All Edinboro students welcome to get creative by Nov. 19


Merge 2021


EDINBORO, Pa. – Students at Edinboro, Clarion and Cal U have been invited to share their thoughts, feelings and impressions by Nov. 19 for an exhibition to open Jan. 25 on the three integrating campuses. 

The show – “Penn West Art Merge” – will feature visual images, art and poetry created by students of all majors in response to one of three prompts written by students from the three universities scheduled to integrate in 2022. *

All work is welcome from students of any major or concentration. Each visual or poetic response will consist of a 2-dimensional square artwork, unframed, ranging from 5-by-5 inches to 10-by-10 inches. Photographs, prints, haiku poetry or a photo of a 3-dimensional artwork in clay, metal, installation or other media are encouraged. Small cash prizes will be awarded.

Edinboro students who wish to take part in the MERGE exhibition should email art professor Lisa Austin by midnight on Friday, Nov. 19, with their name, photo of the work, email, cell number and 100-word description.

Students must submit three copies of their artwork or poetic response to the Bruce Gallery – located in the ground floor of Doucette Hall – by Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. Each work must be glued to separate piece of foam core or other rigid material. No frames are permitted. The back of each piece should list the student artist’s name, campus, email address and cellphone number.  While all work is intended to be displayed, the organizers retain the right to decline any work.

Zoom programming in February 2022 will allow students from all three campuses to meet each other.

Last year, Austin, director of Bruce Gallery, invited Erie artist-educator Kelly Armor to work with students of Clarion professor Kaerston Colvin-Woodruff, Cal U professor Laura DiFasio and Edinboro (Joshua Getchen, A.J. Howard, Mary Olyer, Olivia Robertson and Ritchie Watzlaf) to organize the MERGE project.

Austin remains “impressed by this generous – and sometimes difficult – MERGE project collaboration between Kelly Armor and the students and faculty from all three campuses.”

The attached poster was designed by the Bruce Gallery Creative Director, student Alex Herr, an Edinboro student and creative director of the Bruce Gallery, created the official poster for the event.

*Pending approval of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education