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Patricia Yahn-endowed student show debuts

Monday, February 13, 2017

'Sprites' by Eva Kocieniewski

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Juror Jill Kambs announced her choices for special awards during the Thursday, Feb. 16, reception for the Patricia S. Yahn ’50 Juried Student Art Show. Juror Purchase Award winners are:

Tim Weisgerber for his digital image Surrealism Self Portrait

Eva Kocieniewski for her mixed media work Sprites

Rosemarie Mole for her graphite on paper Confectionery

Honorable Mentions include:

Hanna Schumacher for her ceramic work Painted Black

Anh Tran for her watercolor Mốt (Trends) #2

Cole Prots for his digital manipulation The Magician in Me)


Forty-two works by 25 artists are on display in the Patricia S. Yahn ’50 Juried Student Art Show opening Feb. 13 in Cummings Art Gallery at Mercyhurst University. Mercyhurst students were invited to submit up to three works in any medium, which were then judged by juror Jill Kambs. (See separate story on Yahn's gift here.)

Kambs holds M.F.A. degrees in photography and book arts from the University of Iowa, where she was a Wilhelm and Jane Bodine Fellow, and received her B.A. from Luther College, where she studied studio art, English and education. Kambs previously worked as assistant curator at the Erie Art Museum and has taught a range of community art classes and workshops. She is currently part of the art department faculty at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

“It was a pleasure to jury such a strong breadth of work produced by students at Mercyhurst,” Kambs said. “Such finely crafted work, as diverse in media and content as the range of students, is testament to the quality of instruction given at this institution.

“As an arts educator myself, when reviewing work, I could often pinpoint the prompt for the assignment. I was particularly impressed, though, with the inventive solutions students formulated to these visual arts learning objectives.”

She selected a wide variety of artworks, including graphite drawings, paintings, photography, computer-generated works, ceramics and mixed media.

The exhibition will be on view in Cummings Gallery through March 24, with a special reception for the artists on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. Kambs will announce her choices for Juror’s Awards during the reception, which is free and open to the public.

Cummings Gallery, located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 2 to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed March 5-11 during Mercyhurst’s mid-semester break.

For more information, call 814-824-2092.