Spotlight Night marries visual arts traditions past and present January 17th
READING, PA – Albright College will transform both sides of the premier Cohen Gallery at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts (GoggleWorks) with two wide ranging shows, including “A Legacy of Teaching and Learning” and “Treasures from the Freedman Gallery Permanent Collection.” A collection of works from the newest teachers to GoggleWorks in Schmidt Gallery, and sneak peak samplings of the offerings from The Den by Sly Fox are sure to round out your evening.
Albright College’s Exhibition “A Legacy of Teaching and Learning” presents a unique twist on a faculty showcase. Current faculty at Albright College exhibit work in a variety of mediums, including painting, collage, sculpture, and digital media, which will be juxtaposed against the work of both their mentors and a student mentored by the faculty. “Treasures from the Freedman Gallery Permanent Collection” presents some of the most interesting and important works from the permanent collection at Albright College. Both shows are curated by David Tanner, Director of Albright’s Center for the Arts.
“The history of Albright College began at nearly the same time as the construction of the Willson Goggle Factory,” said Levi Landis, GoggleWorks Executive Director. “Albright has remarkable focus on the arts and I’m thrilled to highlight gems from their collection as well as contemporary work from their department.”
In the Schmidt Gallery on the 2nd floor, an exhibition of new GoggleWorks teachers will open, featuring painters Theron Cook and Angela Lapioli, photographers Dan Lobdell and Bronwen Hazlett, glass artist Danny Polk, and woodworker Matt Brown. The evening program includes complimentary appetizers from Sly Fox for general visitors. A Hidden Life, the story of Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector who refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II, will be on view in the Albert and Eunice Boscov Theatre at 7pm. Parking and admission to all events except the film are free.
About the Albright College Art Department
Located in the Center for the Arts complex, the Art Department at Albright offers courses ranging from Studio Art, Art History, Art Education and Digital media for all creative pathways. Mediums include: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, Digital Media and Emerging Technologies. Aside from degrees in Studio Art and Digital Studio Art, The Art Department offers minors in Art History, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Film and Video and Arts Administration + a certificate in Art Education. The Freedman Gallery hosts approximately 10 exhibitions each year with shows rotating in the main gallery and project space. The gallery’s mission calls for a focus on “contemporary, living, American artists.” Exhibitions are typically organized by the gallery’s curator and may include works from the Albright collection, loans from private collectors, galleries, and museums, or loans and installations that come directly from artists. www.albright.edu
About GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Located in downtown Reading, PA, GoggleWorks operates in a former goggle factory and is composed of 145,000 square feet of creative space. GoggleWorks offers year round arts education, including workshops, classes, and visiting artists; community outreach programs; a summer residency; youth programs and camps; 35 on-site studio artists; over 40 on-site arts partners; The Albert & Eunice Boscov Theatre; three galleries for exhibitions; the Berks Launchbox maker space; the New Store; a new restaurant called The Den by Sly Fox; and eight communal studios-hot glass, wood, 2D print, warm glass, metals, ceramics, photography, and virtual reality. Learn more at www.GoggleWorks.org.