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Exhibition: April 5 - 15, 2018

Freshman Foundations Exhibition

April 5 - 15, 2018

April 5th,
12pm - 1:30pm
Sharadin Arts Building

Drawing I, Drawing II, 2-D Design, and 3D Design

Lecture: November 2, 2017

Art Education and Crafts Department Presents Anne Spalter on
Thursday, Novemer 2 at 6:30pm, Sharadin Room 120.

Digital mixed-media artist Anne Spalter is an academic pioneer who founded the original digital fine arts programs
at Brown University and The Rhode Island School of Design (RISO) in the 1990s. In her studio practice, Spalter uses custom software to transform source footage-captured by the artist during multisensory experiences such as riding the Coney Island Cyclone; walking through an open-air flower market in Bangkok; and gazing down from a
helicopter over downtown Dubai-into kaleidoscopic, algorithmically manipulated Modern Landscapes.

Exhibition: October 19 - November 17, 2017

Experimentation Improvisation

October 19 - November 17, 2017
curated by Rick Salafia & Rhonda Wall

Opening Reception:

Thursday, October 19, 4-6pm

Public lecture by Katja Loher:

Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm,
Sharadin 120

Public lecture by Anne Spalter:

Thursday, November 2, 6:30pm, Sharadin 120

Lecture: October 19, 2017

Art Education and Crafts Department Presents Katja Loher on Thursday, October 19,2017 at 6:30pm, Sharadin Room 120.

Exhibition: April 13 - 24, 2016

Freshman Foundations Exhibition April 13 - 24, 2016

RECEPTION: April 14th, 11am - 1pm
Sharadin Arts Building

Drawing I, Drawing II, 2-D Design, and 3D Design








Lecture: March 24, 2016

Art Education and Crafts Department Presents Darlene Farris-Labar on March 24, 2016 at 4:30 - 5:30pm, Sharadin Room 120.

Darlene Farris-LaBar is an associate professor of art at East Stroudsburg University. She has a MFA from the School of Art and Design at SUNY, Purchase College, a BFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an AAS in Digital Media Arts from the College of Technology in New York City. Her art requires scholarly research through environmental interaction and the studying of a variety of eco-systems. It focuses on preserving various plant species of the natural world through the use of 3D digitally designing and printing.

Lecture: February 18, 2016

Art Education and Crafts Department Presents Cristin Millett on February 18, 2016 at 4:30 - 5:30pm, Sharadin Room 120.

Cristin Millett's artwork and research reflect her childhood growing up in a medical household, where she was surrounded by discussions, most often at the dinner table, that focused on the human body. In response to her research, she creates objects and installations that give insight into societal attitudes about the female reproductive system and question taboos surrounding sexuality. She has exhibited her work in numberous national and international exhibitions and her work has been reviewed in Sculpture, Art Papers, and the Chicago Tribune. Since 2001, she has taught courses in sculpture, foundry and installation at Penn State.

Lecture: November 18, 2015

Art Education and Crafts Department Presents Angela Fraleigh on November 18, 2015 at 12:00 - 1:30 pm, Sharadin Room 120.

Angela Fraleigh graduated with an MFA from Yake University, then spent two years in Houston as a Core Artist in Residence. Her solo exhibitions include University of the Arts Gallery in Philadelphia, PPOW Gallery in New York and James Harris GAllery in Seattle. She has been the recipient of several awards and residencies including the Yake University Alice Kimball English grant, The Elizabeth Foundation in New York, NY and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. She is represetned by Inman Gallery in Houston, TX and currently lives and works in both New York, NY and Allentown, PA, where she teaches at Moravian College. Currently on view is "Lost in the Light" a solo exhibition this fall at Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY and "Faculty Selects" at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Fraleigh is currently preparing for a solo exhibition in Fall 2016 at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY.

Lecture: October 21, 2015

College of Visual and Performing Arts & the Art Education and Crafts Department Presents NAVIGATING THE ART WORLD IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA by Renée Riccardo and Paul Laster on October 21, 2015 at 6:30pm, Sharadin Room 120.

Renée Riccardo began her career as an independent curator, organizing shows of contemporary art in New York, Chicago and L.A. from 1985-1990. During that time, she was an Adjunct Curator for Photography (1987-88) at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (MoMA P.S.1) in NY and co-organized (with Paul Laster) a nationwide traveling exhibition, Acceptable Entertainment for Independent Curators Inc. In 1991, Riccardo founded ARENA, a contemporary gallery for emerging artists in Soho exhibiting the work of Marilyn Minter and Vik Muniz. In 1993, ARENA moved to a brownstone apartment in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, where it functioned as a salon style gallery space for 6 years. There ARENA presented the first solo shows of Ann Agee, Tanyth Berkeley, Joanne Greenbaum, Rachel Harrison and Jason Middlebrook, During that time, Riccardo co-organized (with John Good) The Art Exchange Show, a contemporary art fair utilizing 9 floors of abandoned office space in Lower Manhattan that combined art galleries with live performances in 1996 and 1997. After being featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine for the feature article, The Neo-Dealers and on City Arts, a PBS cultural magazine on television, ARENA moved to Williamsburg to a loft that became ARENA@Feed.In 2002, ARENA relocated to Chelsea and presented early exhibitions of Jessica Rohrer, Deborah Grant, Wangechi Mutu and Marilyn Minter. In 2003, Riccardo established ARENA Projects as a nomadic gallery, organizing independent exhibitions for galleries and institutions. Recent projects include an ongoing series of exhibitions entitled, Wrap Around (2013-15) at ARENA@Suite 806, a micro gallery at the office of her therapist, Lee Shapiro, Psy.D on Fifth Avenue, NYC.


Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist, and lecturer. He is a New York Desk Editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a Contributing Editor at FLATT Magazine, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, and artBahrain. He was the Founding Editor of and; started The Daily Beast's art section; and was previously Art Editor of and Russell Simmons’ OneWorld magazine. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, New York Observer, Modern Painters, ArtPulse, and has written for Art in America, Interview, Paper, Flash Art, Newsweek, Bomb Magazine, Tema Celeste, amNew York, and A former Adjunct Curator at New York’s P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1), Laster has organized exhibitions for galleries and nonprofit institutions since 1985. His curatorial projects from the past 12 years include Word (2004) at the Bronx River Arts Center; Me, Myself & I (2004) at Florida Atlantic University Gallery, Boca Raton; It’s a Beautiful Day (2006), Ise Cultural Foundation, New York; Emotional Landscape (2006) at Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; The Garden at 4AM (2009) at Gana Art New York; Driftworks: The Pratt MFA Show (2013) at Loft594, Bushwick; Santero: Sculptural Works by Jorge A Valdes (2015) at Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn; Adam Frezza & Terri Chaio: Paper Islands (2015) at Humanities Gallery, LIU Brooklyn; and A Weekend in the Country (2015) at Magnan Metz Gallery, New York.


Visting Artist Lecture: September 29, 2015

The Department of Art Education and Crafts of Kutztown University is pleased to be presenting a lecture by Philadelphia based artist Shelley Spector on September 29, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Alumni Auditorium, McFarland Student Union Building.

Shelley Spector has been actively engaged in Philadelphia’s arts community for years as a respected artist, innovative gallery owner, and champion of emerging talent. In 2015, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Spector’s first solo museum exhibition, Keep the Home Fires Burning, a walk-through presentation of wood and textile-based sculpture that reflects on the universal quest for hope, home, and connectedness. While wood has been Spector’s primary medium for some three decades, Spector has also applied her characteristic working process—collecting parts old or new, whole or fragmented, then merging them into one cohesive object, to a variety of media. Spector’s multidisciplinary works are part of many private and public collections including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. She has received grants from the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Leeway Foundation. Spector and her work have been featured in Art In America, ARTnews and Art Review.

Speakers: November 21, 2014

CAROL SAUVION - Creator and Executive Producer, Craft in America
Carol Sauvion is the Creator, Executive Producer and Director of Craft in America, the documentary series celebrating American craft and the artists who bring it to life. Sauvion is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Craft in America, which has a mission is to promote and advance original handcrafted work through educational programs in all media. Projects include a 300 page book, Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects, a vortex website and the Craft in America Center, located in Los Angeles and open to the public. In 2010 Craft in America partnered with the Smithsonian American Art Museum to present Crafting a Nation, a symposium organized to consider the state of contemporary craft.

JANICE ARNOLD - Artist & Designer- Janice Arnold has made it her life to know and understand Felt. She has researched and worked with nomadic tribes of Central Asia and Mongolia and studied the high tech world of industrial felt. Arnold approaches her art and projects with intellectual sensibility and an open minded design sense. These skills combine to offer an unparalleled perspective. JA is equally comfortable as a collaborator or solo artist and is driven by quality, design, refinement and challenge. She balances function, and practices design as a cohesive combination of intention, working with people and elements to create harmony. Exhibitions, installations and commissions include; Chroma Passage-Grand Rapids Art Museum, Palace Yurt-Fashioning Felt-Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Site specific permanent installations: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Corporate Headquarters Reception Area Furniture, Chroma Voyage - Seattle Center Key Arena, Seattle Center and The Bar at the Edge of the Earth-Cirque du Soleil.

Exhibiting Artists & Speakers: November 21, 2014

Ted Hallman, ACC Fellow and longtime Fiber artist, retired professor. Recent work or show-Suspended Harmonies, Michener Art Museum, 2012-13, Secret Garden, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Ritsuko Harai, RISD MFA, Artist & Textile designer, Japan & San Fransisco, CA

Mark Hark, Professor at University of Wisconsin in Madison. She is a paper maker who also works in Ghana. Fullbright fellow.

Moon Jung Jang, RISD MFA, who teaches at the University of Georgia in Graphic Design, RISD/Brown University/Sheridan Teaching and Learning Award recipient

Amy Putansu, artist, Professor weaving and textiles at Haywood Community College in the Professional Crafts Program

Jeffrey Clancy, Artist, Metals professor University of Wisconsin, Madison, KU alum, Recent work or show- 40 under 40: Craft Futures, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery.

Theo Uliano, KU Alum, Tyler School of Art MFA, Senior Studio Technician Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Dorothy Akpene Amenuke, Sculptor and Fibers artist, Batik, Kumasi, Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KUNST), Exhibition only.

Barbara Tetenbaum, Artist, Professor and Department Head of Book Arts, Oregon College of Art and Crafts. Honors include a 2012 Koopman, Distinguished Chair at the Hartford Art School, a 2010 Sally Bishop Fellowship at the Center for the Book in NYC.

Art Education Speakers: November 21, 2014

Bob Reeker is a K-5 Visual Arts and Integrated Technology Specialist in Lincoln, Nebraska. A 25-year veteran of the elementary art room, Reeker served on the National Art Education Association (NAEA) board as elementary division director and is past co-president for Nebraska Art Teachers Association. He was named the NAEA National Elementary Art Educator of the Year in 2013. Reeker serves as a board trustee for the National Art Education Foundation and is the elementary representative for the NAEA Professional Learning through Research Working Group. He will be the convention coordinator for the 2016 NAEA National Convention in Chicago, IL. Reeker is an adjunct instructor at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln teaching elementary art methods.

Angela La Porte is an Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has presented numerous papers at state, national, and international conferences and has published on intergenerational, social, and multicultural issues in art education. Angela edited and contributed writings to a book published by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Community Connections: Intergenerational Links in Art Education. She recently co-authored an article for Studies in Art Education, "Beyond Traditional Art Education: Transformative Lifelong Learning in Community-Based Settings with Older Adults" and authored a chapter in "Building Community in Harlem," a 2nd edition of the NAEA publication, Art Culture and Ethnicity.

Stories”, 2013, Glazed ceramic, steel base, 71.75 x 20 x 18 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC. Photo by Alan Wiener.

Artist Lecture on Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Sharadin Room 120


Arlene Shechet is the subject of much critical acclaim including a 2012 Art in America cover story by Faye Hirsch. Roberta Smith calls the work “an example for all,” and Peter Schjeldahl writes that Shechet is “an artist with energy and second-nature mastery to burn.” She has recently been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and Anonymous Was a Woman. Her work is represented in important public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, and the Walker Art Center. In 2013, Shechet had a solo exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co, NY. Shechet’s solo exhibition “Meissen Recast” on view through July 6, 2014, at the RISD Museum, Providence, RI, focuses on the 2012/13 sculptures she made at the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen, Germany. Upcoming solo exhibitions include the Phillips Collections, DC, and the Jewish Museum, NYC. Shechet lives and works in NYC and upstate NY.



Monday, October 1, 2012
1:30 – 3:00 PM
MSU Alumni Auditorium 183
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