Harriet M. Rosenberg: A Retrospective of Cut Paper
January 18 – March 2, 2017
Reception: January 31, 5:30–7pm
Armed with her favorite pairs of scissors, a pair of 4” hair cutting scissors and fly-tying scissors with large finger holes, Rosenberg transforms paper and other easily-cut materials into intricate and versatile designs. In addition to being displayed as originals, her paper cuts have also been used as stencils, screen printed onto recycled clothing, projected as part of theatrical sets, and used as the design for the State College Women’s Resource Center’s holiday cards since the 1990s.
Rosenberg finds inspiration in the Lake Country where she grew up, her Finnish heritage, her travels, and the literature, music, and folk arts that she loves. While her cutting style is her own, it is more closely related to Mexican “papel picado” and Finnish and Inuit carving and printmaking than the traditional European “scherenschnitte” that is most commonly associated with paper cutting.
Rosenberg began to cut paper artistically in her 40’s. Making art from scissors and paper had already been familiar to her at a young age, due to her father’s job at a paper company and her affinity for cutting her own paper dolls. But it wasn’t until after her formal education; a degree in Music and English from St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota, an M.Ed in Human Development from Penn State, and a partial degree in Theatre and additional classes in photography and printmaking, that she arrived back where she began — cutting paper.
She recalls, “When I began to carry paper and scissors in my purse, years ago, I realized that I had found my medium at last.”
School of Visual Arts
Annual Graduate Research Exhibition
March 24 – April 23, 2017
This juried exhibition displays the studio art portion of the Annual Graduate Research Exhibition, offering students the opportunity to display their work in a professional setting. Visual Arts students will exhibit artwork in a variety of media, based on their in-progress work towards their thesis portfolio.
The Annual Graduate Research Exhibition celebrates research in all its aspects as an essential and exciting part of graduate education at Penn State. Established in 1986, the Graduate Exhibition places special emphasis on communicating research and creative endeavor to a general audience and offers an opportunity for professional development by challenging graduate students to present their work in clear, comprehensible terms to people outside their fields.
State College Area School District
Annual K-12 Exhibition
January 5 – 28, 2017
Reception: January 28, 2–4pm
The State College Area School District is honored to bring forward some of the best work from their student artists, grades kindergarten through twelve. Many two- and three-dimensional media are represented as are many hours of skilled and creative work from children throughout our community. This annual exhibition provides the young artists an exciting opportunity to share their artwork with the community in a professional setting.
February 16 – April 28, 2017
Reception: February 23, 5:30–7pm
Aaron Maybin is a retired professional football player turned artist. After retiring from the NFL in 2014, he turned his focus towards his talent for art. His paintings, photography, and writings focus on socially relevant themes and issues, including the struggle of African-Americans to be seen not just as equals but as human beings, deserving of respect and basic dignity. Maybin’s work is representative of that struggle and serves as a platform to start difficult conversations, with the hope that it can bring people from opposing sides of the spectrum together and spark important conversations that may otherwise not happen. “Art serves as a bridge between people of different backgrounds, religions, sexuality, and economic class. Such a tool is essential in the fight to break down the many social, cultural, and political barriers that divide us and bring us all to a place where we can find a true common ground in reason,” Maybin says.
While his work focuses on themes and issues that may not be positive themselves, he always begins a new piece by questioning how the messages will positively affect viewers and the community. By keeping this positive focus, Maybin is able to use his work to advocate for the issues that are important to him: racial and economic equality, arts education, and programming in underprivileged communities. Larry “Poncho” Brown, Maybin’s artistic mentor, has described his vibrant depictions of inspirations, racial strife, and communal love, hope, and disappointment as “a mix of good technical ability, ‘hip-hop flair,’ and a probing desire to depict modern black consciousness.”
Aaron Maybin is a former All-American defensive end from Penn State, where he double-majored in Communications and Integrative Arts. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills as 11th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft and went on to play for the New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals before retiring from football in 2014. In 2009 he started Project Mayhem, a nonprofit foundation that provides personal and economic aid to underprivileged and at-risk youth so that they can excel beyond their current conditions.
He Called Me Sexy Baby
But My Name Is Helen
January 13 – March 2
Reception: January 24, 5:30–7pm
Helen Maser’s work explores themes and ideas through the lens of Audre Lorde’s popular writings, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master’s House (1984). In using this framework of dismantling the master’s house, Maser uses art as a tool to speak about pressing issues and combat the patriarchy. For her, the “personal becomes political” as a form of resistance.
Through her development of memory, language, and facilitation of difficult content and conversations, Maser works in the gap of underrepresented and often silenced issues. By using imagery of self-portraiture, pipes, and sites of home improvement stores, her intertwining of rope, blurring of paint, and her resistant gaze counter not only her experiences, but reframe trauma and violence into empowerment and self-autonomy. In moments where representation turns into abstraction, she obtains liberty from the past and reclaims her own body.
Helen Maser is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and currently resides in State College where she is a student at Penn State working towards her BFA in both Painting and Sculpture. Over the past four years, Maser has shown her work in several exhibitions in the State College area. She has also been awarded the Brian Bretzler Memorial Award in Visual Arts, and in 2016 was winner of Rough Intent, an exhibition juried by Richard Reinhart.
Penn State Center for Arts & Crafts Artists and Instructors Exhibition
March 24 – April 30
This exhibit will feature two- and 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.
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.
September 27, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Stephanie Seguin makes functional, decorative ceramic sculptures that are meant to be used and become a part of people’s lives. Decoration is important, as she wants her pieces to captivate the eye in addition to serving their functions. Her decorations are often influenced by quilts, Korean and Persian historical pottery, art nouveau design aesthetics, and she always finds inspiration in nature.
To Seguin, applying slips, carving patterns, and layering glazes is a form of meditation that she tries to pass on to her audience by encouraging viewers to explore each piece’s complexity in design and form. She also tries to provide comfort with her work; whether it is the physical comfort of how it feels in the hand or the comfort of the soul that comes from serving a family recipe in a beautiful bowl.
Art on the Move
Opening on January 18, 2017
Howie Shultz 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.
Shultz believes that our world communicates and testifies in a variety of ways, conveying ideas of mystery, peer, grace, fury, beauty, and gentleness. The moments he experiences in nature often stir in him a wide range of emotions and engages all of his senses, which he then works to translate into a photograph while maintaining the full sensory experience.
Student Health Center
Opening on January 19, 2017
Jin Yan describes her drawings as randomized daily visions that incorporate the people and interactions she witnesses in her daily life. She finds inspiration in these common moments, whether it’s someone in line at the coffee shop, a conversation she overheard, a quote from the book she’s been reading, or simply an old photograph.
When drawing, Yan often focuses on a single person, intensely observing them. However, she doesn’t draw every line she sees; instead she bends the truth, contouring in a deliberate way by freeing her hands from accuracy and allowing her mind to lead her hand in reflecting an honest depiction of her poetic thinking. Often, Yan combines her poetry with her visuals in order to emphasize the impact of both expressions.
Jin Yan is a current Penn State student majoring in Communications and minoring in English. She describes herself as a poetry lover and a YouTube addict.
**Closed for construction until Fall 2017**
Opening on January 23, 2017
Misty Frederick-Ritz is a painter, jewelry maker, mixed media artist, and digital artist from State College, Pennsylvania. She has a passion for color and texture and loves spending time in her studio. She primarily works with acrylics, water colors, water soluble crayons, inks, polymer clay, beads and buttons, fabrics and fibers, and colored pencils. Frederick-Ritz’s recent works, painted in a style known as “contemporary symbolism,” best represent her as a creative and spiritual person. Frequently featuring a feminine archetype, her paintings are an “outer” representation of her “inner” self.
Frederick-Ritz has shown her work in various locations in Central PA and is a certified “Color of Woman” teacher. She offers individual and group classes on painting, art journaling, and mixed media and creates opportunities for Central PA women and girls to come together in groups and workshops providing community, connection, thought-provoking discussions, and activities that foster personal growth & self-discovery. Her goal is to spark creativity in others and to provide a positive and encouraging environment to help others learn to express themselves through art and writing.