The Olin Fine Art Gallery supports the educational mission of the College through the exhibition of original works by local, regional, and national artists. By exhibiting a wide variety of art forms and styles, the Gallery seeks to stimulate the creation and understanding of contemporary art for the benefit of Washington & Jefferson College and the larger community.
Opened in 1982, the Olin Art Gallery supports the display of both three-dimensional and hanging works in its 1,900-square-foot exhibition space. The Gallery annually hosts exhibitions across all artistic media, attracting entries by award-winning artists from across the country and abroad. In recent years, the Gallery has housed works by such nationally and internationally acclaimed artists as Malcolm and Evan Parcell, Nat Youngblood, and David Sengel.
Several exhibitions are installed each year, including an exhibition of student work at the end of spring term. From time to time, exhibitions will be staged in conjunction with W&J Arts Series performances, as well as special collaborations with various academic departments and programs. Each show includes an opening reception - an opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists and to interact with faculty members and other art students. In addition, the artists are frequently invited to give slide lectures or gallery talks.
All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. during exhibition dates. The Gallery is closed during college breaks.
2014-15 Exhibition Schedule
Sept. 12 - Oct. 12, 2014
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Working with recycled cardboard shipping boxes, Abraham Ferraro creates large-scale installations that explore the idea of art transportation and the evolution of ideas and bodies of work over time. These Mailable Sculptures are made in sections (based on postal size limits), mailed and reassembled in the gallery. The resulting variable installation is a visible documentation of the artistic process and the traceable movements of creative action.
Abraham Ferraro teaches at The College of St. Rose, Albany, NY. Ferraro received his MFA from Albany State University of New York and his BFA from the State University of New York, Fredonia.
Oct. 24 - Nov. 23, 2014
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Working with original and found quotations to describe the past, present and future of race relations in the United States, Tony Lewis creates large-scale drawings. Lewis breaks down these statements, disassembling its syntax and distressing the words’ appearance on the paper. The resulting visual impressions are faded remnants of the original, becoming a new form of language that viewers are forced to interpret for themselves.
Tony Lewis lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Lewis received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL and his BA from Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA.
Feb. 6 - March 8, 2015
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Creating large-scale drawings and installations with tape, Christie Blizard merges painting and drawing with social engagement practices. Working on site and directing a crew of student volunteers, Blizard assembles a space that explores the connective tissues between painting and performance, public and private, and the spectacle and the hidden.
Christie Blizard is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Blizard received her MFA from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA and her BFA from Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN.
March 27 - April 17, 2015
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Robert Patrick’s paintings are delineating topographies of time and space. Working with un-treated tarps and layered paint, Patrick draws imagery from a conflation of visible forms in nature and the invisible energies described by theoretical physics. Patrick believes that all forms, whether cosmic or atomic, share common vectors.
Robert Patrick lives and works in White Bear, Minnesota. Patrick received his MFA and BFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
W&J Senior Show
April 24 to May 3, 2015
Opening Reception and Artist Talks: Friday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Washington & Jefferson College art and art education majors graduating in spring 2015 exhibit their work across a variety of media in this annual senior capstone event.