Marywood University to host “Stretch” Creativity Conference

SCRANTON, PA (April 11, 2016)-Marywood University will host its annual “Stretch: The Creativity Conference,” on Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 1-4 p.m., at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life in the McGowan Community Room. This event is open to the public. General registration fee is $10; $5 for students and Northeastern Pennsylvania American Advertising Federation (NEPA AAF) members. The program is approved for four ACT 48 professional development hours for educators.

The Creativity Conference at Marywood University offers artists; illustrators; graphic designers; undergraduate and graduate students; fans of comics, books, and art; advertising professionals; and educators the opportunity to learn about contemporary design and illustration, develop an understanding of design challenges on a national and international level, an appreciation for the work of art and design leaders, and knowledge to inspire their own work or the work of their students.

The “Stretch” Creativity Conference at Marywood University will feature four guest speakers, including Arlen Schumer, Cole Hastings, Jamie B. Hannigan, and Matthew Gorton.

Arlen Schumer is an award-winning comic book-style illustrator for the advertising and editorial markets, a member of The Society of Illustrators and a recognized expert on American popular culture-ABC-TV’s 20/20 called him “one of the country’s preeminent authorities on comics and culture,” and Comic Book Artist magazine said he was “one of the more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book art in America.” His comic book art history book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art(Archway Publishing), won the independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book.

Cole Hastings makes bespoke and small batch home furnishings utilizing a combination of advances manufacturing technologies and traditional crafts techniques. He grew up in Philadelphia and earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in crafts from Kutztown University. Currently, he is finishing his master’s thesis at Maine College of Art, while also running a design company in Scranton, Pa.

Jamie B. Hannigan is a native of Northeast Pennsylvania with a background in a variety of digital and physical arts. By day, she is director of digital media at JVW Inc., Scranton, Pa., where she focuses on graphic design, web development, and animation. Outside of the office, Jamie pursues her interests in photography, jewelry making (sometimes with the aid of a 3D printer), and paper art, with an emphasis on book sculptures. Her work has been commissioned across the country, most recently by DePaul University, Chicago, Ill.

Matthew Gorton is a mechanical-materials engineer by education and has worked as a design, process, and quality engineer in the medical, electronics, and aerospace industries. He is enthusiastic about applying all he has learned through these experiences to 3D printing and sharing that with others. He is the founder

To register for the “Stretch” Creativity Conference by mail with a check or credit card, please mail to Professional Continuing Education, c/o Marywood University, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pa., 18509. For fax registrations, transmit information to (570) 961-4798. To register by phone with Visa, Master Card, or Discover, call (570) 340-6060. For additional information about the “Stretch” Creativity Conference at Marywood University, please call Sue Reilly, director of professional continuing education, at (570) 348-6292, or email