Images Juried Exhibition

Images 2016 is an exhibition of drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber,  paper, and digital art. Images 2016 is open to artists whose primary residence is in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We encourage enrolled students from ages 16 through 26 to apply to the exhibition. Artists enter the show by submitting digital images of work created in the last three years.

The exhibition will hang in Schlow Centre Region Library and in the Woskob Family Gallery of the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center in July 2016. Both galleries are located on South Allen Street in downtown State College. Allen Street becomes “main street” of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts each July.

Show hours are the same as the library’s hours.There may be times when the work displayed in the Downsbrough Room is not accessible due to other library programming.

The date and time of the official opening reception will be announced at a later date.

Exhibition Juror

The works in Images 2016 will be selected by juror Daniel Massad.

Daniel Massad, a native of Oklahoma City, attended Princeton—which didn’t offer a major in studio art—but graduated with something as useful to him as his degree—a box of pastels.

After Princeton, Massad undertook graduate studies in English at the University of Chicago and worked as a psychotherapist before enrolling in graduate studies in painting at the University of Kansas. It was there where he started on the path to his work as a “rhyparographer”, a painter of common things.

Today Massad paints still life arrangements of everyday objects: fruit, vegetables, flowers, bowls, buckets, and bottles. Indeed, Massad cites Dutch masters Vermeer and Rembrandt, and a former teacher, the ceramicist Toshiku Takaezu, among his greatest artistic influences.

Massad often arranges his objects on or around textured surfaces such as pockmarked stone walls. Set against black backdrops, illuminated in severe directional light, and meticulously rendered in pastels, the forms in Massad’s work are crisp and their surfaces densely textured. Massad is a pastel artist’s pastel artist.

His work can be found in collections across the country including, the National Museum of American Art, Washington; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Art Institute of Chicago in addition to private collections.

Massad makes his home in Annville, PA where he is the artist-in-residence at Lebanon Valley College.