Schuster Gallery

  • Art for the Spirit

    Art for the Spirit by E.N. Rutkowski

    Reception: Gallery Night Friday March 9, 7-10 p.m.

    Refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs through April 10, 2018.

    This retrospective exhibition celebrates a glimpse into the work of Eugene Rutkowski, (1936-1973) liturgical artist of Pittsburgh, PA during the late 1960s and 70s.

    The works not only reflect Rutkowski’ s personal artistic/religious views but also hint of the societal changes taking place at that time. Traditional views on race, religion, war, love and sexuality were all being questioned. Even the Catholic Church experienced Vatican II, which addressed relations between the church and the modern world. This questioning influenced the liturgical art world through techniques, point of view and materials.

    Rutkowski’ s art took a new look at ancient scripture, a new and more abstract view of God when compared to the traditional representational and renaissance view seen in most Catholic churches. Controversial 50 years ago, they still simply and beautifully portray the scriptural messages of hope, love and faith. 

    Rutkowski attended Carnegie Mellon University for art and design and was prolific in the Western Pennsylvania region where he resided. His modernistic views of traditional scripture were making national ripples when his life was tragically cut short at the age of 37, possibly due to the new synthetic materials being experimented with by artists of the time. Rutkowski lived his faith.  He was a devoted family man to his wife, Barbara, and five children Leon, Lori, Dina, Michael and Matthew. His eldest daughter, Lori, followed in his footsteps and made art her career as well. She is currently the director of Gannon’s Schuster Arts Gallery and Programs.

    We hope you enjoy these images that represent ancient truths, questions and stories in a different way. As a Catholic University, Gannon believes this retrospective offers the viewer examples of faith, artistic leadership, and inclusiveness.  

    2017-2018 Exhibits

    CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH 

    Lake Erie Fiberarts Guild

    The Lake Erie Fiberarts Guild is a group of artists creating original work  in  fiber. This vibrant and exciting group, which formed in 1998, consists of artists from New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio
    Sept 5 - Nov 5
    Reception GALLERY NIGHT Friday Sept 22, 7 - 10 pm

    THE CHRISTMAS SHOW Photo 

    CompetitionThriving and Surviving in Uncertain Times

    Global Admissions and Outreach

    OPEN TO ALL Gannon Students for details contact Office of Global Support and Student Engagement. Submit all photos as a .jpg to steadman005@gannon.edu   by  Oct 27. Limit  of  3 entries  per  person
    Nov 10 - Jan 25
    Reception *GALLERY NIGHT Friday Dec 1, 7 - 10 pm

    ART OF THE SPIRIT 

    The Liturgical art of E. N. RUTKOWSKI

    45 years later, an exhibition of this Pennsylvania Artist Jan 30 - April 10
    Reception *GALLERY NIGHT Friday March 9, 7 - 10 pm

    GANNON ARTS Spirit of Gannon

    Gannon Students/Community showcase their works where Gannon students help with the workings of this exhibition
    APRIL 15 - May 10
    Reception Thurs. APRIL 26, 5 - 7 pm *meet the artists

  • Location

    Center for Communication and the Arts
    700 Peach Street
    Erie, PA
    Hours: Tuesday - Friday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. )

    Lori Steadman, Director

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