2010-2012 – Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art @ The Gallery at Penn College

Posted on July 21, 2010
Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art
Traveling Art Show 2010-2012

First Stop: The Gallery at Penn College

July 22 – September 22, 2010

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 22, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, hosts “Full Deck,” a traveling exhibit of skateboard art on loan from the West Coast, through Sept. 22. An opening reception for the exhibit – an extraordinary medley of eye-popping color, unique self-expression and pungent social commentary – was held Thursday, July 22. “Full Deck” was organized by the Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, Calif. Summer hours at the gallery – in effect through July 31 – are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Regular hours, which resume Aug. 1, are 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. All exhibits are free and open to the public. The gallery will close Aug. 7 for commencement and Sept. 4-5 for Labor Day.

As skateboarding grew to encompass both sport and lifestyle, the importance of the skateboard as canvas increased. This traveling exhibition captures the dynamic art and style representative of skate culture from the 1960s to the present. Over 250 boards with images ranging from simple designs to intricate graphics are included in this anthology of skate art. The skateboards and a variety of photographs, art, and other memorabilia are on loan from some of the West Coast’s top skateboard designers, distributors, photographers, and professional skaters.

“The multi-media skate art community fosters a highly unique blend of graphics, painting, photography, video, music, stickers, magazine, and clothing … the eye-catching images on the bottom of these skateboards are one of the purest forms of self-expression: highly personal and mostly created without artistic boundaries—just like skateboarding itself.”
– Carrie Lederer, curator of exhibitions and programs, Bedford Gallery

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