The Art division offers majors in Fine Art and Graphic Design. Our challenging and competitive programs are designed to prepare you for a variety of exciting careers in the visual arts, as well as for graduate study. Your professional faculty and knowledgeable advisors will encourage you to extend your learning beyond the classroom. You'll find support in finding just the right internship or opportunity to exhibit your work at and beyond YCP. An associate degree in Fine Art is also offered, as well as four academic minors in Art History, Fine Art, Photography and Visual Communication.
(Above, the June 2015 gallery exhibition: D. Samuelson, Appell Fellow)
The York College Galleries feature nationally touring exhibitions and invitational shows, as well as faculty and juried student shows.
Matt Clay-Robison is not only the director of York College Galleries but is also a fine artist. Most of his works are woodcut prints which were recently on view in a 2-person exhibition at the Pennsylvania Arts Experience at Marketview Arts in downtown York. The exhibition, "Curves and Edges," featured Clay-Robison's geometric woodcut prints alongside the smooth figures carved in alabaster by Adrienne Brenner. The show was free to the public at 37 W. Philadelphia St. in downtown York (17401) showing through June 30 2015.
Each year, York College awards to an outstanding Fine Art graduate the Appell Arts Fellowship. This prestigious award gives a young artist the opportunity to develop their skills and work with the community, getting a taste of life as a working artist. The competitive award provides a yearlong residency in one of the apartments at Marketview Arts as well as a stipend and studio space for the artist to live and work in downtown York.
Anya Felch is the recipient of the fourth annual Appell Arts Fellowship. She is an artist from Gambrills, Maryland who attended York College for 5 years, receiving several awards for her art. In 2013 she was awarded 1st place in the Annual Jurried Show for graphic design, 3rd place for the Graphic Design Senior Exhibition in 2014, one of three jurors’ choice awards in the 2015 Annual Juried Student Exhibition for fine art, and finally 1st place in the Fine Art Senior Exhibition for 2015. Graduating with degrees in Fine Art and Graphic Design, as well as a minor in art history in spring 2015, she now resides in downtown York as part of her fellowship award. Anya’s art is a unique blend of traditional and non-traditional methods of making to reflect the influences of her family versus her modern environment, utilizing some unexpected mediums like embroidery and plastic alongside oil painting and print making.
“I still can’t believe it’s real to be honest. I am incredibly excited and so grateful to be coming back to York to make art and to continue to become a part of the community here.”
submitted by Bridget Nalbone (Fine Art, '17) Division of Art Webmaster
Marketview Arts houses York College's student galleries, studios, and letterpress shop. It is also the home of York College's Appell Fellowship recipient. Here, students in the Fine Art and Graphic Design majors can create and display original works. Gallery events take place on First Fridays (where many events are held in downtown York on the first friday of the month) where the public can view and sometimes purchase original artwork created by students. Marketview also rents studio space to more well-known artists for installations and exhibitions.
Learn more about Marketview HERE.
June 10th through July 1st 2015
Self Portrait, Dillon Samuelson 2015
June 10, 2015 saw the opening of the third annual Appell Arts Fellowship Gallery Exhibition. This year it features the works of Dillon Samuelson ('14), who was awarded the competitive fellowship last year. This exhibition represents a year's worth of hard work and dedication, and the results are impressive to say the least. The gallery sports a large assortment of work including oil paintings, watercolor and ink illustrations, multimedia pieces, and charcoal sketches. The exhibition also includes two collaborative pieces. Most of Dillon's paintings explore deeply personal topics utilizing self-portraiture. When asked why he paints so many portraits of himself, Samuelson replied that although the themes are meant to be more universal – themes such as depression and violence – it would not have felt right to portray his own emotions through the face of another. Adding humor to the topic, he also admitted that it is obviously much more convenient when painting a portrait to use a reference face that is readily available on his own schedule.
Although many of his paintings are self-portraits, others are faceless abstractions that experiment with color and texture. These experimental portraits often did not turn out as expected because they were taken over by the working process. Another popular question for the artist is “how long does it take?” This question is usually very difficult to answer. Usually Samuelson works on multiple projects at once, and individually they can take anywhere from weeks to months to complete. Many are reworked so many times that the paint is scraped away and the process begins again.
Dillon's illustrative works are displayed in the second gallery room. Although there are more oil paintings in the show, Samuelson admits that illustration was his first passion and ultimately what he hopes to continue with in his professional life. The gallery features some of his works that have already been published, including illustrations for a fantasy novel and also a graphic novel.
An important announcement was also made on opening night: the recipient of the fourth annual Appell Arts Fellowship. We would like to offer congratulations to Ms. Anya Felch ('15) in her achievement, and a short bio about her will be available shortly in the "Appell Arts Fellowship" section of this page.
Dillon's show will be available for the public to view until July 1st 2015. More information on Dillon's work is available on his website: www.dillonsamuelson.com
Story submitted by Bridget Nalbone (Fine Art, '17; Division of Art Webmaster)