For the 2020-21 season, the Olin Art Gallery will feature online talks of our visiting artists. These virtual presentations will replace the normally scheduled in-person opening events in order to limit large public gatherings on campus. The exhibitions will be open for the College community during operating hours for individual viewing or scheduled small groups where social distancing can be maintained. The Gallery is unfortunately not open to the general public at this time.
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.
2020-21 Exhibition Schedule
September 11 - October 4, 2020
Using deconstructed and reconstructed fabric and paint, Kenny Nguyen explores the concept of cultural identity, integration, and displacement. Born and raised in Vietnam and currently living in the United States, Nguyen sees the alteration of painted silk to a sculptural form as a visual second skin. These cut, torn, beaten, sanded, and layered forms represent the artist’s cultural transformation.
Kenny Nguyen lives and works in Charlotte, NC. Nguyen received a BFA in fashion design from the National University of Art and Architecture Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and a second BFA in painting from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC.
October 23-November 22, 2020
Describing his work as being inspired by “the historical significance of the landscape,” Jamie Rodriguez creates installations that investigate the human condition using animals to illustrate narratives. Using diverse materials and building techniques, these manufactured chronicles draw attention to topics of displacement, identity, memory, location, migration, religion, dehumanization, and colonization through humor.
Jamie Rodriguez lives and works in Guilderland, NY. Rodriguez received a BA and MFA from the State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY.
January 29-February 21, 2021
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, Jan. 29, 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.
February 26-March 28, 2021
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, February 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
Believing architectural structures act as both repositories and vehicles for memory, Morgan Craig creates large scale paintings depicting the built environment. Craig’s work is not merely documentation, but sociopolitical/socioeconomic commentary. The paintings refer to the slow disintegration of the future, and the abysmal fragmentation of the past.
Morgan Craig lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Craig received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, and an MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
W&J Senior Show 2021
April 30-May 9, 2021
Opening Reception and Artist Talks: Friday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
Washington & Jefferson College art and art education majors graduating in spring 2021 exhibit their work across a variety of media in this annual senior capstone event.