Youth Arts Celebration 2016


K-12 Visual Art Exhibit

Tuesday, April 26- Sunday, May 1.  Exhibit open during regular Mall hours.

Indiana Mall

The following schools are attending this years exhibit:

  • Blairsville High School, Blairsville Middle School
  • Homer Center Jr/Sr. High, Homer Center Elementary
  • Indiana Area Senior High, Indiana Area Junior High, Eisenhower Elementary, Ben Franklin Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary
  • Marion Center Jr/Sr High, McCreery Elementary, Rayne Elementary
  • Penns Manor Jr/Sr High
  • Punxsutawney Area High School, Punxsutawney Area Middle School, Punxsutawney Elementary School
  • Purchase Line Elementary
  • Seeds of Faith Christian Academy
  • St. Bernard Regional Catholic School
  • United Jr/Sr High, United Elementary

K-12 Visual Art Award Ceremony

Sunday, May 1. 1:30pm

Indiana Mall

Join us for this short presentation as we congratulate students that will receive special commendation for their work in the Visual Arts.

Dance Performance by Sue Hewitt Dance Studio

Sunday, May 1. 1:40pm (Immediately following Visual Art Awards)

Indiana Mall

Many Thanks to our Volunteer Jurists:

Sandy Burwell taught for 3 years in the State College Area School District (Junior High level) before her 33 year tenure teaching at IUP.  Attaining the rank of Associate Professor, she taught art education and art history from 1971 until 2004, as well as serving as the Assistant Chair of the department for a time. She had the experience of teaching  grades 1 through 6 at the University School (for 1 year) and supervised many student teachers in art education. She was also presented with an Outstanding Art Educator Award in Pennsylvania.

Tony DeFurio is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Art at IUP.  Dr. DeFurio’s career in art and art education spans thirty-eight years of teaching art history, studio, and art education courses.  He taught at the Senior High School level in Butler, Pa. for 6 years and at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 32 years. His tenure at IUP included 13 years as Chair of the Department of Art. As Chair, he was instrumental in guiding the Art Department to accreditation through the NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design).  Throughout his career, Dr. DeFurio, has been a practicing and exhibiting artist.  His primary emphasis in the studio arts is focused on painting and drawing.  He continues to exhibit locally, regionally, and nationally and has works in public and private collections.  Dr DeFurio earned his B.S. in Art Education at Edinboro University of Pa., his M.Ed. in Art Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph..D in Art Education at the Pennsylvania State University.   The Pennsylvania  Art Education Association (PAEA) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA) presented him with Outstanding Art Educator in Higher Education awards at both the State and National levels.

Ivan J Fortushniak is a nationally known artist who works as an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas and an Artist in Residence at the Des Moines Art Center.  He has artworks in public and private collections including the Spencer Art Museum, The Des Moines Art Center, and the Dayton Art Center.  He has won several awards including the Directors Award at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and the 1st place purchase award at Eastern Kentucky University for the exhibition entitled “Freedom”.  He has had several group and solo exhibitions throughout the country in prominent venues including Nevada, Kansas, and New York, and has had international group exhibitions in Paraguay and Cuba.  In addition, he has given lectures about his work throughout the Midwest.  He is well-known for his pastoral landscapes scattered with water-towers, smokestacks and Boeing airplanes.

Nathan Heuer received his MFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and is currently an Assistant Professor of Drawing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  His work focuses on the role of constructed environments in  contemporary society, with a specific emphasis on architecture and urban design.  Recent solo and two-person exhibtions include Common Ground at Union Gallery, Queens University, Kingston, ON, Opposite Extremes at John Moores University, Liverpool, UK, and Fallow Ground: Lost Vistas of the Free Market at Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH and the McLanahan Gallery, Penn State Altoona, Altoona, PA.  His work has appeared in a number of publications, including New American Paintings.

Sharon Massey is a professor of Art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Her work has been exhibited in Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and across the United States. She served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and her work was recently chosen for inclusion in Metalsmith magazine as well as a group exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Dayas Silvis graduated from Oakbridge Academy of Arts in 1999. Since then she has worked freelance and given private art lessons. Her work has been shown in small exhibits around Indiana County and her own exhibit in several locations.  Her work leans toward realism, portraits and book illustration. She is currently President of the Indiana Art Association.

Xiaojie Zheng is an artist who works primarily in painting, drawing, mixed media and site specific installation.  She received a transnational education and has had a longstanding career in fine arts, including a degree in art education in China, post graduate study in fine art in the Netherlands and art gallery management in the U.S.  Xiaojie’s artwork has been exhibited in Asia, Europe, and the United States and is in both private and corporate collections.  She has received numerous commissions including the nine portraits of the presidents of the Oakland, California Police Officers’ Association.  Xiaojie is also a guest instructor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She was born in Wenzhou, China and lives and works both in San Francisco, CA and Indiana, PA.