Home Campus Directory | A-Z Index

Artwork Depicts Student’s View of Rhetoric

Artwork of Ophelia M. Chambliss
9/14/2007 —

The artwork of Ophelia M. Chambliss is on display in Penn State York’s Lee R. Glatfelter Library through Dec. 18.  The exhibit “Rhetorical Concepts in Visual Format” is a series of visuals which began from thumbnail sketches and doodles in Chambliss’ notebook during a rhetoric class at Penn State York.   The works are representations of the rhetorical concepts studied in a rhetoric class taught by Jane Sutton, associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State York.

“Rhetoric was a foreign concept to me and illustrating the visuals has helped me grasp a greater understanding and appreciation of the concepts.  I believe that the images were also helpful in helping others to understand the concepts as well,” said Chambliss, Penn State York student and fine artist.  “Being an artist, right-brained thinker, grasping the complex concepts of rhetoric was better understood when translating them into images that could be applied to multiple situations," she said.

The images in the exhibit are abstract and to the viewer appear like an assemblage of curves and colors.  With the explanation, which accompanies each of the paintings, Chambliss hopes the viewer can better decipher the content.

Chambliss has worked as a professional designer, graphic artist, and art director in the educational publishing industry.  Originally from Chicago, IL, she relocated to York, PA, in 2000.  Chambliss is a full-time student at Penn State York pursuing a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences.  She also is a practicing fine artist  and an adjunct professor at York College of Pennsylvania.  Chambliss has an extensive show that catalogs her history as a much displayed and celebrated fine artist who has exhibited throughout the country.  In addition to a number of solo and group shows, she has shown with some notable artists over the years and has participated in a number of distinguished juried shows.

Exhibit hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 - 6 p.m.

Email this story to a friend Facebook Twitter