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Faculty exhibit recent works at Cummings Gallery

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Guest alumna Kimberlyn Bloise ’15 joins members of the Mercyhurst University Department of Art for the annual Art Faculty Exhibition on display in Cummings Art Gallery Aug. 21 through Sept. 22. Faculty members showing their recent works include Daniel Burke, Gary Cardot, Heather Denning, Jodi Staniunas Hopper, Tom Hubert and Peter Stadtmueller.

The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception in the gallery on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Kimberlyn Bloise works out of a studio space through Radiant Hall, a nonprofit arts organization committed to providing affordable studio spaces for Pittsburgh artists. She also teaches the open studio at the Bathhouse Ceramics Studio in the Braddock Carnegie Library.

“Music and ceramic art are not often associated with each other, but I've found both to be prevalent in my life and found ways to force the two together,” she said. “Taking familiar ceramic objects like mugs and water vessels, I've added unexpected musical components to surprise and delight the user. Everything I make is meant to be enjoyed by the eye, the ear and touch.”

Daniel Burke has exhibited his work nationally and received numerous awards. He has had one-person shows, participated in invitational exhibitions, and is represented in public and private collections across the country. He considers himself a traditional artist, versed in the discipline of art, and accustomed to doing preliminary studies, drawings and finished paintings, but says his work over the past year has been more direct and idea-based. “For subject matter I’m using nature and the industrial landscape. The art is about shapes, colors, texture, scale and patterns, being guided by imagination. There is a dawning concern that has entered my aesthetic regarding reclaiming, reusing and repurposing inexpensive and impermanent materials.”

Gary Cardot received his MFA in art from the California Institute of the Arts and teaches a wide range of photography and art history courses. He has had one-person shows and exhibited in invitational exhibits, museums and galleries across the country. He exhibits color-filled archival inkjet prints showcasing street scenes and interiors of New York City.

Heather Denning, who holds a Master of Arts in art therapy from Vermont College of Norwich University, began teaching undergraduate art therapy courses at Mercyhurst in 2016. Of the pastel pieces she’s showing, Denning said, “Bleeding Heart’ was created in response to coping with the grief associated with seeing my father deteriorate with Alzheimer’s disease. ‘Emerging’ is a reflection on the relationship I have with my parents and the love and gratitude for their guidance in my life. The central figure rises up and emerges as a butterfly, transforming and growing. The layers of soil and ground represent past generations and feeling ‘grounded.’”

Jodi Staniunas Hopper presents dreamy digital photographs celebrating the pregnant female form. She chairs the Mercyhurst Department of Art, after directing the Graphic Design program for many years. She received her MFA in advertising/design from Marywood University. She instructs students in graphic design, design history, web design and computer illustration, as well as coordinating the student design club, AdPro. She has received many awards for her design work and has exhibited her artwork in galleries and museums.

Tom Hubert, a Mercyhurst graduate and a faculty member for 32 years, exhibits ceramic and porcelain teapots taking the shape of birds and fish, incorporating wood in their structure. 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.

Pete Stadtmueller is the Graphic Design program director and lecturer of Digital Media. He has been teaching at Mercyhurst for the past 10 years, including courses such as Advanced Web Design, Digital Imagery, Digital Video Editing, Information Architecture and Interactive Design. He has also organized unique study abroad opportunities, leading students through Peru and the Galapagos Islands to practice GoPro video journaling. He designs and publishes websites for global touring rock musicians, off-road racers, nonprofit organizations and artists.

Cummings Gallery is located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst. It’s open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. For information about the gallery, call director Heather Dana at 814-824-2092.

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Tom Hubert
Peg Leg Teapot
Porcelain and pashaco hardwood