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Intersections of Academics and Art

Housed in a former church in the gothic-revival style, the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery hosts five to six exhibitions a year, with loans from major national and regional art museums, galleries, and collectors. Exhibitions are made possible by The Friends of the Gallery, the Gallery's membership group, as well as other generous sponsors.


Current Exhibition

A Contemplation of Scenery: The Vesell Family Collection
September 3–December 5, 2021

This exhibit features works from All That Is Glorious Around Us: The Vesell Family Collection, 45 predominantly American landscape paintings from the nineteenth century recently donated by Hilary Peery Vesell in memory of her father, Dr. Elliot Vesell. Highlights of the collection include work by Henry Ary, Susie Barstow, John William Casilear, Maria Holley, and George Henry Smillie, among numerous others of the Hudson River School canon. Exploring such topics as symbolic imagery, tourism, industry, and environmental issues, the exhibit provides a lens through which to view these paintings anew.

Gallery Hours

  • Wednesday: 5–8 p.m.
  • Thursday–Friday: 1–4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • By appointment for tour groups. (Please contact the Gallery at 717-867-6445 or to arrange a private Gallery talk for your school or organization.)

Past Exhibits

(l. to r.): Featured LVC student artists Grace Scheaffer ’24, Rebekah Nickel ’21, Sierra Sheriff ’21, and Adrian Glasmyre ’22

May 5–23, 2021

Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

The Studio Art Thesis Exhibition presents the individual work of four LVC students in the Creative Arts program: Adrian Glasmyre ’22; Rebekah Nickel ’21; Grace Scheaffer ’24; and Sierra Sheriff ’21. 

LVC Genres of Photography Exhibit

Feb. 5–March 28, 2021

Genres of Photography

An investigation of the history of photography reveals how the endless possibilities of its artistic expression have been intertwined with cultural factors. This exhibition explores such genres as portraiture, landscape, and social documentary, as well as fine art aesthetics in the making of a photograph from its earliest days.

Sept. 4–Dec. 13, 2020

Achievements and Aspirations

This exhibition features wide-ranging examples of the immersive learning experiences that the Gallery has provided to students during the last decade.

Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

April 23–May 8, 2020

Studio Art Thesis Exhibition

The Studio Art Thesis Exhibition 2020 presents the work of 12 students in the program's capstone course Directed Studio (ART 440).

Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2019


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. 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.

Plenty is one of the works of A Theater of Things exhibit

Aug. 30–Oct. 20, 2019

A Theater of Things: The Work of G. Daniel Massad

In 2018, the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, curated a retrospective of G. Daniel Massad, A Small Radius of Light, that featured signature works spanning five decades borrowed from public and private collections. Borrowing heavily from that exhibit, with generous assistance from the Palmer, this show poses an open-ended question as to the current direction of the artist’s work.

Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965), Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California

Jan. 25–March 24, 2019

Dorothea Lange's America

The Great Depression was the catalyst for a tremendous outburst of creative energy in America's photographic community. The devastation wreaked upon the country inspired a host of socially conscious photographers.

Michael D. Fay (American, b. 1953), Staking the Patrol Base, High Noon

Nov. 2–Dec. 16, 2018

Witness to War

Examining combat-themed art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Witness to War provides a poignant introspective of the lived experience of war and its aftermath.

Robert William “Bob” Montana, Archie (detail), April 14, 1957, King Features Syndicate, ink over graphite on Bristol board, 16 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches.

Aug. 31—Oct. 21, 2018

Comics Unstripped

Comics Unstripped joined the burgeoning wave of scholarly introspection on this previously overlooked mass medium. Incorporating research from a spring 2018 course on comic art, the exhibition not only examined the historical development of comics as an art form, but also explored comics as visual communication.

Exploring sacred art through five major religions—Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism—is the focus of the newest exhibition at the Gallery.

Jan. 19–March 18, 2018

Sacred: Image, Text, Ritual Exhibit

Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, provide the focus of this exhibition exploring sacred art. A variety of religious objects representing themes of image, text, and ritual provides a lens with which to explore these unique traditions and the ways in which they intersect.

Piece from the Painting on Clay exhibit at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

Sept. 1–Oct. 15, 2017

Painting on Clay: Toshiko Takaezu and the Abstract Expressionist Movement

This exhibition paired the work of some of the most important abstract artists painting in the early post World War II era with the work of Toshiko Takaezu, an American ceramic artist and painter.

Streetwise Revisited exhibition at The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

Jan. 19 - Mar. 19, 2017

Mary Ellen Mark - Tiny: Streetwise Revisited

This exhibition, organized by the Aperture Foundation, incorporated some of the most powerful images from Mark's long-term project, Streetwise Revisited.

LVC Reimagined exhibition at The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

April 1 - May 15, 2016

LVC Reimagined

This exhibition presented an architectural model designed by students in the LVC Reimagined course taught by Dr. Grant Taylor.

Jerry Pinkney exhibition at The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

Jan. 15—March 13, 2016

Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings, An Artist's Exploration of Images and Words

This exhibition explored this renowned artist's engagement with literature, and the process of creating meaningful visual solutions that expand and enliven a narrative.