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Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery: Cassandra Stager '15 Reflects Back on 20th Anniversary Celebration
10.24.14 |
Lebanon Valley College's Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery commemorated its 20th Anniversary on September 26 with a celebration and panel discussion in Zimmerman Recital Hall. I attended the event because I am an art and art history major and received an arts marketing internship in the LVC Office of Marketing and Communications. I felt that recognizing this moment in the Gallery’s history was essential in order to show how much the Gallery has affected not only the campus, but the community as well.

More than 100 people attended the celebration. They enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres while engaging in conversation with music provided by Lebanon Valley College music major Chris Costanza '18 of Rehrersburg, on piano. Then Dr. Barbara McNulty gave a brief history of the gallery and introduced the Gallery’s honored guests before turning over the podium to LVC’s President Lewis Evitts Thayne to contribute a few words. As a surprise of the evening, Suzanne Arnold Schrotberger stepped forth on stage to present an endearing statement about the Gallery.

The celebration included a panel discussion with two of the Gallery’s former directors David Brigham, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Lisa Tice, Ph.D. A. Also included on the panel were Daniel Massad, artist-in-residence and the Rev. Christopher Frye ’92, who was part of the original founding group of the Gallery. Grant Taylor, Ph.D., LVC associate professor of art history, moderated the panel. They discussed topics that reflected on the Gallery’s history. The panel explained how they had each contributed to the Gallery’s success as well as their favorite exhibitions and experiences at the Gallery. Dr. Taylor kept the discussion lighthearted and entertaining with the panelists.

Lebanon Valley College honored patron Suzanne Schrotberger with the Suzanne Arnold Schrotberger Acquisition and Conservation Fund that will support and care for LVC’s permanent art collection used for teaching. “Suzie, your nurturing, involvement, and encouragement have ensured the quality of the exhibits and our collective pride in this gem,” stated President Thayne. “Your relationship with directors has allowed the visual arts to flourish here.”

As I was photographing the event, the panelists’ conversation intrigued me the most. It was a great way to show off the Gallery’s fondest moments and achievements to the donors. The event assisted in showing donors that the Gallery is a great attribute to this College because of their support. The biggest lesson I took away from this event was when Dr. Brigham explained how the Gallery is not only for art and art history students, but English majors can use the Gallery for inspiration for stories, science majors can learn about the conservation techniques on artworks involving chemicals, and so on. In my opinion, LVC is extremely lucky to have such a wonderful Gallery on campus that can benefit so many different majors.

“Visual culture is so important and pervasive,” expressed Dr. Brigham. “It can really teach us about everything we do, about every discipline. It can speak to every subject in the college or university environment. It can actually help people to learn in their core discipline in ways that might not be quite so transparent to them by picking up a textbook. So it begins here with art and music and then it spirals out to the other departments that can invite English students to come and write compositions. History students can come in and learn about cultures and civilizations through art. Science department can learn about the technology of photography or the chemistry of photography, which makes different kinds of artwork possible at different moments in time.”

As an art and art history major I frequently use the Gallery. Most of my classes involve the Gallery in their teachings by tying them into the topics discussed. The museum studies class I took used the Gallery in order to explain how a museum or gallery is operated. I had the opportunity to see part of the permanent collection and became knowledgeable in how to store and handle artwork materials in a specific way. The Gallery lectures allow you to have an appreciation of the background of each exhibition. Another advantage of the lectures is they introduce students, who may have little understanding of art, to the importance of creativity and expression. It gives them a whole new perspective on the world of art. The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery shows the significance of art and how it produces creativity that in turn generates innovation, and innovation creates success. Gallery will benefit my future career with the hands on knowledge I took away from my museum studies class as well as a passion in me to express the value of art by going to exhibitions and lectures.

Cassandra Stager is a senior Art and Art History major from Myerstown, Pa. Click here to view her photos from the anniversary celebration.


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