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Insider/Outsider to Open November 1 at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

Insider/Outsider will run from Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2019 at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery of Lebanon Valley College. The exhibit spans the ongoing development of social realism, which established itself as a strong current in American visual art beginning with the Ashcan School in the first decade of the 20th century. A shock to many early viewers, social realist art ignored academic traditions and center-staged subjects culled from the working class, the underclass, immigrant enclaves, and the destitute, and it achieved its aims without idealization or sentimental gloss. Insider/Outsider follows this current into the 21st century with paintings, prints, and photographs of contemporary visions of looking at the overlooked to further social activism.

The opening reception for Insider/Outsider will take place Friday, Nov. 1, 5–7 p.m. in Zimmerman Recital Hall of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.


Additional events related to the exhibit include:

Documentary Film Screening and Panel | Nov. 12, 5 p.m. 
Hispanic Heritage Event
Las Madres de Berks | Panel discussion with artist Michele Angela Ortiz and a representative from the Shut Down Berks Coalition

Lecture and Musical Presentation | Nov. 18, 5 p.m. 
Edward Hopper’s Hotel Consciousness | Lecture by Leo Mazow, Curator of American Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Musical performance by the Coverlets, featuring Leo Mazow and Brittany Stephenson

All events in conjunction with Insider/Outsider will be held in Zimmerman Recital Hall of the Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery.

Sponsors for Insider/Outsider include the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Suzanne H’96 and Ronald Schrotberger, and contributing members of the Friends of the Gallery.


Gallery hours are Wednesday, 5–8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 1–4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and by appointment for groups. 

Please contact the Gallery at 717-867-6445 or to arrange a private Gallery talk for your school or organization.


Photo credit: Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967), Night Shadows, 1921, etching on wove Van Gelder Zonen paper, 6 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, Dr. Sandford B. Sternlieb (Class of 1946) and Esther Sternlieb Collection of American Art.