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Penn College professors featured in state art exhibit

June 24, 2012
By JULIE REPPERT ( , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology art and design faculty members have had their artwork chosen to be part of the "Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2012" exhibit at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

One piece each by husband and wife, David M. and Gretchen H. Moyer, are on display now through Sept. 9.

The exhibit is recognized as the official, statewide, juried competition for Pennsylvania artists, according to the Greater Harrisburg Arts Council website. The council and museum have been co-producing the event for 45 years.

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Gretchen H. Moyer.

Both of the Moyers' pieces accepted into this year's exhibit are in the "Works on Paper" category. David Moyer's pen-and-ink drawing, "The Naturalist #1," and Gretchen Moyer's linoleum-cut print, "Reflection," are among 140 pieces that were selected for the exhibit out of 1,843 entries.

This is the fourth year David Moyer's work has been accepted into the exhibit - three pieces in 2004 and one piece each in 2007, 2010 and 2012. Gretchen Moyer has had one piece accepted in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2012.

David Moyer, an assistant professor of graphic design, has been a full-time faculty member at Penn College since 2000. He has a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Delaware, Newark, Del., and a master of fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Md.

"It is gratifying to see students develop their skills and increase in their knowledge of drawing and design," David Moyer said about his teaching career at Penn College. "I also learn something new each time I teach a course no matter how many times I've taught it."

His work has been included in more than 100 national and international exhibitions including Society of Wood Engravers, Oxford, England; Norwegian International Print Biennale, Fredrikstad, Norway; and Kyoto International Woodprint Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan.

"I am primarily interested in printmaking, intaglio and woodcut and wood engravings, but am fascinated by medieval manuscripts and Baroque - the work of Albrecht Durer, Martin Schoengauer and Hendrik Goltzius," he said.

Some of his other favorites also include Tiepolo, Rembrandt, Leonard Baskin, Jim Dine, Alan Cober and Miguel Conde.

Gretchen Moyer has been with Penn College for 10 years as a part-time instructor of advertising art. She has a bachelor of fine arts from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., and a master of fine arts from the University of Delaware.

"(I enjoy) learning and the exchange of ideas, plus the energy that goes with the classroom environment," she said about her teaching experience.

Her work has been included in more than 70 national and international exhibitions including the International Art Bookbinding Exhibition, Macerata, Italy, and Paris; and Pastel Society of America, New York City.

She said it is hard for her to narrow down her favorite artists and styles of art and is drawn to work that uses color and a strong graphic sense.

"This makes sense with my background with concentrations in drawing and painting as an undergraduate and a printmaking concentration in graduate school," she said. "Some art that I would include - pre-historic cave paintings from Lascaux, Chauvet and Altamira. Medieval manuscript imagery, such as that done by the Limbourg brothers or the early Spanish Apocalypse, the Beatus Manuscript from 9th and 10th centuries, Ethiopian magic scrolls."

She also enjoys artwork by Marc Chagall, Mark Rothko, Odilon Redon and many others.

The couple said their art is inspired by literature, poetry, music and philosophy.

Docent-led tours of the "Art of the State" exhibit will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons and 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Fridays throughout the exhibit's run. For more information visit



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