The Office of Social Equity is pleased to announce its
newest diversity initiative, featuring the work of several students from the Department of
Art. Through their collaborative
efforts, the students have created a theme of “place” or “home,” which is
representative of the office’s purpose that “everyone is welcome here and everyone
belongs.” The Diversity Student Art Gallery can be viewed on the Social Equity website.
President Michael Driscoll recently visited the office to view the
pieces and meet with the students.
During his discussion with them, he reiterated the importance he places
on the arts in education and their significance here at IUP.
Two students seeking a Master of Fine Arts in Painting,
Crystal Miller and Melissa Riggatire, have graciously decorated the walls of
the office with six individual pieces. Melissa’s
work is comprised of mixed media elements, and Crystal’s uses acrylic, oil, and
spray paint on canvas.
Students representing the Master of Fine Arts degree in
Ceramics include Bayan Albaheth, Bryce Hemington, Luci Jockel, Nicole Paulina,
and Garick Tai-Lee. Their pieces use
low-fire earthenware (Albaheth), porcelain (Hemington), high-fire stoneware and
high-fire paper clay (Jockel), red earthware and metal (Paulina), and stoneware
Two students, Jim Battistelli and Kayla Bennett, are
seeking a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture. Battistelli’s pieces are comprised of cast
iron, concrete, and steel. Bennett’s work
is created from porcelain, silk, and velvet.
Undergraduate students displaying work in the office
include Amnah Azizi, Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (metal), and Paige
Cashdollar, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture (stoneware).
Faculty members involved in the initiative include Sue
Palmisano, Chris McGinnis, Kevin Turner, and Sean Derry.
All members of the campus
community are welcome and encouraged to stop in to view and enjoy this artwork. The Office of Social Equity is located in B-17
Delaney and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary to view the
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