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Student Art “Hand Picked” for Collegiate Invitational Exhibit

Best student work from area colleges on display at Mercantile Home

Bethlehem, Pa., April 20, 2009—The artwork from a select group of talented students from area colleges will be exhibited from April 30 through May 31 at the Mercantile Home, Easton, Pa. The works of 10 Moravian College students will be displayed along with student art from Lehigh University, Lafayette College, De Sales University, Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College, and Northampton Community College. An opening reception for the exhibit “Hand Picked” will be held Saturday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Krista Steinke, assistant professor of art at Moravian College, had been developing the idea of a Lehigh Valley-wide show of student work from area colleges for several years. After her exhibition at Ken Jones Gallery in 2008, she approached owner Ken Jones and his gallery partner Ron Morris, and they enthusiastically agreed to host such a show.

“The concept was to present the best student work, as selected by their professors,” explained Steinke.  “Each participating school contributed 10 works by students they feel best exemplify the strength of their respective programs, while also demonstrating the development of an individual’s artistic vocabulary. This exhibition builds bridges through art to connect colleges in the Lehigh Valley.  It is our hope that this exhibition will become an annual event and an important part of the Lehigh Valley art scene.”

Steinke collaborated with Angela Fraleigh, professor of Studio Art at Moravian, who enlisted help from her Senior Projects class. Together they arranged the exhibition along with the Senior Projects students, graduating studio art majors Kate Shelley ’09 and Jennifer Panick ’09, who as part of their coursework, needed to arrange an exhibition held off-campus.   “The students gained real life experience in the art world by meeting with the gallery directors, securing materials, and coordinating with other colleges,” Fraleigh noted.

For the exhibit, Professor Wes Heiss of Lehigh University created over eighty 10” x 10” square wooden panels; each participating school received 11 of the panels on which they created or mounted their work. Panels have been created in a wide range of media, techniques, and styles; they are available for purchase at $100 each.

Participating Moravian students are Sara Bailey ’09, Metuchen, N.J.; Tim Biery ’09, Saylorsburg, Pa.; Taylor Evans ’11, Blairstown, N.J.; Rachel Feinstein ’09, North Salem, N.Y.; Lee Gustin ’09, Allentown, Pa.; Rachel Matus ’10, Doylestown, Pa.; Marina Moser ’09, Furlong, Pa.; Stephanie Mount ’10, Conshohocken, Pa.; Jennifer Panick ’09, Somerset, N.J.; Nicole Shamy ’10, Easton, Pa.; and  Kate Shelley ’09, Lititz, Pa.

The Mercantile Home is located at 526 Northampton Street, Easton.  Regular hours for Mercantile Home are Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Contact at Mercantile Home is Ron Morris, ron@mercantilehome.com or 610-258-4046.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu/.