Counter PlanesTwo Public Art Exhibits Kick-Off WCU’s Fall Arts Season

West Chester University’s Department of Art + Design will open two new public exhibits to kick-off the Fall arts season on West Chester University’s campus.

Sally Van Orden’s COUNTER PLANES SCAPE will exhibit from August 30 – September 24, 2021, in Knauer Gallery, Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High Street. An opening reception will be held on September 8, 2021, from 5 – 7 p.m. COUNTER PLANES SCAPE was a sabbatical project of Van Orden’s, a Professor of Art Foundations at West Chester University, and includes new works of art inspired by her travels to Utah's Mighty Five national parks.

Van Orden typically uses ink and ink washes on silk to create her versions of organic, natural subjects. For this show, she started with watercolors to begin her process. She then incorporated pastel, and used variations of layered works to create collages and digital silk banners.

Counter Planes 2“I’m really looking at the organic world for inspiration,” she says, “with colors and textures, shapes, lines, different formations, and then of course taking that information and transferring it to my own forms and shapes.”

Van Orden earned a Bachelor of Business form Texas A & M University and a Master of Fine Art from Texas Tech University.  She exhibits her mixed-media silk paintings and clay and metal sculptures in solo and group shows regionally, nationally, and internationally. She is currently represented at the Station Gallery in Wilmington, Delaware. In the past eight years, her works were displayed in over thirty exhibitions.

SPRING will exhibit August 30 – October 15, 2021, in the Baker Gallery, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E. Rosedale Avenue. An opening reception will be held on September 9, 2021. Curated by Kristopher Benedict, Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting, SPRING is a group exhibition of mostly paintings and drawings that are in response to, or have a connection with, Andrew Wyeth’s 1978 painting, Spring. The exhibit features a collective of well established artists from New York, the Northeast, Wisconsin, and Seattle. Spring

Benedict says, “I am grateful to the artists participating in SPRING for lending us their work and I’m very excited to introduce most of these artists to the WCU community for the first time. The artists here feature a broad range of distinct interests, histories, and material approaches. SPRING is primarily an exhibition of paintings and drawings, but viewers will notice the creative breadth of the work in the show and the diverse perspectives brought to bear by this talented collective of artists.”

Both galleries are open for public viewing on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when indoors. Face masks may be worn when outdoors, but it is not an obligation of this policy notice. Mask and COVID-19 safety measures at West Chester University will continue to be updated here. Please check ahead for updated information before attending your performance.



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