May 27 – September 11, 2016
Reception: Tuesday May 31, 5–7pm
**This will be a shared reception with the Art Alley exhibit.
Kiana Honarmand’s work focuses on issues related to her cultural identity, especially the treatment of women in Iran’s society, the male gaze, censorship, and surveillance. These are difficulties that everybody living in Iran, especially women, must deal with on a daily basis.
Growing up in Iran, Honarmand felt stuck between tradition and modernity, as did many others in her generation. Iran had already been westernized before the 1979 revolution changed the culture to a more religious and traditional one. She explores and finds inspiration in the differences between the Mille East, where she grew up, and the West, where she lives now. Merging the imagery of her past with her new cultural environment allows her to address the Western perception of the Middle East.
Honarmand is a conceptual artist; all of the aesthetic and technical decisions she makes are driven by her concepts and ideas. She employs photography as her primary medium, but also includes sculpture, painting, and collage as a means to convey her ideas. She also often incorporates a number of modern technologies, such as laser cutters, CNC routers, 3D scanners, and 3D printers.
Kiana Honarmand was born in Iran and moved to the United States in order to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree from Penn State, which she completed in 2014. She has exhibited her work both in the United States and internationally. Currently Honarmand resides in Pennsylvania.
June 7 – September 7, 2016
Reception: Thursday June 16, 5–7pm
Examples of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism supplemented by videos and informational charts provide the viewer with a crash-course in European Art History. The featured paintings, all completed by one very adaptive painter, closely mimic the painting styles of the ‘greats’, including Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Salvador Dali, René Magritte, and many others.
Wolfgang and Brigitte’s collection of fine art copies began while the two were living in China. During a trip to one of the numerous Chinese art markets, the couple came across a talented young artist. Wolfgang asked her to copy one of his favorite Picassos. Shortly after, the three worked together for almost 5 years to produce around 100 paintings of various artists and movements.
Wolfgang Gunter, a native of Cologne, Germany, received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cologne in 1976. His thirty year career in the chemical industry took him around the world, from Germany to Brussels, to the United States and China. After retiring in 2003, he returned to the United States with his wife Brigitte. Wolfgang’s love of art began at a young age, and he is now an avid art lover and collector. He is also a dive master, a hobby cook, and a close follower of astronomy and science in general.
May 20 – September 18, 2016
Reception: Tuesday May 31, 5–7pm
**This will be a shared reception with the HUB Gallery exhibit
Painting and sculpture can be defined by their differences in viewer interaction; a sculpture is intended to be viewed from various different perspectives and angles, whereas a painting is intended to be viewed from one side. Joe Vescovich’s work, however, can be truthfully referred to as sculptural paintings, as they do not exclusively fit either definition. Combining wood, metal, and photography with encaustic, a form of painting that utilizes melted wax, allows Vescovich to create these dynamic wall sculptures that are intended to be viewed from a variety of perspectives.
To create his encaustics, Vescovich applies a mixture of heated beeswax, pigments, and dammar resign to the sculptures. Beeswax is used specifically for its receptivity to oil paint and other pigments and its malleability; however, wax’s essential characteristic is to harden as soon as it leaves the heat source, so Vescovich must work quickly to make decisions and let the wax find its place. After the wax has cooled, he can manipulate its surface by scraping, carving, or adding more layers. Vescovich compliments this layering process with lines, textures, geometric shapes, and repetition to create dynamic patterns and an appearance of depth in order to draw the viewer’s eye into and around the surface of the piece.
Joe Vescovich’s education includes studies through the DeMazia Foundation of the Barnes Art Museum, the University of the Arts (UArts), and the International Encaustics workshop. He has exhibited his encaustics at the Philadelphia Welcome Center, at Derrek’s in Manayunk, Philadelphia, and at Abstract Expressions Gallery in Mount Holly, NJ.
The Stomper Project
September 16, 2015 – May 30, 2016
The Stomper Project is the result of a collaboration between the Jana Marie foundation and local artists Annalisa Baron, Chris Bittner, Mel Forkner-Lesher, and Mark Pilato. The Stomper Project is a community art project that engages community members, students, artists, and professionals in discussions of mental health issues in order to raise awareness about mental and emotional health. Life-sized sculptures called Stompers are fashioned out of used sneakers to symbolize the effort to stomp out the stigma surrounding mental health.
Often, the fear of discrimination for disclosing the possibility of a mental or emotional problem causes sufferers to feel shame and silently delay seeking treatment for their mental illness. By engaging local schools and organizations, the Jana Marie Foundation and their team of artists work with the various groups to help them capture and share their personal stories related to mental health and mental illness.
Penn State Center for Arts & Crafts
Annual Artists and Instructors Exhibition
March 24 – September 2, 2016
This exhibit showcases the talent and hard work put forth by the artists and instructors at the Penn State Center for Arts & Crafts (CFAC). The three-dimensional artwork displayed here represents a portion of the wide range of classes available at the CFAC.
For more than 40 years the Center for Arts & Crafts has provided quality programs and services for the ever-changing social, educational and recreational needs of the Centre County Community. Their main office and classrooms are located in Ritenour Building at the corner of Pollock and Shortlidge Roads, and the Ceramics Studio is located in the HUB-Robeson Center.
The Center for Arts & Crafts offers a variety of non-credit adult art classes during Fall and Spring semesters, and children’s art camp in the summer. All classes are taught by Penn State University Art majors, Art Education majors, graduate students and professional artists.
Art on the Move
February 4 – September 18, 2016
Howie Schultz is a sports and landscape photographer from State College, PA. Throughout his travels over the past 20 years he has been fortunate to capture powerful images of both iconic destinations and places off of the beaten path. Schultz often leads photography workshops in the State College area for beginner and intermediate photographers.
February 4 – September 18, 2016
Maryanne Fyda responds to the beauty of objects, people, and places through a variety of mediums, including pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, charcoal, mixed media, and pastels, which are her favorite. She enjoys the entire creative process from start to finish, and lives for the thrill of completing a piece. She is also makes dichroic glass jewelry and is a calligrapher.
Maryanne is a graduate of Wayne State University, where she earned her BFA in Fine Arts. She now lives in DuBois, Pennsylvania, and runs her own art studio, Marianne Fyda’s Studio, where she offers classes for adults and children in drawing, watercolor, pastel, and calligraphy. Marianne is involved in numerous arts organizations, including the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, the Degas Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of America.
Student Health Center
January 20 – May 25, 2016
Miranda Holmes’ work is an exploration of White supremacy in the contemporary American household. The over-abundance of food, pleasure, and human listlessness is a vehicle to both make visible and critique White America’s complacency and compliance with racial inequities. Her paintings reflect her curiosity in the ways in which White privilege manifests in her life and in those around her. Through her depictions of sickeningly sugary desserts Holmes is able to portray privilege as enticing and toxic, superficially delicious but deeply damaging.
Holmes’ work also explores sexual desire in relation to power and entitlement. Are our intimate spaces inherently dictated by power imbalances? Is there a space in which bodies can merely exist, or is the definition of Whiteness inseparable from that of the consumer? While her paintings may raise more questions than the answer, Holmes hopes that they will still spark conversations among viewers who dare to examine the daydreams in which they may live.
Miranda Holmes is a State College native. She is a junior at Penn State studying painting and drawing in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, and is currently studying abroad in Florence, Italy at Studio Art Centers International. She hopes to attend Graduate school to continue her fine arts education.
June 3 – September 15, 2016
Misty Frederick-Ritz is a local mixed media artist; teacher & workshop facilitator with a passion for helping others learn methods of creative expression for healing, personal transformation, growth and self-discovery.
Misty enjoys creating workshops and other events that provide opportunities for women and girls to come together in community “circles” and to create positive and meaningful connections. She offers individual and group classes on intuitive painting, art journaling and mixed media art - designed for people of all experience levels. She founded the State College Women’s Creativity Circle.
Misty has studied intuitive painting and intentional creativity with internationally-known, Visionary artist, author and founder of the Color of Woman School, Shiloh Sophia McCloud, since 2012. Misty became a Certified Intentional Creativity Coach and Color of Woman™ Intuitive Painting Method Teacher in 2014. She was the school’s first graduate from Pennsylvania and has been a member of the faculty since completing her training. She also mentors new teachers and provides coaching on project management, goal setting and event planning.
Misty’s paintings, prints, jewelry, digital and mixed media art are displayed sold both locally and online. She accepts commission work on a limited basis and teaches art for groups, businesses, private parties and events. She can be reached at 814 -689-9463 or via email.
Closed for the Summer.