Lycoming College Art Gallery to introduce new exhibit by Mark Chen
WILLIAMSPORT — The Lycoming College Art Gallery will open a new exhibit this fall featuring works of photography by Mark Chen, as well as a “Ring” doorbell feature that can be rung to ask the artist questions in real time. The show opens on Friday, Sept. 3, with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. The show will run through Saturday, Oct. 9, and is free and open to the public.
Chen is a photographer, a digital media artist, and an activist. Based on still images and videos, he expands to media including animations, soundscapes, installations and performances. “The narratives in my work aim to raise awareness on sustainability and climate change among other environmental and social issues,” said Chen. Digital post production is highly integrated into his artistic expression to encompass the essences of fiction, satire, and futurism.
Chen’s exhibition path traverses locally, nationally, and internationally, including the Houston Center for Photography, Fotofest (Houston), the Arc Gallery (San Francisco), and the Artists’ Cabin (Taipei, Taiwan). He is currently working on his MFA at the University of Houston where he receives merit-based scholarships for his education. Chen’s Windtopia, a multimedia series that envisions the future of our planet, is fiscally sponsored by Fresh Arts.
In addition to his career as an artist, Chen is an educator who has taught at University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, and Houston Community College, among other institutions. He is also an avid published author, producing seven book titles on photographic art and techniques from Amherst Media.
The Lycoming College Art Gallery, located in downtown Williamsport at 25 W. Fourth St., contributes to the city’s arts culture and allows the College to become more involved with the surrounding community. Lycoming art students have the opportunity to interact with visiting artists and learn first-hand the inner workings of an art gallery.
The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 4-8 p.m. For more information, please visit the gallery online at: https://www.lycoming.edu/art/gallery/20-21.aspx.