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Past Exhibits from 2014

Joanne Landis
Odysess and the Sirens I by Joanne Landis

September 17, 2013 – March 4, 2014
Art Alley

Joanne Landis' paintings are large-scale narrative murals featuring bold strokes, textures, and patterns. She states, "I don't plan the painting. I start with an idea. The painting starts to direct me. It's kind of like a dream, where you find things as you go and things just happen." Much of the selected work was completed during a month-long residency at Ireland's Tyrone Guthrie Centre for the Arts


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Flytying by Shawn Davis
Fire by Shawn Davis

September 27, 2013 – January 14, 2014
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Shawn Davis blends artistic fly tying and goldsmithing to create truly unique jewelry art. Many of Davis’ flies are patterns he has created himself, which he describes as being “uncompromising technically and understated artistically.” Davis hand-fashions hooks from 18-karat gold, then dresses them with silks and feathers in just a few complementary colors, doing so because beauty does not need to be complicated, and because impact can be much more powerful when suggestive rather than overt.

Shawn Davis began creating fly tying jewelry art in 2002, and released his first pieces to the public in 2007. He has been a featured tier at the International Fly Tying Symposium and the Anglers’ Club of New York, and his work has been featured in various fly tying and jewelry arts magazines, including American Angler, Lady Angler Life, Danica, The Drake, and Adornment. Davis has also been a featured artist on the Anthropologist by Anthropologie.


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Center for Arts and Crafts Artist and Instructor Exhibition
Vase from CFAC Exhibition

October 29, 2013 – January 14, 2014
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The Center for Arts and Crafts has offered non-credit adult art classes to Penn State students, faculty, and staff during each of the university semesters and a children's summer art camp for more than 30 years. The Center for Arts and Crafts is located in 3 Ritenour and has a ceramics studio in B8 HUB..


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Stephen Cohen
Painting by Stephen Cohen

December 9, 2013 – March 2, 2014
Art on the Move — Student Health Center

Stephen Cohen’s work explores the varying relationships between our environment
and everyday social standards. Cohen’s goal is to make everyone recognize the social phenomenon of focusing attention on hand held devices rather than our surroundings. He paints trees not only because of their brilliance, but also because of how trees relate to all of us; as they grow, they eventually branch out and experience life in all different directions. People follow the same pattern.


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Leslie Sotomayor
Painting by Leslie Sotomayor

December 9, 2013 – May 18, 2014
Art on the Move — Old Main

March 18 – May 25, 2014
Art on the Move — Student Health Center

August 20 – September 21, 2014
Art on the Move — Student Health Center

September 3, 2014 – January 8, 2015
Art on the Move — North Halls

Leslie C. Sotomayor's work revolves around themes of memories, nostalgia, and how the culmination of our experiences build our heritage and identity. These large color field paintings are created with many layers of acrylic stains worked back and forth; they're then cropped, stretched, and re-worked. This process is similar to life experiences, which build and re-shape history, the present, and the future.


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State College Area School District Annual K-12 Exhibition
Photograph by Micha Hinnergardt, Grade 11

January 3 – January 18
Robeson Gallery

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.


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Michelle Holt
Photograph by Michelle Holt

January 24 – May 11
Art on the Move — West Halls

Michelle Holt's photographs explore the indescribable feeling of seeing her childhood neighborhood as an unrecognizable place. Returning to New Jersey to photograph the damage following Hurricane Sandy was a surreal experience with severe specifics, including exposed pipes and shattered glass, that made what was once normal look like a scene from a horror film. These images are Holt's reality, a hurricane which tore apart not only homes, but lives as well.


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On the Wild Side - Woodcarvings by Jim Mikkelsen & Quilts by Sylvia Apple
"Black Hole" by Jim Mikkelsen"Celebrating Cranes" by Sylvia Apple

January 28 – March 2
HUB Gallery

Jim Mikkelsen, a sculptor, creates figurative pieces out of wood in a way that he says exposes a tree's story or "soul." Using logs from trees that have been removed by humans or uprooted by nature, Mikkelsen lets the features of the wood determine the shape of the work, lending to an organic, graceful piece.

"I feel highly motivated to preserve a piece of [a tree's beauty] rather than let it be lost to the fireplace, landfill, of even decay in its cycle of rebirth," said Mikkelsen.

Artist Sylvia Apple allows prehistoric and folk art to inspire her as she constructs her quilts. Ancient art forms and natural symbols often find their way into her compositions, which use metaphors to signify the fragile nature of our existence.

"As a young adult, I had the idea that I should create work which was completely finished and would survive indefinitely," said Apple. "Today, however, I often leave parts of my work raw or unfinished to allude to the fragmented and uneven qualities of nature."


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Danny Ferrell
Painting by Danny Ferrell

February 10 – May 6
Art on the Move — North Halls

Danny Ferrell's paintings explore the raw sores of sexuality and the wounds of disenfranchisement. Examined through an anecdotal lens, he utilizes self-portraiture and images of his partner to demonstrate their social displacement, both as individuals and together as a couple.


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Visions of the Mind - NAWA 125th Anniversary Exhibition
Visions of the Mind Logo

February 21 – April 20
Robeson Gallery

The National Association of Women Artists, the American pioneer organization, celebrates its 125th Anniversary during Women's History Month, with this exhibition, "Visions of the Mind." A juried group of living artists in the current membership, they have evolved, been influenced, and influenced — at least over the last century and a quarter of the organization's existence. The airy and spacious Robeson Gallery will feature the unique female perspective and handling of painting, drawing, printmaking, photographic, and sculpture media.


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Out of Here
Out of Here Course LogoQR Code by course participant Nouf Alhamdan

March 19 – April 27
Art Alley

Judy Chicago is one of the most daring and controversial artists of contemporary times, and is recognized as a founder of the feminist art movement. Karen Keifer-Boyd, Professor of Art Education and Women's studies, will be teaming up with Artist-in-residence Nancy Youdelman, a student of Judy Chicago in the Feminist Art Program in 1970, to teach a special topics course incorporating Chicago's feminist art teaching methodology. Course participants will use this methodology to create interactive content-based visual and performative art to engage the community in the "Out of Here" exhibition to be held in Art Alley.

The exhibition will begin on March 19 with an emergent form, a visual map out of here, that will grow and change over the following 5 weeks as a result of activities led by the course participants in the HUB and throughout campus, including the virtual spaces of World Campus and from contacting Penn State Alumni.


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School of Visual Arts Annual Graduate Research Exhibition
2014 Winner: "In Every Ghetto" by Roberto Lugo

March 28 – April 27
HUB Gallery

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 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.


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Kathleen Chovit
Painting of a field by Kathleen Chovit

May 11 – September 7
Art on the Move – Old Main

Kathleen feels a particular connection to the fields, the sky, the ridges, and the woodlands surrounding her Centre County home. She often works outdoors or “en plein air,” which allows her to show the interactions between the shades and textures of sunlight with the surface of a field of wildflowers or a distant mountain.

Kathleen has been painting full-time for 17 years, and all of her knowledge has come from self-directed independent study.


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Abby Drey
Photo of a rusted metal container with the number 956. By Abby Drey

May 11 – September 7
Art on the Move – Old Main

“Wandering through overgrown fields and woods throughout Pennsylvania, I’ve found beauty in things that some people see as junk, things of the past left to decay,” Abby says.

Abby, a 2010 Penn State graduate and staff photographer for the Centre Daily Times, enjoys creating images that are “completely different from [her] photojournalism work.”


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Passages - Recent Pantings by Alice Kelsey
Painting of a field. By Alice Kelsey

May 20 – July 31
HUB Gallery

“Passages” arose from Kelsey’s explorations in and around Centre County and celebrate the wonder of the Centre County region’s natural areas. Many were begun on location outdoors (en plain air), using a portable easel and backpack with art supplies. “I learn so much from nature when painting outdoors — noticing colors, and sense of mass and movement, and the works have a sense of ‘what was stirring there’ —a feel of the wind, or sun, or the warmth of the day.” Kelsey discovers inspiring places during many outdoor adventures, including hiking, horseback riding, and flyfishing. In keeping with the painting’s inspirational source in the land of central Pennsylvania, the majority of works in the exhibit are presented in custom frames made from local hardwoods, including walnut, maple, sycamore, and butternut.

Kelsey’s artistic development extends from childhood sketching sessions with her grandfather, to courses in painting, drawing, and printmaking throughout high school and college. Her affinity for the natural world stems from early experiences. “I grew up in a beautiful, varied, open section of eastern Pennsylvania…I feel that this land nurtured me to be an artist — growing up my sensitivity and appreciation for color and form, and a sense of belonging to the land.” Kelsey also finds a bridging of her spiritual journey in the process of painting. “When I’m painting with a harmony of inner and outer forces, color and strokes flow with a sense of guidance beyond myself, and the painting becomes filled with ‘something more’…a ‘reservoir of Spirit.’ The process feels surprising and mysterious…a powerful tenderness. I’m so thankful to be a working artist, and to live within the carried natural areas of Central Pennsylvania which fuel my spirit and inspire me to create.”

Kelsey focuses on art full-time, and her paintings have received recognition in regional and national juried exhibitions, and are represented by several galleries.


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Kim Bogart
An abstract painting by Kim Bogart.

May 22 – September 5
Art Alley

Kim is fascinated by the idea that all animals need an unconscious to survive and that our unconscious
notices things that our mind does not, and she uses her paintings as a way to explore these complexities of
the unconscious. Many of the shapes that she renders in her work signify a portal between conscious and unconscious thought, and also represent the line that she crossed when she moved from representational to abstract artwork. Kim’s paintings can be divided into layers, with the under layer containing controlled and meticulous details that represent the biological or circumstantial details of our lives that we can’t control. The upper lays contain loose, spontaneous, and gestural marks that represent our individual subjective responses to those uncontrollable restraints and conditions.

Kim graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She has participated in two group exhibitions in the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, and has had a solo exhibition entitled “The Event Horizon” in the Patterson Gallery.


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Daphne Smallwood
Mixed media piece of the Virgin Mary by Daphne Smallwood.

June 4 – August 14
Art on the Move – Student Health Center

As a child growing up in North Philadelphia, Daphne was often surrounded by drugs, sex, and violence. Instead of allowing her hands to contribute to the negativity surrounding her, Daphne chose to use them for something positive and began using art to distract herself from her impoverished state.

Daphne often depicts herself in her work, seeking to cover and uncover parts of herself through oil painting and collage. Utilizing race, religion, and gender, Daphne seeks to examine the things that are often left silent in a society of masking. She aims to create a conversation between religion and sex in order to question religious systems.

Daphne is a Penn State senior graduating in August 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting and Drawing.


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State College Area School District Teachers and Students Exhibition
Painting of a wooded scene. By Katie Bair, Grade 8.

June 4 – July 13
Robeson Gallery

This exhibition is a unique take on the Annual State College Area School District Exhibition as the teachers will be joining the students in displaying artwork. The students will be provided with the rare opportunity to see their work in the same exhibition as the professional artwork of their teachers.


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The Fluidity of Gender: Sculpture by Linda Stein
Life-size sculpture of a female torso made from black leather and embellished with metal. MascuFem681 by Linda Stein

September 5 – November 30
HUB Gallery

Linda Stein is an artist-activist who explores gender roles and stereotypes through the creation of her larger-than- life, heroic female torsos and figures. They are intended to scramble gender expectations and merge opposites: they are female and male; and everything in-between; they are strong though soft, warrior-like albeit pacifist guardians. The black leather torsos and seven-foot figures – created with buckles, zippers, and chains – are complemented by more colorful acrylicized-paper torsos featuring iconic Wonder Woman motifs. The sculptures have a unique push-pull tension: an inviting playfulness, and yet are fierce and formidable in a way that may make one want to step back.

During her talk on October 1 from 6-7pm in Freeman Auditorium, Linda Stein will discuss her work and inspiration. Her talks have been praised as being informative, humorous, and thoughtful. At the public reception following the talk, visitors will be invited to try on some of Stein’s sculpture, giving them the opportunity to change “skins” with varying gender-bending results. Participants will be able to feel new bodies, avatars, sometimes with accompanying brain changes.

The Fluidity of Gender is part of a seven-year touring exhibition, lecture, and performance that will see more than twenty-four museums and galleries through 2017.

Linda Stein is Founding President of the non-profit corporation Have Art: Will Travel! Inc. emphasizing Gender Justice and anti–bullying. She is Art Editor of On The Issues Magazine and is represented by Flomenhaft Gallery in Manhattan. For more information on Linda and her work, visit and


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Jeremy Dennis
Digitally manipulated photograph depicting a Native American battling a giant rock-creature.

September 11, 2014 – January 8, 2015
Art on the Move — Old Main

Jeremy Dennis continues his Native American tradition of using stories and legends to deal with mysteries and the unknown. Using digital photography, Jeremy explores his own mysteries, including where he comes from and who his people are. His supernatural, photo-realistic images transition Native American myths and legends into a more contemporary form. Intentionally ambiguous, Jeremy’s photographic collages afford the viewer the opportunity to see a different story and meaning with each viewing.

Jeremy Dennis was born in Southampton, New York and was raised on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. In 2013, he received his BA from Stony Brook University in New York.


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Jennifer Kane
Oil painting of a deep blue lake surrounded by mountains

September 11, 2014 – Jaunary 8, 2015
Art on the Move — Old Main

As part of her effort to observe and reflect what she sees and feels, Jennifer Kane creates beautiful commemorative landscape oil paintings with a palette knife. She chooses to work with a palette knife as it takes part of the control out of her hands, and leaves the painting up to chance. In doing so, a sort of magic happens in which she is guiding but not controlling.

The basis of her paintings is to create a lasting, interpretive portrait of a given time and place, serving as a form of historical preservation. She aims to bring awareness through visual depiction and celebration of the landscape as home, as sacred, as something priceless to be tended with care.


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Jeremy Drey
Black and white photograph of text on an old metal sign.

September 18, 2014 – January 8, 2015
Art on the Move — West Halls

“Making images with an out of date process seemed only appropriate when capturing old mechanical items that have also become out of date,” he says of this collection of photographs captured on traditional black and white film. “The relaxing approach to this photography has allowed me to hone an artistic style in all aspects of my photography life.”

Jeremy Drey is a 2006 Penn State graduate and is staff photographer for the Reading Eagle.


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Justice: Faces of the Human Rights Revolution
Black and white portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

September 25 – November 28
Robeson Gallery

In 2010, photographer Mariana Cook set out to discover why some people have the courage to look injustice in the face when so many others avert their gaze. Her quest took her all over the world to capture both the well-known and the lesser-known faces of the people who felt so passionately about fairness and freedom that they risked their livelihoods and their lives to pursue justice.

Each black and white photographic portrait is coupled with a short first-person account describing what compels each of these human rights activists to fight. Represented in the exhibition are judges, lawyers, politicians, sociologists, anthropologists, clergymen, physicians, and writers – including former President Jimmy Carter, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Aung San Suu Kyi, Kofi Annan, and Richard Goldstone. The exhibition encompasses numerous countries and causes such as the struggle for civil rights in South Africa, the documentation of war atrocities in Serbia, and the championing of women’s rights in Zimbabwe.

Mariana Cook is the last protégé of internationally known American photographer Ansel Adams. Cook’s works are held in numerous collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.


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Storied Images: Marcellus Shale
Photograph of a protester with megaphone and American Flag at a pro-fracking rally. Photograph by Leah Eder.

October 2 – December 7
Art Alley

October 6 – November 30
Student Health Center

Criss-crossing the state on multiple faculty-led field trips, students of diverse backgrounds, interests, majors and experiences investigated and photographed an array of effects from hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking - a controversial technique used to extract natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth.
Interacting with and learning from industry professionals, geologists, environmentalists, and landowners, students photographed drill sites, farms, state forests, businesses, landowners, shale workers, training programs, small towns and protest rallies both for and against gas development. Seeking to document diverse experiences among those occupying divergent viewpoints about the energy and economic benefits of the gas boom and its social, health, and environmental costs, the overarching goal of this project is to generate dialogue and reflection amidst a larger discussion about energy production, consumption and sustainability.

The images were produced by students enrolled in the courses Photo 402: Photographic Narratives and Photo 497D: Photography and the Environment during the Spring 2014 semester, with additional field trips extending into the summer. Steven Rubin, Associate Professor of Art in the School of Visual Arts’ photography program, and Co-PI and creator of the Photo 497D: Photography and the Environment course Katarin Parizek oversee this project in collaboration with David Yoxtheimer of the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. Funding has been generously provided by the Sustainability Institute’s Reinvention Fund, with assistance from the School of Visual Arts and the Palmer Museum of Art.

In addition to the HUB exhibit, Storied Images: Marcellus Shale will be on display in various venues throughout Penn State’s University Park campus and the surrounding community during the Fall 2014 semester. Additional sites include: Borland Gallery, Borland Building, September 23 - October 26; Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, Deike Building, September 23 - December 14; and University Health Services, October 6 - November 30, as well as off-campus in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Centre Region Library, October 2 - 26.

All of these exhibitions are timed to coincide with the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, a major exhibition on display at the Palmer Museum of Art, September 23 - December 14, 2014. Additional programming, including film screenings, panel discussions, poetry readings, and gallery talks will take place at the Palmer Museum throughout the fall semester.


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Weavings by Julia Weldon
Handwoven bag created by Julia Weldon

October 6, 2014 – January 14, 2015
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This collection, begun in 2001 and completed in 2014, is inspired by the weaving traditions of many cultures. The handbags and wall hangings in this exhibit were all influenced and inspired by designs, motifs, and weave structures from Japan, Mexico, Guatemala, Bhutan, Peru, Bolivia, and Indonesia. Looms used include four-harness floor loom, back-strap loom, marudai (Japanese Braiding Loom), cardboard loom, and tablet loom. This exhibit explores a small part of the wide array of possibilities using these simple tools.

Julia was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance and Choreography. After retiring from her career in dance, Julia’s first experience in weaving came in Mesa, Arizona where she learned traditional Navaho weaving. She moved to the Central Pennsylvania area in 1994 where she continues to explore new weaving techniques and is an active member of the State College Weavers Guild.


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Painting of a group of people marching with a flag, painted on paper made from recycled jeans and uniforms.

October 16 – December 7
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Uniforms and jeans from veterans and community members are shredded, beaten, pressed into screens, then embellished with pulp to become powerful works of art. The stories within the fibers are explored, creating the opportunity for the community to own their collective experience with conflict, service, and community, and to learn lessons of the past.

This exhibit features works created during a free and open-to-the-public workshop hosted by visiting artist Patrick Sargent held in the HUB-Robeson Center on October 14, and in Wagner Drill Space on October 15 and 16. ART-illery is supported by Adult Learner Programs and Services in Student Affairs.


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