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.


“Facialogue: Dialogue with Faces” Oluwatobi Adewumi

FACIALOGUE: DIALOGUE WITH THE FACES tells the story of our future as Africans by revisiting the past to explore the ancient traditions, cultural values, and styles. Adewumi’s charcoal portraits depict tribal/lineage marks, style, scarification/face painting and genealogy. Through conversations with the new generation, the artist has created a story that identifies the similarities of cultural practices from the past and present. In this exhibit’s dialogue, the viewers learn from the past, confront the present and educate for the future.

December 16 – January 29, 2020
Artist Talk & Reception: January 28, 11:30 – 12:30pm

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Inclusion and Diversity at Saint Joseph’s University

With every piece of art I produce comes a story, an opportunity to provide history, a new voice, narrative, and perspective for my audience. I believe in using my artistic gift as conduit to share the stories of people and places living in a different society and cultures with a new context. My creative process and work always leads to providing platform and information for movement to discuss values and cultural shifts in the new world. Every face has a story to tell, history behind it, questions, and beauty.

The use of materials in my work is calculated. I am often looking for avenues of the unexpected. An ironic twist to images or things you might expect or their combinations, provoke a participant to new and perhaps unexplored territories .

My work for the past 20 years has used revealing aspects of history, which have a profound impact on our contemporary culture today. In the current climate where many believe history has no relevance, I find myself continually returning to those aspects that are often hidden or misrepresented in the “official” recordings for posterity. In my varied and diverse approaches to making art, the purpose is for the context to impact the viewer.

Art remains as a strong contender of how we share our thoughts and ideas. Throughout history, art has survived the tidal wave of information and remains an unpredictable source of imagination. It has the possibilities of changing one’s thoughts, opening new ideas, and borrowing through received ideas so common to our educational system. I have no grand illusions that art will create a revolution in the traditional sense, but have witnessed the powerful changes it can make in an individual. Just one new idea can change a persons’ perception. The world may not change in an instant by art, but it’s slow and insipid spread into the active part of our brains lives to tell the tale. It may leave the studio and make it’s way around the world, and yet come back to the studio where anything can happen.
– Tobi Adewumi

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.

Form – student work in 3D

March 5-29, 2019
Coffee Hour: Tuesday, March 20, 8-9am

Text by Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant: Rowan Sullivan ‘21

This exhibit showcases student artwork from the Mixed Media Sculpture, Mosaics, and 3D Art classes instructed by Jill Allen and Krista Svalbonas. Using materials such as wood, clay, wire, and plaster the students create unique artworks that express their understanding of space, form, and conceptual development.

 The 3D Art class focused on the element of movement in their pieces and the different ways to express it through their own process of artistic innovation. One of the concepts that the class explored was the idea of a “dwelling.” Using foam core and paint the students created 3D models of what their perception of a dwelling is. The 3D Art class also worked on automata box sculptures (wood box structure with movable machine parts and assemblage top piece) that apply found or fabricated objects in an unusual context. Each automata box has a moving component that makes the sculpture come alive in a dynamic fashion that draws attention to a certain area of the artwork. The Mosaics Class created artworks that exemplified the impact of the 2018-2019 government shutdown on our National Parks as well as abstract representations of geographic locations from an aerial view.

“The pieces for this exhibit were chosen to show the many unique ways that artists interpret a similar theme. While parameters might be given with regards to material or size, each person’s individual experiences and ways of seeing the world affect their concept and execution of their work.”              – Jill Allen

The Mixed Media Sculpture class created cast plaster pieces that took a form of social awareness on issues such as: “Fake News,” sexual assault, alcohol abuse, and the stigma of learning disabilities.

“In my Mixed Media Sculpture course  I had students focus on casting techniques. Within the confines of this technical process, I asked them to think deeply about themselves and how Art can bring attention to the important social issues of our time.”
– Krista Svalbonas


The mosaic pieces displayed are inspired by two concepts: the impact that the government shutdown had on National Parks and the abstract aerial view of specific geographic locations. The various animals depicted in the tiles are uniquely crafted through the use of mosaic tile and color that create a cohesive composition of the subject.  The tiles representing aerial views of various geographic locations are abstract and emphasize the quality of their surface where mountain ranges and oceans are made visible through the texture and color of the tiles chosen.


Dylan Eddinger

Dylan created a series of cast plaster mouths to represent the social problem of sexual abuse on college campuses, and how victims are often silenced from speaking out by the fear of judgement or isolation from others. 

“This is a visual statistic about sexual assault on college campuses. Unfortunately, though not unsurprisingly, more than 90% of sexual assault victims will not speak out about their experiences due to shame or fear. The broken mouth in the middle represents the one who has the courage to speak out against their assaulter. The goal of this piece was to create a simple yet powerful portrayal of how that one person feels breaking the silence.”

-Dylan Eddinger



Ali Sisbarro

Ali created a series of cast plaster of lightbulbs to represent the stigma of learning disabilities in society today.

“There are 10 light bulbs because 1 in 10 children have a mental disability. So they all look the same except the top one, with a rusted bottom and not as white top. This signifies that mental disabilities aren’t talked about and they lump children together but you can still slightly see the difference.”         -Ali Sisbarro


William McCaughern

William displayed the controversial topic of “Fake News” in his installation of several cast plaster models of microphones labeled with ten news stations such as, Fox News, CNN, and NPR. The circular display of the microphones alludes to the endless cycle of “fake news” we are exposed to everyday.

“When putting prior political opinions aside…In today’s world with various social media platforms consisting of algorithms that adhere to what the user wants to see or hear, it is extremely important for people to branch out and get out of their shell to follow different news sources that they don’t necessarily agree with. By doing so, one is able to gather a broader perspective of how different people think or believe which enables a more unbiased opinion”

-William McCaughern


Shanna DiCarlo

Claire created cast plasters of beer bottles painted in neutral tones of grey and beige to represent the social problem of drunk driving among youths in today’s society. She also incorporates a photo image of her installation of the bottles at the foot of a car tire bringing her art into contact with the physical world and emphasizing the reality and impact of drunk driving.

“For my art piece, I sculpted several beer bottles to represent fatalities DUI’s can result in, and how dangerous it is to “have a couple drinks” at a party and getting behind the wheel after. The beer bottles are dark, and can blend into the color of a road or a highway to represent the darkness of driving under the influence, and it also represents how it can be “hidden” from our eyes. One individual may have a couple alcoholic beverages, and believes that he or she is able to get behind the wheel to drive home since he or she only had two drinks. Unfortunately, every situation is different, and in that circumstance, maybe he or she did not eat enough that day, and was not okay to get behind the wheel, causing a fatal car accident. According to the CDC, every day there are 29 motor vehicle deaths in the United States, due to a driver driving under the influence of alcohol. Take an Uber or call a friend for a ride, because it is not worth risking a life to drive.”          -Shanna DiCarlo

Dwelling: Home

Rozana Almaddah represented her idea of a dwelling in the form of a model replica of her home. On a large and detailed scale, Rozana’s piece stands out for it’s attention to detail of architecture in the hexagonal bay with a conical segmented roof, wrap around porch, and multi-dimensional elements of the house.

Dwelling: Metropolis

Ian Asaph represented his concept of a dwelling through the inspiration from the film cover of the 1927 movie “Metropolis.” Crafted from foam core and yellow and black paint, the model stands out for it’s expressive brushwork and sharp contours.



Automata Box Sculptures

The 3D Art class also worked on automata box sculptures (wood box structure with movable machine parts and assemblage top piece) that apply found or fabricated objects in an unusual context. Each automata box has a moving component that makes the sculpture come alive in a dynamic fashion that draws attention to a certain area of the artwork.

Automata Box: Wire Birds/Blue Landscape

Gianna Hoffman’s sculpture “Wire Birds/Blue Landscape” uses wire shaped into the form of birds to create the moving component of the box. The naturalistic blue landscape painted in the background contrasts with the wire birds which calls attention to the movement and spatial organization of the sculpture.

“My piece was inspired by nature and simplicity. I really enjoyed using different materials to create a feeling of calm that a person would experience in nature.

– Gianna Hoffman

Automata Box: Birds/Garden

Madison Scuderi’s sculpture, “Birds/Garden” is complete with a wooden bird box, plastic grass, and figures of a bird and flowers as well as butterflies. In Madison’s sculpture the bird and flower move up and down making the nature in her automata box come alive in the setting of a garden. The openness of her box with no back brings an element of open space in an outdoor garden .


Automata Box: Garlic/Found Objects

Hannah Kiley’s sculpture, “Garlic/Found Objects” resembles that of cupboard shelf crowded with miscellaneous items. The tape measure coils and the thyme herb swivels when the crank is turned, giving the sculpture’s intriguing randomness an eerie mystery to the found objects it contains.