Faculty art show open to the public

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The public is invited to visit the Cummings Art Gallery for the Annual Faculty Art show through Sept. 23. The gallery features works from many of Mercyhurst’s own, as well as a few guest works contributed by alumni including Annoel Krider ‘77.

Art was contributed from faculty members, such as Daniel Burke, Tom Hubert, Jodi Staniunas-Hopper, Gary Cardot, Robert Tavani, Mary Elizabeth Meier, Jamie Borowicz and Patricia Tomzcak-Czulewicz.

Alumna Krider, who holds an art education degree from Mercyhurst exhibits large colorful weavings with warm colors and bold shapes. She has traveled from Pittsburgh to Mexico to New York to study her artistic tapestry.

Krider’s artwork is featured in both public and private collections alike throughout the world. Her public artwork includes contributions to IBM, Robin Williams and Kelly McGrillis, as well as a multitude of other venues.

Tom Hubert features a couple ceramic teapots, including a lovely striped one, and a jar with a platter. Hubert has taught on Mercyhurst’s campus for 32 years. He has won awards in national and regional exhibitions.

Jodi Staniunas-Hopper holds an MFA in advertising/design from Marywood University. Now a Graphic Design Program Director, she unveiled a series of masks made from lace and feathers. Included with these masks are photo representation of the works in use, atop a subject’s head. Hopper’s work “Mascara” took second place in an art show held at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center.

A doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University, Mary Meier earned her M.S. and B.S. in art education from Florida State.

A brand new faculty member for the art education program, she was named Outstanding Elementary Art Educator by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association and will begin a two-year term in October as president of that group.

Meier presented works on office chairs, having them seemingly communicate between one another. Her art work is captivating, and has a quality that draws one in.
Patricia Tomczak-Czulewicz has taught art in Erie for more than 30 years.

She is currently working on a couple of fine art books that document small towns around Pennsylvania. Tomczak-Czulewicz graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a degree in painting.

“The paintings that I create are an honest response to the beauty that I see every day. My work represents images that are often overlooked in search of something greater than ‘the ordinary’,” she said.

Cummings Gallery, located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 824-2092.