By: Page Olsen ’20, Staff Writer
The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery began its 25th season with the works of renowned and local artist, Daniel Massad.
On September 6th, the gallery held the opening reception of “A Theater of Things: The Work of G. Daniel Massad.” The exhibition features a wide range of Massad’s work created over the course of the past five decades, the majority of pieces being articulate still-life pastel drawings.
“A Theater of Things” also includes his most recent finished work, “Dafs.” According to Dr. Barbara McNulty, director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, his work is intended to tell a story and includes objects important to him. The exhibition is unique because it showcases his development.
“It’s rare to see Dan Massad’s early works, and this is the only time you get to see that,” Dr. Grant Taylor, professor of art and art history, said.
Since its beginning in 1994, Massad has assisted with the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery. Additionally, he has taught as an Artist-in-Residence at LVC.
McNulty expressed her gratitude for Massad, deeming him an “invaluable part of the department and gallery.” In her opening remarks at the reception, she addressed his renown.
“Even though Dan is local, his reputation far exceeds the bounds of Annville,” McNulty said.
Outside of the College’s gallery, numerous prestigious museums have exhibited Massad’s work, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
“A Theater of Things: The Work of G. Daniel Massad” will run until October 20th, 2019. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are on Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, 1-4:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.