NPAA Exhibition Opens Gallery Night at Gannon University’s New Schuster Gallery

Posted: September 26, 2014

The new Schuster Gallery in Gannon University's Center for Communication and the Arts will join the other venues for Friday's Gallery Night, organized by the Erie Art Museum.

The opening of Erie's newest gallery space, at 700 Peach St., is a milestone for the downtown arts and cultural district, and will play host to a milestone show, the first juried exhibition of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association to be open to the public.

The juror, Richard A. Schindler, Ph.D. is associate professor of art history at Allegheny College. Schindler's interests include Pre- Raphaelite painting and illustration, comic book art and the graphic novel, fantasy and science fiction illustration, punk culture, and anarchist history and political theory.

He has chosen 25 works from 25 NPAA member artists in various media for inclusion in the Schuster Gallery exhibition.

The Schuster Gallery is one of several cultural resources located in the new Center for Communication and the Arts, which also houses the Archaeology Museum Gallery,  which includes objects from the Bronze Age site at Khirbat Iskandar in Jordan, studios for Gannon's award-winning radio station 90.5 WERG, and the Erie Chamber Orchestra.

The Center, which was dedicated three weeks ago, is also home to the newly created School of Communication and the Arts (SCA) in Gannon's College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. Students in the SCA engage in comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in human communication studies, media production, advertising, journalism, and the performing arts with the goal of becoming accomplished communicators able to succeed in a variety of professions.

The Center, in a building formerly occupied by the Loyal Christian Benefit Association, includes classrooms and student lounges for studying and socializing, a state-of-the art media center and multimedia studio, a television and audio production complex equipped with the latest digital workstations and tools, and a multipurpose art studio.

Gallery Night runs from from 7 until 10 p.m. This city-wide art crawl features independent galleries and the Erie Art Museum, each offering a unique art experience, from artist meet & greets, local wine samplings, live music, and visual art exhibitions. Visit five or more locations for a chance to win a gift certificate to one of the participating location. Admission is free to the public. For a complete listing of participating art venues, visit erieartmuseum.org.