Past Exhibits

Courtney Desiree Morris in the Photography Gallery


Artist Statement: My work examines the complexities of place, ecology, memory, and the constant search for “home.” Specifically I am interested in understanding the ways that we inhabit place – through migration, ancestry, and shared social memory -- and how place inhabit us. This interplay between landscapes and human subjectivity is evident in the ways that I use my own body as a staging ground for re-membering my families’ experiences of loss, dispossession and the persistent struggle to make a place for oneself in the world. I am particularly interested in examining these questions through the experiences of female ancestors and elders whose stories are often disappeared in both family histories and official historical narratives.

My first collection, Soil, reconceptualizes my paternal family’s relationship to the agroindustrial landscapes of south Florida, specifically the sugarcane fields surrounding Belle Glade, which attracted thousands of labor migrants from the Anglophone Caribbean from the mid-1950s through the 1980s. This work serves as a meditation on the fraught connections between blackness, labor, migration and the multiple afterlives of slavery throughout the African Diaspora. In one sense, the work is an effort to excavate the stories of Caribbean labor migrants whose labor in the cane fields has gone largely unrecognized in the region’s history. Beyond that, however, the project attempts to recognize the kinds of sacred memory that links historical continuities between contemporary labor migration and colonial systems of enslaved labor in the process of industrialized sugar production. As one of the first truly global commodities, sugar has played a central role in the making of the modern world. Soil attempts to re-narrate that drama by focusing on the stories of everyday workers, past and present.

I am essentially a conceptual artist and I work primarily in the fields of photography, experimental video installation, and performance art. I am drawn to these mediums because of the ways that they allow me to engage and play with my family’s history by performatively inhabiting the stories of my childhood and imaginatively filling in the gaps where “facts” are either unknown or in dispute. Photography and video are critical tools for providing viewers with a deep sense of place and historicity that defines all of my work. Alternatively, performance functions as a kind of time-traveling technology where I can revisit and restage sites of ancestral memory, interrogate the present, and imagine new kinds of social and environmental futures.

Photography Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 3
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Mar 26
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Beverly Klucher in the Community Gallery


Artist Statement: "At this point of my career, I find it natural to say I love what I do. I have been oil painting for 40 years and still find joy in bringing back to life visually a fulfilling moment. Whether the image is landscape, coastal ,religious or portrait, each offers a unique light and color that challenges my perception. The present exhibition, "HEART OF PENNNSYLVANIA" is a collection of paintings inspired by a childhood recollection of living in England long enough to instill a - sense of place - in my own heart."

Bio: Beverly, born in Portland Oregon, grew up second of six children in a close-knit military family, where moving around the country and overseas was normal. During her adolescence, her parents, family and teachers encouraged this aspiring artist to pursue her talent. The seed of encouragement grew.

A 1978 Fine Arts Graduate from The Pennsylvania State University and graduate work at Penn State and The Maryland Institute of Art, both contributed to the artist's strong emphasis on oil painting. In 1980, Beverly began her professional career working from her home studio, while working part-time as an Archival Framer, and raising her family with her husband Bill. Her husband, children, and grandchildren remain her most cherished part of her success in her art.

Presently, Beverly's studio is filled with paintings in various stages of development. Her passion for life is reflected in the stroke and perception of light in all of her work. She welcomes people into her studio. A call to make an appointment is appreciated by the artist. Commission paintings are special in their own way. This affords the artist an opportunity to work with the client one on one. "To see a smile on their face when the job is done is amazing" - comments Beverly

Select Juried Awards: Butler Institute of American Art, Washington D.C. Invitational,The Southern Alleghenies Museum, Robeson Gallery of The Pennsylvania State University, Penn Memorial Museum, Saint Vincent Arch Abbey, Latrobe Pennsylvania, and The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.
Permanent Collections include: AT&T Washington, D.C., The Vatican Rome, Southern Alleghenies Museum, The Mount Nittany Medical Center, The Diocese of Altoona & Johnstown, Saint Vincent Seminary, The Pennsylvania State University, Bartlett Tree Experts, Stamford, Conn., Our Lady Of Victory Church, State College, Pennsylvania.

Beverly recognizes and wishes to thank all of the private collectors for their generosity and support through the years.

Community Gallery - 2nd Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 3
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Mar 26
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Karen Drosnes and Gloria Griffith in the Tea Room Gallery


Gloria Ward Griffith, Landscape Painter: Drawing and painting between the ages of six and eight began the process of developing a way to express myself artistically. Art teachers in the early years and through high school encouraged me. After completing one year as an art education major and another semester as a commercial art major, at Penn State, I regrouped, hoping to attend art school. Marriage and children followed instead. Staying involved in art during those years was difficult. But a creative outlet was found working in an advertising agency and later doing retail display work.

After the children were self sufficient I began again, studying with various art groups. Living in Baltimore provided the opportunity to study for several years with Eugene Leake, former president of the Maryland Institute of Art and a nationally known landscape artist. A family move to Tampa, Florida afforded me the greatest opportunity to work full time painting. Awards and recognition continued to encourage me. I eventually had my own studio and gallery representation. Happily my work was selling.

I am essentially self taught . I work in oils, mostly a combination of imagination and memory. No photos. The routine Sunday drive as a family through our beautiful world captured me as a young child and contributed to the need to speak to the love of the landscape as a painter.

Karen Michal Drosnes: I was raised in the small town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, what some people had called an “artist colony” but what it meant was that art was important there. My art teachers were actually artists and teachers, neighbors were artists, our little library had an enormous arts section etc. It was normal to create, always a part of my life. When I went away to college I started out in engineering/computer science but in the end came back to art. I ended up teaching elementary level art for 29 years and when I retired several years ago I starting spending a lot of time in my glass studio and taking classes from other glass artists. So much fun being a student! Glass was my medium for a long time until a few years ago when I met the mosaicist, Rachel Sager at Touchstone Center for Crafts. Rachel turned me on to the art of mosaic using natural materials and ancient techniques. She showed me how to use andamento or line as the pathway of my expression and how making the thousands of choices of tesserae build that story. I now use a variety of materials in my work: glass, shells, bones, broken pottery, found objects but I must say I am in love with stone and the connection I feel with the earth when I am using it.

Tea Room Gallery - 1st Floor

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Or By Appointment
Mar 3
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Mar 26
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