'A Quarter Plus' exhibition features the work of Penn State York faculty member

There’s still time to see “A Quarter Plus,” an exhibition of 25 years of painting and drawing by Frederick C. Haag, associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York. The exhibition, at YorkArts, 10 N. Beaver St., York, Pa., is free and open to the public and runs through Aug. 3.

“The pieces in this show cover a span of over 25 years and encompass my major subject areas: the figure, the studio-interior, chairs and the still-life,” explained Haag. “My sensibility is autobiographical, so these pieces reflect my surrounding and experiences. I usually work from direct observation, but I also use memories and conversation as departure points,” he said.

Since 1987, Haag has taught a variety of classes at Penn State York, including art appreciation, drawing, design and painting. He augments traditional media with design software in the computer lab and has students design logos, ads and other materials for local community organizations. He also encourages his students to create blogs as showcases for their work as well as a place for ongoing artistic reflection. He serves as the adviser to the Visual Arts Club on campus and encourages students to display their work.

For the past 15 years, students in his class have created designs for the campus’ yearly Unity Day celebration. The campus community votes on the student entries and the winning design is featured on a T-shirt to commemorate the yearly event on campus, which celebrates diversity. 

Haag was raised in Pennsylvania and attended the University of the Arts (the Philadelphia College of Art) in Philadelphia, where he graduated with honors in 1984 with a bachelor of fine art in painting and drawing. He went on to earn a master of fine art in painting and drawing from Penn State.

Most recently, he earned a Best of Show in the 2013 Art Association of Harrisburg’s 85th annual International and Juried Exhibit. In 2012, he earned Best of Show in the Figuratively Speaking Exhibition at the Art Association Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pa. He also participated in an international juried exhibition of works on paper in summer 2011 at the 12 12 Gallery in Richmond, Va.

In addition to numerous awards for his artwork, Haag received the prestigious Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named a 2012 Penn State Teaching Fellow. Haag is one of only two recipients of this award from across the University. Established in 1988 by the Penn State Alumni Association, in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate governing bodies, the award honors distinguished teaching and provides encouragement and incentive for excellence in teaching. 

In 2003, Haag was honored with the James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn State York and in 2002 was named the recipient of the Penn State York Advising Award for his outstanding work with students. 

Recent exhibits include a three-person show at Gallery 234 in York, Pa., and the 85th International Juried Exhibition at the Art Association of Harrisburg. 

Other exhibits include artspace’s STRASSSENKUNST, an international exhibition of work inspired by graffiti, Richmond, Va.; the Art of the State, Harrisburg, Pa.; A Long Shadow: The Influence of Fairfield Porter, Villa Julie College Gallery; the National Midyear Show, Butler Institute of American Art, Chowan College, Murfreesboro, N.C.; the Washington and Jefferson College National Painting Show, the annual Maine-Maritime Flatworks Exhibition in Presque Isle; the River Walk Arts Festival, York, Pa.; the 2nd National Juried Exhibition, Faulty Beagle Gallery, Kunkletown, Pa; First Street Selects, First Street Gallery, New York City; the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh; and the DOSHI Gallery, Harrisburg, Pa.

Haag resides on a farm in York, Pa., with his wife, Marcy.

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Last Updated July 18, 2013