Guest curated by alumna Makenzie Witter of the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Reading, PA – Albright College’s Freedman Gallery is pleased to present “Flying High: Airplanes in Art from the Permanent Collection,” guest curated by Makenzie Witter, with works by Joyce Arons, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Harry Schaare and Julia Oldham on display in the Freedman Gallery’s Project Space. The exhibit opens to the public on Jan. 2 and closes with a reception and curator discussion on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2-4 p.m.
“Flying High: Aviation in Art from the Permanent Collection” pays tribute to the artists and innovators who propelled aviation forward and are responsible for some of the most profound advancements in history. Incorporating works from the Freedman Gallery’s permanent collection that have never been shown together before in this light, the exhibit highlights the evolution of aviation — from biplanes of the 1920s to the space age.
After co-majoring in arts administration and studio art, 2014 Albright College graduate Makenzie Witter earned a master’s degree in museum professions with a focused track of museum education from Seton Hall University. As a former curatorial intern for the Freedman Gallery, Witter returns to her alma mater as guest curator to research the collection, with specialized knowledge in aviation honed from her role as an education and public programs manager at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, in New York.
“The content of this exhibition and the research presented by Ms. Witter on the works in the collection will undoubtedly interest a new audience in our community, one with a keen interest in aviation,” said David Tanner, director of Albright’s Center for the Arts. “It’s also particularly gratifying to see a former student’s growth as a scholar and educator within the museum profession.”
The Freedman Gallery at Albright College, named after former Albright trustee and alumna Doris Chanin Freedman, is located on the ground floor of the Center for the Arts. Since its inception, the gallery focuses primarily on contemporary, living, American artists and hosts approximately ten exhibitions each year rotating in the main gallery and project space. Freedman Gallery is located at 13th & Bern Streets, Reading, PA 19612. Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays, holidays, breaks and summer.