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Westminster art professor to host virtual gallery talk

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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2020

The Foster Art Gallery and the Department of Art and Theatre at Westminster College will host a virtual gallery talk celebrating the current solo exhibition Distance/Disperse by Westminster College Assistant Professor of Art Summer Zickefoose at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The virtual event will also include a tour of the exhibition, which includes large ceramic sculpture pieces, a series of mixed media sculptures, a sculpture composed of found objects and natural materials that is being built over the course of the exhibition and a collection of small 10-minute sculptural studies.

"The two words, Distance and Disperse, are pulled from titles of two separate pieces in the exhibition," said Zickefoose. "While the pieces were titled long before our current reality, the words also spoke to this moment of social distancing, quarantining and scattering to our separate places of safety. The collection of pieces in the show are meant to illustrate a variety of approaches to making art—from working through ideas quickly to slowing building a sculpture over the weeks of the exhibition. And even though touching objects is taboo right now, or not encouraged within galleries typically, there are ways that interaction with the sculptures is encouraged. They're like little secrets if you take the time to be curious. "

Zickefoose’s exhibition will run until Friday, Sept. 18.
The virtual talk and tour is open to the public and can be viewed live on Facebook by following @westminsterpa. For more information, contact Zickefoose at 724-946-7267 or

The Foster Art Gallery, located in Patterson Hall on Westminster’s campus, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pictured above: Shouting Through the Distance; earthenware, terra sigillata, wax, wire, fabric. Below: 10-Minute Sculptures; unfired clay, mirrors, wood