Marywood University is presenting Graduate Exhibition I, an exhibit of work by five graduate students. The group exhibit features Master of Fine Arts candidates Alison Willse and Krystal Rose Ledoux, as well as Master of Arts candidates Jason Strickland, Shvonne Strickland, and Richard Stanislaus. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 6, from 5-7 p.m., in the Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts.
Alison Willse, Scranton, obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Rosemont College. Alison is the assistant to the Webmaster at Marywood University, where she pursues her passion for visual media aids in website design and maintenance. Her artwork has been included in more than ten exhibitions, where the themes of confrontation and non-solution have been recurrent. Alison uses spray enamel and silkscreen on wood, focusing primarily on color, composition and shape. Through her work, Alison explores our society and contemplates the stereotypes and continuous state of struggle she has observed.
Krystal Rose Ledoux, Royersford, completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Albright College. Krystal works as a part-time preparator at Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College. In creating her paintings, Krystal uses acrylics and often utilizes finger painting. Her current series is contemporary, hard-edge, and pop. In it, she focuses on bad habits, examining her own habits, as well as those of people around her. Krystal paints on canvas, sometimes adding smaller canvases to supplement larger ones.
Jason Strickland, Towanda, currently teaches high school art and adult clay classes at Towanda Area High School. At the high school level, Jason teaches ceramics, photography, and basic art. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Edinboro University. Jason's work is primarily functional pottery thrown on the potter's wheel. He recently built a wood-burning train style kiln that he fires to temperatures exceeding 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit. His current focus is on altering the vessels to give a sense of rock landscape on their surfaces.
Shvonne Strickland, Towanda, was educated at Mansfield University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education. There she prepared for her present job at Towanda Area High School, where she has been teaching art for six years. Shvonne's work is made using clay slabs and inspired by architecture. She experiments with texture, mixing sawdust and grog into her clay, and fires the work in a wood kiln, achieving effects that add to the transformation process that is important in her work.
Richard Stanislaus, Scranton, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Kean College, N.J. He also completed a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Scranton. Richard works at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum at McDade Park, as well as at Eckley Miners' Village. He works in a variety of media, including silkscreen, wood engraving, mezzotint engraving, and painting. His artwork encourages viewers to contemplate a range of conceptual meanings, such as the transitory nature of objects and the passage of time.
The exhibit will run through December 19. Gallery hours are Monday- Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or directions, contact the Marywood University Art Department at 570-348-6278, or www.marywood.edu/galleries.
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