Image from Robert Patrick "PORTALS", 2015. Olin Fine Art Gallery, Washington & Jefferson College
The Olin Fine Art Gallery exhibits original works by regional, national, and international artists, showing a wide variety of art forms and styles that promote contemporary art for the benefit of W&J students, faculty and staff, and the larger community.
The Gallery supports the display of both three-dimensional and hanging works in its 1,900-square-foot space. It hosts several exhibitions each year across all artistic media, attracting entries by prominent and award-winning artists. The Gallery has housed works by numerous acclaimed artists, including Malcolm and Evan Parcell, Nat Youngblood, David Sengel, and Tony Lewis ’08. An exhibition of student work is held at the end of spring term.
Exhibitions are often staged in conjunction with W&J Arts Series performances, or with academic departments and programs. Each show includes an opening reception for the public to meet the exhibiting artists.
All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.
For additional information on current or past exhibitions, please contact Doug McGlumphy, Director, Olin Fine Art Galler at email@example.com.
Phone: 724-223-OLIN (6546)
Box Office Hours: Weekdays during regular semester, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
All Gallery events and exhibitions are free and open to the public. Hours during exhibits are 12 noon to 7 p.m.
2019-20 Exhibition Schedule
September 13-October 11, 2019
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, Sept. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
Researching ideas related to photography, ecology, and landscape, Brooks Dierdorff thinks critically about the conventions of landscape photography in order to question the role of images in our conceptions of nature. His work explores how photography intersects with cultural narratives about the environment ranging from the history of Utopian landscapes, to the bureaucratic oversight and management of “wild” spaces, to future projections of environmental collapse. The work takes these narratives as points of departure in image-based installations that draw attention to the ways that we perceive and relate to the natural world.
Brooks Dierdorff lives and works in Orlando, Fla. where he is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Central Florida. Diredorff received his BA from the University of California, San Diego, CA and his MFA from the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
October 25-November 22, 2019
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, Oct. 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
Upon first glance, Margi Weir uses repeated and graphically stitched together images to form appealing patterns and tapestry-like compositions. The initial visual attraction of the work draws the viewer into a slowly unfurling narrative that invites discussions about the sociopolitical realities of the contemporary world. Weir creates her large-scale installations using paint, resin, and vinyl applied directly to the gallery walls and floor.
Margi Weir is an Associate Professor at Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. Weir received a BA from Wheaton College, Norton, Mass., a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Calif., a MA from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M., and a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.
February 7-March 6, 2020
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, Feb. 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
Jarod Charzewski’s installations evoke a viewer’s inherent connection to preservation by exploring objects and their ability to be tethered to attachments and the resulting compulsions. These collections of objects and the attention that is placed on arrangement mirror the installations created in our everyday lives through the inability to throw things away. Charzewski investigates the transferring of animate sentiments to inanimate objects.
Jarod Charzewski received his BFA from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada and his MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. Charzewski is an Associate Professor at the College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.
March 20-April 10, 2020
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, March 21, 6-7:30 p.m.
Using rocks, bricks, and automobile tire shreds as mark-making tools, Athena LaTocha creates large-scale works on paper that explore the tenuous relationship between natural landscapes and landscapes marked by human intervention. LaTocha prefers to work on the floor, reflecting the relationship between human and landscape, while choosing unusual drawing tools for their physicality and ability to convey gestural intensity.
Athena LaTocha received her MFA from Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY and her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
W&J Senior Show 2020
April 24-May 3, 2020
Opening Reception and Artist Talks: Friday, April 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
Washington & Jefferson College art and art education majors graduating in spring 2020 exhibit their work across a variety of media in this annual senior capstone event.