For Immediate Release: April 1, 2016
BLOOMSBURG — Different from a traditional art exhibit where the pieces remain fixed through the duration of the display, Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery currently houses an exhibit that not only changes positions each week, but also grows. Alisha McCurdy’s “Out of the Seam” show runs until Tuesday, May 3, in the Haas Gallery of Art. Admission is free and open to the public.
Constructed in the image of Centralia, McCurdy offers viewers the experience of seeing a different view of the town each time they visit. The exhibition itself is changing each week from the growth of live grass to the positions of the sculptures. Each piece represents an aspect of the abandoned town, including its history from the coal-mining fire to the popular tourist site of Graffiti Road. The exhibition was custom designed to fit Haas Gallery of the Arts.
McCurdy grew up in western Pennsylvania. Primarily embodying sculptural and installation forms, her artwork borrows craft-based techniques that are familiar to Appalachia. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at Stony Brook University, where she held the Maurice Goldberger Fellowship and was selected as a 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant recipient.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. An artist reception and lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Haas Center for the Arts, room 203.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.