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Cheyney University Announces Its Annual Faculty Art Exhibition

Cheyney University announced the opening of its annual Faculty Art Exhibition on Tuesday, September 14th from 4PM to 7PM.

Cheyney, PA, September 14, 2010 --( The exhibition will be on display at the University’s main campus in Biddle Hall. The art show is the first of its kind at Cheyney University. The exhibition will run from September 14, 2010 through Friday, October 1, 2010 and features the work of Cheyney University’s art faculty: Professor Marietta Dantonio-Fryer, Professor Joel Keener, Professor Helena Domenic, Professor Maya Winters and Professor LaTriece Branson.

Professors Fryer, Keener, Domenic and Winters all teach Fine Art Courses and Professors Keener and Branson teach in the newly established and exciting Graphic Design major. All five professors are professional artists with impressive exhibition records. Each professor brings their own area of expertise and knowledge to the department, and each professor has an exciting and unique style – something for every one of Cheyney’s students to find interesting.

For more information on the art exhibition, contact Professor Helena Domenic at or by telephone at (610) 399-2334.

About Cheyney University
Cheyney University is the nation’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. It is also the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Now celebrating its 26th year, PASSHE comprises Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities, with a combined enrollment of more than 112,500, making it the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. At its inception, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania successfully provided free classical education for qualified young people, and today the university offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 disciplines and six master’s degree programs. For more information, please visit the website at

About Cheyney University’s Faculty
Marietta Dantonio-Fryer graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Art Education. She holds two MS degrees from Marywood University and Cheyney University with graduate work from Widener University, Wilmington University, and the American Holistic Institute of Theology. Marietta is Chairperson of the Humanities and Arts department, Professor of Art at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania holding the title of Lindback Distinguished Educator 2005-2006. She attributes much of her success to her wonderful loving family and friends and to her undergraduate and graduate education. Role models of excellence inspired her to follow her dream to help others express themselves through the arts. In 1998 she was awarded Art Educator of the year for the state of Delaware, and most recently won the prestigious Citation award of excellence from Kutztown University.

Joel Keener is an Associate Professor of Art at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor at Wilmington University, Delaware for art and design. He is a published author, artist, photographer, sculptor, and graphic designer. After serving six years in the Navy (three in Viet Nam) he pursued his education earning a BS degree in Studio Art from Skidmore College and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1980 to 1998 Joel instructed in the private sector and from 1997 to 2000 he taught a discipline-based art curriculum which he co-authored in a level five maximum secure facility for teenage boys. In 2000 Joel was hired by two institutions of Higher Education as adjunct faculty and in 2003 was hired full time at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania where he has received his second master’s degree. He co-authored a new degree program in Graphic Design and is training to be certified for online instruction. He has created several websites for clients as well as his own online art gallery.

Helena Domenic is an Assistant Professor and Gallery Curator at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. She is an accomplished painter who has shown her work in Philadelphia, New York, across the United States and in Egypt and South Africa. Professor Domenic’s areas of expertise are in African Art, 19th Century Romantic Art, Watercolor, and Art and the Sacred. She lectures regularly at conferences about art and the sacred, painting, and installation at both academic and healing arts venues. Her interests include antiquities from all cultures, African studies and Nubian studies in particular. Since her arrival at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Professor Domenic has curated several gallery shows for Biddle Hall Gallery, including the White Ribbon Show, a show designed to bring awareness to domestic violence through works of art by national artists and Cheyney University students. In addition to her curatorial duties, she also serves as an advisor to the Fine Art Honor Society of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

LaTreice V. Branson is an Assistant Professor at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and guest lecturer at Harcum College. She first came to Cheyney University of Pennsylvania on scholarship in the Keystone Honor’s Academy. As an undergraduate student, LaTreice was the founding President of the National Education Division Art Education Association Fine Art Honor Society.

Contemporary artist and Professor, Maya Camille Winters is currently an Adjunct Professor at Cheyney University. Winters completed her undergraduate studies at West Chester University. Shortly after the completion of her BFA degree, Winters completed her MFA degree at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her exhibition history spans from local Philadelphia and Chester County galleries to regional and national showings. She has received recognition from international contemporary artist Kara Walker in a juried exhibition setting. Maya Camille Winters continues to exhibit her paintings on a national scale.

Contact Information
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Bernette Wright
(610) 399-2000

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