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Cummings opens fall season with faculty exhibit

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Cummings Art Gallery will feature recent works by members of the Mercyhurst University art faculty beginning Aug. 21 and running through Sept. 28. This year the art department has invited guest alumnus David Schroeck ’00  to join faculty members Daniel Burke, Gary Cardot, Jodi Staniunas Hopper, Tom Hubert, Deborah John and Mary Elizabeth Meier and adjunct instructors Jamie Borowicz and Patricia Tomczak-Czulewicz.

The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery, in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Schroeck has taught at Mercyhurst Preparatory School since earning his art education degree from Mercyhurst in 2000. He teaches ceramics and sculpture and plans to incorporate animation in his sculpture classes this fall using the latest technology and 3-D printer. His work was chosen Best in Show in the 2013 “What Those Who Teach Can Do” Art Educator Show at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He sells his pottery at his online store, Misery Bay Pottery. He’s showing white earthenware using low fire glazes and incorporates steel wire and brass into his industrial-looking designs.

Burke has exhibited his work nationally, receiving numerous awards. He has had one-person shows and participated in invitational exhibitions and his work is in many public and private collections across the country. He has been affiliated with the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists’ Association since its inception in 1975. He displays two mixed media installations using repurposed materials. “Passages” and “Maze Craze” are made from board games and recycled cardboard boxes and are populated with mice that scurry through the passages and meander through the maze. “First and foremost I see myself as a traditional studio artist,” he said. “I have been studying and making art for over 45 years. I’ve noticed, however, that increasingly my work relies on the reuse, reclamation, recycling and repurposing of materials.”

Cardot received his M.F.A. in art from the California Institute of the Arts and teaches a wide range of photography and art history courses. He has exhibited in one-person shows, invitational exhibits, museums and galleries across the country. He exhibits a suite of glowing infrared photographs of Erie city streets.

Hopper, who received her MFA in advertising/design from Marywood University, chairs the Mercyhurst art department, after directing the graphic design program for many years. She teaches graphic design, design history, web design and computer illustration and coordinates the efforts of the student design club, AdPro. She has received many awards for her design work and has exhibited her artwork in galleries and museums. She presents a series of digital photographs and masks made from repurposed wedding wear.

Hubert, a lifelong Erie resident, received his B.A. in art education from Mercyhurst and his M.F.A. in ceramics and ceramic sculpture with a minor in photography from the School for the American Craftsman at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has taught at Mercyhurst for the past 32 years, directed the art department from 1992 to 2001, and chaired the art department 2003-2008 and 2013. His résumé includes 15 awards in national and regional exhibitions including the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts/Mid-Atlantic Art Foundation Regional Fellowship. He exhibits several porcelain teapots and a platter showing varying degrees of line, texture and new shapes. 

John, an art therapist and a passionate advocate of self-expression through the arts, will display a series of ballpoint pen sketches titled “June and July” that chronicle her inner workings on paper during the summer. She has been an avid and obsessive doodler since middle school.

Meier has taught visual art in a variety of K-12 school settings in Florida, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. She has served as president of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association and in 2012 and 2013 was a voting delegate at the National Art Education Association assembly. She presents her research regularly at national conferences in the related fields of arts education, educational research and educational technology. She exhibits a series of monotype prints titled “After Abiquiu: Doors and Windows” that employ rich colors and hues reminiscent of the northern New Mexico town.

Borowicz holds a doctorate in anthropology from the State University of New York-University at Buffalo and teaches art appreciation and Mesoamerican prehistory. He also teaches at Mercyhurst Prep, where he offers classes in sculpture, drawing and painting and began the art appreciation and history curricula. He has shown his work in many invitational and juried exhibitions. His “Pattern Recognition: Magnesium Strip” is an 8-foot x 10-inch watercolor painting that seems to echo water, glaciers and stone.

Tomczak-Czulewicz graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a degree in painting and has worked for the National Endowment for the Arts, Erie Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Bayfront NATO Center for the Arts. She has taught art within the Erie community, including Mercyhurst, for more than 30 years. She exhibits two linoleum prints, “Inner City Hope” and “There Once was a Place.” “My work is reflective of a ‘middle class’ that seems to be disappearing from our society…hopefully, my images will, in the future, provide nostalgic memories of a time when everyone was given the opportunity that with hard work and determination enabled them to achieve the American dream.”

For more information call 824-2092.   

PHOTO Gary Cardot
Below 15th Street Tracks, Erie, PA 2014
Color Infrared  Photograph
16" X 20"