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After Johnny Shiloh
After Johnny Shiloh, then Lincoln
,chromogenic print,
20 x 26", 2005

Lisa Blas:  Meet Me at the Mason Dixon

August 31 - October 7, 2011

Artist's Talk: August 31, noon

Lecture by Kirk Savage
Professor and Chair, History of Art & Architecture
University of Pittsburgh
"Remixing Memory: Toward a New Public Understanding of the Civil War"
Paul Recital Hall, Schmucker Hall
August 31, 4 pm

Opening Reception: August 31, 5 to 7 pm

In this series, images and objects from museum archives are excavated for the narratives of the American nineteenth century.  Research and travel to locations such as Antietam National Battlefield, the Gettysburg National Military Park, the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia serve as departure points for Blas's investigations into national identity, cultural myths, and American history.

Lisa Blas is a visual artist from Los Angeles, California, currently based in Brussels, Belgium. In her art, she utilizes portraiture, still life and site-specificity to reflect upon the visual culture and social history of past and present. In 2003, she moved to Washington, D.C. and began a long-term project in photography, painting and installation on various constructions of the "American experience." Traveling extensively throughout the southern, mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States, she examined commemorative sites, historical archives and museum collections from the nineteenth and twentieth century, locating material for such projects. Since her relocation to Brussels, she has commenced working with archives within the library of the Département Arts Plastiques, Université de Lille 3, at the Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire in Brussels, at the Imperial War Museum in London, and archives circa World War I at the Mairie d'Ors, in the north of France, in conjunction with the Wilfred Owen Association, France. 

Recent shows include solo exhibitions As if pruning a tree, after Matisse at the Musée Matisse, Cateau-Cambrésis, Tourner la page, at the Galerie Commune, Tourcoing, France, and group exhibitions at Addison Ripley Fine Art, Washington, D.C. and Jaus, Los Angeles, California. Ms. Blas is a visiting artist/professor at the Université de Lille 3, where she created the seminar Nomadism, site-specificity and other modes of transit, a joint project with the University's art department and the Ecole Régionale Supérieure d'Expression Plastique in Tourcoing. She also co-taught a curatorial seminar on photography with Thierry de Duve, and participated in the panel discussion "L'atelier en question", organized by Nathalie Stefanov and Gilles Froger. This fall, she will conduct another seminar using the collection of the Eugène Leroy Museum (MUba), in Tourcoing. 

Gettysburg 150Exhibition catalogue available with essay by Miguel De Baca, Assistant Professor of Art History, Lake Forest College

This exhibition and related events are part of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War at Gettysburg College.

Amer Kobaslija

Amer Kobaslija: One Hundred Views of Kessenuma

August 31 - October 7, 2011
Artist's Talk: September 1, noon
Opening Reception: August 31, 5 to 7 pm

Amer Kobaslija, Assistant Professor of Art at Gettysburg College, is the newest faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History.  This series of paintings reflects his recent travels to the coastal towns of Kessenuma and Ofunato in Japan.  He describes, "What I have seen here is beyond anything I have experienced (or imagined) ever before. Miles and miles of debris, rubble, remnants of life... What used to be vibrant scenic communities is now a sea of oblivion. As tragic and horrifying as it all is, the visuals are poetic and almost beautiful in some strange way."  Prof. Kobaslija also sees "a strange parallel between my own childhood and a human-caused destruction in Bosnia in the early nineties and the nature/human-caused catastrophe currently developing in Japan. Also, my wife's family is from there, and my heart goes to the people of Japan. My own art and understanding of space is deeply influenced by the Ukiyo-e printmakers of the Edo period." 

Prof. Kobaslija was born in Bosnia and moved to Germany in the 1990s.  He received his BFA from the Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL and his MFA from the Montclair School of the Arts at MSU, Montclair, NJ.  He has received several awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.  Kobaslija's work is represented by George Adams Gallery in New York City.

i am here today …
Sam Van Aken, Trees of 40 Fruits, acrylic containers, soil, aluminum, stone fruit trees, 2011

New Edens
Sam Van Aken

October 21 - December 10, 2011
Artist's Talk: October 21, noon
Opening Reception: October 21, 5 to 7 pm

An installation of hybridized fruit trees, grafted orchids, light displays, prints and collages by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken.

Through a process of sculpting by way of grafting and pruning, each tree on exhibit, part of an ongoing series entitled Trees of Forty Fruits, has the capacity to grow forty varieties of fruit from the family of stone fruits including peach, plum, apricot, nectarine, and cherry. The Trees of 40 Fruit are allegorical sculptures. Like the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, these trees represent the beginning of a narrative that transforms the site in which they are located. The far-reaching implications of these sculptures include issues of genetic engineering, biodiversity versus food monoculture, and, ultimately, the relationship of humankind with nature.

One of the most challenging aspects of the work is the planning or envisioning of how each graft, time of blossom, and fruiting will change the aesthetic and balanced quality of the tree. It is at this point that the process becomes sculptural. In speaking of his project, Sam Van Aken has said: "Nature poses a challenging collaborator. Where a bronze sculpture would provide an easier ally, working with living material can be temperamental. But it is this living quality that I feel gives the tree its greatest impact and potential."

Born in Reading Pennsylvania, Sam Van Aken received his undergraduate education in Communication Theory and Art. Immediately following his studies he lived and worked in Poland under the auspices of the Andy Warhol Foundation and the United States Information Agency. Returning after several years in Europe, Van Aken received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. Since this time his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally receiving numerous honors including a Joan Mitchell Award, Association of International Curator's of Art Award and a 2009 Creative Capital Grant. Sam Van Aken is currently an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Syracuse University.

Florence at Dusk
Hartgers'12, Florence at Dusk, 2010, studied abroad at Syracuse University in Florence, Fall 2010

Art from Abroad

October 21 - November 12, 2011
Opening Reception: October 21, 5 to 7 pm

An exhibition of selected works by Gettysburg College students recently returning from Off-Campus Studies.



Lincoln’s Christmas Box to Jeff Davis
Lincoln’s Christmas Box to Jeff Davis, Old Abe—“You pays your debts and you takes your choice,” 1864-12, Special Collections , Musselman Library, Gettysburg College

Art + Politics

November 19 – December 10, 2011
Closing Reception: December 9, 2011, 4-5 pm

Students enrolled in Gallery Director Shannon Egan’s “Art and Public Policy” course curate an exhibition of art and artifacts from Special Collections and College Archives, Gettysburg College.

Special thanks to Carolyn Sautter, Chris Ameduri, Catherine Perry, and Ken Mott. Exhibition supported in part by the IW Foundation.


Exhibition catalogue available with essay by Shannon Egan, Director, Schmucker Art Gallery

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