Student art exhibit opens at Penn State Wilkes-Barre

A student paints a hubcup red.

Joseph Shiskowski works on his project that is part of the student art exhibit.

Credit: Penn State

DALLAS, Pa. — A new student art exhibit is now open at Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Friedman Art Gallery. The exhibit, which runs through March 29, features artwork by independent students and students who were enrolled in diverse Penn State Wilkes-Barre courses.

Students in the ARTH 112: Art & Music History course "Renaissance through Modern Times," taught by Jonathan Pineno, studied various types of modern art and painting techniques. The class discussed environmental art and how to use recycled materials to create art. Using recycled plastic caps and hubcaps in a variety of sizes from all types of bottles as well as recycled cardboard, paint and glue, class members created their own unique “CAPS” (Creative Art Project for Students).

Students in the INART 001: “Perceiving the Arts” course, taught by Jonathan Pineno, studied various artworks and painting techniques. For this class project, students incorporated techniques from the painting by well-known professional artist Bob Ross called “Winter Frost.” The class members created their interpretations of the painting while following the painting instructions provided by the artist.

Students in English 184: The Gothic Short Story, taught by Christyne Berzsenyi, explored American Gothic short fiction, television and film adaptations, Gothic style and Gothic themes. They researched Pennsylvania locations of Gothic landmarks and dabbled in the making of unique original Gothic-inspired art. Members of this class created Gothic-style artwork and sketches that are related to the course topics and discussions.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Friedman Art Gallery regularly displays the works of students and local artists, as well as private art collections. The gallery strives to promote, encourage and exhibit artwork of professional and amateur artists from Penn State Wilkes-Barre and surrounding communities.