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JCMA Current Exhibitions

2008-2009


September 18 - November 1

WPA Graphic Works : From the Amity Art Foundation Collection

The Works Progress Administration/Federal Arts Project was founded during the Great Depression in 1935 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal Program. In addition to providing relief to thousands of artists, the New Deal Programs aimed to make art accessible to the general public, thereby raising the standards of cultural awareness within society. In order to achieve this goal, subject matter had to be clearly understandable and identifiable to the public; artists moved away from abstraction and their new representational style came to reflect the democratic ideals of American life. Images of industry, work and play, in both urban and rural settings, focused on the common man. During the eight years of the Federal Art Project’s existence, over 5,000 artists, some of whom are featured in this exhibition, produced thousands of paintings, photographs, sculptures, public murals and prints. WPA Graphic Works: From the Amity Art Foundation Collection is part of the personal collection of John A. Stewart, founder and director of the Amity Art Foundation in Woodbridge, Connecticut.  The exhibition is on loan from Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

Albert James Webb, Market Argument, lithograph, 1935-40

Albert James Webb, Market Argument, lithograph, 1935-1940, 12 ½ x 15”.  Image courtesy of Amity Art Foundation.

November 13 - February 28

Shared Experience: The Steven Barbash Collection

Professor of art at Juniata from 1960-1970, distinguished professor emeritus at SUNY-Cortland,  celebrated etcher and painter, Steven Barbash is also—as revealed in this exhibition—a collector of works ranging over 50 years by such great American artists as Louis Schanker, Gabor Peterdi, Michael Mazur, and many others.  Often the works were acquired by trade with artists who were also Barbash’s friends, colleagues, teachers, and students.  The collection encompasses  painting, the printmaking processes of etching and lithography, and other media.  Subject matter ranges from the whimsical—Zevi Blum’s Birds of the Unknown World series—to the forcefulness of the commonplace—Michael Mazur’s Boiler Room #2, Gabor Peterdi’s Vertical Rocks—through the harrowing—Mazur’s Images from a Locked Ward series—to the lush simplicity of Gillian Pederson-Krag’s Still Life, Santa Cruz.  The collected works hold in common a respect for the figural, an innovative spirit, and great technical virtuosity—all part of the mysterious ability to “make marks,” as Barbash calls it, that can “expand the imagination and the emotional experience.”  The museum is pleased and proud to host this exhibition, which travels to us from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.

 

 

Gillian Pederson-Krag, Still Life, Santa Cruz, CA, oil on canvas, 2007

Gillian Pederson-Krag, Still Life, Santa Cruz, CA, oil on canvas, 2007, 18 x 18 7/8 “.  Image courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.

March 19 - April 25

Student Exhibition

The annual student exhibition highlights work by Juniata’s fine arts students working under the direction of Monika Malewska, Bethany Benson, Patricia Howard and Jason John. The show will feature more than two dozen works in a variety of media including paintings, ceramics, photography, works on paper, digital photography, computer art, book art and sculptures.  Selected by the fine arts faculty and museum staff in conjunction with the museum practicum students, the exhibition will showcase some of the best work created in the studios during the academic year.  In addition, members of the campus community will serve as outside jurors and award prizes for “best in show” and honorable mention.

 

 

 

Student Exhibition, Juniata College Museum of Art, 2008

Installation of 2008 Student Exhibtiion depicting the variety of media in which students work. Juniata College Museum of Art.