Two new exhibitions at the Schmucker Art Gallery

Two new exhibitions open tomorrow at the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College.

From left to right: John K. Hillers, Virgin River, Zion Canyon, 1874, albumen print, 16 ¼ in. (diameter). Ron Perisho Collection; Knud Knudsen, View from the road between Gardshammar Summer Farm and the Folgefonna Glacier, Hardanger, 1890-1895, Albumen print, 8 1⁄4 x 10 1⁄2 in. The Picture Collection, University of Bergen Library, ubb-kk-2127-1595-pal; Martin Puryear, Sentinel, 1982, fieldstone and mortar, Gettysburg College. Photograph by Nicholas Micros ’82.

Across the West and to the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography

September 8 – December 7, 2021

Across the West and Towards the North features stunning historical images of waterfalls, rocky mountains, glaciers and geysers in Norway and the United States. This large traveling exhibit examines how major changes in infrastructure, tourism, mining and expansion changed landscapes and affected indigenous peoples in the 19th century in both countries.

A complementary exhibition will be presented simultaneously at the Eckert Art Gallery, Millersville University, and the exhibition will then travel to museums in Utah, Seattle and Norway.

Vernissage: September 10, 2021, 5-7 p.m.

Presentation of the virtual gallery with the co-curators: October 6, 2021, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.,

Gallery tour with photo collector Ron Perisho: October 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Reception to follow until 6:00 p.m.

Martin Puryear: Forty years ago Sentinel

September 8 – November 6, 2021

Vernissage: September 10, 2021, 5-7 p.m.

In 1981, Gettysburg College commissioned African-American artist Martin Puryear to create a work of art to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College, and in 1982, Puryear erected Sentinel. Since then, Puryear has become one of the most important contemporary American sculptors. Sentinel, one of Puryear’s earliest monumental outdoor sculptures, is an important part of Puryear’s legacy.

For the first time at Gettysburg College, a Puryear working mold built with a view to Sentinel and photographs of the 1982 installation will be on display. The exhibition, curated by Kolbe summer researcher Merlyn Maldonado ’22, will also include prints by Puryear that were recently acquired by the College and on loan from a private collection.

Shortly after graduating from Gettysburg College, Nicholas Micros ’82 helped Puryear install Sentinel. All are invited to tune in to the gallery’s virtual conference, where Micros will discuss his time as a student at Gettysburg, lessons learned from Puryear, and his own successful career as a sculptor.

This exhibition is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Africana Studies, and EPACC, Gettysburg College.

Gallery interview with Merlyn Maldonado Lopez ’22: September 10, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Presentation of the virtual gallery with Nicholas Micros ’82: October 1, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

About the Schmucker Art Gallery

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Visitors should wear properly fitted masks. Please check here for information and updates on Gettysburg College’s Covid-19 protocols:

The Schmucker Art Gallery provides meaningful and engaging experiences for the Gettysburg College community and the surrounding area through various art exhibitions and related programming. The Gallery is committed to fostering a nurturing environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and inspires dialogue, creativity and connection.

The Schmucker Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of Schmucker Hall (conveniently located at the intersection of N. Washington and Water streets) and is fully accessible. Free parking is available in one of the campus visitor parking lots, or free two-hour parking can be found in the streets adjacent to Schmucker Hall. The main entrance is from the quadrilateral side of the building. All events are free and open to the public. The opening hours of the gallery are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The building is accessible.

For more information, please contact Shannon Egan, director of the Schmucker Art Gallery, at [email protected] or (717) 337-6125.
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