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York College of PA’s Marketview Arts to host two alumni artist exhibitions beginning June 30

June 05, 2023
James Shea art exhibition

York College of Pennsylvania’s Marketview Arts (37 W. Philadelphia St., York) will host exhibitions by two alumni artists from June 30 through August 5. An opening reception for both is scheduled at 5 p.m. on June 30, followed by “A Conversation with the Arts Fellows” at 6 p.m. All events are open to the public free of charge.

Appell Arts Fellow James O’Shea, a 2021 graduate, will share “Fitting the Narrative,” a series of abstract pieces ranging in scale that depict a variety of religious and mythological scenes. The works take a contemporary approach to some well-known narratives all while exploring the relationship between artmaking and the perception of oneself.

Powder Mill Arts Fellow Ren Harbold, a 2022 graduate, will share “Effervescent Garden Party,” a bright celebration of the artist's illustrative renaissance. The exhibition gives insight into the process of their first comic book, sneak peeks of the second, and features new illustrative paintings alongside fun hand-printed merchandise.

Harbold is the first recipient of the Powder Mill Arts Fellowship, made possible through the generosity of the Powder Mill Foundation. Through the Fellowship, York College provided an 11-month residency at Marketview Arts–including studio space, one parking space, and a monetary stipend­–to a recent graduate of the College’s Fine Art or Graphic Design program. The goals are to provide time and space for the Fellow to advance their own craft, and to provide the Fellow with meaningful work within an arts venue and arts community. The Fellowship includes duties that assist in York College’s efforts to make Marketview Arts and the surrounding arts district a success.