The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT — Lycoming College will host “The Confluence of a Relocated Past,” an art exhibition by photographer and digital artist Stephen Marc, in the Art Gallery in Snowden Library Jan. 16-Feb. 16. An opening reception and gallery talk for the show will be held on Jan. 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Marc also will be an artist-in-residence at the college Jan. 28-31.
Marc will use the residency as an opportunity to continue his work with the Lycoming community to discover more about the area’s black history. Marc first began working with Lynn Estomin, art professor, and Lycoming art majors in 2003, when he collaborated with them for the “Freedom Bound” public art project. This initial collaboration resulted in five large-scale banners comprised of images from local Underground Railroad sites being unveiled on the front of Wegmans Food Market.
During his upcoming stay, Marc plans to document the history of the area’s African-American families with the help of Estomin; Lycoming students; Michael Darough, Lycoming visiting professor of art; Rachel Hungerford, retired professor; and students from Williamsport Area High School and the Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Actions (CAPPA). Participants will learn to record family histories, perform oral histories, preserve stories of older family members and preserve family photographs and other memorabilia. Each participant will create a digital collage with family photographs and stories. Community members interested in participating in the project may contact Estomin at Estomin@lycoming.edu.
The efforts will fall under the umbrella of Marc’s larger artistic investigations of black culture, which include explorations of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, black pioneers in the West and 19th and early 20th century Black Americana stereotypical representations from postcards, illustrated newspapers, magazines and trade card advertisements.