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The Miller Gallery Student Art Exhibit

by Will DeMarco, Alvernia University

Dec 06, 2019

Alvernia University’s Miller Gallery, located in the main entrance of Francis Hall, is hosting an art exhibit showcasing current art students’ projects. This exhibit is a culmination of the various types of art that the students have been working on for the semester. The exhibit features art from various art studio courses including Intro to Digital Photography, 3-D Design, Painting I, Design and Crafts, Graphic Design and Illustration, Digital Design, Color and Design, Figure Drawing, and Drawing I. The student art show is on display at the Miller Gallery until December 13, 2019.

The Miller Gallery enriches the creativity of both students and the local community by hosting local and national art exhibits. Marlin and Regina (Ginger) Miller, the gallery’s namesakes, support the arts and encourage its appreciation. Peter Rampson, Associate Professor of Graphic Arts and Curator of the Miller Gallery, is part of a council that chooses the artists represented in the gallery. After the artists submit their work, the council makes their selections. The turnout at the Miller Gallery “ebbs and flows,” according to Professor Rampson. “When we have local artists exhibiting, we see the most people coming to the gallery,” he added.

Since Professor Rampson has been curating, the gallery has hosted twenty-eight shows featuring various types of art, including paintings, drawings, printmaking, photographs, and sculpture. Some of the most interesting exhibits were art created by Holocaust survivors and “at one time there were over 6,000 images hanging in the gallery to support elephants in Kenya,” Professor Rampson said. “The student art show,” he added, “has been going on longer than I have been working here.”

I have participated in the student art show. The fall semester is the second time I exhibited my artwork, once for Color and Design and once for Digital Photography. Usually, an art student just brings their project home and that is it, but this is a great opportunity to be able to share our artwork with the Alvernia community.

The Miller Gallery at Alvernia University is a great way to experience some of the awesome pieces that students have created. It is open each week, Monday through Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is closed for holidays and breaks.

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