Student Art Exhibit – Chromatic Entropy

 The Boland Hall Gallery provides a space that helps to educate and serve the SJU and surrounding communities.  Student work is rotated on a monthly basis and March features ceramic work from Senior Art Major, Sue Henry.

Sue Henry’s Chromatic Entropy

 by Molly Ledbetter, Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant

In this powerful, vibrant body of work, artist Sue Henry explores such themes as nature, the organic, deterioration, and femininity.  The title of her show, “Chromatic Entropy,” suggests a sense of beautiful degradation, a concept much of her work embodies.  In many ways, her collection enshrines and celebrates the natural processes of aging and wear in life, capturing simultaneously the stunning intricacies that accompany such change.   Her show exhibits decay and aging in the natural world, and from this emerges realized notions of maturity, growth, rootedness, and strength.

Art has always been an important part of Henry’s life, though it took a back seat when she started a family and pursued a career in another field.  When her children got a little older, she reconnected with clay through local art classes and studios.  Years later, however, she developed a painful case of arthritis and had to take a break.  It wasn’t until her second year at Saint Joe’s that she rekindled the flame and found herself back at the wheel, where she took her work in an entirely different direction from her functional ware—dishes, bowls, mugs, plates—of the past.  In an interview, she expressed some personal parallels to her work:

…there is a connection for me to this feeling of entropy.  As a woman, the older I get, the bolder I get.  Around age 50, I realized that I cared less about what others thought, but in a good way.  I just turned 60 and know I have a voice, have opinions that I share sparingly, and am so much more embracing of differences in people.

In a word, she speaks to the positivity and wisdom that comes with maturing—a message most manifest in her work.

With the titles complementing each piece, Henry “wanted to give the viewer something to consider,” as you browse and lean in to the work to discover discrete elements and texture.  In the sea of this nature-inspired collection hide little gems and secrets and morsels of detail folded into the shadows.  Engulfed in blankets of undulating petals and shells emerge succulent, embossed, shiny little pods and pearls and seeds.  These components, hiding in crevices and nestled into small nooks in the sculpture almost breathe life into each piece.   The attention to minutiae and liberties with color help the work come to life in a very organic, elegant, and dynamic way.

            

2014-2015 Gallery

“Minimal Landscapes”
Alex Losett
Philadelphia, PA


“B-sides”
Adam Ledford
Philadelphia, PA


“Gabion”
Lindsay Carone
Rhode Island


“The Landscape Before Me: Cape Cod”
James Abbott
Ardmore, PA


“Quantum One”
Paintings by Sky Kim
Jersey City, NJ


2015 Senior Art Majors


“Bridging Cleveland”
Vaughn Wascovich
Commerce, Texas

2013-2014 Gallery

Melissa Wilkinson
Bono, Arkansas

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“Boat”  india ink on paper 43 x 59″  2009


Tom Bendtsen
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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“Conversation #5” detail   8,000 books   2013


Deborah Zlotsky
Delmar, New York

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“Vumb” powdered graphite on mylar  60″ x 48″ 2011


Matthew Christopher
Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania


Jay Walker
Philadelphia, PA


“Contemporary Art and Social Justice”
curated by SJU Art History Professor, Emily Hage, PhD
featuring the work of Glen Saks, Sarah McEneaney, Susan Hagen, Daniel Heyman


2014 Senior Art Majors

 

2012-2013 Gallery

Laura Watt
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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“Mandala Crossed #4”    oil/linen   2009


Meghan Cox
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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“Posey”    Oil on canvas mounted on panel   2012   11 x 14″


Peter Miraglia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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“Celine” Archival Pigment Print  20 x 16″


Rachel Rotenberg
Baltimore, Maryland

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Sukjin Choi
Harrisonburg, VA

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“Recollection Installation”   porcelain, stones, sand, paint   2012


2013 Senior Art Majors

Madelon Crosson     Germantown, TN (digital photo)

Nehru Ganeish     Singapore (digital photo)

Nora McGuire     Summit, NJ (digital photo)

Lisa Sucharski     Springfield, PA (painting)

2011-2012 Gallery

Exhibition
Inaugural Exhibition of the University Gallery at Merion Hall

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Ellie Brown
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Charlee Brodsky
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Veronica Byun
Patterson, NJ

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“Shimmering Sea at Sunset”   white stoneware, silver trim   36h x 56w x 10″d


Kip Deeds
Newtown, PA

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2012 Senior Art Majors

Darby Cotter (ceramics), Cara Howell (digital photography), Evan DiPaola (digital photography), Tina Eccleston (ceramics), Maegan Marin (ceramics), Megan Brady (painting), Holly Colaguori (painting), Laura Colussi (digital photography), Kaitlin Ammirati (painting) 

2010-2011 Gallery

C. Pazia Mannella
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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“I’ll Be Your Mirror” Mirror paillettes with viewer participation 2009


Jay McClellan
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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“Stephanie, Tip, Honey and Drew”  Acrylic on canvas 96″ x 84″ 2010


Michael Angelotti
Erie, Pennsylvania

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Daniel Kariko
Greenville, NC

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“Iteration, Sulfur Mine Island, Louisiana”  20″ x 24″  2006  Archival Inkjet Print


Morgan Craig
Philadelphia, PA

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Vestige of Consequence  72″ x 84″  Oil on Linen  2010

 


2011 Senior Art Majors

Aimee Chegwidden (ceramics), Jon Dorfman (film), Ashley Fennimore (ceramics),
Mary Cate Fox (photography), Adam Hutchison (film), Alyssa Maywalall (photography),
Julian Phillips (photography), Daphne Rogers (mosaics), Claire Ryan (painting),
Colleen Smith (painting), Priya Sorathia (film)

2009-2010 Gallery

Alison Stigora
West Chester, Pennsylvania

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“MorningStar” 8′ X 8′ X 8′ Burnt wood 2009


Sarah Steinwachs
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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“Between Spaces” 6″ x 6″ x 1″ hand-cut paper, mixed media 2008


Chad Curtis
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

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“Cows” 2008


Lynn Rosenthal
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Elephant Ear Series


NCECA Exhibit
featuring work of Birdie Boone, Hiroe Hanazono, Ingrid Bathe, Gwendolyn Yoppolo

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“Tumblers”  Ingrid Bathe


2010 Senior Art Majors

Laura Borawski (pottery), Colin Broderick (clay), Kaitlyn Coppola (clay),
Mackenzie Fell (mixed media), Nyasha Hayes (art history), Regan Hillman (art history / gouache on paper),
Julianne Kelley (drawing), Vivienne Lawrence (ceramic sculpture), Nicole McMullen (digital photography),
Matthew Prusack (painting), Jeffrey Wallin (film / painting / sculpture)

2008-2009 Gallery

Kreydatus
Williamsburg, Virginia

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“Winter, Matoaka” 36″ X 36″ oil on board 2008


Julie Gawne
Rockport, Indiana

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“Prevent Damage I” 10″ x 15″ diptych mixed media on paper 2008


Ephraim Russell
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Patent Pending laser cut corregated cardboard discs


David Freese
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Big Sur, California 2002 Archival Ink Jet Print


Walter Plotnick
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

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Optical Bridge  18″ x 30″ Pigment Print


2009 Senior Art Majors

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Gina Cerbone (traditional photography), Mary Alexandra Curzi (painting), Philip J. DiWilliams (painting),
Lisa Hanson (drawing/painting), Malcolm J. Harkins (digital photography), Maris Hilferty (art history),
Yachiyo Kaneko (painting), Stephen Lorek (video), Bobby Morris (video),
Gabriele Petrillo (digital photography), Brittany Price (digital photography), Tony Toscani (painting),
Charles Tribe (digital photography), Jaci Seufert (painting), Anna Vascellaro (drawing/painting)

2007-2008 Gallery

Krista Steinke
Philadelphia, PA

  
“the apples grew ripe and fell to the ground” 22″ x 28″ digital C-Print

 
‘the better to see you with,’ she said” 28″ x 36″ digital C-Print”


    Donna Christine Kutz
Bensalem, PA

  
“Vulnerable” 26″ x 15″ x 20″ (left) “Restraint” 38″ x 24″ x 12″ (right)


Johanna Inman
Philadelphia, PA

 

 
“Untitled” 18″ x 24″ Archival Digital Print (top) “Lhasa Thibet” 24″ x 27″ Archival Ink Jet Print (bottom)


Babette Martino
Blue Bell, PA


“From Bridgeport to Norristown” 24″ x 42″ oil on panel


“Schuylkill River” 15″ x 18″ oil on panel


Ann Chwatsky
New York, NY


“When I Was A Girl I Thought I’d Be Protected ” 45″ x 25 “

 
“When I Was A Girl I Worried About Being Buried” 39″ x 40″


2008 Senior Art Majors

Alana Allan – painting (Shavertown, PA)
Nicole Allan – film (Shavertown, PA)
Adam Della Penna – mosaics / 3-D (Riverton, NJ)
Megan Eckley – musical theater (New Hanover Twp., PA)
Robert Ferguson – drawing / painting (Ft. Myers, FL)
Christie Green – mosaics (Blue Bell, PA)
Michael Kerrigan – photography (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
Elizabeth Lanteri – film (Hackensack, NJ)
Kaitlyn McCormick – mosaics (Brick, NJ)
Cassie Nentwig – vocal performance (Havertown, PA)
MaryColleen Norcia – mixed media (Seaside Park, NJ)
Kevin Ryan – music (Philadelphia, PA)
Jereme Scott – painting (Columbia, MD)
Ginene Szczepanski – painting (Gloucester Twp., NJ)