Upcoming Shows

Abstraction Show 2018 Call for Entries

Abstraction Show 2018

November 9–18

opening reception Nov 9, 7–9pm

Art Alliance Art Center

Entries due, Thur, Nov 1

Entry Process & Fee

Each artist can submit one piece. Entry forms together with the entry fee (checks to be payable to Art Alliance) are now being accepted. The absolute last date to enter is Thursday, November 1. Entry fees are nonrefundable and may be paid by check, credit card, or online. If payment is made online, an entry form must also be submitted either by mail (PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851) or email (info@artalliancepa.org).


STUDENT $20--college or high school; MEMBER $30; NON-MEMBER $40

Click here for a PDF of the entry form (fill out and email or mail to the Art Alliance)

Click here to PAY ONLINE

You must fill out and send your entry form to the Art Alliance by Nov 1. You may email the entry form to info@artalliancepa.org or mail to PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851. The Art Alliance must receive the entry form by the end of the day, November 1.

Eligible Work

Two- and three-dimensional works that have not received awards in previous Art Alliance shows are eligible. All works must be original. All work must be securely wired and ready to hang. Poorly framed work, unframed work, clips, brackets, partial frames or wet work will not be accepted. Unframed stretched canvases are acceptable if they have finished sides and secure wiring. All pieces underglass or plexiglass must be framed. 3-D work may not be heavier than 100 pounds. The piece must be stable in its position and securely attached to its base.

Sales & Conditions

Works may be for sale. The Art Alliance will charge a commission of 20% of the selling price for work sold at the show. The Art Alliance is not responsible for lost or damaged works.

Show Dates & Hours

The exhibit will open Friday, November 9 and continue through Sunday, November 18. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday, Sunday 12–5, Saturdays 10–5. The exhibit will be closed Monday and Tuesday.


The opening reception will be held on Friday, November 9 from 7–9 pm. Artists are asked to bring either food or wine to share or to add $5 to their entry fee to help cover expenses for the reception. Prize winners will be announced at the reception.

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Artists must deliver their work to the Art Alliance on Thursday, Nov 8 from 4–7 pm. Please have labels completed and attached (see reverse side of this page). Please pick up your artwork on Sunday, Nov 18,between 5–6 pm. We have no additional storage space so please respect the pick-up date.

About the Juror

Jennifer Kane is a contemporary artist working in Central Pennsylvania and Southern California. She studied art, science, and theater at the University of Illinois, graduating with a BFA and MFA before moving to the State College area, where she has a dual career as a costume designer and conservation artist.

Recent work is informed by her study of climate change, featuring new ways of using materials to physically interpret her subject and observations. The resulting mixed media works on paper were accepted into the main division of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 2018. This was Jennifer’s 15th year as a participating artist at the festival, where she has been an award winning invited artist.

Jennifer’s other current abstract works include ‘Into the Future’, a digital landscape series about construction and destruction from her own on-site photos of concrete, and ‘Access Series’, colorful portraits of utility access portals with a corresponding essay about American access to power and sanitation.

Jennifer was chosen to represent Joshua Tree National Park for the 2017-18 season, where she wrote and led an immersive, art-based interpretive program serving park-goers of all ages from around the world. She would like to thank Michael Mann (Climatologist and geophysicist, currently director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University), and Chris Forest (Professor of Climate Dynamics Associate Director, Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management at PSU) for their support and contributions to her climate work.


Holiday Gift Gallery coming in November & December at the AAGD!

November 2–December 24

opening reception Friday, November 2, 6–8pm

Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser Street, Downtown State College (in the MLK plaze next to the Fraser Street Garage)

gallery hours: Thur, Fri & Sat, 12–6pm; Sun, 12–4pm

The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown is having a special Holiday Gift Gallery at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown this November & December, opening with a reception Friday, November 2, from 6–8pm.

The Gift Gallery will feature unique gift items for the holiday season by Pennsylvania artists and artisans. Stop in for beautiful 3D and 2D artwork, ceramics, jewelry and more, all great gifts for that special someone in your life.

Come on down to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown this holiday season to pick up that special something for your special someones.


Current Shows

coming soon, see above!


Our Members' Artwork Around Town -- Outreach Exhibitions

These outreach exhibitions that are in place throughout town accomplish two of our goals as your community art organization. They provide the opportunity for individuals to be inspired by art in places they go for other reasons - banks, theatres, libraries and retirement communities. For our featured artist members, these exhibitions allow them to take their work, usually sold in galleries and juried shows, and present it in a more public venue.

Our current outreach exhibitions in the community:

BB&T Bank, College Ave. downtown J. Harlan Ritchey, pen & ink drawings October/November
BB&T Bank, N. Atherton near Giant Nicole Packard, abstract paintings October/November
BB&T Bank, E. College Ave, near Nittany Mall Jan Riggio, multiple mediums October/November
The Corner Room Kevin Reilly, photography October/November
Juniper Village at Brookline Stacie Bird, photographs October/November
Liberty Craft House Kevin Reilly, photography October/November
Portfolio, A Salon Molly Allen, watercolor paintings October/November
The State Theatre 80th Anniverary Exhibtion
SPE Fed Credit Union, Science Park Dr. State College Photo Club, photography October/November
The Field Restaurant The Farmland Preservation Artists,
assorted artists and media
rotating artwork by FPA artists
The Village at Penn State Name, Medium Dates

Members who would like to be considered for an outreach exhibition should contact Marie at the office: 814-234-2740 or email info@artalliancepa.org

Other Member Shows

These members have let us know that they have work in the following exhibitions and venues. YOU CAN TOO! Please tell us if you are having an exhibition somewhere so we can help get the word out to those who are interested in visiting.

Art Alliance Art Center, 818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA 16851 Street Photography: People & Patterns photography show with work by Stacie Bird, Anne Cortese, Karen Deutsch, and Adrienne Waterston October 19–21 with an opening reception, Fri, Nov 19, 7–9pm; open Sat 10–4, Sun 12–4
Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA 16801 Holiday Gift Gallery unique gifts for the holidays by local artists and artisans Grand Opening Reception, Friday, November 2, 6–8pm! runs through December 24
Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N Front Street, Harrisburg 17101 Pastiche II, fall membership exhibition, Anni Matsick with “On Mother’s Knee”-1st Prize Watercolor and “The Berry Stealer" Opening reception during the Harrisburg Gallery Walk, Sunday, Sept 9, 11am–6pm; Sept 9–Oct 11
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Community Gallery
Jean Forsberg — This exhibit is a collaboration between painter and quilter. It was inspired by the medieval city of Sijilmasa located at the northern edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Both Jean and Doug will be on-hand Sunday, September 2nd to share the inspiration and process behind this unique project.
Aug 31–Sept 30
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Pottery Gallery, NEW!
New line up of potters for October — The Potter's Guild of Central Pennsylvania was established in 1971 as a co-operative and studio workshop for local potters.
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Photography Gallery
name, medium
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Paulette Berner & JE Crum
Aug 31–Nov 25
Bellefonte Art Museum,
Print Gallery
Roxanne Naydan
Aug 31–Sept 30
Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library Chuck Fong "In the Street and At the Fair", photography October 2018
The Bottleworks, Johnstown, PA Ceci Rusnak"Eye on the Needle" October 17–November 30
Café Lemont name, medium

Common Place, 115 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA
name, medium date
Cool Beans coffee house, Bellefonte, PA
Lisa Beightol Sept 1–Oct 31
Otto's Pub & Brewery, N. Atherton, State College, PA
name, medium
Expect More Store, Kish Bank, 114 S. Allen St, State College, PA
R Thomas Berner, "Travel Pixels", photography November 2018 with an artist's reception, Nov 2, 5–7pm
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn Ave, State College, PA
7 on the Square Karen Deutch, Marie Draguns, Manya Shoket Goldstein, Ruth Kempner, Elizabeth Kirchner, Rhonda Stern, Adrienne Waterston opening reception Sunday, August 19, 3:30-5:00 — show runs through October 15
Foxdale Village, 500 E Marylyn Ave, State College, PA
Pots & Prints, an Art Alliance show assorted artists opening reception Sunday, October 21, 3:30-5:00pm — show runs through the end of November
Harlan Gallery, Seaton Hill University, Greensburg
Ceci Rusnak, "Inspired!"Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh Membership Exhibition 2018 now through Oct 17
Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne PA 19087
118th International Anniversary Works on Paper Exhibition Anni Matsick, “TWO" Lena Thynell, “Frosty Country Morning" October 14–November 20
Spinning Plate Gallery, 5821 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
PWCS's Aqueous 72nd Annual International Exhibition, Aqueous Open 2018 Anni Matsick with “Girl With Pink Ribbon” October 14–November 20
State College Framing Company & Gallery Christine Stangle ceramics September & October? 2018
State College Framing Company & Gallery Viva Mexico! Stacie Bird, Elli Groninger, Harriet Rosenberg October 13–November 17, 2018 with a special Dia de Muertos reception, Friday, November 2, from 5–8pm
Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave State College, PA show artist date

If you are an artist member and would like to have a listing here please contact the office with the details at info@artalliancepa.org

Art Alliance show schedule for 2018

A reception is held for each exhibit at the Art Alliance Art Center is held on the opening Friday evening from 7-9pm. For shows at the Gallery Downtown (AAGD), the opening reception is held the first Friday of the month from 5–8pm.

All are welcome!

Art Alliance show schedule for 2018

Special 50th Anniversary "Juried Show," Feb 27–Apr 27
closing reception, Monday, April 26, 5:30-7pm
at The Robeson Gallery at the HUB, Penn State

"Figurative Exhibition," March 9–18
opening reception, Friday March 9, from 7-9pm
at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont

Recycled Show, "Green Is The New Black," April 6-29
opening reception, Friday, April 6, from 5-8pm
at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

call for entries DUE Wednesday, March 28 by NOON!

"Kids Love Art," April 27–29
opening reception Friday, April 27, from 6:30-8pm
at the Art Alliance Art Center in Lemont
gallery hours Sat & Sun 12–4pm

"Members Show," May & June 2018
at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown
Reflection (May) &

Vision (June)
-- reception, Friday, June 1, 5–8pm
-- show runs through July 6
-- closing reception, Friday, July 6, 5–8pm

call for entries DUE Wednesday, April 25 by NOON!

Studio Tour, May 19 & 20 2018
Studio Tour Preview Show, May 18-20, opening reception at the Art Center May 18 from 7-9pm
-- studios all around Centre County and at the Granary in Lemont

"Hip 2B SQR," gallery fundraiser, July 11-29
opening reception Wednesday, July 11, from 6-9pm
at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

drop off your artwork at the gallery 10am - noon Saturday, July 7; or 3-5 pm Sunday

Abstraction Show, November 9–18 2018


How to sign up for shows

Fill out the form for the appropriate show, which will posted as a PDF online and also mailed to our members approximately one month before the show is scheduled to open.

You can send us the form via email at info@artalliancepa.org or snail mail it to: PO Box 811, Lemont, PA 16851.

If you would like to pay online, go to our online registration system, click on the drop down menu and choose your desired show, which will be available the same time as the PDF file,  approximately 1 month in advance.

Past Shows

please check our Event Archives Page for more

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Abstraction Show 2017 at the Art Alliance

Show dates: November 10–19

"Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher and depict the world." — Jerry Saltz, art critic

John Bowman & Ann Shostrom, co-jurors

Here are some pictures of the show.


image by Robert Placky, "Discharge" 2017 

The Abstraction Show 2017

Show dates: November 10–19

Opening reception: Friday, Nov 10, 7-9pm

"Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher and depict the world." — Jerry Saltz, art critic

John Bowman & Ann Shostrom, co-jurors

Receiving & Retrieving Work

Please pick up your artwork on Sunday, Nov 19,between 5–6 pm. We have no additional storage space so please respect the pick-up date.

About the Jurors

Awards for this exhibition will be presented by two Penn State Professors, John Bowman and Ann Shostrom (who are married).

John works in a variety of media including painting,drawing, and sculpture. He is represented by Winston Wachter Gallery in Seattle and NYC where he will present an exhibition in April, 2018. He has shown internationally and is represented in private and museum collections. Bowman is Professor-in-Charge of the Drawing and Painting Area of the School of Visual Arts at Penn State.

Ann’s work includes dyed, sewn, and painted constructions combining formalist abstraction, social content, and handmade craft. She and John founded and co-direct First Street Green, an artists’ collective in the East Village of NYC, providing a flexible cultural space and forum for the arts and community action.

For a PDF of the entry form click here.


The Art Alliance Juried Show 2017

opening reception
Friday, Sept 8, 7-9pm

show runs
September 8-17

About the Juror

Kathleen Kase Burk

Kathleen Kase Burk has exhibited her drawings in regional and national shows for over thirty-five years, winning many awards. Her works are included in many public and private collections, such as Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Del Mar College (TX), University of North Dakota, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and Parkersburg Art Center (WV). She received a BA degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and an MA degree in Art, also from IUP, in 1980. She has taught art in a variety of settings, including the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, visiting artists program through PA Council on the Arts, and at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg from 1991 until 2009.

Primarily a still life artist, Ms. Burk’s extremely realistic pencil drawings explore the effects of light on arrangements of common objects. Her interest in design, particularly grids and centralized geometric constructions, gives them an abstract quality. “There’s a sense of stillness and contemplation in this way of working,” she says, “and the repetition of forms, building to a complex whole, is engaging, whether you’re looking at recognizable objects or abstract structures.”

List of Accepted Works Juried Show 2017

Betsy Rodgers Allen -- Berlin Wall section, Kentuck Knob, PA

Robert Baumbach  -- Shirley's Collection

Stacie Bird -- Mary on the Farm

Sean Bodley -- Self-Portrait

Jim Bright -- Spring Growth Boogie

Anne Buchanan -- Redwinged Blackbird

Char Casbourne -- Coming Up

D. Charriere -- Landscape I

Suzanne DeSarbo -- Route 322 Sheds

Karen Deutsch -- Les Muses

Pat Dolan -- Raven With Berry

C.S. Fong -- Red & Blue

Dotty Ford -- Flight

Susan Nicholas Gephart -- Big Valley Sunset

Susan Graham -- Eruption

Linda Hale -- Born By The River

Robert Hale -- Arch

Cheri Harte -- Butterflies Are Free

Phil Hawk -- Cherry Stone Table

Art Heim -- Cape Coloureds, Namibia Tribe

Anne Kenyon -- Backlit Trees - Fall Weeds

Peggy Shannon Klinger -- Trout Season

Heather Kochendarfer -- Glencoe

Karen Lintner -- Forest I

Mark D. Messenger -- Fall Reflections

Barbara Metzner -- Oasis

Anne Therese Pelikan -- Winter Warmth

Michael P. Pelikan -- Discovery

Brooke Peters -- Low Tide

Gary Schubert -- Georgia@Rhoneymeade #1

Jennifer Shuey -- Where the Slab Cabin Runs

Wendy Snetsinger -- History Persists

Martha Grout Taylor -- Above the First Bridge

Ann Taylor-Schmidt -- Inner Space

Milt Trask -- Spider Rock

Will Wadlington -- Kora-ju 33

Judith Ann Wilson -- On The Edge

Carol Wright -- Blooming Buddies


Confluence: a show of prints
at Foxdale Village Gallery
June 23–August 14, 2017

Foxdale Village Gallery
500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College, PA 16801
(814) 272-2146  // foxdalevillage.org

On view: June 23–August 14, 2017

Participating artists include:

Cazia Bradley, Valerie Dillon, Elaine Elledge, Laura Maney, Ingrid Booz Morejohn, Susan Parsonage, Mary Shoemaker, and Adrienne Waterston

Confluence: a show of prints features artwork by local Centre County artists and brings together a wide variety of styles and practices, all falling under the generous umbrella of printmaking. Come and see this eclectic collection of original prints and meet the artists at the opening reception, Sunday, June 25, 3:30-5pm.

Flower Fantasies: An Exhibit of Photographs by Karen A. Deutsch

State Theatre
130 West College Avenue State College, PA

Show dates: July 1–31
Hours: 12-5 Monday-Friday & one hour before any event

Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts "Images" Juried Show

Schlow Library

July 1–31

Images 2017 is a juried exhibition of drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber, paper, and digital art. Images is open to artists whose primary residence is in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Artists of all ages are welcome, and we especially encourage enrolled students from ages 16 through 26 to apply to the exhibition. Artists enter the show by submitting digital images of work created in the last three years.

The Images 2017 exhibition is made possible in part by sponsorships from the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Bath Fitter, the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, Joyce Robinson & Norman Spivey, the Schlow Library Foundation, and the Sturtz-Davis family. Special thanks to our exhibition partner and host, Schlow Centre Region Library.

The Awards Reception will be held Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Schlow Centre Region Library. The reception is hosted by the Schlow Library Foundation.

Congratulations to these Art Alliance members whose work was selected for the "Images" show: R. Thomas Berner, Nancy Burch Brassington, Karen Deutsch, Mark Farmer, Dotty Ford, Chuck Fong, Marianne Fyda, Norris Lacy, Linda Hale, Cinda Kostyak, Jeanne McKinney, Tom Mickle, Gloria Plosky Scaltz, Wendy Snetsinger, Will Wadlington, and Adrienne Waterston.

Best in Show: sponsored by Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania was received by Gloria Scaltz!


The Art Alliance
Students & Instructors Show

Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden

May 13–June 4, 2017

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated in and came out to see the Art Alliance "Students & Instructors Show" at the Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden!

Special thanks to Art Alliance's Karen Lintner for organizing the show and Rhoneymeades's Mel Forkner and James Lesher for hosting and hanging and organizing the show out at Rhoneymeade. This is such a great venue for our artists and we look forward to continuing to work with the great folks at Rhoneymeade for future events.



Members Show

May 19–28, 2017

The Annual Members Show offers the opportunity for all members, regardless of their level of expertise, to show their work. All work entered into the show will be accepted – the Juror chooses prizes only. We look forward to this annual show featuring the work of our many talented members.

Jack Troy

Jack Troy is a potter, teacher, and writer from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where he taught at Juniata College for 39 years. Introduced to clay in 1962, he has taught 251 workshops to date in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Great Britain.He has worked at the Institute of Ceramic Studies, Jingdezhen, China and was an invited artist at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. His education in ceramics has included trips to thirteen countries.Jack has been the juror for more than a dozen national ceramic exhibitions. He has designed and built eight salt kilns, nine reduction kilns, two raku, and seven anamagas.Having published over 80 articles in ceramics publications, he is also the author of “Salt Glazed Ceramics” (1977), “Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain” (1995), and “Calling the Planet Home,” [poems] (2003). His work has been exhibited widely, and is in numerous collections, public and private.


The Art Alliance of Central PA's Potters Guild Annual

Mothers Day Show & Sale!

May 12–14, 2017

Opening reception

Friday, May 12, 7–9pm
featuring music by Overhead

Art Alliance Studio, 818 Pike Street, Lemont, PA


Spring Colors Studio Tour 2017!!Spring Colors Studio Tour 2017

Our Studio Tour is back! This year we are having a Spring Colors Studio Tour and you are invited to participate!

This year's tour was held the weekend of May 6 & 7,  Saturday from 10–4 and Sunday from 12–4.

Our Studio Tour event is a weekend where artists open up their studios or participate in a group venue open to the general public. As a participating artist, you can show and sell your work, offer demonstrations, show your techniques and materials and meet people interested in supporting the arts and finding out more about you and your work in an intimate setting.

This year we had more than 27 participating artists in 17 locations for this self-guided tour. The event is free to the public.

Group venues provided by the Art Alliance this Studio Tour include the Granary in Lemont and the Rhoneymeade Sculputure Garden and Arboretum studio space.

Kids Love Art!

April 28-30, 2017

Kids Love Art is an exhibition of art from elementary schools from around Centre County!  Come on out and meet the artists at the reception and come over the weekend to take a closer, more leisurely look at the art.

Thank yous to Dee Stout and Debbie Lintal for organizing and Linda Hendrickson, Jan Becker, Janet Scalon for their invaluable help!


The 2017 Recycled Show, "Flights of Fancy"

April 21–23 

our juror

Carol Baney

The Annual Recycled Exhibition

The Recycled Art Show is in its twenty-third year of inspiring environmental and artistic goals for Central Pennsylvania artists.

Photos from the show, thanks to Gary Schubert!

Artists Take A Stand 2017!

March 24-26, 2017

Poetry, Performance & Music

Sunday, March 26, 12-5pm

Artists Take A Stand provides Central Pennsylvania artists an opportunity to make art about the current issues that concern them the most, including electoral politics, racism, the environment, women’s issues, economics, education, foreign relations, war, and much more. It’s a chance to vent, protest, find hope, mend divisions, revel or despair.

Performance & Music

The exhibition included a special poetry, performance and music event on Sunday afternoon.

The Art Alliance Figurative Show 2017

March 10–19 show dates

Juror, Dana Carlisle Kletchka

Formerly the “Go Figure” show, this show has a 2-decade history showcasing the figurative works of Central Pennsylvania artists. Entry to the show is not juried. All work must have the human figure as the dominant theme; clothed figures, nudes, and portraits are all invited.

About the Juror

Dana Carlisle Kletchka is the Curator of Education at the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University, an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Art Education program; co-director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA), a joint project of the School of Visual Arts and the Palmer Museum of Art; and a co-editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com, an online community of practice. Dana is interested in critical art museum education pedagogies; professional development for PreK–12 teachers in art museum contexts; the use of social media and and digital technologies on interpretation and engagement in the art museum; and the professional positionality of art museum educators within the profound paradigmatic shift of art museums over the last 40 years. In 2015, she was awarded the National Art Education Association's Art Educator of the Year for the Museum Education Division.