Penn State Altoona will present a sustainability colloquium for faculty and staff on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:15 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of the Slep Student Center. Susan Cohen, professor of English and communications at Anna Arundel Community College will present "Companions in Wonder." A light lunch will be provided. Ten spaces are available. Please RSVP to Erin Nachtman at firstname.lastname@example.org. The colloquium counts toward the sustainability component for SRDP and FARs. The event is sponsored by the Penn State Altoona Sustainability Council and the Environmental Studies program.
Penn State Altoona to present work of Ivyside Juried Artists
ALTOONA – Exhibitions of works by Craig Blietz and Kendra Bulgrin will be on display in the McLanahan and Sheetz Galleries of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts from January 16 – March 2, 2014. A reception will be held from 3 - 5 p.m., January 16 in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Center.
Blietz lives and works in Wisconsin. He received a BS from The University of Denver, then continued his art and design studies at The Harrington College of Design. He finished his formal studies with four years of academic training at The School of Representational Art. Blietz studied privately with master draftsman and recognized Chicago figurative artist Fred Berger. He also studied with renowned Chicago portrait artist Richard Halstead and with painter, printmaker, and illustrator John Rush. Blietz’s work has been exhibited in venues such as The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, The Charles Allis Art Museum, The Rahr-West Art Museum, The Wright Museum, and The Elmhurst Art Museum. Blietz is represented by Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Button-Petter Gallery in Douglas, Michigan. He is best known for his rural and agrarian-inspired imagery, primarily featuring domestic farm animals. Blietz’s work presents a surreal interpretation of animals in the ‘pastoral scene’ suggesting much about the relationship of the animals to one another and the resulting parallel to human behavior.
On his art, Blietz states, “ Painting allows me to translate my visual experiences – the things I observe directly, those residing in my memory, and even those which spring from my imagination. I paint to give these visual experiences a tangible form. Embedded in my work are recognizable, form-rendered animals set in a context that is both abstract and formalist. Animals are the perfect non-verbal messenger of a painting's symbolism. They serve as the surrogate for an open narrative, and their mere presence and form plays out a human drama. As a painting's subject, animals make it possible to manage the abstract and visceral response of the viewer. Their behavior can be interpreted in the viewer's own terms. To me, a "painting" is much like a "yard." Both are areas arranged and subdivided to provide purpose, and to contain. As a yard becomes defined by the combination of things that reside within its boundaries, it evolves -- from a tangible and measured space to a mosaic of form, function and open narrative with infinite interpretations.”
Born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Bulgrin attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she received a BFA with an emphasis in painting and a minor in Japanese Cultural Studies in 2005. Bulgrin completed her MFA in interdisciplinary arts at Memphis College of Art in 2007. She draws from a unique vantage point as an adopted child and continues to explore the complex issues surrounding her identity, memory, and past. Bulgrin has shown nationally and internationally, with shows at the Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, and at Beijing Normal University, China. Bulgrin has taught beginning and advanced painting, drawing and design classes at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Benedictine College, Washburn University and Emporia State University. Currently, she is pursuing her dream of opening and running her own artist residency in Wisconsin.
She states, “In my artworks, I turn to images and their relationships to “originals.” The burden of longing for something at an unattainable distance in both memory and reality has been an important struggle within my work. I begin working with the miniature and taking photographs, often with dramatic and intense lighting. The translation of these photo scenes to oil paint on panel unwind the knot of certain relationships that I wanted to address visually. I realized not only that identity was based on much more than biology but also that there was a different level of distance necessary to the penetration and manipulation of these issues than the microscopic. The set acts as a replacement not only for the childhood ideal memory but transcends that particular moment to stand for other instances.”
The Galleries are open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and before and during all performances. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452.