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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_Lydia-Horse.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts will host a senior art exhibition, beginning Monday, Sept. 18, and continuing until Friday, Oct. 13. The work featured will be that of senior studio art major Lydia Brennan, and the exhibition will kick off with a reception Sept. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Brennan focuses mostly on acrylic and oil painting, as well as sculpture, which will be represented in some of the pieces on display.

“My artwork tends toward the abstract, taking images and pushing the boundaries of what is real, creating movement and flow with line and color,” said Brennan. “I am excited to show my work because it is a little different, and I think that people will find it enjoyable and interesting to look at.”

Waynesburg University’s Art Program holds senior art exhibitions each semester. Students use the event to display a culmination of their best pieces, before they graduate.

“I plan on having as many pieces as I can fit inside the gallery,” Brennan said. “I’m excited to get feedback on my pieces and to see what people like and dislike about them.”

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_8-22-Romanian-Choir.jpgThe Waynesburg University Music Program will host the Romanian Orphan Choir from Caminul Feliz Village Orphanage in Oradea, Romania, Tuesday, Sept. 5. The choir will present a 5 p.m. concert in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s campus. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

"We hope that by welcoming the Romanian Orphan Choir to the Waynesburg University campus, it will enlarge our vision for missions, encourage our faith and make a lasting impact in the way we see children in need in Romania and throughout the rest of the world,” said Melanie Catana, assistant professor of vocal music and director of choral music.

The concert will include a broad variety of music such as classical, gospel and Romanian folk tunes in English and Romanian.

The choir will also perform at the University’s weekly Chapel Service held at 11:00 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Additionally, they will spend the day on campus visiting with students in several music classes including the Survey of Music in Worship.

The mission of the Felix Family Villages is to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the orphaned and abandoned children of the world in a loving family environment.

For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or mcatana@waynesburg.edu.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_7-21-Summer-Play.pngWaynesburg University’s Theatre Program will present “Dearly Beloved,” a fast-paced, outrageous comedy, Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Tickets cost $5.00, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

“Dearly Beloved” is a laugh out loud comedy about a wedding that seems to have gone wrong. The story takes place in the small town of Fayro, Texas, where Tina Jo Dubberly is about to marry Parker Price when problems galore begin to occur. The bride’s mother, Frankie, makes herself sick with elaborate ceremony plans, while Aunt Twink turns the reception into a potluck dinner and Aunt Honey Raye shows up announcing another failed marriage.

Adding to the wild story are a cantankerous flower shop owner and wedding coordinator, the groom’s mother who doesn’t approve of any of the people and an overly medicated boyfriend who has trouble distinguishing between members of the wedding party and an armadillo.

“I selected this play because it is a comedy and it takes place in a small town,” said Edward L. Powers, director of the Theatre Program and professor of theatre at the University. “I think our community will be able to enjoy the eccentricities of these wacky characters.”

Made up of current students, alumni and community members, the cast includes Sadie Breon, Alaina Camps, Tome Custer, Laura Gonnella, Sable Griedel, Emily Haywood, Jordan Thompson, Dan Wozniak, Ben Zyra and a special appearance by Powers.

The play will mark Powers’ 50th major production at Waynesburg. He has been the director of the Theatre Program for 17 years.

To purchase tickets, visit www.waynesburg.ticketleap.com/beloved. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, contact Powers at 724-852-3226.

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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Dr. Xela Batchelder, assistant professor of arts administration and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Waynesburg University, presented at the recent Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) Annual Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Batchelder’s presentation was titled “Festivals Crossing Borders: Influence of the Edinburgh Fringe on North American Fringe Festivals.” Her research encompassed nearly 20 years of field work in Edinburgh which included various interviews and archival recordings of Edinburgh Fringe venue managers and directors, in addition to numerous Edinburgh Fringe Society board meetings.

“Since the conference was in the home of the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, my talk focused on how the first-ever Fringe festival has influenced other Fringe festivals that have sprung up around the world,” said Batchelder.

Batchelder also participated in a panel discussion titled “City to City: How the Arts Transform and Connect Communities.”

Waynesburg University recently became a member of the AAAE, the only professional academic organization specifically devoted to educators who teach arts administration courses at the collegiate level.

As a member, Waynesburg fine arts faculty and staff are able to collaborate with and learn from arts administration professionals from around the globe. Information gained from conferences and events will be incorporated into the arts administration curriculum at the University.

“I expect my international work and academic experience at the conferences and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will help bring students in our program both knowledge and experiences they otherwise could not have,” said Batchelder.

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, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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