2015-2016 Schedule

2015-2016 List Gallery Exhibition Schedule

Ted Lott: Architectonic

September 10 - October 25, 2015
Talk by Ted Lott
Thursday, September 10, 4:30pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

List Gallery reception: 5:30-7:00pm

​Architectonic brings together mixed media sculptures that evoke the vernacular structures of American domestic architecture. Often incorporating found chairs or cases, and ranging in scale from intimate boxes to ten-foot-tall frameworks of slender pine, Lott transforms ordinary objects into hybrid structures that animate and enliven the spaces they inhabit. Lott prompts us to reflect upon contradictory aspects of the human condition. Yearning for stability, domesticity, and comfort, we also wrestle with itinerancy, fragility, transience, and transformation. 

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Main gallery:
Gillian Pederson-Krag
Donald J. Gordon Visiting Artist

Project Room: 
Eberhard Froehlich and Meredith Leich

November 5 - December 13, 2015
Talk by Gillian Pederson-Krag:
Thursday, November 5, 4:30pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
List Gallery reception:
5:30-7:00pm

The List Gallery, Swarthmore College is pleased to announce that Gillian Pederson-Krag will be this year’s Donald J. Gordon Visiting Artist. For more than 50 years, Pederson-Krag has painted masterfully arranged still lifes, landscapes, and figure groups. Distilling lessons from artists as diverse as Giorgio Morandi, Georges Seurat, Édouard Vuillard, Chinese brush painting, and Byzantine icons, her cohesive imagery, space, and light harmonize to express empathy for both humanity and nature. Her closely observed forms, restrained palette, and softly nuanced strokes convey transcendent beauty and tranquility. A selection of her paintings and etchings from the past decade will be on view in the List Gallery’s main room from November 5 through December 13, 2015. Copies of Gillian Pederson-Krag, Paintings and Etchings 1970-2011, a monograph with collected essays and more than 100 color reproductions, will be available for sale.

Pederson-Krag will lecture about her work on Thursday, November 5, 4:30 p.m., in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema. The List Gallery reception will follow from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Free admission was made possible by the Department of Art, Swarthmore College and the Donald J Gordon Visiting Artist Fund.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, Noon–5 p.m.

The List Gallery’s smaller room will feature a concurrent exhibition of works by two Swarthmore College alumni artists who also paint from observation: Eberhard Froehlich ’86 and Meredith Leich ’08. Select animations by Meredith Leich will also be on display. All three artists will be present for the opening reception on Thursday, November 5, 5:30-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. 

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Ken Vavrek
​Heilman Visiting Artist and Lecturer

January 21-February 28, 2016

Artist's talk: Thursday, January 21, 4:30pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
List Gallery reception follows: 5:30-7:00pm

​For more than 50 years, Ken Vavrek has created ceramic reliefs that reflect his engagement with the environment and the history of art in clay. The earliest works in his List Gallery exhibition provide a glimpse of his Desert series, which was inspired by a 1975 trip to Utah’s Arches National Monument and other Southwest desert sites. Sculptural vessels such as Monument Valley/Heartbreak Sea (1986) evoke the flat, wide-based mesas of Monument Valley, which the artist likens to ships on a parched sea. The exhibition also includes abstract wall platters and reliefs measuring more than 5-feet wide. Some of Vavrek’s abstractions suggest aerial landscapes; others provide lyric mediations on form that harmonize diverse ovals, serpentine lines, and sculptural divisions with overlapping patterns painted in glaze. 

Born in 1939 in Cleveland, Ken Vavrek earned both a BFA (1963) and a MFA (1965) from Ohio University. He was Professor of Art at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia for 33 years until his retirement in 2003. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1977), and four fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has exhibited his work nationally in one-person exhibitions including at The Ortlip Art Gallery at Houghton College, Houghton, NY; the Morris Gallery at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia; and the Vermont Clay Studio. His work has also been selected for curated survey exhibitions of national importance including the 29th Ceramic National Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Contemporary Philadelphia Artists, Philadelphia Museum of Art (1993); American Clay Artists, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia (1990); A Survey of Slab Ceramics, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA, (1989); Clay for Walls, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., (1986); The Plastic Earth, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, (1976); and Clayworks: 20 Americans, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY. Vavrek has also been a leading member of the Philadelphia art community as cofounder and Advisory Board Member of The Clay Studio, a vital regional nonprofit. His work is represented in internationally distinguished collections including Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museums, Fuping, Shaanxi, China; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Center; Arizona State University Art; Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art; and Kalamazoo Institute of Art.

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April Saul: Our American Family
Curated by Andrea Packard and Ron Tarver

March 2-April 3, 2016
List Gallery and McCabe Library
A Cooper Foundation Event
A catalog will accompany the exhibitions

Artist's talk: Wednesday, March 2, 4:30pm
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

List Gallery reception follows: 5:30-7:00pm

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Senior Thesis Exhibition Series

April-May, 2016

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Alumni Weekend Exhibition

June 3-5, 2016
Artists/details to be announced.