Leadership Profile

Art Exhibition Reception:
January 22

Distant Shift Art Exhibition at Cedar Crest College about the ‘Aha’ Moments

Two artists who use vastly different media to create “atmospheric perspective”—or the suggestion of an image that isn’t clearly visible—will be featured in the next exhibition at Cedar Crest College titled, Distant Shift, from January 22 through February 22 in the Center for Visual Arts (formerly Lachaise Gallery) on campus, with an artist talk and reception on January 22, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free to the public.


Jury Smith, a native of New York, studied ceramics at Sanboa Ceramic Art Institute in China, and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Her work has been featured in museums and galleries all over the world, specifically in Europe and Asia, as well as across the United States. In August 2011, Smith’s work was chosen for the 6th World Ceramic Biennial in Korea at the Icheon World Ceramic Center. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include those at Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, 110 Church Gallery, Philadelphia, and Art:Sites, Riverhead, N.Y. Smith currently teaches visual art with a focus on ceramics and sculpture at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Abbey Ryan, a native of the New Jersey Shore, completed her undergraduate work in science and art at Arcadia University. Her paintings have been featured in publications such as O, the Oprah Magazine, Seth Godin’s bestseller, Linchpin: Are you Indispensible?, Brainard Carey’s Making It In the Art World, on FOX29’s “Good Day Philadelphia,” as well as in many museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Recent exhibitions include Average, a solo exhibition at Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia; Affinity, a four-person exhibition at Mt. Airy Contemporary Artists Space in Philadelphia; as well as group exhibitions in Atlanta, Sacramento, and Portland. Ryan currently works full-time in her studio in Philadelphia, teaches painting workshops, and is a visiting assistant professor at Arcadia University.

“As a college gallery, it’s important to bring a broad range of art experiences to our student body and community. With that in mind, the work of Jury Smith and Abbey Ryan fits right in,” said Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins. “Each artist is concerned with the subtle nuance of visual experience, and brings to their work a sensitivity to surface and layering that is an important demonstration of art practice.”

Gallery hours for the Distant Shift show are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments can also be made to view the exhibition. For information call 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.