traditional and experimental media to challenge the eye and intellect.
Milt Friedly, professor of fine art, exhibited a collaborative work titled, “With You,” in the Demuth Museum’s Invitational, Poetic Paintings. Friedly and poet Deanna Nikaido created a high-type Block print for the show, printed on Friedly’s Noland flatbed press.
Milt Friedly, professor of fine art, had a sculpture, “Four O’clock Tea II,” included in the Little Sculpture Show at Tribeca Three-Sixty, in New York City, which was part of 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony honoring sculptors Kiki Smith and Bernar Venet.
Milt Friedly, professor of fine art, had the work, “Hot Dog!,” curated into the show, “Safe At Home: A short survey of Baseball Art” at the Bedford Gallery, the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California. The show ran April 3 through June 12.