In the fall of 2016, an endowment from Patricia S. Yahn and her son, Greg Yahn, was generously started to expand the annual student art show and gallery in the John M. Lilley Library at Penn State Behrend.
2018-2019 Season (November-May):
Faculty, Alumni, and Staff Art Show
This year’s FAS show was sponsored by the Mary Behrend Cultural Fund and the ARTS program at Penn State Behrend. All faculty, staff, and alumni at Penn State Behrend were encouraged to submit pieces for consideration into this exhibition. This exhibit was open until Thursday, January 10th. See below for images of the show. Would you like to participate next year? Contact Scott Rispin or Heather Cole for information in September of 2019.
Photographs courtesy of Areanna Russell
Greg Zbach: Beyond Boundaries
Monday, January 14th to Friday, March 1st.
This year’s juror for the Patricia S. Yahn Juried Student Art Show at Penn State Behrend is Greg Zbach. He will have an exhibition of his work from January 14th to Friday, March 1. This exhibition is sponsored by the Mary Behrend Cultural Fund. Erie native Greg Zbach is a photographer, composer, retired electrical engineer and a past Vice President of the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts.
Past exhibits include collaboration with oil paintings by Anne Mazzone at Campbell Pottery’s Stonewall Gallery, “Photo to Fiber” with felted handbags by Betty Rositer at Glass Growers Gallery and two exhibits with professional photographer Art Becker at Glass Growers Gallery in 2009 and 2010. Photos were accepted in juried art exhibits for the Erie Arts Festival Panorama, where Greg received the Honorable Mention, Excellence Award, Gold Circle Award and Third Place in 2006 and 2013; and 15 years in a row for “In the Garden” at Campbell Stonewall Gallery where Greg received Honorable Mention in 2006, 2008 and 2011. More recently, one of Greg’s works was selected for the Erie Art Museum Spring Show in 2010, 2015 and 2017, and two pieces in 2014. Newer shows include a solo exhibit “Beyond Boundaries –Experiments in Photo Artistry” at Glass Growers Gallery and an invitation-only show “Photography of the NPAA” at Mercyhurst University Cummings Gallery, both in 2018.
His work can be seen at Glass Growers Gallery, D’ Hopkins Denniston Gallery, Capers Catering, Bayfront Gallery, and Artlore Studio. Greg is a charter member, current membership chair and a director of The Photographic Arts Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania and is also honored to be a member of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artist Association or NPAA.
“Being an artist with a background in engineering, I feel I have benefitted from the juxtaposition of analytical and creative processes in my perspective on nature. This balance allows for a greater variety of photographic expression, leading to a range from surreal and even op art-like to painterly images. I use technology to heighten the magical qualities of vision. The digital camera is the instrument I use to capture both the ordinary and extraordinary events I perceive. The digital darkroom allows me to present my impression of these moments in time. My work comes from a traditional photographic construct but I also alter certain works to magnify and focus a feeling, mood or sense of wonder. I strive to create a mysterious atmosphere in my photographs, even to the point of strangeness, in order to draw the viewer into a challenging and evocative experience. It is my hope to leave the spectator a compelling and fresh view of the natural world.”
Take a peek into the gallery via our 360 video, but come visit before March 1 for the full effect:
Patricia S. Yahn Juried Student Art Show
Join us for the closing ceremony on Friday, April 16 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Work and awards this year were curated by local artist Greg Zbach.
Where do I find the John M. Lilley Library Gallery?
The Gallery is located inside the John M. Lilley Library on the right-hand side, as you enter the main doors.
Is there parking?
Before 5 p.m. a parking pass can be picked up at Police and Safety in Erie Hall. The Jordan Road and Reed Lots are the closest to the Gallery.
Who judges what is acceptable to the gallery? Is everyone’s entry accepted?
The FAS art show is curated by Arts Faculty at Behrend
The Patricia S. Yahn Art Show is judged by an independent juror, selected by Arts Faculty at Behrend
Not all work will be accepted, but you are always welcome to try again next year!
Scott Rispin[firstname.lastname@example.org], Assistant Teaching Professor of Art