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Contemporary Chinese PostersA poster with a large, bronze-colored paint-like streak on the left side, with abstracted and partially transparent Chinese text on the right side barely overlapping the bronze.

May 10 – June 18, 2017

Reception: June 13, 5–6:30pm

Gang Meng, Cheng Shi, and Bingyan Xue are three Nanjing graphic designers who are all well-versed in contemporary Chinese poster design and are dedicated to modernizing traditional Chinese culture in graphic design. This exhibition features a selection of their recent and daring works, in which they experiment with the shape of Chinese characters and push the boundary of Chinese type design to embody the expressive, nostalgic, and impressionistic feelings of the characters.

Gang Meng is a Penn State visiting scholar from Nanjing Tech University, Jiangsu Province, China. He has published and lectured internationally in multi-disciplinary design including, but not limited to: visual communications, packaging, advertising, computer graphics, and designing modules. Meng focuses on culture-based design, user analysis, and modernization of traditional design and has participated in several research projects including: City Image Design, Corporation Image Design, and several other provincial and school level projects.

 

 

Amanda McCavourString sculptures of living room furniture, suspended from the ceiling. By Amanda McCavour.

June 30 – September 12, 2017

Reception: September 12, 5:30–7pm

Amanda McCavour works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. While sewing, she crosses the threads over themselves repeatedly so that after the fabric has dissolved, the thread drawing can hold itself together despite appearing as though it could easily unravel and fall apart at any moment.

McCavour is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when sewn together. Her works explore embroidery’s duality: its structural possibility vs. its fragility and its subtle quality vs. its accumulative presence. Through experimentation and creation, she investigates line in the context of embroidery, drawing and installation, and uses stitch to explore connections to home, fibers of the body, and more formal considerations of thread’s accumulative presence.

Amanda McCavour earned her BFA from York University where she studied drawing and, in May 2014, completed her MFA in Fibers and Materials Studies at Tyler School of Art. She displays her work nationally and internationally, most recently in Ottawa (ON), Virginia Beach (VA), and Vancouver (BC) and has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textiles Studio in Toronto, Maison des Metiers D’art de Quebec in Quebec City, and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. McCavour has received numerous awards and scholarships from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Crafts Council, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association, and The Embroiderers Guild of America.

For more information on Amanda McCavour, visit her on Facebook or Instagram.

 



Robeson Gallery

The Art & History of Bicycles
The Bowden Spacelander, by Ben Bowden. A red, retro-futuristic bicycle that was popular in the 1980s.

June 11 – September 7, 2017

Reception: June 13, 5:30–7pm

Featuring a variety of historical and novelty bicycles from the collection of Bob Swaim, artists Thomas Fainor, Ben Bowden, Kerry McLean, Eric Staller, and Tommmi Miller take the viewer on a two-wheeled tour of the art and history of bicycles.

Thomas Fainor, a wood and metal artist with a very strong mechanical nature and background, begins the historical aspect of The Art & History of Bicycles with his reproductions of a Hobby Horse and Boneshaker. These are followed chronologically by an unknown artist who created the Highwheeler, or Pennyfarthing, and an early Safety Bicycle, which was the precursor to bicycles as we know them today.

Ben Bowden, a British industrial designer, bridges the gap between art and history with his Bowden Spacelander. The Spacelander, when originally released in 1960, was initially considered commercially unsuccessful until the 1980s when a resurgence of interest in the Spacelander as a collectors item led two bicycle enthusiasts to purchase the rights to the name and began manufacturing reproductions.

Kerry McLean is most famous for his design, production, and use of monocycles, which are large, one-wheeled vehicles that the rider sits inside of. Accompanying the Human Powered Monocycle in this exhibit are two one-of-a-kid creations by McLean: a low-rider bicycle and a whole-body tricycle.

Eric Staller is an American artist who uses light and architecture in the creation of his works. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Art Car Movement with his 7-person Conference Bike and Love Bike Built for Two.

Tommmi Miller is an American artist from Indiana who creates artistically unique bicycles that are then used by performers. Even though Miller’s passion is for unicycles, evident in his Triple-Wheeled Unicycle, he has also created the Off-Centered Wheel Bicycle, a One-of-a-kind Tricycle, and Reverse Steering Kits for bicycles.

Bob Swaim’s collection of unique human-powered vehicles began with he first saw Tommmi Miller traveling in an old school bus to display his units at a bicycle convention in Iowa in the 1990s. Swaim’s first unique unit came from Miller, and his collection has since grown to include over 200 pieces from a variety of artists. Inspired by Miller, Swaim travels with his bikes in a 24-foot trailer to display subsets of his collection at various events, museums, and schools.

 



Art Alley

"Our Dopey Hero" by Miranda Holmes is an expressive painting of a close-up view of a blue plastic watering can with a very subtle hint of a raging fire in the background.

Getting My Way and Whining About It

May 19 – September 7, 2017

Reception: September 5, 5–7pm

 

As we move through everyday life amidst political uncertainty and fear, we search for the broken parts to reveal where we went wrong. Miranda Holmes’ work enters into this conversation through the ambiguous nature of her paintings’ narratives as well as their underlying feelings of unsettledness. By using sickly high-key colors and foggy darks to poke fun at both the absurdity of our gaffes and the dread of our more cutting mistakes, Holmes’ work addresses the culpability of human actions. She creates a sense of ambiguity in her paintings by leaving out certain clues which allows the viewer to pass judgement on where the scene went wrong.

Providing contrast to the underlying violence and irony are a variety of quieter moments, found in the form of fog-ridden trees, the glow of a campfire, or a muscular rock. These shifts between moments of clarity and hope to areas of obscurity and despair are representative of her reactions to the daily uncertainty Holmes faces as she struggles to make sense of the swift changes in her world.

Miranda Holmes is a State College native and a recent graduate of Penn State, where she earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing. She has shown her work in several exhibitions in the State College area, including the HUB-Robeson Galleries’ Art on the Move program in 2016. She was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Summer School of Art in Norfolk, CT in 2016.




Sculpture Corner

"'Sole' Stomper," a life-sized sculpture of a person constructed out of old sneakers.

The Stomper Project

September 16, 2015 – May 20, 2017


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.

 

 



Display Cases

A ceramic sculpture of a white, geometric teapot with green and black streaks and a black handle and spout.

Penn State Center for Arts & Crafts
Annual Artists and Instructors Exhibition

March 24 – September 10, 2017


This exhibit features three-dimensional artwork in media and disciplines representing the range of art classes available at the CFAC.

For more than 40 years the CFAC 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

Old Main

Fernanda Bonafini

May 12 – September 17, 2017An intricate, rainbow-colored mandala by Fernanda Bonafini

Fernanda Bonafini first began drawing mandalas as a way to relieve stress and balance emotions. Her first mandalas were drawn on black paper with gel pens and she later migrated to using black ink pens on white paper. More recently, she has begun working with heat transfer to add various colors of reflective foil to her original black ink mandalas.

The term mandala means “circle” in Sanskrit, however mandalas are much more than just circles to her; they also represent wholeness and inner peace. Even Ataraxiaowl, her chosen artistic name, synthesizes the message she wants to convey in her drawings, as Ataraxia means “a lucid state of robust tranquility and ongoing freedom from distress and worry,” while owl represents wisdom and the ability to navigate any darkness in life.

Bonafini draws inspiration from other contemporary mandala artists, her personal journey towards self-knowledge and self-awareness, and her affinity for geometry and symmetry. She hopes that her work can help others improve concentration, increase creativity, decrease anxiety and stress, and increase physical and emotional balance.

Fernanda Bonafini is currently a student at Penn State earning her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction — Mathematics Education and a concurrent Masters degree in Applied Statistics.

To see more of Fernanda Bonafini's work, follow her on Instagram.



Student Health Center

In Time of Peace
Images of Syria Before the War

April 28 – September 10, 2017A black and white photograph of two Syrian friends, one who looks very serious and the other who is laughing and happy.


During the mid-90s, Keith Shapiro traveled extensively, mostly by hitching rides, through Syria and Jordan where he experienced a uniquely warm welcome from strangers who acted with the affect and hospitality of friends. Despite this, he sensed a feeling of sadness and anticipation that the peace they were then experiencing was ephemeral and aimed to capture that feeling through his photography. Unfortunately, their fears about the fragility of peace were right. Much of what Shapiro saw, and some of the people he met, have been destroyed by the recent war.

These photographs are a glimpse of his experience, reflecting the mixed emotions he felt then and the sadness he feels now for a rich and ancient civilization driven into despair and chaos.


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