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Past Exhibits from 2016

State College Area School District Annual K-12 Exhibition
Robot sculpture made from a paintbrush by 7th Grader Rahf Aloubal

January 7 – 23
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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AAUW State College Centennial Archives Roadshow
Black and white photograph of AAUW members calling for the ratification of the equal rights amendment.

January 16 – March 2
Display Cases

The AAUW State College Centennial Archives Roadshow offers a peak into the fascinating history of the AAUW State College Branch and includes several photos, handbooks, newspaper clippings, and letters which will be displayed publicly for the first time in the 100-year history of the branch. Formed on February 18, 1916, the Branch advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. In the beginning, the Branch worked with Pennsylvania State College to ensure there were athletic fields for women students, restrooms in public buildings, and a woman member on the Pennsylvania State College Board of Trustees. Over the years, Branch members became community mobilizers and leaders. Today, the Branch provides STEM programs for girls in all of the local school districts, raises $100,000+ annually at the AAUW State College Used Book Sale to provide scholarships for women and help fund dozens of community groups, and has a Penn State student affiliate group.

To learn more about the AAUW State College Branch, visit aauwstatecollege.org.

 

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Miranda Holmes
A colorful painting of a picnic comprised entirely of sweet, sugary desserts by Miranda Holmes

January 20 – May 25
Art on the Move – Student Health Center

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.

 

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Coded Language
Orange and white felt sculptures of shrimp by Nicole Lau

January 22 – March 3
HUB Gallery

Coded Language features sculptural installations by Penn State School of Visual Arts Graduate Student Nicole Lau, and will tackle themes of microaggression, ethnogenesis, and identity politics. Inspired by her own experiences with ambiguous racism and language hiding coded and implied meanings, Lau explores how power, privilege, and oppression are foundations for society. She seeks to explore the institutional oppression that is tightly woven into the fabric of our history and uses her work to identify how oppression is upheld through microaggressions and how one can respond with ethnogenesis.

Microaggressions are the subtle ways in which verbal and body language convey oppressive ideology against marginalized identities. Ethnogenesis is a process in which a group of people acquire an identity that signifies them as an ethnic group.

Nicole Lau was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She received her BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 2008, and is currently pursing her MFA with a concentration in Ceramics at Penn State. She is an Americorps Alumni and her work in 2011 with Public Allies/Americorps was a pivotal moment in her art practice, shifting her themes towards identity politics and social justice.

 

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Optics of the Poles — A Visual Expression of Polar Research at Penn State
Composite of several photographs of nature scenes and animals. Image provided by the Polar Center at Penn State.

January 25 – March 6
Art Alley

Optics of the Poles is a exhibit juried by The Polar Center at Penn State Steering Committee and features a wide variety of artwork by Penn State Undergraduate and Graduate students associated with the visual arts. Each artwork is an interpretation and representation of climate change.

The Polar Center fosters creative, ground-breaking collaboration by catalyzing exchange among members with a unique breadth of expertise at Penn State, representing the life, physical, and social sciences. The Center provides a platform for powerfully forward-thinking scientific exchange with other national and international institutions through workshops and conferences focusing on polar science, and with the local community through public events and lectures ultimately communicating the rare beauty and scientific and cultural value of these regions.

 

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John Mangan
Colorful photograph of desert plant-life at sunset, by Howie Schultz

February 3 – May 3
Art on the Move — West 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. The paintings on display in this exhibit feature a variety of animals painted on old windows.

 

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Maryanne Fyda
Pastel drawing of a log laying across a stream in the spring or summertime.

February 4 – May 1
Art on the Move — Old Main

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.

 

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Howie Schultz
Colorful photograph of desert plant-life at sunset, by Howie Schultz

February 4 – May 1
Art on the Move — Old Main

Septebmer 20, 2016 – January 9, 2017
Art on the Move — University Health Services

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.

 

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Alyce Ritti
Astronomy-themed collage by Alyce Ritti

February 9 – May 5
Art on the Move – North Halls

September 13 – December 5
Art on the Move – West Halls

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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Art Collectors Grace Hampton and Charles Dumas
A bright and colorgul geometic tapestry from the collection of Grace Hampton A mixed media drawing of a girl with a bird, from the collection of Charles Dumas

February 12 – April 22
Robeson Gallery

Grace Hampton’s collection includes artwork from a wide range of artists from the United States, West Africa, and the African Diaspora. Much of the work in the collection comes from artists she has met during her travels throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa.

Charles Dumas and his wife Jo began collecting artwork 40 years ago. They have accumulated many original works from Africa, Haiti, and the African Diaspora, and they are especially fond of works by local State College and Penn State artists.

Grace Hampton is a Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Professor Emeritus in Art, Art Education, and Integrative Arts. She was also a professor at Northern Illinois University, California State University at Sacramento, and the University of Oregon in Eugene, and from 2002-2003 was a visiting professor at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi Ghana. She was an exhibitor as well as a member of the American Delegation to the Second World Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture in Lagos, Nigeria and in numerous visual arts and jewelry exhibitions in the United States. Although officially retired, Hampton has embarked on her next career as full-time artist and consultant in art education, the integration of the arts, and community development through the arts.

Charles Dumas is a Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Professor Emeritus in the School of Theatre. He was also a professor at Temple University, South Africa’s University of the Free State, State University of New York at New Paltz, and a Fulbright Fellow at Stellenbosch University. Dumas is also a professional writer, actor, director, and producer having appeared in over three hundred professional shows on TV, film, and the live stage. He is a past recipient of a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Fellowship. He received an Ensemble Emmy for his part in Separate But Equal and a Best Actor Award from the Hollywood/Beverly Hills NAACP for B.C. Historia.

 

 

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School of Visual Arts Annual Graduate Research Exhibition
2016 School of Visual Arts Graduate Research Exhibition "______" by ________

March 18 – April 24
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 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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Penn State Center for Arts and Crafts Annual Artists and Instructors Exhibition
Charcoal drawing of a woman completed by a CFAC artist.

March 24 – April 24 — Art Alley
March 24 – September 2 — Display Cases

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.


 

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Art by Vesco
Detail shot of a sculpture created by Joe Vesco that contrasts organic raw wood with geometric encaustic (melted wax painting) designs.

May 20 – September 18
Art Alley

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.



 

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Decorum — Kiana Honarmand
A mixed-media piece by Kiana Honarmand, where a biblical image of Adam and Eve has been altered so that Eve's nude form has been censored and replaced with Arabic text.

May 27 – September 11
HUB Gallery

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 Middle 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.



 

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Artes Exempli
"Girl Before a Mirror," a cubist painting by Pablo Picasso

May 17 – September 7
Robeson Gallery

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.



 

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Misty Frederick-Ritz
Mixed-media portrait of a woman with butterfly-like features by Misty Fredrick-Ritz

March 24 – April 24
Art on the Move — University Health Services

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.


 

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Christine Smith
Intricate paper-cutting of flowers and butterflies by Christine Smith

September 19 – December 15
Display Cases

Christine Smith has always had a passion for the natural environment. Graduating from Penn State with an environmental education degree, she has explored many sides of northeastern flora and fauna. Through her papercuttings, she enjoys highlighting the beauty that is constantly around us, although sometimes overlooked. She also has a fascination with the idea of made-up worlds. She finds inspiration through her two small children to investigate and to travel into these secret places. Usually, the longer you look at her pieces, the more you will discover.


 

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Jin Yan
Pen & ink drawing of a girl lounging in pajamas. By Jin Yan.

September 26, 2016 – January 17, 2017
Art on the Move — Old Main

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.



 

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Stephanie Seguin
Ceramic plates glazed with a floral motif; by Stephanie Seguin

March 24 – April 24
Art on the Move — University Health Services

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.



 

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The Importance of the Unimportant
Large sculpture featuring circles and spirals made from recycled cardboard; by Henry Klimowicz

September 28 – November 17
Robeson Gallery

Henry Klimowicz’s sculptures do not leave the viewer with any questions about what material he uses to make each piece. Collected from multiple grocery stores, hardware stores, and shipments from other artists, Klimowicz gives new life to ordinary single-ply cardboard. He makes no effort to hide or disguise the material’s past as small tears, box creases, and even printed product letters are visible on his sculptures. “It isn’t the material that gives something to the viewer,” Klimowicz says, “it is what I put into it — my vision creates whatever image the viewer takes away from the piece.”

Klimowicz has been working with cardboard as his primary material since 1986. Armed with a utility knife and a hot glue gun, he methodically transforms it into large-scale sculptures, pushing the material as far as possible. Working with cardboard allows Klimowicz to create a dialogue between art and the natural world, and the adaptable nature of his work allows him to work freely. When he begins his sculptures Klimowicz does not set out with a clear idea of how the finished piece will look. Instead, he lets the piece develop itself, making aesthetic decisions along the way and without consciously thinking about where a piece is going or if it’s going well.

“Cardboard is simple and straightforward,” says Klimowicz. “It is also a severely limited material. It has an ever-present cultural bias related to its past uses as a container or its present use as waste. I love it when the material transcends its cultural confines. If I can make something beautiful from cardboard, I have then said that anything can be made valuable, fruitful, or hopeful. I see this work as very positive because of the lengths that have been traveled by the material from trash to beauty. It is a statement about the possible — that all things can be redeemed, often for more that what was deposited. Creativity can be that redeemer.”

Henry Klimowicz grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and currently resides in Millerton, New York.



 

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FaceAge
Stills from the FaceAge video installation, in which older and younger people discuss the realities of aging.

September 29 – December 9
Art Alley

FaceAge is an immersive three-screen visual and audio installation which functions as the centerpiece of the FaceAge exhibit. Cross generational encounters are conveyed across six sensory-rich sections, each designed to shift the observer’s embodied experience of aging. Viewers may enter the 55 minute film loop at any point for any amount of time – each encounter will provide its own experience. This project provides a much needed space within a culture where generations tend to be dispersed physically.

Led by the power of the arts to engage communities and ideas, the FaceAge collaboration is an innovative template for cross-disciplinary research and intergenerational community engagement.

As a model for transdisciplinary arts research, FaceAge offers a timely case study for examining and exploring innovative ways in which third-space collaborations — particularly in Arts and Health — can be extended into the sphere of public engagement, with measurable outcomes and impacts. The FaceAge creators aim for a deeper understanding of the lived experience for individuals across generations and how the arts can impact people’s perceptions of aging. They are also interested in extending FaceAge as an embodied, experiential template for engaging the public in other important medical concerns such as end-of-life issues, child abuse, nutrition, and active lifestyles.

FaceAge community engagement efforts begin with the personal experience encountering the installation, witnessing intergenerational interactions on the screen, and listening to powerful stories revealed by filmed FaceAge individuals. Following their experience of the installation, visitors are invited to create their own FaceAge experience by participating in an intergenerational Story Circle.

Following this Penn State residency at the HUB-Robeson Center, FaceAge will be touring to museums, arts and film festivals, universities, and health care centers throughout the US and internationally.

FaceAge Core Partners include: Arts & Design Research Incubator, Penn State College of Arts & Architecture, Center for Healthy Aging, Penn State College of Health and Human Development, Penn State College of Nursing, and the Department of Film Studies, University of North Carolina – Wilmington.



 

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Deconstructed Form
Photograph from Deconstructed Form; an exhibition featuring large ceramic pots and mixed media drawings of pots by artist Stephanie Seguin

September 30 – December 4
HUB Gallery

Utilizing clay, paper, and installation, Stephanie Seguin will create an immersive space that is not complete until a viewer is present. Her total installation not only physically immerses the viewer but is psychologically absorptive too — much like how one gets lost in an epic novel or feels fully immersed in a movie or theatre production. By giving the viewer a sense of being engulfed by a space Seguin invites the viewer to sit and spend time with the work and to focus on their relationship to the objects rather than focusing on the objects alone.

Taking into consideration the relationship of the clay and paper vessels, the proximity of the viewer, directionality of the viewer’s gaze, lighting, and shadows, Seguin attempts to create an awareness of how one’s perspective changes their perception. Her minimalist approach allows the viewer to inject their own subjectivity and perceive the work through their own projections and interpretations.

Seguin’s installation includes nearly 100 clay and paper vessels. The cast paper forms mimic the hand-built clay vessels to create a form of after-image and build tension between the differing visual textures and weights. Seguin deliberately chose to work with clay, paper, and wood in this exhibition as these materials are seen frequently through historical and contemporary design, and using them allows her to bridge the familiar with the unfamiliar.

Stephanie Seguin earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2009. She has since been an Apprentice in Whitefish, Montana, Studio Assistant and Instructor at Maho Bay Clay Works on St. John, United States Virgin Islands, and Workshop and Facility Assistant at La Maridiana; International School of the Ceramic Arts in Italy. She is currently an MFA student at Penn State.



 

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