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Professor of Art Sean McConnor exhibits works at Hiram and Warren galleries


Professor of Art Sean McConnor exhibits works at Hiram and Warren galleries

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College Professor of Art and Curator of Art Sean McConnor, M.F.A., recently exhibited work at Hiram College and is currently displaying his paintings at Crary Gallery in Warren, Pa.

On Sept. 15, McConnor, a Mentor, Ohio native, had his pieces exhibited at Hiram College’s Gelbke Fine Arts Center.

The Crary Gallery exhibition began Nov. 18 and continues through Dec. 9. McConnor’s “Quiet Works” are on display in the South Galleries. The paintings in the exhibition are modest in size, reflecting the unpretentiousness of his subjects. McConnor said the work represents contemplating—and painting—the humble objects we find in our immediate surroundings. ​

“If I can see the finished product before I begin, I quickly lose interest,” McConnor said. “I want my painting to take unexpected turns because it allows me to re-imagine what the painting could be, attempting to leave it open-ended.”

Gallery hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Crary Art Gallery was established in 1977 as a nonprofit art museum, which displays noteworthy temporary exhibitions and the display of historical works. The museum’s permanent collection includes early and mid 20th-century paintings and prints, Japanese prints, and photographs by Edward S. Curtis.

McConnor received a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 1996 and a Master of Fine Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1998. He joined Thiel College as a faculty member in 1999.

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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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