Millersville University is hosting this year’s Harrisburg Area Community College Faculty Exhibition, currently on display at Sykes Gallery from Jan. 24 through Feb. 23.
The show is meant to serve as an exchange between Millersville and HACC’s Art and Design faculty, where HACC, in turn, is hosting the Millersville Faculty Art Exhibition.
Work created by Millersville faculty members can be seen at the Rose Lehrman Gallery, located at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus, from Jan. 13 until Feb. 17.
Throughout the years, Millersville and HACC have fostered a positive working relationship, as Millersville frequently accepts HACC transfer students who are looking to further their education.
In particular, instructors in the Art and Design department at Millersville feel confident about the curriculum being taught at HACC.
“The faculty at HACC, like those at Millersville University, maintain scholarly artistic investigations that builds their knowledge of the profession and provides the experience necessary to instruct others,” says Millersville art professor, Brant Schuller.
The opening reception for the HACC Faculty Exhibition was held at Sykes Gallery on Jan. 30. The event featured guest speakers, Shawn Williams and Jim Lard, art professors at HACC, who discussed their work, along with their background as educators and artists.
Williams, who has been a part-time professor at HACC since 2002, specializes in the art of printmaking. His desire to print on a variety of surfaces, namely construction materials, is intended to add meaning and context to his work.
His piece exhibited in the show, Sawhorse, consists of a wooden structure made to look like a construction table, with an enlarged black and white image of a man—also printed on wood—sawing through the table.
“My father has worked in the construction field his entire life, and one summer, as a teenager, I worked with him,” says Williams. “Also, my grandfather was a sheet metal worker and actually built his own jeep from scratch, so I have always viewed the line between a trades worker and an artist as being very blurred.”
William’s second piece, Cultural objects for shipping: Ideas between the U.S.and China, consists of three shipping containers, constructed from clay, that are marked with stereotypical and political images from China and the United States, along with graffiti images illustrated by his students.
For this piece, inspired by the opportunity to travel abroad for a three-week ceramics study course in China, Williams chose to focus on combing China’s rich history with U.S. culture.
“I wanted to reclaim the idea of the shipping container and how it is typically used to ship goods back and forth between our two countries and instead, use it to exchange ideas.”
Several faculty members from HACC, who have their work featured in the exhibit, also attended the reception.
Sykes Gallery is located on the first floor of Breidenstine Hall, open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.