Seton Hill College to Exhibit Works by Josefa Filkosky
A former professor of art of Seton Hill, Filkosky had sculptures in many national and regional collections. Filkosky bequeathed her collection to the College upon her death in 1999. Many of these works will be exhibited together for the first time, providing an historical overview of her work.
During the course of the exhibition at Seton Hill College, a silent auction of many of the exhibited sculptures and maquettes will be held, providing an opportunity for collector and the general public to purchase Filkosky’s artwork.
Also on display in February in the Back Gallery will be drawings and clay sculptures of New York artist David Pecker, in an exhibition titled Boats and Other Machines. Pecker will present a gallery talk about his work during the reception on Friday, February 9th.
Filkosky joined Seton Hill College as an instructor in 1955. She was named assistant professor of art in 1963; she advanced to associate professor of art in 1969, and became professor of art in 1976. Filkosky served two terms as department chair in the Seton Hill College art department and was named the College’s Professor of the Year in 1993. Filkosky was the senior member of the Seton Hill College faculty and held the title of “Grand Marshall” at all public College functions.
Several of Filkosky’s sculptures are featured throughout the Seton Hill College campus. In addition, “Soaring Forms in Red” was installed in May 1999 in the permanent collection of “Pyramid Sculpture Park,” in Hamilton, Ohio. Filkosky’s was the first woman’s sculpture to be featured in the collection. Also, her work, “Red-Winged,” a sheet aluminum interior wall relief, was purchased by ALCOA for its Merwin Research Center and her sculpture titled “Pipe Dream IV” was on “semi-permanent display” in Pittsburgh’s Gateway Center for a number of years. Filkosky’s was the first outdoor work to receive such status.
All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday- Thursday 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Fridays 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Carol Brode, Director of the Harlan Gallery at 724-830-1071.