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Wilson Exhibits Work of Harrisburg Artist

Posted: September 1, 2011

Aug. 30, 2011
CONTACT: Philip Lindsey, Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3305

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, to mark the opening of Mary Hochendoner, an exhibit of paintings by the Harrisburg artist of the same name. The exhibit, presented by Wilson’s Department of Fine Arts and Dance, will continue through Oct. 14 in the Bogigian Gallery, which is located on the second floor of Lortz Hall.

Hochendoner’s work is inspired by visions near and far. Her travels have taken her to Europe, Asia and Mexico, where her thought has been informed by the realization that commonplace items can appear strange and new when seen through fresh eyes.

Hochendoner studied under legendary Harrisburg artist Maya Schock, who introduced her to the Color Field painters. Her current work has what she calls a “dreamy ambiguity, which dances with classic formality.” She says she likes to develop imagery that “appears suggesting the reality of emptiness and the illusion of form.”

Hochendoner has exhibited extensively since the 1970s. Most of her shows have been in the Mid-Atlantic, concentrating in the Harrisburg area; however, she has exhibited as far south as Florida. She has won numerous awards including a top prize for drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy, a Grand Award for Visual Arts from the Pennsylvania Women in the Arts, and a Mayor’s Award for Distinguished Public Service for the city of Harrisburg. Her work is also held in public and private collections across Pennsylvania.

Bogigian Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For additional information or appointment, contact Philip Lindsey at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3305.


Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2010-11 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs was 796 and included students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

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Last Updated: September 1, 2011