SCRANTON, PA (October 6, 2016)- Millions of pounds of “trash” are discarded around the world on a daily basis. Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art is a proactive response to the growing concern for human impact on the environment. This traveling exhibition opens on Thursday, November 10, 2016, in the Mahady Gallery, located in the Shields Center for Visual Arts, at Marywood University, and features work by artists who answered a challenge to reclaim rusted automobile hubcaps and transform them into their own statements. Not only are these metal scraps saved from the landfill, but they are repurposed to convey creative and political messages about consumption in American culture.


Second Time Around features unique selections from Landfillart, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that solicited artists from around the world to transform discarded hubcaps into fine art. These global artists have answered founder and artist Ken Marquis’s call to action. The “metal canvases” serve to empower artists with a message to incite creative thinking and problem solving for environmental issues. In turn, visitors are confronted with new perspectives of the material culture we live in. For example, Artist Marla Mclean’s piece, Witness, uses avian and reflective motifs to inspire viewers to recall their own involvement with the natural world from the viewpoint of a sparrow. In addition, Second Time Around features works by David Medley, Rick Dethlefsen, and Noel Molloy that will intrigue and inspire audiences to approach their own relationship to the natural world in a fresh way.


The opening reception will be Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 4 p.m. The gallery talk, Repurposing and Fine Art, a Conversation with Ken Marquis, curator and founder of Pennsylvania-based nonprofit Landfillart, Inc., will be Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 3 p.m. The Mahady Gallery is located on the first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts. The gallery is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1- 4p.m. Additional information about the exhibition and the gallery can be found at


With a powerful message of environmental awareness, Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art is an exhibition that highlights a creative, thought-provoking alternative to mindless consumption. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small and mid-sized communities every year. More information is available at and