zombie ant experience
Working with Project Designers, Daryl Branford and Resident Artist, Talley Fisher, I assisted their team with design and production of the Zombie Ant Experience Exhibit for their initial display at the Millennium Science Center at Penn State.
photo by Patrick Mansell
Southern Tioga School District Library Renovation x 2
WORKED WITH TEAM MEMBERS: ROSE CAMERON, SPUD MARSHALL & CHRISTIAN BAUM
My part: Design and construction oversight of Pineapple Pod (Liberty), Wave shelving unit (Liberty), Wine Rack wall shelves (Liberty), wall nook seats (Mansfield), rolling bookshelf pods (Mansfield) and co-designed "Discover" Mural (Mansfield). Both the wine rack and rolling bookshelf pods were up-cycled using their old bookshelf materials.
"Perhaps one of if not the most ridiculous projects as of late... renovating 2 libraries 30 minutes apart with a modest/limited budget, 120+ volunteers + students, 6000+ square footage, and an insane amount of engineering + customization!... All in under 1 week from ideation with faculty + students, to design + engineering on the fly, to project coordination + completion.
"Of course some detailing left to do, but the faculty, school district and community in Tioga is excited and willing.
"Rarely do we get to see complete freedom to roam as designers and change-agents. A huge thanks to the trust and willingness of this community to put all their cards on the table, take a risk and see the countless smiles of their students come to life knowing their teachers and mentors are constantly working for them."
The Corporate Ladder
25 ft x 8 ft x 6 inches
Aluminum and Wood
25 ft x 8 ft x 6 inches
Aluminum and Wood
FEATURED PROJECT : 800,000 Acknowledge. Remember. Renew.
2004 - 2006
800,000, about the Rwandan genocide, is a meticulously rendered installation featuring hundreds of thousands of hand prints, provided by the participants and, bound into hundreds of hand sewn books which reside in coffin like boxes. This artist is willing to devote resources to the needs of others and to raise awareness around a difficult issue in a selfless manner. Equally as difficult is it to find an artist who not only has the true interests of the community he is serving in mind but is sensitive to the needs of that community and responds in an effective manner.
Lonnie Graham - Professor, Penn State School of Visual Arts
This installation is available for display. Please contact the artist for exhibition inquiries.
New Day Rooster Series
Roosters call us to a new day. Are you seeing new opportunity, or entering a new season either personally or professionally?
I know I am. 2017 began with a bang. These drawings are a playful reminder of this "new day."
2017 - Mural Concept
I've been making ties lately. Small fused glass versions. Large and small wooden ones. Others in steel and aluminum.
But, what's in a tie? The history of the necktie, stemming from this 17th century neck decor, moving to military regiment demarkation, then high-class, power business garb, then somewhat fading away, though still a sign of 'dignity,' marks the ambling path of style.
I recall the days I made the choice to wear ties. I looked to take myself a bit more seriously, and began to define myself, stylistically, with this icon. It didn't help me age, but it helped me mentally age. Granted, there are still those young guys who seem ridiculous in a tie... shirt wrinkly, pretty much totally unkempt... save that they're wearing a tie. But, as I reflect on the impact donning a tie had on me, it makes me wonder why others wear ties. For access? For a job? Because you have to? Because you think you have to? Is it an act? Or is it 'you'? The adage, 'perception is reality' comes to mind. Some might view wearing a tie as succumbing to 'the system.'
Costume vs reality. The wearing of a costume to 'portray' an idea of oneself helps us become the version of ourselves we want to be. We take on that 'role,' however it is still our life... our reality.
It may be the simple thing of wearing a tie... but it helped me look at my life differently. Shifting that small action... The choice to wear a tie or not.
Changing neighborhoods...So, follow me here... Given the mindset shift that can happen from wearing a tie, I began to think about depressed neighborhoods, blighted regions; and wondered what conversation could be stirred up about self identity, or rather regional identity, and what sort of 'necktie' could help cause a regional, self-perception shift.
I haven't settled on an answer, but simply want to begin this conversation... and get your take on neckties.
Feel free to share your necktie story, I'd love to hear it. Did it change you? Are you adamantly against wearing ties? Is not wearing a tie some sort of retirement rite.
STATE COLLEGE, PA, 2016
In collaboration with Marisa Vicere and the Jana Marie Foundation, the artist completed this installation of 144 balloons on the side of a parking deck, representing the estimated deaths by suicide across PA during the month of September. September has been dubbed Suicide Prevention Month. This piece called attention to the fragility of life, that once air is gone, the life is lost.
It was later found that a suicide was prevented the night prior to this installation on this very parking deck.
The Daily Collegian
The Blue Rider
William began a series of Vespa artwork and sculptures in 2014. These two similar sculptures are 16' tall aluminum pop versions of the face of the scooter.
Tyrone, PA, 2013
This mural was a part of the Joshua House community day projects. William world with the Tyrone-Snyder Library board of directors to approve the image, and instructed the group of teens lead by Tommie Murray to paint the mural.
"Mr. Snyder worked on a mural project for the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library with teenagers from a community service day camp at Joshua House. He was very receptive to suggestions from library staff and trustees for the project, and with the collaboration of the kids in the camp and their counselor, he completed an amazing, vibrant mural for our children's room in just one week. His artwork completely transformed the children's room in our library, and made it extra special for the families that visit the library."
Jessica Ford Cameron
Tyrone-Snyder Public Library
2009 installation concept
10,000 die-cut, daffodil shaped notecards.
The poem Daffodils by William Wordsworth has always stuck with me. I was moved by the final notion of visual impact, and the importance of seeing and absorbing to recall and reflect.
I also am delighted by the sense that 10,000 daffodils in his poem is some infinite quantity, and yet the actual size of 10,000 daffodils is containable.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.