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Mercyhurst slates juried student art show

Monday, February 15, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Juror Joseph Popp announced his award selections during the Feb. 18 reception for the Juried Student Art Show. Juror Purchase Awards went to Jeffrey Annunziata for his digital photograph “Policia,” Erin Glass for her photograph “The Queen City” and Sabiha Mahmud Sumi for the digital photograph “Surreal Fragments.” These works will be acquired for the Mercyhurst University Permanent Art Collection. Honorable mention awards went to Shannon Abernathy for her digital photograph “Night 3,” Michael Bocianowski for his ink, brush and crow quill pen illustration “Don’t Touch the Magic Yet,” Megan Conley for her acrylic on canvas painting “Lamplit Canal” and Erin Glass for her digital photograph "Mind Games.“


Mercyhurst University students are exhibiting artworks in a variety of media including drawing, painting, photography, computer-generated works, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media in the annual Juried Student Art Show.

Juror Joseph Allen Popp chose 39 works by 31 artists for the exhibit in Cummings Art Gallery.

The exhibition will be on view from Feb. 15 through March 11, with a special reception set for the artists on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Popp has been involved in the arts for more than 40 years as a performing/recording musician, a visual artist and a museum worker. He was the master framer at the Erie Art Museum for 22 years. His focus there was exhibit preparation and preservation framing for the museum collection as well as for the regional public. For the last three years, he has worked on exhibit design for the Erie Insurance Heritage Center.

Popp is a graduate of Edinboro University with a degree in art history and received a George Washington University degree in museum studies/collections management.

His visual artwork has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions and juried shows and is in collections internationally. His music can be heard live and on recordings, as a solo guitarist as well as a band leader and member.

Cummings Gallery, located 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.

For more information, call 824-2092 or email

PHOTO: Sabiha Mahmud Sumi, Surreal Fragments, Digital photograph manipulation