Category Archives: Art Work

Nights in Shining Amour

“Platonic Conception”, a brief introductory on three contemporary views of mimesis, will be hosted by Silvis Studio, an alternative space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, containing the works of Bonnie K. Mancini, Daniel Morgan Bengston, and Sam McCune. Please join them at 338 Berry Street, 2nd Floor (between South 5th & South 4th), on April 7, 2011 from 6-8pm.

Bonnie K. Mancini’s work deals with the subjective nature of relational psychology directly. By employing genograms, Mancini tracks her personal relationships and constructs tailored pictorial representations of them. Genograms were popularized in the mid-eighties and are now used in psychology, social work, genetic research, and education. By making public a coded primer of her relationships, Mancini toys with concepts of the the voyeuristic gaze through an abstracted medium, much the same way that people interact with each other via more traditional forms of communication. Contained within Mancini’s installation of genograms is the syntax for her ability to relate to others, and a need for expressing these relationships through a sublime experience.

Daniel Bengston Morgan works with the idiosyncrasies of modernism, translated through the physical forms of idealized constructs like the icosahedron, Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, and visualizations of atmospheric effects. Morgan uses this visual language of science, and discriminates the wanton hope of the high modern era from the utopian visions that are many times applied to it. In deference to Platonic thought, this “humanization” allows the idealized forms to be consubstantiated with the physical work, while never fully overlapping.

Samuel McCune explores the world by making. This tangibility and authority allows his work to carry a variety of subjects while still containing a signature quality. McCune weaves information, symbology, and materials into intricate, sacramental networks. Each of these networks must then be read like a research paper, referencing, extrapolating, and inferring great deals of data through a single form, which may then contain addenda for further perusal. This pursuance of “packing” a form with as much data as it can hold is an incredibly old struggle, connecting most major philosophical concerns in Western thought.

Platonic Conception will be on view from April 7-10 and will viewed by appointment. Please contact Daniel Swartz., #260-417-8846.

Thank you Crow and Ira for the photos!

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Biola celebrated National Women’s History Month with a women’s art exhibit, poetry readings and live music.

On Wednesday, March 10, Biola featured the artwork of 26 female students, staff and alumni in a special art exhibit entitled “process:::” as part of a series of events in “Pearls in Process: Celebrating the Creativity of Women,” Biola’s National Women’s History Month celebration. The exhibit was curated by Shannon Leith, professional photographer and 2009 Biola graduate. Pieces ranged from photography to paintings, collages to sculpture, but all of the work centered on the theme of exploring and celebrating the creative process. Leith shared personal reflections about the process of curating the show and invited Rachel Clark (Assistant Director of Residence Life and Ruby Slippers Committee memeber) to read a poem of blessing entitled “A Prayer.”*

Guests enjoyed complimentary vanilla lattes and coffee as the evening began with a special edition of “Readers Rites,” a poetry reading event featuring work by women and inspired by women. Following the official unveiling of the art exhibit, students, staff and alumni had the opportunity to listen to live music by Biola students Julia Peterson and Tavia Grubbs. Throughout the evening, guests were invited to participate in creating their own unique art, by writing about a woman who has inspired them and placing their dedication on trees, which will be featured at all remaining Women’s History Month events.

This first event of its kind inspired guests to explore their own God-given creativity and to bless those around them by sharing it.

Check out the full feature article on this event at the Whittier Daily News.

*A Prayer

God of possibilities…
help me stand in the reality…
…of what can be…
and what is available to me today.

Maker of difference…
help me embrace unqiueness…
…the parts of myself and all of us that are unmatched and beautiful…
…as they stand alone.

Creator of life…
help me stay alert…
…to receive the gift each day has to offer
…and all the way to my last breath.

God of light…
help me open to illumination…
…to see the pictures given
and to construct the inspired.


Victoria Smith

[original here]

Official Announcement

Women Artists Collaborate for Art Show “Process”

Exhibition at Biola University honors women and delves into the artist process

A final piece of artwork is as significant as the process it took to create the work. In honor of Women’s History Month, an all women artist exhibition, titled “Process,” will highlight just that — the process of creating a successful piece of art.

With nearly twenty artists and works ranging in mediums from photography and painting to ceramics and sculpture, the unique art exhibition focusing on the artists’s process will display the discipline each woman took when creating the work, revealing the progression of the piece and artist.

Curated by photographer and Biola alumnus Shannon Leith (’09), “Process” is rooted in the idea that an artist must discipline herself in the practice of making art, and the product will flow out of that commitment. “Process” is a key element in Biola’s series of events themed, “Pearls in Process,” celebrating the creativity of women.

The art exhibit will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 7 p.m. on the main floor of the Biola University library alongside activities that fully emerge attendees in the exhibition and the celebration of National Women’s History Month. Poetry will be read inspired by women and a special Heritage Room exhibit honoring women throughout Biola’s history will be revealed as well. With interactive art stations, live music and free vanilla lattes and iced mochas, the unveiling of “Process” will fully engage attendees.

About Shannon Leith
Shannon Leith is an artist who loves exploring the world with her camera. She is a proud Canadian citizen who moved to California at age 13. She received her BFA in photography from Biola University in 2009 and enjoys living and working in her pink vintage house in South Pasadena, Calif. Visit her website:

For more information, contact Jenna Bartlo, Biola University, Media Relations Coordinator at 562.777.4061 or through email at


(Photo by Erin Broughton)

ANNOUNCING: "process"

process :
an art exhibition celebrating national women’s month

Biola University Library
La Mirada, California

Opening Reception and Poetry Night
Wednesday, March 10, 7-10 pm

Curated by Shannon Leith

Featured Artists Include:

**Bonnie Mancini**

Summer Merritt

Kimberly Hocking

Ruthi Auda

Marisa Rountree

Janna Lotze

Megan Gonzalez

Jamie Bonilla

Runs March 10 – April 29, 2010

Pearls in PROCESS (I thank you)

Recently I have been able to observe some really lovely results of my being a part of the on-going community rooted at my Alma Mater. A couple weeks ago I was asked to help initiate a new chapter of our alumni association, which I am honored and happy to accommodate for, and this week it is looking like I will be able to send out some of my recent artwork for a special exhibit at the La Mirada campus.

Shannon Leith, pictured above, is curating an all-female exhibition for their observation of Women’s History Month. (Which will be a highlight event on the campus — third year running). Their theme this year is Pearls in Process. The theme of the exhibit is focusing more on “Process” which happens to be just the thing I have been thinking about in my work. So, if all goes well, I will have some documentation of my babies in action soon!

Thank you for all of those who have been so encouraging of my art, my career, and my “process”. You know who you are.