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Emil Milan: Midcentury Designer Craftsman

June 9 - September 26, 2014
Open to the public: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Rediscover mid-century master craftsman, Emil Milan (1922-1985), whose "functional sculptures" in wood combined sleek modern designs and organic shapes. From 1961 on, Milan lived and worked in Thompson, Penna., selling works through retail outlets in the Northeast and teaching woodworking classes for Penn State Ag Extension. Hear a panel of three experts on Milan discuss the life and work of this lovable eccentric, innovative woodworker, and gifted artist and designer.

From Isolation to Collaboration
17 Artists/30 Years: Assemblage Artists Collective

October 9 – December 17, 2014  
Open to the public: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Penn State Great Valley  hosts the works of 17 artists from the Assemblage Artists Collective. The exhibit; “From Isolation to Collaboration” opens with a reception for the public on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. Following the reception, Assemblage Artists will give a presentation “How to Survive and Thrive in the  Art World  Despite the Odds in the Musser auditorium. The opening event is free; registration is required at:http://assemblageartists.eventbrite.com


In 1985 a few young artists were graduating from the safety and camaraderie of art school to the harsh reality of the outside world.  To ease the transition they began to meet once a month to share information about practical and technical issues, current shows, exhibition opportunities, and to view and discuss one another’s work. The roster has changed, but nine in the current group have been in it from the start, and the group remains small enough to sustain intimacy. The first Assemblage exhibition was in 1991, followed by twelve more exhibits to date.


These exhibitions have become an important focus for Assemblage, even while members maintain their own individual careers. All are active participants in the Philadelphia area art community as practicing artists and members of various art organizations. Several members have been teachers in our colleges and universities, local art centers, museums, and PA maximum security prisons. Their art is collected and seen nationally and internationally, in private and public collections, in galleries and museums.


Originally conceived as a way to relieve the isolation an artist may experience in her studio, Assemblage Artists Collective continues to serve that important purpose, and has, in the process, created and cemented friendships that are an important part of their lives. Their commitment to art and to one another has endured; a testament to their dedication and to the mutual respect and meaningful friendships that have developed over the years.