Garvey Work Featured in PAFA Student Exhibition

By Purnell T. Cropper | June 2, 2011

Alum Lauren Garvey ’09 is one of the students featured at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 110th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE), which runs through June 5 in the Galleries of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building in Philadelphia.

The exhibition features works by BFA students, third-year and fourth-year Certificate Program students and Master of Fine Arts candidates that “showcase a diversity of styles that combine traditional skill and contemporary vision,” according to the website. ” In addition to its role as an exhibition and sale, the exhibition represents a competition for the coveted Certificate Program’s Cresson, Schiedt, Ware, and Women’s Board Travel Scholarships.”

“It was a great pleasure to re-acquaint myself with Lauren and her paintings within the context of the Pennsylvania Academy’s M.F.A. program after watching her work develop at Arcadia,” said Richard Torchia, Director of the Arcadia University Art Gallery. “Her canvases on view in PAFA’s current thesis exhibition—each of which propose a fresh approach to the abstract still life—are convincing evidence that Lauren’s two years as a graduate student have enriched her painting and broadened her awareness. Among the students in the final-semester seminar I teach at the Academy, Lauren was among the most respected artists in her class.

“Her graduation from PAFA’s M.F.A. program also signals an encouraging development for painting majors in Arcadia’s Art and Design Department seeking to advance their studies,” adds Torchia. “Last year painter Jannalyn Bailey ’09 entered PAFA’s M.F.A. program, and this coming fall Matt King ’09 will enter the school’s Post-Baccalaureate program. This coming September, painter Jennifer Titone ’11, begins her work in the M.F.A. program at the University of Colorado.”