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The 1600 square-foot Schmucker Art Gallery is a lively art space that displays seven to eight different exhibitions each year. Included in the gallery calendar are shows by local, national, and international contemporary artists, a faculty exhibition, a student exhibition, the annual senior art major show, and traveling exhibits of works selected from public and private collections.

Gallery hours: 
Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 4

Location: The Schmucker Art Gallery is located on the main floor of Schmucker Hall (view on map) and is fully accessible. Free parking is available in one of the Visitor parking lots on campus, or free 2-hour parking can be found on the streets adjacent to Schmucker Hall.

For more information: contact Shannon Egan, Ph.D., Director, Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College, Box 2452, 300 N. Washington St., Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717-337-6080,

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Fall 2012

Jim Agard with work
Eugene Atget, Magasin, Avenue des Gobelins,Paris, gelatin silver print, 1925

A Tale of Two Cities: Eugene Atget’s Paris and Berenice Abbott’s New York

Main Gallery

August 29 – October 29, 2012

Symposium: September 11, 4-6 p.m. Paul Recital Hall

Reception: September 11, 6-7 p.m.

Schmucker Art Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by art-historically renowned photographers Eugene Atget and Berenice Abbott.  French photographer Eugene Atget captured pre-World War I Paris before many of the city’s architectural splendors were lost to modernization and war. American-born photographer Berenice Abbott used her lens to preserve the physical changes of New York during the early 1930′s. This exhibition examines the work of two artists who were inextricably linked to each other and to the development of modern photography. Atget was dismayed by the amount of architectural history being destroyed during the modernization of Paris and began photographing the city’s shop fronts, streets, and neighborhoods in 1898.  In 1925, Abbott met Atget when she was working as a darkroom assistant to artist Man Ray. Abbott was deeply and permanently affected by Atget’s images; she wrote, “There was a sudden flash of recognition—the shock of realism unadorned.”   Abbott spent eight years in Paris, and on a visit to New York in 1929 was consumed by the desire to capture the physical change of the city. In 1936, the Federal Arts Project approved her proposal for funding to complete her project entitled “Changing New York.” Her efforts produced a catalog of images that, like Atget’s earlier photographs of Paris, records the essential character of the city.

The exhibition of forty-one photographs by Atget and Abbott, on loan from the Syracuse University Art Galleries, is held in conjunction with an interdisciplinary symposium on the history and theory of photography, modernism, architecture and literature by noted scholars Prof. Terri Weissman, University of Urbana-Champaign, Prof. Mary McLeod, Columbia University, and Prof. Victoria Rosner, Columbia University.

This exhibition is supported in part by EPACC.

Kate Stewart
Civille Bellum or Brother and the Fallen Dragoon (detail), sheet music/color lithograph, 1862

Visualizing War

Project Space

August 29 – September 29, 2012

Reception: September 11, 6-7 p.m.

Gallery Talk: September 20, noon

Curated by Civil War Institute Fellows Natalie Sherif, Alexandra Ward and Andrew Egbert, this  exhibition examines perceptions of the American Civil War in the North and the evolution of its political, social, and militaristic visual representations through a wide range of objects including maps, lithographs, stereo views, and sheet music from Special Collections, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College.

For additional information, please see or call 717-337-6012

Sponsored by the Schmucker Art Gallery and supported in part by Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute and the Sesquicentennial Planning Committee for the Commemoration of the American Civil War.

Jorge C. Pérez-Rico, Retratos/Portraits, 2010-11


Project Space

October 10-31, 2012

Reception: October 10, 6-7 p.m.

“The power of a simple image to capture the human spirit reminds us that immigrants, seemingly so foreign and unlike us, are really exactly like us. Could be me. Could be you.”  Deepa Fernandez describes the essence of this exhibition of photographs taken by and of migrant and immigrant families living in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The photographs reveal the importance of faith, family and the basic humanity that binds us all together – regardless of language culture or politics. As we see ourselves in the portraits from birthday parties, schools, homes and farms, we’re encouraged to think about the dreams and struggles of our neighbors as well as new solutions to the ongoing immigration debate in our country.

This exhibition is created in partnership with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 Migrant Education Technology Center for Adults and Families, under the direction of Jorge C. Pérez-Rico and the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College.  Special thanks to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, PA Migrant Education and 21st Century, Adams County Arts Council Education Center, Deepa Fernandez, Dickinson College, Friends of Farmworkers Inc., and Saint Francis Xavier Church.

Double Belly Cup
Tina Gebhart, Double Belly Cup, 4" x 3.75" x 3.75"

Faculty Exhibition

Main Space

November 9 – December 8, 2012

Gallery talk: November 9, noon

Reception: November 9, 5-7 p.m.

Select works by studio art faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History:  Brent Blair, Tina Gebhart, Amer Kobaslija, John Kovaleski, Bob Patierno, and Mark Warwick.





The Gettysburg Cabinet
An overview of The Gettysburg Cabinet Exhibition. Photo by Felicia Else.

The Gettysburg Cabinet

Project Space

November 16 – December 8, 2012

Opening reception: November 16, 4-5 p.m.

Wonders of nature and artifice are brought together in this most unusual exhibition, The Gettysburg Cabinet.  Students have curated this special show as part of a new course team-taught by professors from Biology and Art History, Kay Etheridge and Felicia Else.  This exhibition recreates the Curiosity Cabinets and Chambers of Wonders from the days of the Renaissance but with items from Gettysburg College's own rich and diverse holdings.  Extraordinary objects have been selected from Special Collections, Schmucker Art Gallery, the Biology Department and other resources across campus, representing different branches of academic learning.

The exhibition reveals the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge, reflecting a time when art and science intermingled.

The exhibition is supported in part by the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning, Gettysburg College.

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Spring 2013

Alabama Loyalists
Kara Walker, Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats, Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005

Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

Main Gallery

January 25 – March 8, 2013

Lecture “Visualizing Emancipation: What did Freedom Look Like?”
February 22, 6 p.m., Paul Recital Hall

Deborah Willis, Ph.D., University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts and Affiliate of Africana Studies, College of the Arts and Sciences, New York University

Reception: February 22, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Schmucker Art Gallery presents an exhibition of works of art by prominent contemporary artist and MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award recipient Kara Walker.  Her suite of lithographs Harper’s Pictorial History (Annotated) on loan from the Middlebury College Museum of Art takes Civil War-era imagery as its subject to question issues of identity, history, sexuality and race, particularly in relation to stereotypes and historical perceptions of African Americans.  Walker enlarges Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War, first published in 1866 to reinterpret and disrupt this celebrated document of American history. "These prints," Walker explains, "are the landscapes that I imagine exist in the back of my somewhat more austere wall pieces." Walker’s silhouettes of distorted, fragmented, and flailing black bodies subvert the original narrative of the Harper’s prints.  Walker's silhouettes incorporate a new understanding of suffering, loss and horror absent from the nineteenth-century illustrations.  Also on exhibit will be the original publication of Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (1866), on loan from Special Collections and College Archives, to serve as a comparative tool for reading the Civil War imagery in its original context.

Kara Walker was born in Stockton, California, in 1969. She received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1991, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. The artist is best known for exploring the raw intersection of race, gender, and sexuality through her iconic, silhouetted figures. New York Times art critic Holland Cotter has written, “Ms. Walker’s style is magnetic. Whether in large cutouts, or notebook-size drawings, or in films that are basically animated versions of both, her draftsmanship is excitingly textured — old-masterish here, doodlish there — and all of a piece. Brilliant is the word for it, and the brilliance grows over the survey’s decade-plus span.” Walker’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 1997, Walker received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award and was the United States representative to the 2002 Bienal de São Paulo.  She currently lives in New York. 

The exhibition and related programming will be held in conjunction with the Central Pennsylvania Consortium Africana Studies Conference.  The exhibition is supported in part by the Gettysburg College Sesquicentennial Committee for the Commemoration of the American Civil War and EPACC.

Kate Stewart
Judy Chicago, The Creation (from the Birth Project), 1984, ©Judy Chicago

Judy Chicago: The Birth Project

Project Space

January 25 – March 8, 2013

Gallery talk: January 25, 4-5 p.m.

Reception: January 25, 5-7 p.m.

Curated by Francesca DeBiaso (Art History ’12), this exhibition presents select works by prominent feminist artist Judy Chicago’s Birth Project series completed from 1980-85. 

Juried Student Exhibition 2012
Juried Student Exhibition 2012

Juried Student Exhibition 

Main Gallery

March 29 – April 20, 2012

Gallery talk and awards: March 29, 4 p.m.

Opening Reception: March 29, 5-7 p.m.

Outstanding work by students enrolled in studio art courses at Gettysburg College.


Steven Pearson, Overunder, 2011

Juror’s Exhibition: Steven Pearson

Project Space

March 29 – April 20, 2012

Gallery talk and awards: March 29, 4 p.m.

Opening Reception: March 29, 5-7 p.m.

Steven Pearson is an abstract painter focusing on mid-sized to large paintings that investigate the complexities of color and space. He received his Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, and his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Steven has exhibited both nationally and regionally including such places as The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, The Arlington Art Center, VisArts in Rockville, MD, Studio H Gallery in Washington, DC, the Falk Gallery at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, Subbasement Artist Gallery in Baltimore, and the Batimore/Washington International Airport. Steven has been an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2010, 2006, 2003, as well as the Ragdale Foundation in 2005. He has received several grants and honors, including being named a Janet & Walter Sondheim Semi-Finalist in 2012, receiving an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (2010), Artists Grants from the Vermont Studio Center (2010, 2006, 2003), and Faculty Development Grants from McDaniel College (2009, 2008, 2005). Steven’s work can be found in several public and private collections including: Schenectady Museum, University of Mary Washington, Siena College, College of Saint Rose, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, PNC Bank Regional Headquarters, Prologue Inc., FTI Consulting, Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel, and The League For People With Disabilities, Baltimore, MD. Steven currently lives in Westminster, MD with his 5 year old son, Leife, and works in his studios on Campus at McDaniel College, and at the Oliver Street Studios in Baltimore.

Capstone Exhibition 2012
Capstone Exhibition 2012

Capstone 2013: Senior Art Majors Exhibition

Main Space & Project Space
May 1 – 19, 2013

Reception: May 1, 5-7 p.m.

Gallery Talks: May 2, noon


Graduating studio art majors present their capstone projects in a variety of media: sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting and installation


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