2015 - 2016 Exhibition Schedule

From the Ground Up: Drawings by Emily Brown

August 26 – October 17, 2015

Curated by Susan Hagen, From the Ground Up features a selection of sumi ink-wash and watercolor drawings by Philadelphia artist Emily Brown - many in large scale - that celebrate the growth process of organic life upward from the earth. The emergence of trees, shrubs and grasses from the surface of the earth, parallels the development of Brown’s drawings as they grow from the flat picture plane of white paper. Made over the past 15 years in the artist’s studios in both Maine and Pennsylvania, this group of drawings consists of inquisitive views of the landscape: views looking downward at the rocky, weedy ground, paired with views looking outward at the natural world of shaggy forests, fields, snags. Emily Brown’s profoundly beautiful drawings are composed of lush two-dimensional patterns of marks and brushstrokes on paper that sometimes organize themselves – sensuously or violently – into protruding 3-D structures in space, sharp pointy sticks and leaves of grass, deeply-inset niches of shadows, as well as vistas of soft vegetation and luxuriant fields. 

Artist talk: Wednesday, September 30, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Penn Hall, room 257  

Gallery reception: Wednesday, September 30, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.            
Curator’s gallery talk at 6:10 p.m.

Biennial Arts Faculty Showcase 

November 2 – December 14, 2015

Featuring the work of all faculty in the Arts Department, including visual arts, music, multimedia and cinema/video.

Gallery reception:  Wednesday, November 4, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Old School / New School

January 20 – March 11, 2016

Curated by Mark Sfirri and featuring the work of Chris Bathgate, Miriam Carpenter, Danny Kamerath, Mami Kato, and Rod McCormick, this exhibition focuses on the range of approaches to the design and making of objects in contemporary craft. Two artists use digital design and computer-aided techniques; the other three employ traditional approaches to designing and making objects. The creativity and skill demonstrated in each piece makes clear that neither means of achieving the result is superior. They are simply different approaches.

Artist Panel with Chris Bathgate, Miriam Carpenter & Rod McCormick:
Wednesday, February 3, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Penn Hall, room 257

Gallery reception: Wednesday, February 3, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.            
Curator’s gallery talk at 6:10 p.m.

Artist Presentations by Danny Kamerath & Mami Kato:
Wednesday, February 3, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Hicks Art Center, room 100

21st Annual Bucks County High School Exhibition

March 30 – April 9, 2016

High school art teachers throughout the county select their students’ best work for display and for submission to the Congressional Art Competition. Competitions such as this are held in each congressional district nationwide each spring. The first place winning artwork from this exhibition will be sent to Washington, D.C., where it will represent Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District and be displayed in the corridors of the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for a year.. 

Gallery reception: Sunday, April 3, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Congressional Art Competition Award ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

51st Annual Student Exhibition

April 28 – May 10, 2016

A showcase of the best work made by students in the Department of the Arts including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital media, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, sculpture, fine woodworking, ceramics, jewelry, glass, web design, graphic design, cinema/video, communications and music. Presented in conjunction with Arts at Bucks 2016‌.

Gallery reception: Sunday, May 1, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Katharine Steele Renninger: Influences & Interactions

May 26 – July 21, 2016

No artist works in a vacuum. People and events are constantly impacting their artwork, perspectives and imagination. This exhibit illustrates the close-knit camaraderie and informal influence of artists upon each other. Specifically, how Kay Renninger’s work evolved by means of the artists working around her, as well as how several of Kay’s local contemporaries – and friends – witnessed the impact of Kay’s perspectives blending with theirs. Curated by Barbara Swanda, Influences & Interactions is a companion exhibit to the James A Michener Museum retrospective Katharine Steele Renninger: Craft, Commitment, Community on display through June 12.

Reception: Thursday, May 26, 5-7 p.m.
Curator’s gallery talk at 6 p.m.