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Northeastern Biennial 2015

Published: October 5, 2015

Marywood University Art Galleries

AFA Gallery

The Hope Horn Gallery, The University of Scranton

ArtWorks Gallery & Studio


Local galleries gear up for Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen –

the eighth juried exhibition presented in Lackawanna County 

Juried art show features $3000 in cash awards and four solo exhibition opportunities  NEB 2015 Card Front


SCRANTON, PA – 09/16/2015 – A steering committee made-up of members from Marywood University Art Galleries, AFA Gallery, The Hope Horn Gallery at The University of Scranton, and ArtWorks Gallery & Studio have been working together since early last year to bring about theNortheastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen to Lackawanna County.  The four galleries released a call for entries to artists who live and work within a 100-mile radius of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen is the largest recurring art exhibit held in Lackawanna County; it comprises work presented in four venues which will play host to hundreds of works of art by area artists.  The Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen provides the community a look at the current state of contemporary art in Scranton and surrounding communities,” said Sandra Ward Povse, Director of the Marywood University Art Galleries and one of the eight members of the steering committee.

Area artists are encouraged to participate in the juried exhibition.  “Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen offers artists more opportunities for prizes and awards than other juried exhibitions in the area; a total of four 1st place cash awards at $500 each, four 2nd place cash awards at $250 each, four honorable mentions and four one-person exhibits, one at each of the participating venues,” said Bill Teitsworth, Coordinator of ArtWorks Gallery & Studio.  Teitsworth explained that artists can submit work to be juried in four separate categories: painting; photography, mixed media and three-dimensional work.

This year the biennial is being juried by art dealer Hal Bromm, who opened Tribeca’s first contemporary art gallery in 1976, where “new talent” shows introduced Keith Haring and David Salle to appreciative collectors long before they became well-known. He established Hal Bromm Art and Design in Manhattan and spent several years between New York and London as managing director for an English furniture design studio. In the 1980’s Bromm opened a satellite gallery in the East Village, and continues exhibiting national and international artists.  He has also curated and promoted exhibitions in Key West and commissions for the Key West Art in Public Places and the Studios of Key West.  Bromm has taught at the School of Visual Arts and worked with civic, planning, preservation, and arts organizations as an historic preservationist, designer, real estate developer.  Along with prominent New York residents including Edward Albee, Robert DeNiro and James Rosenquist, Bromm lobbied for the designation of Tribeca as an historical district, and published The Texture of Tribeca, an award-winning book.

Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen will be open to the public from October 17 to November 12, 2015 at the four venues concurrently – the Mahady Gallery at Marywood University, AFA Gallery, The Hope Horn Gallery at The University of Scranton, and ArtWorks Gallery & Studio.  Award recipients will be announced at a reception on October 17, 2015.  The awards presentation will be conducted by Erika Funke, host of WVIA Radio’s ArtScene program.  The entire event as well as the award ceremony will be open to the public.

The Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen is generously supported by a grant from the Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture, a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick O’Malley, and Edward G. Staback.

For additional information on this press release or the event, please contact:

Sandra Ward Povse,

Nicole Rogai, 570-207-1815

Melissa Carestia,

Dr Darlene Miller-Lanning,


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