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College hosting Benedict Oddi’s “Scouts” and “Nomads” gallery collections


College hosting Benedict Oddi’s “Scouts” and “Nomads” gallery collections

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College will present Benedict Oddi’s collections “Scouts” and “Nomads” from Jan. 17 to Feb. 17 in the Weyers-Sampson Gallery of the Howard Miller Student Center.

An opening reception is Jan. 17 beginning with a gallery talk at 3 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Works from Oddi’s ballpoint pen on rag paper “Nomad” series and oil on canvas “Scout” series will be exhibited.

“The desire for freedom, escape and exploration influence the narrative of my artworks,” Oddi said. “I create works that examine the possibility of utopia and dystopia through the escapist tendency to create a parallel realism. The depictions that I fashion are a method of storytelling through the invention and reuse of signs and symbols. The pictorial environments are meant to emphasize a disconnection to a tactile reality, where ideas and experiences are confused. Uneasiness and improbability are abundant in this imaginary voyage, so are feelings of familiarity and imminent danger of the sublime.”

Oddi has served as adjunct professor of art for several institutions, including Seton Hill University, Clarion University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has exhibited his work in Chicago, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas and many other galleries.

The gallery is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.- noon, and 1-6 p.m. On Tuesdays, gallery hours are from 9 a.m.-noon, and on Thursdays from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-6 p.m. On Fridays the gallery is open from 11 a.m.-noon and from 1-2 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

“Thiel is fortunate to have Benedict Oddi exhibit his work in our campus gallery,” Professor of Painting and Curator of Art Sean McConnor said. “Oddi’s work moves in interesting visual twists and turns which I think will excite and challenge viewers.”

For more information or to schedule a gallery appointment outside of regular hours, contact 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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