ABSENCE: A Celebration of the Arts 2015

ABSENCE: Penn State Greater Allegheny's Literary & Visual Art Review announces its 2015 “A Celebration of the Arts: A Reading & Reception for Volume 17,” on Thursday, April 30, from 7-9 p.m. in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center, with a 6 p.m. performance by the Campus Band.

Published by the student-operated Penn State Greater Allegheny Press, ABSENCE is a high-quality literary and visual arts review of 100 plus pages on paper for the campus and surrounding community. The Review’s goal is to provide all full- and part-time students, faculty, staff, and alumni with a shared venue for their creative endeavors, to generate interest in the arts, and to prepare students for careers in academia, publishing and journalism, and document design.   

The event will feature a showing of studio art produced by Penn State Greater Allegheny students. It will also celebrate the arts with a live performance from the campus choir, directed by Doretta Whalen, adjunct instructor in Music.  The 10th annual Chancellor’s Prizes for the Best Literary and Visual Art will be awarded by Nancy Herron, interim chancellor. This event is free and open to the public. Complementary copies of this year's issue, Volume 17, will be available in print for the first time.

“We are excited to reveal this year’s Review.  The art is exceptional and the student editors have spent a great deal of time and effort on this publication,” said Clifford Manlove, associate professor of English and ABSENCE faculty adviser since 2002.  “The reception will celebrate their accomplishments as well as the talents of all of the artists involved.”

The student editors, led by Editor-in-Chief Chuck Taylor (2014 bachelor of art in English), invited faculty, staff, students, and alums of the campus to submit their poetry, short fiction and nonfiction, essays, photography, visual art, etc. for consideration for Volume 17. A “blind submission” process is used by the student editorial board to evaluate each work. All student submissions were eligible for consideration for the Chancellor’s Prizes.

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Last Updated April 29, 2015