The Visual Arts Department has seen much transformation in recent years, and David Ogawa, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, sought to encapsulate the department’s growth and journey.
On Thursday, January 12, “Visual Union: The Decades Show” did just that. The gallery, now open to the public in the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts, features the works of select Union alumni: Stephen Pentak ’73, Jack Howard-Potter ’97, Nori Lupfer Pepe ’03, Nancy Borowick ’07 and Sheri Park ’13.
Since graduating from Union, Pentak received his MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and served as the Associate Dean of the College of the Arts at Ohio State University. He currently works there as a Professor Emeritus of Art. Beyond familiar with the beauty of nature, Pentak used oils on panel to simplify the organized chaos that is nature. The result: serene lake views and stunning horizons.
Pentak’s work has been featured in several exhibits, including the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Ohio), Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary (Santa Fe, New Mexico) and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (New York).
Howard-Potter found his inspiration for sculpting in the performing arts, Alexander Calder’s public sculpture and George Rickey.
After Union, he went straight to sculpting. His works combine blacksmithing and anatomy, allowing the fluid movement of performers to be captured in steel rods.
Howard-Potter has works scattered across the U.S., including in Coral Springs, Florida, San Antonio, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois.
He continues to draw inspiration from dancers through his position on the Elise Monte Dance Company’s board of trustees.
Lupfer Pepe made sure to bridge the nuances between linocut, collagraph and etching into her art. A former circus performer, aerial photographer and member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, she has several unique experiences to help shape her eerie yet bold works. With her camera at her side, Lupfer Pepe captures the ordinary and turns it on its head to present the world with a different lens. Her work has been exhibited in the New England region, California, Colorado and Barcelona, Spain. She now works for the Killington Mountain School.
A bit of a black sheep to the Visual Arts Department, Borowick graduated from Union with a BA in Anthropology. She went on to study Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the International Center of Photography (New York).
As a humanitarian photographer, Borowick captures life in its rawest form. In her display “Cancer Family,” she froze time in moments of sorrow, pain, hope and even joy – all in the name of unconditional love. Borowick’s works can be found in the news, such as the “New York Times,” “Washington Post,” “Time Magazine” and “National Geographic PROOF,” and have been featured internationally in Malaysia, Cambodia, Germany and Holland.
After graduating summa cum laude from Union, Park earned a certificate in Theology and the Arts from Fuller Seminary in Menlo Park, California.
With multifaceted passions, Park combined video projection, performance arts and collage into her works. Her performance, “REORIENT,” at the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts silenced the perusing crowd with concepts of family, love and identity.
Her performances have reached as far as California and Tokyo, Japan.