“Clipped, Ripped, and Reassembled” Art Exhibit on Display Now

Classically trained artist Pamela M. Parsons’ show, “Clipped, Ripped, and Reassembled” is on display now through November 27 in the Cofrin Gallery in the Burgin Center for the Arts.
Parsons was born in Beloit, Wis., and received a National Scholastic Art Portfolio award while in high school. She studied oil painting at Boston University and at Indiana University Bloomington, where she earned an MFA in painting. As a graduate student, she studied art in successive summers in Florence, Italy. In 1990, Parsons was hired as a full-time graduate faculty member at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., where she is chair of the art department and teaches all levels of painting and drawing. In the summer months, Parsons travels to Maine where she has established Black Falcon Gallery (an artist’s studio and seasonal art gallery) in Thomaston, Maine.

A recipient of the F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Parsons’ work is represented in public and private collections nationally, including those of John Mellencamp, the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, and the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art in Indiana.

Parsons’ exhibit is a collection of work that contains tiny fragments of visual history: from scientific diagrams, travel magazines, outdated school texts, and illustrated children's books, to old foxed lithographs, discarded maps, and collected decorative paper scraps—a little Americana is revealed. Parsons repurposes diverse graphic matter, juxtaposing color and image to create new intricate designs and off-beat narratives. The collection is a fresh body of work that is innovative, energetic, and decidedly contemporary.

Parsons visited campus October 26 to visit with arts faculty member Sydney Caretti’s Painting I and Voice and Vision classes. She talked with the students about her process as an artist and insights into how to compile a comprehensive, college ready portfolio. An artist reception was held that evening in the Cofrin Gallery.
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