Two New Exhibitions at Schmucker Art Gallery

Two new exhibits open tomorrow at Gettysburg College’s Schmucker Art Gallery. 

Left to Right: John K. Hillers, Virgin River, Zion Canyon, 1874, albumen print, 16 ¼ in. (dia). Ron Perisho Collection;  Knud Knudsen, View from the road between Gardshammar Summer Farm and Folgefonna Glacier, Hardanger, 1890– 1895, albumen print, 8 1⁄4 x 10 1⁄2 in. The Picture Collection, University of Bergen Library, ubb-kk-2127-1595-pal; Martin Puryear, Sentinel, 1982, fieldstone and mortar, Gettysburg College.  Photograph by Nicholas Micros ’82.

Across the West and Toward the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography

September 8 – December 7, 2021

Across the West and Toward the North features stunning historical images of waterfalls, rocky mountains, glaciers, and geysers in Norway and the United States. This large traveling exhibition examines how major changes in infrastructure, tourism, mining, and expansion changed the landscapes and affected Indigenous peoples in the nineteenth century in the two countries.  

A complementary exhibition will be on display concurrently at Eckert Art Gallery, Millersville University, and the exhibition then will travel to museums in Utah, Seattle, and Norway.   

Opening Reception: September 10, 2021, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Virtual Gallery Talk with Co-Curators: October 6, 2021, 5:00–6:00 p.m.,

Gallery Tour with Photo Collector Ron Perisho: October 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Reception to follow until 6:00 p.m.

Martin Puryear: Forty Years since Sentinel

September 8 – November 6, 2021

Opening Reception: September 10, 2021, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

In 1981, Gettysburg College commissioned African American artist Martin Puryear to create a work of art to commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the College’s founding, and in 1982, Puryear erected Sentinel. Since then, Puryear has come to be regarded as one of the most important contemporary American sculptors. Sentinel, one of Puryear’s first monumental outdoor sculptures,is an important part of Puryear’s legacy.  

For the first time at Gettysburg College, a working mold Puryear constructed in preparation for Sentinel and photographs of the 1982 installation will be on display. The exhibition, curated by Kolbe Summer Research Fellow Merlyn Maldonado ’22, will also include prints by Puryear that were recently acquired by the College and loaned from a private collection.

Shortly after graduating from Gettysburg College, Nicholas Micros ’82 assisted Puryear in installing Sentinel.  All are invited to log on to the virtual gallery talk, where Micros will discuss his time as a student at Gettysburg, the lessons learned from Puryear, and his own successful career as a sculptor.  

This exhibition is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Africana Studies, and EPACC, Gettysburg College.

Gallery Talk with Merlyn Maldonado Lopez ’22: September 10, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Gallery Talk with Nicholas Micros ’82: October 1, 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

About Schmucker Art Gallery

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Visitors must wear properly-fitting face masks. Please check here for information and updates about Gettysburg College’s Covid-19 protocols:

Schmucker Art Gallery offers meaningful and engaging experiences for the Gettysburg College community and surrounding region through diverse art exhibitions and related programming.  The Gallery is committed to fostering an enriching environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and inspires dialogue, creativity, and connection.  

Schmucker Art Gallery is located on the main floor of Schmucker Hall (conveniently located at the intersection of N. Washington and Water streets) and is fully accessible. Free parking is available in one of the visitor parking lots on campus, or free two-hour parking can be found on the streets adjacent to Schmucker Hall. The main entrance is through the quadrangle side of the building.  All events are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Building is accessible.

For more information, please contact Shannon Egan, Director of Schmucker Art Gallery, at or (717) 337-6125.

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