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Gallery Exhibit: Homefront Heroes – Women of WWII

Watercolor on paper,
"W.A.S.P. Bea I. Wolf," watercolor on paper, by Holly Trostle Brigham
2/7/2012 —

As part of Penn State Lehigh Valley's 100th anniversary celebration, The Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley is recognizing the role of women in the campus' history with a new exhibit, "Homefront Heroes: Women of WWII," from Feb. 27-Apr.28. An artist talk will be held at 3 p.m. on March 1, followed by a reception from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit, artist talk, and reception are free and open to the public.

In the early 1940s during WWII, women were needed to support the war effort. During this time Penn State Lehigh Valley, then known as the Allentown Extension, offered courses in drafting, chemistry, management, defense training, and more. Thousands of women enrolled in courses and became employed by local companies.

This exhibition features the work of ten artists who have participated in the art educational programs at many Penn State campuses. The works displayed are their interpretations of this period in the campus' history using diverse materials such as graphite, paint, fiber, found objects, wood and acrylic, as well as printmaking and photography processes.

For example, one local company that hired campus students was Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation located at Queen City Airport. There, women enrolled at the campus became involved with the Seawolf bomber project. One of the exhibit's artists, Jane Noel, has used archival materials to create a piece that tells this particular story.

Other artists featured in the exhibit are Holly Trostle Brigham, Allyssa Eve Csük, Marilyn J. Fox, Rosemary Geseck, Bonnie Levinthal, Yvonne Love, M. Camille Eaton Romig, Harriet Rosenberg, and Heather Sincavage.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the third floor of the campus at 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley. For current gallery hours, visit http://www.lv.psu.edu/StudentLife/CampusLife/29121.htm online. The gallery will be closed during spring break, March 5-9, but can be viewed by appointment. For an appointment, or for more information, please contact Ann Lalik, gallery director, at 610-285-5261 or e-mail annlalik@psu.edu.

 

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