Art Alliance members' art show openings and events around town

"My Life with Margaret" a photography show by Paul Ruby at the AAGD in March

show opens Friday, March 2, from 5-8pm

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

show runs March 2-25

Artist Paul Ruby will have his photography show, My Life with Margaret, at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown


Ben Saggese has his artwork at the State Theatre in February

opening was Friday, February 16 from 4-6pm

Come out for Ben Saggese's work at the State Theatre in February 2018.


Art at the End of the Lens photography show

opening reception Friday, Feb 2, 5-8pm

show runs Feb 2–25

at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA

gallery hours: Thur, Fri, Sat 12-6pm; Sun 12-4pm

The Art Alliance is having a photography show which will be shown at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown in State College in February 2018. Come on out and join us for the opening or stop by during gallery hours!


The Art of Protest: A Juried Art Exhibition

Schlow Centre Region Library

Betsy Rodger's Allen Gallery

March 2018

You can log in to Entry Thingy to see if your work was chosen! Go to your submissions and find the Art of Protest link to see.

presented by the Central PA Festival of the Arts

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is collaborating with Schlow Centre Region Library and Centre County Reads to present The Art of Protest. This exhibition will hang in the library’s Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery in during March 2018 and is open to artists living in Centre County.

Art used as a tool for persuasion, resistance, or a call to action, is a means of communication older than the printing press. Artists have made important contributions to debates on political, social, and economic issues with works as small as cartoons and as large as installations covering many acres. Both still and moving images can communicate with an immediacy that transcends language barriers.

The Art of Protest is an exhibition arranged in conjunction with the 2018 one-book, one community program Centre County Reads. This year’s selection, The Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, was written by State College native Sunil Yapa. This New York Times bestselling novel is set amid the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.

Work entered in this show should attempt to persuade the viewer to take action in favor of a particular cause, such as peace, the environment, civil rights, freedom of speech or religion. The library is an all ages environment and so submissions should not contain excessive violence or nudity. Complete rules are listed in the call for entries.

The show’s juror will be Martha Carothers. She is Professor of Art & Design at the University of Delaware where she teaches visual communications and book arts. Carothers’ book arts often highlight text about books, reading, and typography.

Carothers has received Delaware State Arts Council Emerging and Established Artist grants and was a Fulbright Scholar affiliated with City University of Hong Kong. Her creative work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous public and private collections. She earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Penn State.

Ms. Carothers will award a Best in Show of $150 and two honorable mention awards of $50 each.


List of Accepted Juried Show 2018 Artworks

Betsy Rodgers Allen, Wariness

Bill Arde,n Reflection of Nature

Rick Avery, Trees

Stacie Bird, Easter Parade

Thomas Boothby, Redhead Diptych

Nancy Burch Brassington, American History

Jim Bright, The Reporter Extends Congratulations

Anne Buchanan, Still Life with Ginger Jar

Peter F. Pepe and Scott Camazine, Goddess of Borders

K. Chovit, Fruit of Adonis

Anne Cortese, Mary's Room

Pasquale Cortese, Untitled 1

Melinda Harr Curley Hair Heard Round the World

Mike Demi, Where Are You Going?

Suzanne DeSarbo, Rte. 322 Sheds

Mary Deutsch, The Unknown Sea

Karen Deutsch, Flowering Inferno

C.S. Fong, Stout

Dotty Ford, Henri's Hen

Jean Forsberg, Earth Fire Water Air

Susan Nicholas Gephart, The Path to Light

Jean Sletten Giddings, Burdock Leaf

Wesley Glebe, Alternative Energy

Susan Graham, Emergence II

Kirsten L. Grigor, Fracture

Jody Grumblatt, To the Barn

Robert Hale, Polaroid

Linda Hale, Revealed

Cynthia Hassler, Swan

Art Heim, Venice 2 Boats

Ann E. Hettmansperger, Space Matter

Alice Kelsey, Mt. Nittany from the Everhart Farm

Mary Lee Kerr, Resist

Lynn Kibbe, Elk Call

William T. Klaus, Box of Eyes

Peggy Shannon Klinger, Untitled

Carrie Koch, Caeruleus Flavus

Joan Koester, Ready to Go

Stephanie Koller, Awakenings

Cinda Kostyak, Stuart's Chapel

Liz Krick, Imprint

Josephine Kuhn, Hydrangea in a Basket

Marisa Eichman Kupiec, The Hunt for the Red Doe

Janet Lindsay, Southwest Landscape

Karen Lintner, Quiet

Jeff Mathison, Pillar of Spirit

Anni Matsick, Girl With Pink Ribbon

Diane Maurer, To the Oracle

Mary Shay McGuir,e Love Letters

Jeanne McKinney, White Head, Monhegan Island, Maine

Mark Messenger, Composition

Barbara Metzner, Lost Doubloon

Tom Mickle, Sid

Linna Muschlitz, Into the Flames

A.T. Pelikan, Winter Warmth

Michael P. Pelikan, Harvest

Barb Pennypacker, Should We Tell Them?'

Mary Lou Pepe, Chamber Pot

Grace Pilato, Majesty

Robert Placky, Algonquin River Grass: One

Claire Placky, Two Figures

Michele Randall, In Jest

Tim Reede,r Untitled

Michele Rojas, Rivera Piety

Harriet Rosenberg, The Storytellers

Paul Ruby, Mary and Paul at Ghost Ranch

Gary Schubert, Santa Fe

Maggie Scotilla, Winding Tree

Marilyn C. Seeling, Beaver Haven

Amalia Shaltiel, Islands in the Stream

Leslie Shelleman Neff, Round Barn

Sofi Skidgel, Windows

John Skrabalak, Underfoot

Candace Smith, Lisa's Hand

Wendy Snetsinger, To Be Organized Soon

Ian Stainton, Expanded Vase

Rhonda Stern, Woman

Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, Just One, Adam, Just One

Marica Tacconi, Breaking Free

Jackie Thomas, Rounding Bee Business

Deena Ultman, Abstraction

Mary Vollero, Penn State Elms (triptych)

Will Wadlington, Scenic 1

Denise Wagner, Snowy Owl

Adrienne Waterston, Hot Damn 1 & 6

Erin Bolger Welsh, Untitled

Jim Welsh, Reckless

Judith Ann Wilson, Outside Dunbar Cave II

Carol Wright, Blue Coral Blooms


Member News

Dotty Ford has an exhibition at Schlow Library, Feb 2018

Works in Mixed Media

Don't miss the work of local artist Dotty Ford on display throughout February. After retiring as an art teacher from the State College Area School District in 2005, Ford began to pursue various art media as the artist, rather than the teacher. Her interests are mainly in watercolor, collage, assemblage, drawing and needle felting.

In addition to art making, she also enjoys learning about and sharing the works of fine artists as a docent at the Palmer Museum of Art. For the last four years, Ford has acted as curator for the Bellefonte Art Museum’s holiday show and sale. She is also the co-chair for “Speaking of Art,” an interest group of 50+ members with the Penn State University Women’s Club.

For more information about Ford's work or to inquire about a sale, please contact the artist (

Like the Library this exhibition is free and open to the public.


Anni Matsick's work is at the Art Association of Harrisburg

Figuratively Speaking Members Exhibit / First Prize Watercolor

January 12 - February 15


Anni Matsick has her work included in the exhibition, Art of Facts | Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories

Marvel at more than 50 eclectic new works of art by members of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators (PSI) as part of the Senator John Heinz History Center’s new exhibition, Art of Facts | Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories, open now in the fifth floor Barensfeld Gallery through April 2018.


Artist Laura Maney's Lithography artwork is up at Cafe Lemont thru February


Kirsten Grigor's artwork is up at the Liberty Craft House in downtown State College thru February


Chris Mingear's artwork is up at Zola's in downtown State College thru February


Call for Entries Opportunities

Call for Entries: Knoxville Photo 2018 Exhibition

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its sixth annual Knoxville Photo 2018. The national call for entries is open to all artists. This juried exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from June 1-29, 2018. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Prizes include over $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at

The call for entries is open to all artists. Entries must be original works taken within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Still Life, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).

About the juror: Leigh Mitchell is a fine art photographer and educator. She was a college instructor for over ten years, teaching Film Photography I and II, Digital Photography I and II, and Photography Appreciation. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Human Studies from Warren Wilson College and a master’s degree in Studio Art from Western Carolina University. Her work has been in galleries locally and nationally, including The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Rochester Contemporary Art Center (Rochester, NY), Five Spot (Atlanta, GA), The Asheville Art Museum, and The Asheville Area Arts Council.

More information about the program, as well as images from previous exhibitions, can be found at Knoxville Photo 2017 featured the work of 37 artists as selected by juror Baldwin Lee.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation. For more information: Suzanne Cada, 865-523-7543,


Exhibition 280 Call for Entries

Exhibition 280
Huntington Museum of Art
2033 McCoy Road
Huntington WV 25701

Entry Deadline: 4/15/18

Days remaining to deadline: 70


Media Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Exhibition 280): $30.00


Open to artists 18 years and older who reside in West Virginia, and all the states that border West Virginia, which includes Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Open to all types of media.


Entries will be accepted online only at, search for call title Exhibition 280. Your entry must be submitted by April 15, 2018. There is a non-refundable entry fee of $30 for 1 to 3 works. Maximum of three works per artist.


We are pleased to announce our juror, Laura Roulet, an independent curator and writer based in Washington, DC. Laura has most recently worked on the project Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California (2017-18) and was one of five international curators chosen for the DC public art project 5x5 in 2012. She has written widely on contemporary art and is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. The three $2,000 cash awards will be awarded for works selected by the juror. A purchase award will be selected by the HMA Curator once the exhibition has been installed. Awards will be announced at the exhibition reception on July 21, 2018, 5 – 7 pm.


Artists may submit a maximum of three works. Entries must be of original design and personal execution, and created in the past three years. Works cannot have been exhibited at the Huntington Museum of Art in the past three years. The Huntington Museum of Art reserves the right to reject entries that do not meet the requirements. Work may be disallowed if it is not suitably prepared for exhibition, was not adequately represented by submitted images, or was entered by an artist that resides outside of the allowed states of WV, OH, KY, VA, PA, and MD. Accepted artwork may not be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition September 16, 2018.

Wall space as well as pedestals will be provided to show work to its best advantage. Artwork may also be freestanding. All work must be suitably prepared for exhibition with proper supports, hanging devices, and clear instructions for installation. Paintings must be framed or have museum finished edges. Works on paper must be matted under plastic glazing, not glass.

Works will be exhibited in a gallery designed by Walter Gropius with poured concrete ceilings; therefore, no ceiling-suspended objects can be accommodated. Height limit: 9 feet. Weight limit: 500 lbs. Installations, computer-based and video works must be accompanied by all materials required for presentation. Straight-projection video works (those with no installation component) will be shown looped with other accepted video works in the gallery.


Accepted works can be hand-delivered or shipped. Works may be hand-delivered between Monday, June 18, 2018 and Sunday, July 1, 2018. Shipped works MUST be received by the Museum by Saturday, June 30, 2018.

At the close of the exhibition, hand-delivered works may be picked up between Monday, September 17, 2018 and Sunday, September 23, 2018. These works must be removed from the Museum by September 23, 2018. Any hand-delivered work not claimed by this date automatically becomes the property of Huntington Museum of Art.

The artist will be responsible for all shipping/insurance charges for both directions. A check or shipping label for return shipping and insurance to and from your address is the artist’s responsibility. All work shipped to the Museum or from the Museum must include full payment for return. Artists must pack and crate works carefully in reusable shipping containers. HMA is not responsible for works damaged in transit. Shipped works will be sent out by October 1, 2018.

An insurance value must be declared for all artwork entered. The Huntington Museum of Art will insure against all risks of physical loss or damage from any external cause while on location during the period of the loan. The work will be handled with utmost care during the loan period, however we cannot be responsible for works that are inordinately fragile or inherently subject to damage.


• Accepting applications: February 1, 2018 through April 15, 2018

• Jurying: April 16, 2018 – May 6, 2018

• Notification of acceptance: May 16, 2018

• Delivery of Accepted works: Hand-delivered works may be delivered between Monday, June 18, 2018 and Sunday, July 1, 2018. Shipped works MUST be received by the Museum by Saturday, June 30, 2018. Hours for Hand-delivery and Pick-up of works: Monday 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday 10 am-9 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm

• Exhibition dates: July 14, 2018 – September 16, 2018. The exhibition reception will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 5 to 7 pm. Awards will be announced at the reception.

• Pick-up of hand-delivered work: Monday, September 17, 2018 – Sunday September 23, 2018. Works must be removed from the Museum by September 23, 2018.


Bellefonte Art Museum Print Gallery Call for Entries

The Bellefonte Art Museum is now compiling a new list of artists interested in displaying their artist prints in the Print Gallery of the Bellefonte Art Museum. If you would like to participate, please contact Barb Pennypacker, the Print Gallery curator, at (the second character in my email address is the #1). We are filling positions beginning with the 2018 Winter show.

Two artists will be highlighted during each 3-month-long show. Space is the only limitation to the number of prints an artist may display. We will attempt to show all of your prints, however, those that do not fit will be returned. You are asked to replace any prints that are sold.

Prints for display must be signed and enclosed in a protective plastic sleeve. If your print is not matted, please include a piece of matt board or foam core in the envelope so that your print will stay erect on the display rail. Participating artists will be asked to provide the title, price and whether the print is a giclee print, a question that visitors often ask. In addition, each artist will need to provide a short bio, artist’s statement and a jpeg of yourself, to be posted in the gallery during your show. Prints may not be priced below $40. As with all sales, the museum charges a 30% commission.

Each first Sunday, the museum holds a reception for artists displaying their work in any of the 5 galleries. You are encouraged to participate in this wonderful opportunity to discuss your work with the many visitors who attend this monthly event.


Art Alliance Events

A special thank you to Elizabeth Laurenzana & Matt Siekman

A special thank you to Elizabeth Laurenzana and Matt Siekman of the real estate firm 1855 Living for providing breakfast for our members and friends going to the Philadelphia Art Museum on the bus (find out more below -- not too late to sign up)! We appreciate their generosity!


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