Analogue and Alternative Process Photography

December 16 – January 24, 2020

Coffee Hour: January 14, 8-9am

This exhibit features film-based black and white photography and alternative processes photography.  Artists featured in this exhibition were students in either Darkroom Photography I or Alternative Processes Photography I.  The show is a juxtaposition of historic printing methods and experimentation with more contemporary “non-silver” techniques.

Students, Mara Trapani, Sophia Dell’Arciprete and Harrison Morris  created a sampling of cyanotypes and vandyke brown on fabric.

Art Major, Jayne Baran, experiments with hand-painted watercolors on cyanotypes.

Nico Dennis uses light and shadows to create dramatic effects on everyday objects.

Sarah Gray paints liquid light emulsion onto paper before exposing her image.

Aiden Saul takes his 35mm Pentax out into nature on an overcast day for this dreamy shot.


Mark Making – Student Work Painting & Drawing

Mark Making

By Christine Torrey, ‘20, Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant

Christine Torrey ’20

This exhibition features the work of advanced painting and drawing students. In these courses, students explore their mediums by utilizing formal and conceptual elements of drawing and painting. Students use each medium to discover new possibilities and to represent their own personal voice. The pieces that are displayed combine formal elements and techniques of drawing and painting with the student’s own personal expression and artistic vision. This collection of work was created by advanced art students under the instruction of Dennis McNally, Mary Henderson, and Stephen Cope.

Quiongdan Hu ’20

The drawings are created with charcoal. Charcoal is an incredibly dynamic medium, it can be constantly changed and blended until the artist is satisfied. The softness of this medium lends itself to drawings focused on mass and movement of a subject. Charcoal is used for rendering the light, shadow, and contour of a subject. Many of the drawings displayed in this exhibition are life drawings. Students rendered these drawings from direct observation of a live model.

Carley Rose ’22
Transcription: Detail of VanGogh’s “Still Life with Pears”

The paintings featured in this exhibition were painted with acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is a versatile medium. The paint dries quickly, allowing an artist to add and experiment with many layers of paint. Students in this advanced painting course were encouraged to paint subjects that inspired them. In this course, students learn to “sketch” with paint, and to trust their instincts when rendering paint on a canvas. These paintings feature the incorporation of matte medium to the paint, as well as non-traditional materials, such as glitter.

Caroline Stefan ’22



Robert Engman “Structural Sculpture”

November 4 – December 6, 2019

Gallery Opening & Panel Discussion: Nov 7, 5-7pm

5-6pm: Robert Engman: Art, Physics and Mathematics
A panel discussion in the Cardinal Foley Campus Center with
Stephen Loughin, Professor, Physics Department,
Saint Joseph’s University
William Perthes, Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education
The Barnes Foundation
Kristopher Tapp, Professor and Chair, Mathematics Department,
Saint Joseph’s University

6-7pm: Reception in Merion Hall Gallery

If Walls Could Speak – Ada Luisa Trillo

October 17, 5-7pm
Stories Beyond Borders Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Cardinal Foley Campus Center

On October 17th, ​Saint Joseph’s University Galleries and Art Department​ will host ​Stories Beyond Borders​. The program features five short films that show a more complete picture of the attacks on immigrant families and communities. Beyond building empathy, these films lift up real stories of resilience and strength, while illustrating some of the ways people can give their time, energy, and resources to support organizing led by immigrant communities. This free event will also include a discussion with fi​lmmaker ​Almudena Toral​, who created ​The Legacy of the Zero Tolerance Policy​, photographer ​Ada Trillo​, who has recently opened an exhibit at Saint Joseph’s University called ​If Walls Could Speak​, Sara Zia Ebrahimi with ​Working Films​ and Erika Nunez with Juntos Philadelphia.  Guests will have the opportunity to walk to Merion Hall Gallery after the discussion to view Ada Trillo’s documentary work.

If Walls Could Speak

Ada Luisa Trillo

September 30 – October 25, 2019

Immigration and Social Justice Lecture with artist, Ada Trillo and Assistant Professor of Political Science, Richard Giogioso:
Tuesday, October 1, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Merion Hall Gallery

If Walls Could Speak is a brief glimpse into the besieged hopes and blunt uncertainties – but also the enduring dignity – of Central American asylum seekers forced into a cruel and dangerous waiting game.  This series was shot while visiting the Casa del Migrante, a Catholic-run migrant shelter in Juárez which houses a very small handful of the 20,000 asylum seekers.  The scenes within – friends chatting; kids laughing; three meals a day – stand in stark contrast with life for many migrants outside the shelter’s gates, where death may very well be the least of their worries.


Form: Student Sculpture Exhibit

October 1 – 25, 2019
Coffee Hour: Tuesday, October 1, 8-9am
Boland Hall Gallery


Form displays works by a collective of students from different classes, at different levels, working in different media. Some of the student artists worked with Professor Jill Allen, in her multiple sculpture classes, others worked with Professor Steve Rossi in his Intro to 3-Dimensional Art course.

The displayed wire sculptures, products of Jill Allen’s class, were created as explorations of line, meant to capture viewers’ attention and elicit a particular emotion, such as chaos, fragility, and energy.

The plaster sculptures were created as nonobjective forms, or forms that have no connection to forms that we know in our experience. Students created their pieces with no prior plan; reacting to and creating from gut responses. This elicited some anxiety in students, as working without a plan and on instinct alone could feel foreign.

The cardboard sculptures that Allen’s students created were done collaboratively. Teams of students developed a concept for their final sculpture–some used narrative, some focused on repetition, and others on exaggerated proportion. The technical approach used to reach these concepts varied from group to group, as well. Some were abstract in form, others were meant to tell a story. One group used a narrative approach, evoking the growth of a child, and the accumulation of experience as that child grows.

Professor Rossi’s students worked under the same assignment. Students created sculpture out of cardboard with the goal of intimately understanding the basics of three-dimensional art concepts, with a specific focus on line, space, and form. The sculptures on display are the final iteration in a multi-step design process. Students first created a charcoal line drawing, then they cut apart the drawing arranged the pieces to create the basis for their sculpture. After examining the negative and positive space of their prototype, they began to examine the textural aspect of the cardboard –some of these textural studies are on display, as well. Although the material is only cardboard, the textures the students created on the surface give the sculpture a feeling of sumptuousness and luxuriousness. This was intentional, to facilitate conversation about ornamentation and social importance, as a humble material, cardboard, was treated as one would treat an expensive or important material.

Ultimately, these sculptures were created to be generalizable to the world around us. These works are microcosms of the built environment, drawing from architectural concepts and applying them to three-dimensional sculpture. As viewers interact with these works, they are reminded of the spaces they move through and the buildings they interact with every day.

~ Devon D’Andrea ’20
Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant

Photography Alumni Exhibit

Photography Alumni Exhibit

August 19 – September 23, 2019
Reception: Friday, September 13, 5-6pm

Madeline Kim

Students of Susan Fenton’s traditional photography courses over the past twenty years present old and new photographs in honor of their adored professor.  Over 70 pieces fill the walls of the home where once novice students took a leap into the dark and found a new form of self-expression.

This exhibition is in conjunction with the Merion Hall exhibition of photographs by the late Susan Fenton.  Following this reception, visitors can proceed to Merion Hall Gallery to hear Larry Spaid speak about Fenton’s work.

“A Survey” Photography by Susan Fenton

August 19 – September 23, 2019

Gallery Talk & Reception: Friday, Sept 13, 5-8:30pm

5 – 6 pm: Boland Hall Gallery Reception – Boland Hall is exhibiting the work of Susan Fenton’s SJU photography students from the past 20 years.

6:15 pm: Merion Hall Gallery Talk given by Larry Spaid

7 – 8:30 pm: Merion Hall Gallery Reception


A Survey, showcases over 50 pieces from the beloved and talented photographer, artist, and teacher, Susan Fenton. Susan was a self-taught studio photographer whose work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. She obtained her Bachelor of Studio Art Degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University where she also received a Master’s in Art Education. Susan obtained a second Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from The Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University. She participated in artist residencies in California, France, and Ireland. In addition, she taught abroad at Temple University Japan in Tokyo as well as for Saint Mary’s College and Notre Dame University in Rome.

Selected series of work represented in this exhibit include: Rome, Barbie, Nocturne, White, Ballingen, and Fatima. Nocturne and Fatima are traditional black and white photographs that feature selenium-toned gelatin silver prints (Nocturne) and gelatin silver prints (Fatima). A great majority of Susan’s photographs are hand-painted gelatin silver prints recalling her formal education in painting. She did not start practicing digital photography until later in her career as seen in her Baroque series. This exhibit shows a wide variety of Susan’s interests. One overarching aspect in her figurative work is how the identity of the model is hidden and camouflaged to emphasize the form of the subject. Despite the use of models in many photographs, Susan’s art was not about portraiture, but rather the essence of a still-life or as in her Baroque series, the ambience of thematic stories.

Influenced by Moorish art as well as artists such as Vermeer, Caravaggio, and Giorio Morandi, Susan eloquently combines the classical elements of their work with expressive photographic techniques that create a powerful, but soft aesthetic unique to Susan Fenton’s work. A true studio artist, every photograph is meticulously planned out to the smallest detail. In referring to Susan’s artistic process her husband Larry Spaid says:

“I know Susan loved  research, traveling and experiencing crazy places….it all filtered into her work.”

Also featured in this exhibit are a series of watercolor paintings that Susan worked on while traveling. Rather than using a camera to document travel she used this painting technique, over a four year period, as a journal and later in her studio as a reference. In addition, the exhibit features a film by John Thorton and a slideshow from one of Susan’s numerous academic lectures. These help illuminate her detail-oriented and thorough examination of subject matter in her chosen area of research.

~ Rowan Sullivan ‘20
Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant

“Exploration” Junior Art Majors’ Exhibit

Junior Art Majors’ Exhibition
April 5 – May 8, 2019
Boland Hall Gallery
Reception: April 5, 4-6pm









Caela Abadie


Andres Deschapelles

Andres Deschapelles is inspired by the geometric forms found in abstract art.  In this exhibit, he combines his passion for animals with vibrant colors and marked shapes.  The animals portrayed
are discernable but have a hint of abstraction.

Deschapelles would like to show viewers the beautiful creatures that are in danger of losing their habitats because of human encroachment.  Habitat destruction is one of the leading causes of species endangerment.  “My dream is to start a reptile and wild animal sanctuary to save these magnificent creatures who are dying off at a tremendous speed due to human behavior,” says Deschapelles.


Anissa Wilson

Anissa Wilson has been fascinated with the ocean and its plentiful life forms since childhood.  Her aim is to recreate the beauty that exists within it, not only for herself but for those unfamiliar with ocean life.  “Our oceans and beaches are less thought of and are getting neglected. Coral reefs are dying, our waters are polluted, and marine life is suffering in the place they call home,” says Wilson.   Society must address pollution issues so that the allure of the sea remains intact.  “I want to continue to create ocean related drawings to remind people of the beauty that once flourished without threat from humanity,” reflects Wilson.

A Visual Story – Student Digital Photography

A Visual Story

February 4 – 28, 2019
Coffee Hour: February 5, 8-9am

Victoria Ring ’19

Students experiment with digital photography in unconventional ways; taking the concepts of color, line, form, texture and space to construct images. These alterations to the photos allow the artist to convey their vision.  Focusing on principles of composition, the exhibit is a visual storytelling in photography.

This exhibit provides attention grabbing images that undermine the questions of social justice that are discussed in our nation today. From prejudice to environmental impact, these images will allow other students to continue the discussions that affect change in our society and on our campus. Photographer Roa Alshaer shared her feelings on the assignment saying it, “challenged me to address a sensitive topic that can be overlooked or neglected because we experience it in our daily interactions. I was inspired to address social prejudice that most of us get subjected to because of our ethnicity, religious believes, gender, sexual orientation or appearance.” Followed by the work of photographer peer Dylan Eddinger who was steered in the direction of ecological concern. He says, “I decided to take fine art food photography pictures of seafood dishes to bring attention to the issue, but instead the seafood is being replaced by the Ocean trash.” Using these creative ways to discuss the issues that presently impact our world. Each of the stories these photographers are sharing provide a provocative discussion to follow.

-Meghan Sack ‘19
Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant

Roa Alshaer ‘18
Photographer Roa Alshaer took on the topic of prejudice as it runs through the daily interactions of people in our society with an emphasis on the social stereotypes that are perpetuated through ethnicity, religion, gender, and race. In her own words, “The images almost look like mugshots as I wanted the shots to looks serious but I also wanted to empower the individual and show that these labels, although hurtful, do not have to affect us or change who we are as people”. Her work includes fierce images of her subjects showing their powerful reaction to the external judgement that inflicts its pain into people’s lives daily. Alshaer believes in change and simply says, “I want to bring awareness and encourage people to treat one another with kindness and not to mindlessly pass social prejudices.”



Dylan Eddinger ‘19
Entertainment Marketing Major

Photographer Dylan Eddinger tackles the overwhelming waste issue that our planet is facing today. Using the concept of fine art food photography, he features popular seafood dishes replacing the food with trash found in our oceans. His work demonstrates the increasing issue of marine ecosystems in jeopardy due to waste created by humans. Turning the tables on the topic, quite literally, he serves up the plastic and debris that is dumped into oceans each day with his photographic meals. As he says, “If nothing is done to stop trash from going into our oceans or to help clean up our oceans, there is supposed to be more trash than fish by 2050. It is believed that there are approximately 5.25 trillion tons of plastic debris in the ocean already; plastic bags, straws, cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans being some of the biggest problems”. Eddinger draws alarming attention to the mistreatment of our environment using the very benefits we gain from the sea– food.

Bridget Moran ’19

“Black and White” student photography

December 10, 2018 – January 25, 2019
Coffee hour:  Tuesday, January 22, 8-9am

This exhibition features film-based black and white photography as an expressive and creative medium.  Film based photography presents many unique challenges, but it is also very rewarding. A photographer must slow down and consider composition and technique to capture just the right image. Once the photographer captures these images, he or she must use special equipment and chemicals to develop the film. This requires great effort and attention to detail.

This collection of work was created by beginner photography students under the direction of Julia Staples and Dustin Ream. In this course, students learn how to use a film camera, how to develop negatives, and how factors like shutter speed or aperture, can affect the outcome of an image. Students selected this work from assignments throughout the semester, which had to do with things like the effects of light on a photograph, the many perspectives one can take as a photographer or experimenting with distance. This exhibition features a variety of approaches to these assignments, as well as students’ own personal expression and artistic vision.

~ Christine Torrey ‘20
Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant

Aedan Accardi ‘19
Marketing major, Art minor

Photographer Aedan Accardi chose a group of four compelling photographs, featuring a cemetery. With this series, Aedan wanted to capture the beauty of cemeteries by blending together both man-made and natural objects. In these photographs, Aedan uses light and shadow to portray a somber mood. Two of these works feature crosses, both up close and from a distance. This series of photographs is reflective and mournful, and the perspective and framing of the two photographs shows a skillful execution of photography techniques.

Maria Jimenez ‘19

Accounting major, Business Analytics minor

This group of photographs, taken by Maria Jimenez, features a variety of subjects and perspectives. Maria’s photographs are full of bright light and strong contrast. Her use of positive and negative space gives the viewer a clear understanding of the form and subject matter. Maria uses the compositional Rule of Thirds to create visually interesting and thought-provoking images. In two of these photos, Maria captures man-made structures from a distance, highlighting their magnitude. She also photographs with little contrast more natural scenes of the city. These images hold a certain softness and tranquility. With this series of photographs, Maria portrays different viewpoints, and sheds new light on the world in which we live.