Events at the Eckert Art Gallery

In addition to regular gallery talks, receptions, and class visits, the Eckert Art Gallery occasionally hosts special events for the campus and wider Lancaster communities.

Upcoming Events

Distant Neighbors Gallery Talk
Thursday April 8, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
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This event will focus on the artworks in the exhibition, from each artists’ perspective. Gallery Director Heidi Leitzke will share images from the gallery as eight artists talk about their work. This will be followed by a time of Q&A and conversation with guests.

Creating & Sustaining Artist Run Galleries Panel Discussion
Friday April 9, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom
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This panel discussion will explore the ways that Artist Run Spaces can build community and create opportunities. Alex Paik, Founder and Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid (TSA), a non-profit network of artist-run spaces, will join exhibiting artists who are members of TSA in cities across the country, to provide insight on unique ways artists have approached forming and growing this non-profit.

Family Day - Microworlds by Genetic Moo

Family DayFebruary 8, 2020

The Eckert Art Gallery welcomed kids of all ages to its first public Family Day. Visitors played in the Microworld, a digital ecosystem created with art, science and technology. Made by Genetic Moo, a London based artistic and creative-coding duo, this immersive exhibition was filled with tiny and large creatures called Animats, Sunstars, and Aeroplankton. They were programmed by the artists to respond to the movements, sounds and colors of gallery visitors, who would set off complex chains of action and reaction which often replicate the life-cycles of organisms.

The Eckert Art Gallery collaborated with their friends at the Lancaster Science Factory who provided fun and educational STEAM activities. Millersville University students helped host the event and shared kid-friendly snacks with guests. It was a fun, inter-generational day full of art, laughter and learning.

Sharif Bey - 2019-20 Conrad Nelson Fellow

Sharif BeyOctober 23, 2019

Sharif Bey’s functional and sculptural ceramic work explores themes of personal and cultural identity through notions of ritual, function, power and ornamentation. Dr. Sharif Bey is an Associate Professor of Art at Syracuse University. His work is featured in public collections including numerous United States Embassies, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery-Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art.

About the Conrad Nelson Fellow
The Conrad Nelson Fellow is an internationally recognized artist selected annually to give a public talk about their work and interact with students through classroom visits and critiques of their work. The Conrad Nelson Fellowship affords an exceptional opportunity for students to meet and have their work assessed by acclaimed, established artists. The Conrad Nelson Fellowship is produced in conjunction with the Department of Art & Design.

A Home for the Rain - Stacy Levy

Stacy Levy InstallationOctober 3, 2019

Stacy Levy works with nature, within the built environment, to make its ecological story visible. Her studio is based in rural Pennsylvania, but she works on projects around the world. Levy is currently working on a project with the City of Lancaster and will be sharing insights into her process for integrating art into sustainable rainwater management practices

Funded in part by the Millersville University Positive Energy Fund

Amy Sherald - 2018-19 Conrad Nelson Fellow

Amy SheraldFebruary 19, 2019

Amy Sherald received her MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art (2004) and BA in Painting from Clark-Atlanta University (1997), and was a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence in Portobelo, Panama (1997). Known for her stylized portraits of African Americans, in 2016, Sherald was the first woman to win the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition; an accompanying exhibition, The Outwin 2016, was on tour through August 2018. In February 2018, Sherald unveiled her official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama, commissioned for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

About the Conrad Nelson Fellow
The Conrad Nelson Fellow is an internationally recognized artist selected annually to give a public talk about their work and interact with students through classroom visits and critiques of their work. The Conrad Nelson Fellowship affords an exceptional opportunity for students to meet and have their work assessed by acclaimed, established artists. The Conrad Nelson Fellowship is produced in conjunction with the Department of Art & Design.