Edinboro Art Department selects 13 finalists for Gmitter Exhibition



EDINBORO, Pa. – Edinboro University’s Art Department recently announced the 13 finalists for the annual Gmitter Scholarship Exhibition – a highly selective juried competition now entering its 12th year.

The following Edinboro student-artists were selected as finalists for the Gmitter Exhibition after passing the first phase of judging.

Tyler Palumbo (Animation), Lindsey Anderson (Graphic & Interactive Design), Ashleigh Bowman (Illustration/Printmaking), Fabiano Ciminella (Graphic & Interactive Design), Emily Funk (Graphic & Interactive Design), Maria Holubeck (Illustration), Gabriella Keebler (Graphic & Interactive Design), Audrey MacPherson (Graphic & Interactive Design), Amy Simkovitch (Graphic & Interactive Design), Margaret Whittaker (Animation), Madison Wood (Ceramics), Zofia Chrzanowska (Painting/Ceramics) and Jacob Maitland (Ceramics/Sculpture)

View each artist’s statement and their portfolio of work: Gmitter 2021 Finalists

“I was fortunate to know Michael Gmitter personally when he was a student at Edinboro University. If he could be here today, he would be proud of each finalist for their unique vision, personal style, passion for creativity and dedication to making,” said Brigette Davitt, associate professor in Edinboro’s Graphic & Interactive Design program. “Michael loved all forms of art and took great care to encourage his peers and celebrate their work. To this year's group of exceptional talent – please know that Michael is right here with you in spirit, cheering you on and applauding your accomplishments.”

A total of $4,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to the top one to three students at the discretion of the juror, with the first-place student receiving at least $2,000. Art faculty members Shelle Barron, Terry McKelvey and Jim Parlin juried the preliminary round of the 2021 exhibition.

Following this initial selection on Feb. 25, the 13 student-artists will create their own exhibition space in the Bruce Gallery of Doucette Hall to be reviewed by an external juror. Todd Rogers (’03), design and development manager of Forms+Surfaces architectural firm in Pittsburgh, was selected as the 2021 juror.

The Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship was created to honor and cherish the memory of Michael V. Gmitter, who passed away on July 25, 2006, at the age of 22, and to celebrate his passion for art. Michael was expected to graduate from Edinboro University with a degree in fine arts with an emphasis in jewelry design/metalsmithing in the spring of 2007.

Created by Michael’s late father, Rich, along with his mother Jan and brother Devin, the first Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship award was established on April 4, 2007, and awards a student pursuing a major in Art (jewelry/metalsmithing, ceramics, cinema, drawing, illustration, graphic/interactive design, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, wood/furniture, art education, film/video).

“Gmitter was a lovely and talented artist who spent happy hours in Loveland Hall,” said Lisa Austin, Edinboro art professor and one of the showcase’s organizers. “Thanks to the generosity of his family and friends, one student will take home a significant prize. However, all the finalists – and everyone who sees the show – will benefit from the experience.”

Students are required to complete at least 90 credits at Edinboro before being eligible for the Gmitter exhibition.

The 2021 show will run from April 26 through May 3, with all entries posted on the Edinboro University Art Department and Bruce Gallery Instagram accounts.