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Nearly 50 students display in Mercyhurst juried show

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Flour City Ruins by Courtney O'Hara

EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are the winners as announced Feb. 26.

Senior Courtney O’Hara was honored with the Best in Show award. Juror Amara Geffen chose O’Hara’s acrylic painting on canvas titled Flour City Ruins: Rochester, NY as the best among 78 works in the show.

Works by four students will be added to Mercyhurst’s permanent art collection after Geffen chose them for Juror Purchase Awards. They include:

  • Danielle Healy’s sculpture, Untitled

  • Jade Gelsimino’s surreal Upside Down and Around, created with Adobe Photoshop

  • Jade Mitchell’s Fishbowl Dreams, also created with Adobe Photoshop

  • Stephanie Eddins’ photograph, Honey I’m Home

Selected for honorable mentions were:

  • Anna Cooney’s digital work, Escape to Fishbowl Dreams

  • Dylan Wiesner’s graphite still life, Objects Study #1

  • Joseph Lehr’s Monotype 1 and 2 and his digital photograph, Ostrich Cat

  • Eva Kocieniewski’s Untitled, marker and pen and Doodles, black and white pens

  • Sabrina VanTine’s Big Gram, dry point print

  • Shannon Abernathy’s Surreal Self Portrait, digital

  • James Conley’s masterful graphite drawing on paper, A Self Portrait 


Works by nearly 50 Mercyhurst students are on display in the annual Juried Student Art Show in Cummings Art Gallery. Student-artists were invited to enter up to three works in any media for review by juror Amara Geffen.

Geffen chose 73 works by 48 artists representing a variety of media including graphite drawings, painting, photography, computer generated works, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

During an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., Geffen will announce her choices for awards. She’ll name a Best in Show, along with Purchase Awards (works that will be added to Mercyhurst’s permanent art Collection) and honorable mentions. The reception is free and open to the public.

Geffen is a community organizer who teaches art at Allegheny College in Meadville. Her studio practice encompasses community and/or environmentally focused public art, as well as art works that utilize found and repurposed objects that explore personal narratives and evoke a potentially romantic view of life, memory and time. Geffen studied art at California College of Arts & Crafts, the University of Cincinnati (BFA) and Indiana University, Bloomington (MFA).

The Juried Student Art Show will be on view in Cummings Gallery through March 15. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 2 to 5 p.m. Cummings Gallery will closed during Mercyhurst’s mid-semester break March 7-13.

For information, contact Cummings Gallery Director Heather Dana at hdana@, 824-2092.