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Works By Job Corps Students Featured at Summer Art Festival

June 6, 2012

Jessup, PA artist,  Earl Lehman, and Professors Marietta Dantonio-Fryer and Helena Domenic, begin to judge the paintings which will be on view at the Art Festival in Biddle Hall Gallery this summer.

Jessup, PA artist, Earl Lehman, and Professors Marietta Dantonio-Fryer and Helena Domenic, begin to judge the paintings which will be on view at the Art Festival in Biddle Hall Gallery this summer.


The Job Corps Region 2 and 5 Regional Arts Festival is being held at Biddle Hall Gallery at Cheyney University from June 2 through August 3.  Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 am to 4:30 pm.  On view are 85 works of art in 11 categories,  including pastels/colored pencil/crayon, mixed media, oils/acrylic/watercolors, pencil/charcoal/ink, graphic design, textile/jewelry, photography, pottery, sculpture/2- and 3-dimensional design, and creative writing.


The art and writing work has been created by students of the Region 2 and 5 Job Corps program which involves 20,000 students from the region. The juried show was organized by Dan Curry, Region II Fine Arts Festival Coordinator for the Red Rock Job Corps Center.  Cheyney University professors Marietta Dantonio-Fryer and Helena Domenic and Jessup, PA artist Earl W. Lehman, judged the exhibition. The judges for Creative writing category were Susan Kim from Laurel, MD, Jennifer Hill from Edwardsville, PA and Larry Bassett from Williamsport, PA.

 According to Curry, “This student art was done independently as an after-school activity.  As the show indicates, their work is very impressive and reflects the talent these young people possess.”

The exhibition is part of a regional art festival which began in 1993 at Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia. This is the second year that Cheyney University is hosting the festival.”

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.