Thursday, July 23, 2015

Celebrating Kutztown's Bicentennial!

In celebration of Kutztown's Bicentennial, we are currently displaying art works depicting the lives of Kutztown's locals and businesses. 

Kutztown University Communication Design Seniors concentrating in illustration complete a half-semester course entitled Visual Essay, taught by Elaine Cunfer, in which the students use illustration as a medium for reportage.

TJ Walston - profile of Lester Sheetz, DeTurk Hardware

The work exhibited in the Eckhaus Gallery represents much of the artwork produced in this class over the past 2 years.

Local and businesses featured: Salon Joey, Rodale Institute, Topton Barbershop, Firefly Bookstore, Verna Dietrich (Dietrich Meats), The Kutztown Historical Society, The Sacred Oak, Bamboola, Crystal Cave, Uncle Joe's Pizza, Roadside America, Young One's, The Foliage Farm,  Kutztown's School Spirit, Mary, Lester Sheetz, Deturk Hardware, and the Bower's Chili Pepper Festival.

AJ Alayon - profile of Salon Joey

Students were assigned to create an illustration-based visual essay in a poster form.  These posters could profile any aspect of historical or cultural significance, a unique life experience, and/or and interesting person in Kutztown (or very local area) outside the traditional student microcosm.

Ryan Bittle - profile of Firefly Bookstore

Students were expected to go out into the local community and interview their subjects, as well as research life, culture, and folklore of their subjects.

Arren Dawinan - profile of the Kutztown Historical Society

Detail-Hannah Shepley - profile of Kutztown's School Spirit, Mary
Through creating these posters, students gained a new appreciation of their lives in Kutztown and the history of many of the businesses and buildings they see on a regular basis.  Please enjoy the fruits of their labor!

Jamie Basile - Rodale Institute

This exhibition will be open during the Kutztown Car Kruizz on Friday, July 25 from 3-7 PM, and during the Bicentennial Parade on Saturday, August 1 from 6-8 PM.  

For other available times, email Kutztown University's Gallery Director, Karen Stanford, at

For those of you unable to view the artwork during the open times, there are a few of the works posted in the windows as well!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Salon des Refuses!

Over the past week we welcomed the artwork of the Fine Arts seniors from Kutztown University! During the reception held on Sunday, April 12, we had a total of 260 people visit the gallery. Thank you to everyone that came out! Our next and final show is the Senior Craft Show, which will be up from April 19th until the 30th. Reception will be April 23rd from 5-9pm.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

MOONFLOWER by Erica Schreiner

Thank you to all who attended Erica's reception and came in to see the show! Here are some pictures of the show. Our next exhibition will be opening March 16th, with the reception March 27th at 5pm. More info to come!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review of Tiffanie Devos's show - Kelsey Heiss

Kelsey Heiss is a Professional Writing major at Kutztown University. This spring she has begun writing reviews of Eckhaus Gallery's exhibitions for the student paper.


Kutztown graduate Tiffanie Devos is currently showing her first solo exhibit “Call Mom”

at Eckhaus Gallery, which will be up until Saturday February 14th. Eckhaus is an entirely student-

run art gallery in downtown Kutztown, located at 157 W. Main Street (next to Pretzel

Revolution, across from Betty’s).

Devos graduated from Kutztown University in 2014 with a B.A. of Fine Arts. She works

in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation. “Call

Mom,” like much of Devos previous work, focuses on domestic life and its influence on the

inherent aspects within ourselves that we often don’t know the origin of; in the case of this show,

the effects of the maternal family.

The show consists of a collection of photographs, gelatin sculptures, a kitchen video

installation, and a “Mütter Haus” installation. The works all aim to show the contrast between

the domestic propaganda we have learned to accept, and modern feminist ideas. Devos’s gelatin

photographs pair formal portraits of gelatin molds with witty titles related to contemporary

women’s issues, contextualizing the photographs in a new way. As well in using gelatin, one of

Devos’s go-to subjects and something that has been traditionally domestic for decades, put

together with these alternative feminine issues, for example the subject of abortion, creates a new

circumstance for the item. Devos explained the work as “the idea of taking something and just

letting it be what it’s supposed to be,” but making it not as simple as it seems.

There is also a great feeling of familiarity and nostalgia throughout Devos’s show. While

the works are personal, and draw on her own experiences, Devos explained that she wants her

work to be “as relatable as possible to the viewer.” Many photographs of her family and

childhood were included in the show, but there is still a familiarity and a universal understanding

that the viewer is able to relate to in some way. We all have these “lineage-pushed, non-verbal

actions” projected on us as children, and they become a part of who we are as adults. For

example, Devos shared her personal experience of learning to use food as an ice-breaker from

her mother and grandmother. And as Devos explains, we often find ourselves living and acting in

a way where we don’t know how exactly we got to be this way, but it’s simply from years of this

inherent familial influence.

As “Call Mom” ends, Devos is taking some time to decide her next step. She has applied

to graduate schools, and while waiting to hear back she is working on developing her next body

of work. After exploring the maternal side of family, Devos is considering making a shift to the

paternal, something she is more unfamiliar with.  She also expressed interest in producing works

pertaining to motherhood and fertility, issues that are more personal and relatable to a young

woman in her early twenties.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015