Graduate Exhibition I

Marywood University will present Graduate Exhibition I by three students on November 7- December 11. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 7, from 6-7 p.m. in the Suraci Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts. Both events are free and open to the public.


The group exhibit features Master of Fine Arts candidate Muaz Gulen (photography) and Master of Arts candidates Ruth Giovannitti (sculpture) and Shelly Grillo (painting).


Muaz B. C. Gulen (Northampton, PA) is originally from Erzurum, Turkey, and received a bachelor of arts in communications/journalism from International American University in Los Angeles, California. Additionally, Gulen obtained his master of education degree in instructional technology from East Stroudsburg University. Working as a freelance photographer and designer, Gulen is self-employed and involved primarily in commercial work.  He enjoys seeing each job through to completion, working out every detail from beginning to end. Gulen's series of photographs, titled Motion Abstracts, concentrates on the concept of motion blur. Every image is based on either the movement of the camera or the motion of the subject. His photographs are taken straight, without any kind of manipulation, montage or computer effects  being added. Each of Gulen's images is unique and cannot be reproduced, as it would be impossible to get the exact same movement to occur in either the camera or the subject.


Ruth Giovannitti (Endicott, N.Y.) attended Marywood University and obtained a bachelor of science degree in special education. She has been teaching art with the Children's Home of Wyoming Conference in Binghamton, N.Y., for nine years. Giovannitti's sculptural work finds inspiration in nature, specifically from plants, shells, rocks, water and fire. Creating jewelry made from metals and beads, soapstone carvings, and sculptural ceramic pieces, Giovannitti does not attempt to create a literal depiction of those natural elements, but rather interprets them in her own unique way.


Shelly Grillo (Pocono Summit, PA) holds an associate's degree in fashion illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, N.Y. She also worked in New York for ten years as a clothing designer. Grillo also received a bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Hawaii, and currently teaches art in the Pocono Mountain School District. In having spent seven years teaching, Grillo realizes how much she enjoys supporting the students by attending everything from sporting events to art openings. Grillo's own work uses nature as the subject matter, and she paints with oil on canvas. Linear direction, color, light and the creation of shape and depth are the driving forces behind her work. Grillo seeks to illustrate that paint, brush, and the hand of a single artist can transform time, emotion and consciousness.


Gallery hours include Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  For more information or directions, contact Marywood University Art Galleries at (570)348-6211 ext. 2428 or visit