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Opening talk for Boyle, Franchino drawings kick off exhibition schedule at Thiel College gallery


Opening talk for Boyle, Franchino drawings kick off exhibition schedule at Thiel College gallery

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Professor of Painting and Curator of Art Sean McConnor at Thiel College, a leading independent, private four-year College of Distinction in northwest Pennsylvania, announces the College’s Weyers-Sampson art gallery launches its yearlong schedule of art exhibitions at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday with a gallery talk for artists Mark Franchino and Jeremy Boyle.

Franchino received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1998 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Delaware in 2002. Since graduating, his works have been shown in more than 100 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. In recent years, Franchino started Mark Franchino Designs, expanding his creative practice to include custom designed furniture and frames. He also embarked on a collaboration with Boyle, which explores their joint interests in art, design, and commerce. After five shows in the past five years, they are excited to release a line of objects/multiples developed through their studio practice.

Boyle received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. He has exhibited artwork, most of which is sound and technology based, in major cities across the U.S, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He is currently lecturer and director of fabrication studios in the studio arts department at the University of Pittsburgh.

Other scheduled exhibits this year include:

  • Oct. 25–Nov. 28—Opening gallery talk is Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Selected Works on Paper
  • Dec. 1–8—Opening to be announced
    • Brain Sculptures: Thiel College and Hempfield Elementary Collaboration
  • Jan. 17–Feb. 15—Opening gallery talk is Jan. 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Recent Painting and Sculpture by Bill Simon and Nancy Connelly
  • Feb. 21–March—Opening gallery talk Feb. 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Corita Kent: Selected Works from the Thiel Collection
  • April 11–22—Opening gallery talk April 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Student showcase

The February exhibition will feature restored prints from the Thiel College collection. Over the summer, McConnor, Assistant Professor of History Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., and student Isabella Bungo ’19 spent 10 weeks restoring and conducting historical research on work by Corita Kent. The Greenville Neuromodulation Center Faculty/Student Research Institute funded the project to restore the prints and sent Nowinski and Bungo to study Kent’s archived teaching papers at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. and Fridays 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

For more information, contact Professor of Art and Curator of Art Sean McConnor at 724-589-2095.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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