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Past Exhibits from 2015

Jennifer Kane
Landscape painting by Jennifer Kane

September 11, 2014 – May 10, 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 landscape oil paintings with a palette knife. 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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State College Area School District Annual K-12 Exhibition
Painting by Anja Lee, Grade 2

January 5 – January 24
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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Chinese Students Oversea Impressions: A Comparison by Xiaoyi Ma
Photograph of Chinese students playing, by Xiaoyi Ma

January 7 – March 3
Art Alley

During his freshman year, Xiaoyi Ma discovered that while he and his fellow Chinese students were living extremely different lives than those they were accustomed to, very few other people realized or even considered what Chinese overseas students at Penn State were experiencing. Chinese Students Oversea Impressions: A Comparison began as a way to document the lives of average Chinese students and expose their inner world.

Yet as the project progressed, it became clear to Ma that simple documentation wasn’t enough. It was then that the focus of his project shifted from documentation to expression. Ma found inspiration in his own feelings and experiences as a Chinese student, allowing him to use photography to reveal his inner thoughts and focus on what was felt rather than what was lived.

The photographs featured in this exhibition provide a side-by-side comparison and allow the viewer to experience the differences and the similarities in the lives of Chinese students both here in America and in China.

 

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Jennifer Shuey
Painting by Jennifer Shuey

January 15 – May 10
Art on the Move – Old Main

Jennifer enjoys capturing the essence of our local landscape through her use of pastels. Vibrant and spontaneous, working with pastels gives Jennifer an almost meditative creative outlet that is a good complement to her work as the Executive Director of the ClearWater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania. She aims to enrich the viewer’s emotional connection to nature and inspire them to become involved in conservation.

 

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Brian Gaither
Monochromatic painting by Brian Gaither

January 19 – March 4
Art on the Move — Student Health Center

Based on a tradition of social critique, Brian Gaither creates art that evokes humor, inspiration, introspection and discussion through an examination of the human condition. Through his work, Gaither explores the existence and interaction of ideologies that shape social institutions, the juxtaposition of group and individual identities, and the perpetuation of social conflict. Brian is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting at the Pennsylvania State University.

 

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Jeremy Drey
Black and white photograph by Jeremy Drey

January 26 – April 30
Art on the Move — North Halls

“Making images with an out of date process seemed only appropriate when capturing old mechanical items that have also become out of date,” Jeremy 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.”

 

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THEM: Images of Separation
Collage of racist imagery collected by the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

January 23 – March 1
HUB Gallery

THEM: Images of Separation is a traveling exhibition from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University. This exhibit showcases items from popular culture, such as postcards, license plates, games, souvenirs and costumes, which promote stereotyping against women, poor Whites, homosexuals, Jewish Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and others. THEM provides a powerful experience of how stereotyping lingers — subtly and not so subtly — today.

THEM follows up the success of the Hateful Things exhibition, hosted by the HUB-Robeson Galleries in the Spring of 2012. Hateful Things focused specifically on imagery demeaning to African-Americans. In response to the several questions asking why no objects dealing with other groups were featured, Ferris State University professor of Social Sciences David Pilgrim said, “For this show, we took our direction from Martin Luther King’s famous quote, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ This is the next logical step for the Jim Crow Museum. I’m hoping THEM shows discrimination and stereotyping is not just a black/white issue — it’s more pervasive than that.”


The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is an international leader in the fight against racism. Founded on the idea that everyday racist items can be used as educational tools, the museum aims to use its thousands of Jim Crow era artifacts to teach visitors how to recognize and confront racism.

Them: Images of Separation is sponsored by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, the University Park Allocation Committee, and the HUB-Robeson Galleries.

 

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Xin Wen
Interactive, flip-up artwork by Xin Wen

January 30 – April 26
Art on the Move — West Halls

Xin Wen is a new media artist exploring issues of self-identification among Chinese women struggling to find a balance between tradition and modern society. Her work is further inspired by the notion that images are superficial, yet powerful. Wen’s interactive feminist series, “Turn Over Two Sides,” leaves the viewer questioning the mask of one’s identity. Wen is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in New Media at the Pennsylvania State University.

 

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Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Art: A Retrospective
"Uzzi" by Robert Pruitt

February 20 – April 26
Robeson Gallery

This exhibition is a culmination of photographers, painters, quilt makers, curators and scholars, including work from Bayeté Ross Smith, Robert Pruitt, Terry Boddie, Malvina Latham, Rick Lowell, Kimberly Camp, Dr. Deborah Willis, Betye Saar, John Pinderhughes, Dawoud Bey and Wendell White. Also included are the works of a number of established artists from Haiti and loaned work from the collection of Dr. Eric Robertson and Hank Willis.

Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Art: A Retrospective is a retrospective of exhibitions hosted by the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Art (The Hurston) in the past decade. Founded in 1990 in Eatonville, — home of the renowned Harlem Renaissance writer and the first incorporated black community in America — the museum is committed to the philosophical legacy of Zora Neale Hurston. In the past 10 years, The Hurston has hosted multiple exhibitions featuring the work of notable contemporary African American artists, including Faith Ringgold, Sam Gilliam, Elizabeth Catlett and Terry Adkins.

The Hurston’s unique mission has been to actively integrate its visiting artists into the community, establishing a reciprocity between art makers and the communities they serve. The activation of arts in communities provides a validation for the works of the artists and the method by which community members may continue to communicate and understand one another’s needs. Through the course of artist residencies, exhibitions, community projects and the annual Zora! Festival, The Hurston and its parent organization, the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, continue to activate the arts toward the cause of a universal understanding of our common humanity.

 

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Leagh Anderson
Sculptural felt wall hanging by Leagh Anderson

March 12 – May 4
Art on the Move — Student Health Center

Leagh Anderson uses wool fibers and the ancient technique of felt making to explore a new sculptural textile form. She finds inspiration in the cycles and seasons of nature, and the colors, textures, and forms that nature takes. Leagh’s work is an intuitive process, shaped by experiences that move her. Many of her expressions have grown out of her concern for this fragile planet and her appreciation for its beauty.

 

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Penn State Center for Arts and Crafts Annual Artists and Instructors Exhibition
Butterfly painting by CFAC Instructor Stephanie Gush

March 17 – April 30
Art Alley

The Penn State Center for Arts and Crafts’ artists and instructors will showcase their artwork in Art Alley and the first floor Exhibit Cases. This exhibit will feature two- and three-dimensional artwork in media and disciplines representing the range of art classes available at the CFAC.

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 40 years. The Center for Arts & Crafts is located in 3 Ritenour and has a ceramics studio in B8 HUB.

 

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Slinky for Pennsylvania State Toy
A variety of colorful Slinkys

March 18, 11am – 1pm
Art Alley

Bob Swaim is a man on a mission — a mission to make the Slinky the official Pennsylvania State Toy. His quest takes him all over the state to various events and venues giving presentations and demonstrations on the Slinky. On March 18th he’ll be stationed near Art Alley with an assortment of ramps, stairs and Slinkys for students to play and experiment with.

Richard James invented the Slinky in Clifton Heights, PA, and the toy had it’s debut in Gimbels Department Store in Philadelphia in 1945. Richard and his wife Betty, whom he had met while they were both enrolled at Penn State, continued manufacturing Slinky in Clifton Heights, PA until the couple’s split in 1964 after which Betty James took over the company and relocated production to Hollidaysburg, PA. Swaim notes these Pennsylvania roots as his motivation to recognize the Slinky as the official Pennsylvania State Toy.

 

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School of Visual Arts Annual Graduate Research Exhibition
2015 Winner: "Maze of Life" by Xiaojiao Shao

March 20 – May 3
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 Research Exhibition celebrates research in all its aspects as an essential and exciting part of graduate education at Penn State. Established in 1986, the 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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Brienne Brown
"Early Evening" A watercolor painting of a barn and field by Brienne Brown
March 11 –January 17, 2016
Art on the Move — Old Main

 

Brienne Brown finds beauty in everyday life, the so-called “mundane.” Ordinary people going about their daily lives inspire Brown to capture a moment in time rather than a particular location. She begins her paintings by choosing a subject and lightly sketching general guidelines. As the paintings progress she begins to focus less on the details of the scene and more on her impressions of where she is.

Brienne’s formal education focused primarily on Chemistry with a second major in Art. After earning her Master’s degree, she worked in a toxicology lab until the birth of her first child. Leaving her job gave her the opportunity to paint more consistently and develop her skill. Brown has since shown her work in several juried exhibitions and won many awards, and has taught and attended numerous workshops.

 

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Nicole Packard
An abstract painting by Nicole Packard

May 11 – September 20
Art on the Move — Old Main

Creativity and imagination have always been a part of Nicole Packard’s everyday life. She is fascinated by the line between reality and fantasy and the duality of beauty and destruction. Much of her work deals with the idea of mapping information that isn’t easily quantified, which allows for the development of a more complex and visually rich environment.

Nicole is a 2014 graduate of Penn State, and holds a BS in Art Education and a BFA in Drawing and Painting.

 

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Paintings by John Mangan
Large aboriginal style painting of an armadillo-like creature.

May 13 – September 13
Art on the Move — University Health Services

September 24 – December 13
Art on the Move — West Halls

September 29 – January 10
Art on the Move — North Halls

John Mangan was a Penn State Continuing Education Drawing and Painting Instructor who unfortunately passed away on September 9, 2014. He is remembered as being an incredibly gifted artist with a unique visionary aesthetic. Mangan was an active artist, exhibiting his work frequently at several venues throughout Central Pennsylvania.

 

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Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania
Watercolor painting of a circular barn by Jeff Mathison

May 22 – July 26
HUB Gallery

This exhibit features depictions of local farms and rural landscapes created in a variety of media by the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania.

The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania was formed in late 2005 and is a joint enterprise of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and the Centre County Farmland Trust. Their mission is to promote the preservation and appreciation of farmland by portraying the beauty of rural landscapes, local farms, and their agricultural products, highlighting farm life and local food markets, and illustrating the issues that affect farmers and our communities. The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania also increase support for farmland preservation through exhibitions and artwork sales.

 

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John Mangan Retrospective
Red, white, and blue stylized self-portrait by John Mangan
 
May 26 – July 18
Robeson Gallery

John Mangan was an art instructor in Drawing and Painting for 20 years through Penn State’s Continuing Education program. Sadly, he passed away on September 9, 2014 at the age of 54. He is remembered as being an incredibly gifted artist with a unique visionary aesthetic. Mangan was an active artist, exhibiting his work frequently at several venues throughout Central Pennsylvania. He left behind an extensive collection of drawings, paintings, and prints.

John Mangan grew up in the Fordham section of the Bronx, NY as a first generation Irish immigrant and spent his childhood summers on his grandparent’s farm in Ireland. He had a strong connection to the natural world, and lived for over 25 years in the Julian Woods Community. He studied drawing and lithography at the Institute Del Arte in Urbino Italy, earned his BA in Printmaking, Drawing, Sculpture, and Ceramics at the The State University of New York at Oneonta, and earned his MFA in Printmaking and Drawing at Penn State University Park. John Mangan is remembered as a true artist, a devoted teacher, and a great friend and mentor to many.

 

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Paintings by Elody Gyekis
Painting of a mythological winged goat by Elody Gyekis

May 27 – September 6
Art Alley

Elody Gyekis finds inspiration in her travels throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and Asia. Documenting these diverse visual stimuli through photography and memory provides Gyekis with the interesting references she uses to create her paintings.

This exhibit displays a wide range of subject matter including landscapes and cityscapes, portraits and figures, and flora and fauna. Also included is a small selection of paintings from her Mythological series, in which Gyekis pieces together well-known mythological beings from her collected references. The new versions of these creatures in their equally stunning and surreal landscapes invite the viewer to leap into the scenes and discover whatever blessing or curse these beings may bring.

Elody Gyekis earned her BFA in Painting and Ceramics from Penn State and is a resident artist at the Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center in Pennsylvania. She’s exhibited her work in several cities across the country including Philadelphia, Syracuse, Tucson, and Harrisburg. Gyekis has served as a Community Arts Organizer and has painted nine murals across Pennsylvania and one mural in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. She is currently working on a mural in Toms River, New Jersey.

 

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BorrandoFronteras/ErasinBorders
Painting by Jorge Eliás Gil of his son with text from a letter from his son.

September 8 – December 6
HUB Gallery

Evoking themes of memory, reconciliation, hybridity, and the bridging of identities; Borrando Fronteras/Erasing Borders is an art exhibition showcasing multi-media work by Cuban and Cuban-American artists: Jorge Elias Gil, Lino R. Menendez Loynaz, Yuniel Castillo Delgado, Karina Bermudez Ortiz, and Leslie C. Sotomayor.

Despite the expanding Cuban and Cuban-American population in the U.S. there is little acknowledgement of Cuba’s rich hybrid ethnic identities and very little awareness of Cuban-American culture beyond a few urban centers. Migration produces a fluid and often non-linear culture with multiple origins and connections that expand beyond geographical borders. As U.S. and Cuban relations continue to shift and significantly impact each other’s cultures and politics, conversations continue to emerge around diaspora.

This exhibit is the culmination of collaborations and conversations between the artists who together apply their life experiences to explore themes of identity and migration and to offer a cultural exchange that bridges these seemingly disparate communities.

 

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Jewelry Designs by Janise Crow
Large statement necklace featuring a lion's head, by Janise Crow

September 15 – December 6
Display Cases

Janise Crow is a mixed media jewelry artist with a number of collections all consisting of one of a kind designs. Many of Crow’s designs use a multitude of techniques blended with various media from several eras. She combines a delicate balance of old and new, movement, color, texture, themes, recyclables, and memories into one piece of wearable art. Crow’s creative genre speaks for itself and appeals to women who appreciate individuality.

Crow is a resident of State College with family ties to Penn State. She is a full-time wig specialist and is a self-taught jewelry artist. She started making jewelry in 2007 with her wire sculpted pendants and beading collections. From there her nature to cherish things of the past and refurbish them into unique modern jewelry has led to the creation of her collections: artisan aluminum, which utilizes recycled soda cans, and modern vintage and sentimental jewelry, which incorporates recycled jewelry components and highly collectable vintage costume jewelry.

 

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The Stomper Project
"Sole Stomper," a life-size human-like sculpture made from recycled parts of sneakers.

September 16 – January 28
Sculpture Corner

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.

 

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Paintings by John Mangan
Abstract painting of an animal and two figures on an old window. By John Mangan.

September 17 – January 10, 2016
Art on the Move – University Health Services

John Mangan was a Penn State Continuing Education Drawing and Painting Instructor who unfortunately passed away on September 9, 2014. He is remembered as being an incredibly gifted artist with a unique visionary aesthetic. Mangan was an active artist, exhibiting his work frequently at several venues throughout Central Pennsylvania. The paintings on display in this exhibit feature a variety of animals painted on old windows.

 

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Images by Maggie Wolszczan
Vibrant and colorful painting of flowers by Maggie Wolszczan

September 22 – December 13
Art Alley

Maggie Wolszczan, also known as Art Margaux, creates beautiful, bright, and vibrant large-scale oil paintings that feature a variety of flowers and other nature themes. Her love of traveling is instrumental to her growth as an artist and has opened her eyes to color, light, beauty, and antiquity and modernity. All of the experiences she’s had in different regions relate back to her love of art as her paintings are translations of places that she has traveled to and photographed herself.

Wolszczan was born in Poland, and resided there until the age of 5. She then spent the next 8 years of her childhood in Puerto Rico, where she found much of her inspiration to paint. After graduating from State College Area High School, Wolszczan expanded her art education at Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, FL and Design and Art Center College of Design in San Diego, CA. She has since returned to the State College Area, adopted Art Margaux as her nickname, and is now the owner of the Fraser Street Gallery in downtown State College.

 

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Birth of the Painted World
Jivya Mashe and the Warli Tradition of India
"The Hermits Daughter" by Jivya Mashe. A very detailed painting that tells a popular Warli folk story, painted with white rice paste on a brown background.

September 25 – November 19
Robeson Gallery

Birth of the Painted World, curated by Dr. Stephen Hirshon, Professor of Art History, features paintings from the collections of Sanchi Gillett and Gallerie AK by Jivya Mashe, the master of the traditional art of the Warli Tribe, as well as paintings by his sons Sadashiva and Balu Mashe, his grandson and granddaughter, and other Warli artists completed between 1999–2012. Also on view are photographs of the Warlis by Martin Strasmore.

The Warli are a tribe of 300,000 people that live about 100 miles from Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) in the state of Maharashtra, India. They speak a language that has no written form, and for thousands of years women of the tribe rendered intricate paintings on the walls of their earthen homes during times of festivals and marriages as an invocation and blessing. When Jivya Mashe was orphaned as a young boy, he refused to speak and only expressed himself pictorially, drawing figures and scenes in the earth, using the ancient Warli painting style as his reference. As Jivya’s verbal silence continued for a number of years, his visual expression developed into an artistic voice that would soon be translated into award winning paintings on paper and canvas.

Jivya Mashe became the first man to render paintings in the traditional Warli style and has since received numerous awards and has been recognized by two Presidents of India as the leading master of Warli painting. His success has sparked a growing interest in Warli art worldwide and greater numbers of Warli children, men, and women are learning this craft. Mashe’s paintings have been shown in prestigious galleries and museums in Europe, Japan, Canada, and India. This is the first major retrospective of his works in the United States.

A hands-on participatory workshop for children and families will be taught by esteemed Warli artist Sadashiva Mashe on October 17th at 10am in the Robeson Gallery lobby. This workshop is a rare opportunity to study with an accomplished Warli artist. Sadashiva is traveling to the United States from India for the exhibition opening and will be teaching the basics of Warli art, including common Warli symbols.

Sadashiva Mashe's trip to Penn State for the reception and workshop is sponsored by Gallerie AK.

 

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Alyce Ritti
Astronomy-themed collage by Alyce Ritti

October 12 – January 17
Art on the Move – Old Main

Alyce Ritti is a mixed-media artist who combines paper cutouts, fabric, jewelry, feathers, and other found objects to create her unique and playful collages. Each collage is created with the intention of starting a conversation with the viewer, often laced with social and political commentaries and accompanied by a touch of humor and absurdity.

 

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