2016 - 2017 Exhibition Schedule

Contested Identities: The Recent Work of Peter Williams

August 24 – October 8, 2016

Peter Williams, an African-American artist and an amputee, explores issues of race and identity in America, his own personal experiences, and a world of fantasy, fear and delight in his richly nuanced paintings. His lush, painterly storytelling reveals a deeply resonant social critique that is both humorous and deadly serious. Curated by Susan Hagen.

Meet the artist:  Wednesday, September 14, 12 – 1 p.m. Linksz Pavilion
Artist talk:  Wednesday, September 14, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Penn 257
Gallery reception:  Wednesday, September 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Curator’s talk at 5:30 p.m.

Memorial: Works by Gabe B.C.

October 19 – December 12, 2016     

A memorial is defined as an object which serves as a focus for memory. Popular forms of memorials include landmarks, sculptures, statues or fountains. While we usually associate memorials with death or commemorating those who have died in wars, today on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat we constantly create living memorials, ever expanding repositories of digital memories. Gabe BC’s Memorial chronicles this modern exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and memorialize our daily lives through technology and art. Works will feature a collection of the artists friends trapped in jars video sculpture self-portraits and re-creations of deceased family members in a virtual reality graveyard.

Artist talk: Wednesday, October 19, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Penn 257
Gallery reception:  Wednesday, October 19, 5-7 p.m.
Curator's talk at 5:30 p.m.

Recherché Revisited

January 18 – March 10, 2017

When her Philadelphia gallery was praised for "affirmative action" for showing African-American artists, Sande Webster was astonished. She had selected the artists – painters, sculptors, printmakers and photographers – for the quality of their work, not the color of their skin. In 1984 she formed a group called "Recherché", a French word meaning choice, rare, much sought-after. The work was of such originality and quality that it was exhibited from Philadelphia to New York, Hampton, Dallas and Atlanta to Copenhagen, Denmark, Bahia, Brazil. This show revisits the art and artists more than a quarter of a century later.

Artist panel:  Wednesday, February 1, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (location TBD)
Reception:  Wednesday, February 1, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Guest curator: Sande Webster

22nd Annual Bucks County High School Art Exhibition

March 25 – April 5, 2017

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, March 26
Award ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

52ndAnnual Student Exhibition

April 28 – May 9, 2017

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 2017.

Gallery reception: Sunday, April 30, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.