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Art gallery hosting photography exhibition of vaudeville team


Art gallery hosting photography exhibition of vaudeville team

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College is hostingRichard Mitchell’s collection “The Vaudeville Team of Jesse Block & Eva Sully: A Photographic Family Album” through Dec. 7 in the Weyers-Sampson Gallery of the Howard Miller Student Center.

Documented by professional photographers throughout their career, this exhibition represents a look at Block and Sully as a working couple in an entertainment industry that was evolving from vaudeville to movies, radio, and eventually television. Mitchell is a retired professor at Youngstown State University. He led the school’s art department and founded its photography program.

As a family of entertainers, vaudevillians paved the way for the entertainment industry. The bonds of that industry are characterized in the exhibition by inscribed photographs from their fellow performers throughout their career.

The showing is free and open to the public.

“The exhibition tells such a great story of a husband and wife comedy team, revealing a view of life in the entertainment world from the 20s through the late 50s.” Professor of Painting and Curator of Art Sean McConnor said. “These photographs are important in documenting and remembering a significant art form in America.”

The Weyers-Sampson Gallery at Thiel College regularly hosts exhibitions from professional artists and student work. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Individual appointments are also available by contacting McConnor at 724-589-2095.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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