Marywood University is presenting a Graduate (èm-èf-ā) / (èm-ā) Exhibition featuring twelve graduating students through June 17 in the Mahady Gallery and Main Lobby, Shields Center for Visual Arts.
The exhibit features Master of Fine Arts candidates Benjamin Buchenot (ceramics), Karli Sue Buday (ceramics), Kayla Cady (painting), Corrie Grant (sculpture/metals), Aubrey Maggio (painting), Tony Pachick (sculpture/glass), Larisa Palmentere (sculpture), Joe Piconi (painting), Gina Rice (sculpture/metals), Sarah Schimeneck (sculpture/installation), Laurie Tintle (sculpture), and Master of Arts candidate, Dianne DiMeglio (ceramics).
The Graduate Exhibition is free and open to the public. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information or directions, contact Marywood University Art Galleries at (570) 348-6211 ext. 2428 or visit www.marywood.edu/galleries.
Benjamin Buchenot (Aurora, IL) received his B.A. in studio art from North Central College in Naperville, IL, followed by an artist residency for three years at Terra Incognito Studios and Gallery in Oak Park, IL. Buchenot combines his ceramic work with a strong background in drawing and two-dimensional design. In addition to working in clay, Buchenot has experience in glass blowing, woodworking, photography, blacksmithing, bronze casting, and interactive digital media. His thesis work explores mixing different media to create sculptures that explore the hidden mysteries behind the physical universe. In addition to creating sculptures Buchenot also makes functional porcelain pottery. Buchenot is the recipient of the Ella T. Ruane Medal for Excellence in Art from Marywood University.
Karli Sue Buday (Freeport, PA) works in clay in combination with found materials, primarily tires and metal. She finds inspiration in the interactive relationship between man and nature. Her sculptural work uses gesture to reference chaotic energies found in the natural world. She hopes her work will compel viewers to reflect on their own relationship with Nature.
Kayla Cady (Earlville, N.Y.) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from Cazenovia College. She worked as a graphic designer and marketing professional in Syracuse, N.Y., prior to her graduate studies in painting at Marywood. Cady's paintings seek to challenge the traditional depiction of landscape painting by not only reexamining the horizon line, but also by displaying her compositions in a non-traditional manner. Many of her paintings contain sewn and dyed elements and multiple layers on untreated canvases. Cady has been active in the Scranton arts community by showing her work at various venues and helping to form the Independent Artist Collective.
Dianne R. DiMeglio (Leola, PA) has been an art teacher in the Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster County for 16 years, where she currently teaches K-6. Her ceramic sculptures are manipulated and altered works in stoneware and porcelain clays that she refers to as, "Dr. Seuss meets Tim Burton." DiMeglio's botanical/mechanical sculptures combine plant forms with found machine-made objects, and strive to visually harmonize the organic/natural with the industrial/man-made.
Corrie Grant (Salem, N.J.) works three-dimensionally in large and small scale incorporating used and cast-off objects such as bottle caps, mint tins, windows, and pipes with other raw materials including silver, copper, and polyester resin. Writing, words, and books are an integral part of Grant's life, and often appear in her artwork along with the found materials she calls "rescued" objects that take the form of sculpture, jewelry, and found object constructions.
Aubrey Maggio (Wye Mills, MD) is a painter working in oil on canvas. Her work features narrative imagery of women enveloped in vinyl that can be eerily disturbing, yet mysterious and intriguing. Maggio will also be exhibiting abstract ceramic sculpture inspired by her paintings. The sculptures are all hand coiled from stoneware clay; some have inlaid porcelain. Like her paintings, Maggio plays on human desires for beauty by way of seductive, mood driven colors contrasted with discomforting subject matter.
Tony Pachick (Wilkes-Barre Township, PA) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual art from Keystone College, where he worked primarily in glass. Serving in the National Guard, Pachick's thesis work blends and explores man's need to exert dominance over fellow man from disagreements to scuffles, brawls, conflicts, and wars. Those destructive acts paint a landscape full of hatred, violence, and bloodshed that escort those that remain to actual destinations where the ghosts of the past continually haunt them. In a mixed media installation, Pachick investigates where those darkest, most resonating memories are forged.
Larisa A. Palmentere (Trucksville, PA) works in a number of media, including bronze, glass, clay, steel, and wood, in addition to photography. Her works focuses on the mysterious nature of life after death and all of the unknowns surrounding it. She utilizes the lost wax casting process creating multiple three-dimensional forms in bronze used in combination with her photographs, steel, and colorful glass panels.
Joe Piconi (Lake Ariel, PA) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art and Associate of Fine Arts from Keystone College. A patient painter, Piconi possesses an obsessive propensity for color, surface, and line. He works in a vinyl-based paint called Flashe on canvas, usually depicting an object with a meticulous amount of detail.
Gina Rice (Pottsville, PA) earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from The Pennsylvania State University, and taught high school art for eleven years prior to attending graduate school. Rice works in jewelry and sculpture using ceramics, glass, and various metals; most of the work is hand-fabricated, flame worked, or forged. Her work has a female perspective which is intended to challenge the viewer in terms of preconceived ideas about what is acceptable for self-adornment, and the reasons we find this practice so appealing.
Sarah Schimeneck (Bethlehem, PA) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kutztown University. Throughout her life, Schimeneck's preoccupation with animals and their lives as well as their deaths has shaped her perspective on reality. Schimeneck uses video and sculpture to reference personal ritual, obsession, and anxiety through an established vocabulary. Whether her work is linear narrative or a-linear imagery succession, Schimeneck hopes to communicate a strong sentimentality which governs her life and, as a result, her work.
Laurie Tintle (Beach Lake, PA) received both her Bachelor of Arts and Associate in Fine Arts degrees from Keystone College. Working three-dimensionally, Tintle employs mixed media using a wide array of materials in her pieces. Her figurative works take on distinct personalities, not unlike members of one's family.
(Photo by Corrie Grant)
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