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  • Prof.Sally Van Orden completed a solo exhibition at Cerulean Art Gallery, Philadelphia entitled Landslag, sculptures of clay and steel, based on inspiration from a recent Iceland research trip supported by a WCU RACA grant. She has also recently completed an art commission (20' x 20') for WCU's Business and Public Management building mezzanine.
  • Erica Loustau completed a sculptural installation entitled Aloft at the Biggs Museum of American Art. The sculptural is made of approximately 1,200 aluminum birds and visually frames the museum's front entrance and flows into the three-story atrium.
  • Kristopher Benedict participated in New Work, a two person exhibition with Halsey Rodman at 143 Reade Street Gallery in NYC curated by Steven Stewart
  • Dr. Heather Sharpe and Prof. Andrew Snyder collaborated on a project entitled “Experimental Archaeology with the Kylix: Drinking and Playing Kottabos.” In an effort to understand aspects of the ancient Greek symposium (i.e. a drinking party), Prof. Snyder created clay and 3D printed versions of the drinking cup known as a kylix. During Greek symposia, participants often engaged in a drinking game known as kottabos, which has been described by ancient authors and illustrated on Greek vase paintings. However, the exact nature of the game remained unclear. With the assistance of WCU Art + Design students, Dr. Sharpe and Prof. Snyder were able to recreate the game using the 3D printed kylikes. The results of the experiment were presented at the 2015 American Institute of Archaeology conference in New Orleans. The project was immensely popular and has been written about in,, The National Herald newspaper, and in the Greek newspaper Ta Nea. A youtube video of the kottabos game experiment can be found at Prof. Snyder and Dr. Sharpe exhibited their poster and 3D kylix at WCU’s Research Day on March 24.
  • Lisbeth Bucci represented the Pennsylvania Art Education Association ( PAEA) for the Chester County IU, NOV 4 ( County Wide Inservice ) for Art Educators: presentation, Design Live
  • Kristopher Benedict completed a solo exhibition titled "Happy Ghost" at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia.
  • Jeremy Holmes has been selected as one of 10 artists commissioned to illustrate the Bill of Rights for the National Constitution Centers newest exhibition, Constituting Liberty. The exhibition will house one of the few remaining copies of the Bill of Rights. My amendment? Amendment 4: Search and Seizure.
  • Kate Stewart was recently invited to serve as "Artist in Residence" for the Dickinson College Summer Studio Abroad Program in Toulouse, France (5 week program)
  • David Jones was celebrated for his work on Walk in Beauty, is a display typeface created as homage to the textiles of the Dine, by the Adobe Design Achievement Award.
  • Dr. Ginger daCosta presented at New Directions in the Humanities 2014, Madrid, Spain.
  • Larry Will recently completed a Residency at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Two Rivers, WI, where he created a body of work using letterpress and type materials.
  • Andrew Snyder is currently exploring incorporating 3D printing in the ceramics process of mold making and slip casting.
  • Kristopher Benedict participated in 2 group exhibitions  recently; “Bloom”, Usable Space, Milwaukee, WI, curated by Tom Berenz “Some Nights When Nothing Happens”, Usable Space, Milwaukee, WI, curated by Kristopher Benedict.
  • Kate Stewart's creative work was featured in the publication "Fresh Paint Magazine"
  • David Jones’ work for Alibi Spirits, a distillery specializing in the production of artisan whiskies and liqueurs inspired by the work of Agatha Christie, was featured on
  • Lisbeth Bucci co presented Engineering around the Form at National Design-Ed Future: Design Education Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Dr. Nancy Rumfield is currently serving as Board member and secretary for CCArts (Center for Creative Arts).
  • Larry Will has completed a bookcover design for Mercy Triumphs over Judgement by Joanne Highley on behalf of New York City based non-profit Life Ministry.