Graduate Exhibition on Display May 2- June 26

Published on Thu, April 30, 2009

Marywood University will exhibit the work by six Master of Fine Arts graduate students from May 2- June 26 in Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts. The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, May 2, from 5-7 p.m.

Brie T. Cha (Clovis, CA) received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Drawing|Painting from California State University, Fresno. Cha's work has been greatly influenced by her personal life and the Hmong culture. Her current work involves intricate and often subtle detail that is a means for her to understand her husband's culture, Hmong. Cha also aims to introduce the Hmong and their struggle for identity in America through her images. Working figuratively allows for a rich understanding of her subject matter, as well as for artistic discovery throughout the process. Cha uses oil paint for the brilliant color and slowed drying time. She creates interesting color arrangements and intricate passages. Working as a formalist, Brie finds visual compositions that work well together to create the whole image.

Christa Felice (Hewitt, NJ) obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Marywood University. Felice has studied art in Rome and Venice, Italy. She was awarded the Ruane Medal for Excellence in Art, and in addition to her academic studies volunteers in the community by painting murals. Felice currently is building a body of oil paintings that consists of inventive figural compositions. The abstracted figures function merely as departure points and are subservient to the medium. This allows Felice to focus on the basic formal elements to create a dynamic composition. By including figures, Felice appreciates the relationship the viewer has with these recognizable forms, as well as the human experience that connects the viewers with her paintings. 

Patricia Hahn (Tunkhannock, PA) holds an A.A.S. in Commercial Art, B.S. in Art Education, and M.E. in Education. Through her education and personal journey, Hahn has explored an individual artistic expression throughout her life. For this exhibit, Hahn's primary medium is oil on canvas or wood panel. Subject matter is developed in the studio from real-life observation, on-site sketching and painting, and a personal imaginative twist. Hahn is interested in natural form, glowing light, spatial depth, quietness, drama and implied human interaction that she finds in the world all around her. Hahn utilizes both traditional and contemporary practices, showcasing work done in oil, acrylic and watercolor. 

Michael Harris (Mountain Top, PA) is a native of Mendocino County, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Scranton. Harris also holds a Master of Arts in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He currently is on leave from the Diocese of Scranton while he is focusing on his art. Harris works primarily in oils on canvas, depicting landscapes. He studied with the late Hope Horn and Brian Keeler who facilitated Harris's tremendous appreciation for color. Harris is interested in the colors within nature, especially in the Pennsylvania forests. He has a strong desire to protect the environment by curtailing urban sprawl, and seeks to capture the beauty of nature in his paintings.

Lisa Popp (Clarks Summit, PA) obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Ceramics from Marywood University. She has taught ceramics at the University level, privately, and K-12, in connection with the Migrant Education Program. Popp is the owner of Poppyville Pottery. She and her family will be returning to her hometown of Orange County, California, this summer. Popp's recent explorations in clay represent the interconnected personal and cultural identities woven into our lives, with an emphasis on time and travel. Popp creates formal compositions by hand building flat geometric and organic clay forms then positions holes to reflect the stitching of fabric. Incorporating various materials to attach component pieces, Popp unifies formal relationships while transforming two-dimensional planes into vessel forms. Popp's work ranges in scale from life size to hand held. 

Judith Snyder (Bangor, PA) received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Marywood College; additionally, she holds a Master of Arts in Communication Arts/Television and Radio Production. Snyder has worked in the entertainment industry as a scenic and lighting director, and at Marywood University as the theatre's technical director.  Snyder has taught technical theatre classes, lighting, audio, scenic and stage management classes. Clearly influenced by her theatrical experience, her photographs of the human form are used to create an alternative perspective by utilizing dramatic light and shadow. The images are not intended to be recognizable at first glance; but are meant to entice viewers to examine closely how the image speaks to them.

For more information, contact Marywood University Art Galleries at 570-348-6211 ext.2428 or