Until the end of the month, Westmoreland County Community College is hosting an art exhibit honoring two faculty and campus leaders who have helped develop programs at the school.
The exhibition, titled “Founders”, features works by Gregory Lee Hricenak and Robert Myers. It will be on display in the Science Innovation Center art gallery on the Youngwood campus until October 29. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
A reception is scheduled for Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the gallery.
The two helped develop art programs at WCCC, starting in 1977 when Hricenak joined the college. Myers joined the faculty in 1983. They have collaborated in establishing several arts degree programs.
In the late 1970s, Hricenak established a graphics department at WCCC with the aim of providing in-house graphics design and production. He also developed the associate degree program in graphic arts.
Myers created the multimedia associate’s degree program.
Hricenak and Myers worked together to create an associate’s degree in commercial art. Myers then worked with Associate Art Professor Kathy Dlugos to develop the Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts (AFA). WCCC then added options in art therapy, graphic design and studio art.
Hricenak’s vision of teaching art students how to build careers with creative skills continues with WCCC’s partnership with Bridgeway Creative Business Accelerator “to ensure career paths for students through degree programs, internships , mentoring and networking, ”according to the school.
Hricenak died in 2004, aged 57.
Myers is retired but remains active in the college’s art programs.