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Waynesburg University’s Department of Fine Arts will showcase a collection of student artwork Monday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Dec. 8. The art show will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery and opens with a reception on Nov. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit and reception are free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“The goal of this exhibit is to show the best work made within each art class [from the semester],” said Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art and chair of the Fine Arts Department. “It is always exciting to see these students discover a hidden talent that they did not know they possessed.”

The art show will include the following types of work: drawings, functional ceramic pieces, jewelry, prints and sculptures, among other types of art.

“When students make artwork in the classroom, they are used to seeing art in the process,” said Heisey. “When their work hangs in the gallery, it changes. What looked like an ordinary drawing, sculpture or painting now appears to be a masterpiece.”

The Benedum Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the gallery at 724-852-3247.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host a senior art exhibition for art major Laura Auten, beginning Monday, Oct. 23, until Friday, Nov. 17. The event will open with a reception Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“I am very excited about my upcoming exhibition, because I will finally be able to show my work to the school and all my friends,” said Auten.

Auten said many of her pieces will be landscapes and portraits, with a mixture of both oil paintings and sketches. Her favorite medium is graphite or charcoal.

“As I work with any type of medium, I feel more relaxed and my outside world seems to fade away as I get ‘in the zone,’” said Auten. “With my drawings, I attempt to make things appear as realistic as possible, but still possessing a drawing-like quality to them.”

For Auten, the senior art exhibition is an exciting opportunity to show how she has grown as an artist at Waynesburg.

“…I feel [my education] has pushed me to further my abilities as an artist to not just copy down the world, but rather display the emotion and beauty that the world evokes,” she said. “Over the past year, I have come to realize what it is I desire within my work: the desire to not just portray a subject, but rather to create a subtle but significant meaning within each piece that will create a connection with the viewer.”

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information about the exhibition, call 724-852-3274.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-19-Collage-show.pngThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host an art show entitled “The Art of Collage” from Monday, Oct. 10, to Friday, Nov. 11. An opening reception will be held for the show Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Artists are invited to submit their collage artwork to be featured in the show. The goal of the show is to answer the question, “what is a collage?” and to showcase the diversity of collage art. As such, artists’ work can be creative, unique and unusual. Artists interested in participating should contact Andrew Heisey, assistant professor of art at the University, before Sept. 30. Artwork will need to arrive at the University by Oct. 7.

Collage has been a staple art form since it was created by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Heisey said he hopes the exhibit serves to illustrate to students the variety of forms collages can take, from collaged videos to wood landscapes.

“Every art exhibit here in the Benedum Art Gallery is to educate our students about various art styles and forms,” said Heisey.

For more information or to enter artwork in the show, contact Heisey at 724-852-3274 or aheisey@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Wayesburg--0019.jpgA student art exhibition will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, April 11, through Friday, April 22.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an opening reception Monday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The student art exhibition will showcase the best student work of the spring semester.

The exhibit will highlight a variety of mediums including ceramics, drawings, prints, sculptures and a variety of two- and three- dimensional pieces. The pieces on display are selected by the Waynesburg University art faculty.

The Art Program at Waynesburg University exposes students to the creative process and provides them with practical experience in using the tools and techniques of the visual artist. Students develop self-awareness, as they find opportunities to progress according to their own abilities.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Laura-Wingard-Plank_genesis.jpgWaynesburg University will hold a Guest Art Exhibition featuring the work of Brian and Laura Plank Monday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Oct.3, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. An opening reception will be held Monday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Brian and Laura are married artists who create art side-by-side, yet they have very different approaches to the making of art images. This exhibit will give the Waynesburg  community an opportunity to see how two different viewpoints of art come together.

Brian creates art that is “for anyone to enjoy and that is accessible to all.” He injects humor and whimsy into his pieces, while Laura’s love for medieval manuscripts, flat textile pattern and bold outline portrays a different perspective. She uses hand-painted lino-cuts, as well as acrylic, ink and gold leaf to explore Biblical scripture and the world surrounding us.  

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

For more information, call 724-852-3274.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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