HUB-Robeson Center Galleries and Display Areas
School of Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition
October 4 – November 16, 2017
Reception: November 14, 5-7pm
Visual artists at Penn State see things many of us mostly miss— they take the chance of curiosity and meld it with the obscurity that surrounds us to yield the unpredictable and the spectacular; the playful and the purposeful. Now we see it; now we know it. The many motions of making and the private persuasion of shaping push the limits of material and matter, re-charge technologies of form fitting, re-claim the mysteries of material thinking, re-animate audacious change, and re-vision art as nothing, and as everything else.
On view is work by full-time faculty who teach visual arts and design in SoVA studios and digital labs as part of their academic and professional practice. Participants include Brian Alfred, John Bowman, Paul Chidester, Bonnie Collura, Robin Gibson, Shannon Goff, Lonnie Graham, Andrew Hieronymi, Tom Lauerman, Cristin Millet, Jerrold Maddox, Eduardo Navas, Helen O’Leary, Liz Quackenbush, Eric Roman, Carlos Rosas, Steven Rubin, Jean Sanders, Keith Shapiro, Rudy Shepherd, Ann Shostrom, Stephanie Snider, Chris Staley, Ann Tarantino, and Robert Yarber.
SCASD Annual K-12 Exhibition
January 4 – 27, 2018
Reception: January 27, 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.
Romanticism and the Theatre of Everyday Living
Paintings by Erica Harney
September 27 – December 10, 2017
Reception: October 10, 5–7pm
Erica Harney’s paintings reside in the interstices of realism and abstraction. They’re about the act of creating “selective” realities, which can be literal, like the exquisitely intentional fabrications of staged theaters, or existential like the self-images we craft in an effort to help us perceive and be perceived by others. By exploiting the deceptive nature of paint, she allows remnants of the physical and intellectual process to emphasize that the images are an artifice — deliberately constructed, edited, and presented in such a way as to become its own entity.
Harney’s work is directly affected by her experiences working as a scenic artist, painting sets and backdrops for operas, plays, and musicals, where every element of the set has been carefully and deliberately chosen to express a mood, idea, or ambience. Even the word “play” has a significant double meaning to her as playfulness and whimsy propel her work and allow each piece to take on its own aesthetic and identity that is completely different from the one before.
Erica Harney is a Philadelphia-based painter who holds a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from Penn State. She has also studied at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy and has been a resident artist at ArtScape in Toronto, Weir Farm in Connecticut, the Palazzo Rinaldi Italy, and the Vermont Studio Center. She has exhibited extensively across the United States and Internationally, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Graham Endowed Fellowship, a Daniel J. Murphy II Award for Creativity, and a Christos N. Apostle Grant.
Since 2012 Harney has worked professionally as a scenic painter for Philadelphia-area theatre and production companies, including Opera Philadelphia and Opera Delaware. She is currently the Scenic Charge at the Fulton Scenic Studios, the official production company for the historic Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, PA.
Paintings by Matthew Hall
September 29 – December 10, 2017
Reception: October 10, 5–7pm
Matthew Hall developed this body of work through the experience of adopting a new city, building a home, and what continues to resonate after it no longer feels new. The imagery and scenes are a meditation on how affinity builds attachment and the comfort derived from that sentimentality.
Hall is a Philadelphia-based artist working with gestural drawing, books, text, and works on paper. He earned his MFA in Printmaking from Penn State in 2013 and his BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University in 2006. His work was named “Best in Show” in 2012 by juror Brook Seidlemann in Homage: Past Influences at the Target Art Gallery in Alexandria, VA. Hall participated in an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in June of 2013 and has designed the season graphics for Salt Lake Acting Company from 2010 – 2015. He has been represented by 3rd Street Gallery in Philadelphia since 2014.
Playthings of a Bygone Era
September 19 – January 5, 2017
“The aesthetics of the past and the beauty in everyday objects is something that has always fascinated me,” collector Brian Smith says. “Children’s books and toys can offer a glimpse into the past, allowing the viewer to transport back to a time when we were more youthful than we are today. There is an air of reminiscence about old toys and books, a sense of wonderment and nostalgia; however, these Playthings of a Bygone Era can also offer a more ‘proper’ purpose. One can learn a lot about the past through the writings of ‘great’ men and women. The actions of those in positions of power, and the ones who challenge that power, frequently turn up in history textbooks. But I believe that a person can learn a lot about the past through an appreciation of how a culture spends its leisure time. The toys that we play with, the stories that we read as children and the illustrations that we pour over as the book is being read to us can speak to the larger question of who we are as a society.”
Brian Smith was born in Greensburg, PA. He currently resides in State College, PA with his wife and two sons and is a Social Studies teacher with the State College Area High School.
September 19 – January 5, 2017
Bradley Klem uses illustration in his work to express ideas about conservation and sustainability. Many of his ideas were developed through sharing experiences with his father both while fishing and in the mountains of Northern Arizona. He pairs this imagery with handmade pottery in order to exploit its familiarity and utilize the relationship we have with objects that inhabit our everyday lives. The illustrations then become part of the overall experience with these objects and possibly add to the conversations which may take place around them.
Bradley Klem lived much of his life in Arizona and was first introduced to clay while studying painting at Arizona State University. Since completing his undergraduate degree in 2014, Klem has been regularly exhibiting his work in national and international exhibitions as well as hosting workshops and presentations across the United States. In 2015 he partnered with Alexandra Jelleberg to co-found, coordinate, and direct GrowlerFest 2015 East and West. As a founding director of GrowlerFest it is his aim to emphasize the link between the craft brewery movement and the vitality of handmade pottery. Klem is currently an MFA candidate in Ceramics at Penn State.
Empathy and Entropy
Sculpture by Mary Cate Fruehan
September 19 – January 5, 2017
Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Mary Cate Fruehan found herself intrigued by decay in the form of dilapidated houses or rusted-out cars. These ruins felt monumental and mystical to her, leaving her with a feeling of wonder not knowing their stories or who they belonged to. In a time where information is at our fingertips, wanting for more can be poignant. Fruehan’s work plays into this element of wanting more information by implying a function or narrative but with an unknown or incomplete use.
In her studio practice Fruehan begins by incrementally laying down material, allowing the forms to evolve slowly and suggest narratives of how they might work. As she negotiates with her materials and navigates these forms, their emerging logic suggests where an orifice should be, how something might navigate the interior of this space, or how this object could function.
Mary Cate Fruehan recently received her BFA from Penn State with a concentration in Ceramics. She has further studied sculpture and ceramics at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Arrowmount School of Arts and Crafts. In Fall 2017 she will be student teaching in Pittsburgh and completing her degree in Art Education.
Pigs, Process, Sustainability
Sculpture by Maria Lupo
January 15 – March 15, 2018
Maria Lupo’s work is rooted in the ecological cycles of nature and one’s relationship to the natural world. The images evoke a mythopoetic relationship with nature that expresses places and creatures both real and imagined. Through the use of tactile, natural materials such as grass seed, spanish moss, topsoil, and feathers the artwork fuses ecology and mythology bearing witness to nature’s power as well as its vulnerability.
Lupo begins her process by searching through dollar stores, toy departments, and garage sales, a process that she likens to a treasure hunt. Searching through materials starts her organic and fluid artistic process, and as she finds just the right body and nose pairing she begins mixing her topsoil and developing a name, personality, and images for her mythical creature.
Maria Lupo was born and raised in Newark, NJ and received her BFA from Rutgers University. As part of her studies at Rutgers University, Lupo began her sculptural studies in Cennina, Italy. She continued her studies in Sculpture at Hunter College, CUNY, receiving a Master’s of Fine Arts degree. In addition to her studies as a fine artist, Lupo has completed her Post-Masters Specialization in Art Therapy from Caldwell College and is a Registered Art Therapist, holding a second Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate in Medical Humanities at Drew University.
January 15 – March 15, 2018
As a child Suzanne Nugent was infatuated by windup music boxes where opening the drawer causes an articulated figure, most commonly a ballerina or clown, to start joyfully dancing. As an adult, she discovered Victorian sand automation toys that instead of using a windup mechanism, work by flipping the box 180 degrees so that the sand runs down and directly animates the figures. Her love of these simple music box automata significantly influence her paper puppets, which she makes entirely by hand using acid-free watercolor paper.
Nugent’s interest in jewelry making is much more recent, beginning with buying a Shrinky Dink craft kit for her kids in early 2017. While her daughters were working on their own shrunken crafts, Nugent discovered that she could make serious pieces that she could wear herself. Since then she’s created numerous designs, incorporating her own drawings and experimenting with metallic foils and resin. Around the same time that she began making jewelry, Nugent was battling granulomatous mastitis, a rare breast autoimmune disease. The disease opened her eyes to the world of other autoimmune diseases which in turn inspired much of the blue and purple butterfly jewelry designs that honor thyroid and lupus diseases.
Suzanne Nugent was born and raised in State College. After graduating from State College Area High School, she attended Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, which is one of only two art colleges for women. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2004 and now lives in Haddonfield, NJ with her husband and two daughters. She has illustrated interior drawings for many Choose Your Own Adventure books, created work for Tommy Hilfiger, and has completed many private commissions.
Art on the Move
September 18 – January 17, 2018
Lindsey Duffey’s photographs highlight the details of everyday objects that might otherwise go unnoticed or unappreciated. This series focuses specifically on unique bicycles from the collection of Bob “The Bike Guy” Swaim. She intentionally composed each photograph so that the viewer’s attention is directed towards a single, small component removing the context of the overall object. Duffey does this as a way of inviting the viewer to look at the bikes beyond their purpose as a form of transportation and begin looking at them as pieces of art.
Lindsey Duffey earned her BFA in Applied Media Arts from Edinboro University in 2012 and currently resides in the State College area.
May 12, 2017 – January 17, 2018
Beverly Klucher is a prolific oil painter whose primary focus is on costal scenes and landscapes. Her paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the Eastern United States and sold to private & Corporate collectors. Many of her pastoral scenes are reflective of the Central Pennsylvania region, while many of her beach scenes are captured while on her annual trip to Cape Cod, Florida. Regardless of the scene, the fluidity of light combined with the spontaneity of her brush strokes depicts a sense of calm in the moment.
As the daughter of a Naval officer, Klucher was blessed with the opportunity to travel extensively as a child. She quickly realized that she could visually communicate her experiences with pencil and chalk. Her talent was obvious to those around her and soon Klucher realized the importance of pursuing her love of art.
Beverly Klucher is a Fine Arts graduate of Pennsylvania State University and has completed further graduate work in Landscape Painting at Maryland Institute of Art. She and her husband currently reside in the State College area where they both appreciate the sweeping views of the Appalachian Mountains.
Student Health Center
September 20, 2017 – January 17, 2018
Fernanda Bonafini first began drawing mandalas as a way to relieve stress and balance emotions. Her first mandalas were drawn on black paper with gel pens and she later migrated to using black ink pens on white paper. More recently, she has begun working with heat transfer to add various colors of reflective foil to her original black ink mandalas.
The term mandala means “circle” in Sanskrit, however mandalas are much more than just circles to her; they also represent wholeness and inner peace. Even Ataraxiaowl, her chosen artistic name, synthesizes the message she wants to convey in her drawings, as Ataraxia means “a lucid state of robust tranquility and ongoing freedom from distress and worry,” while owl represents wisdom and the ability to navigate any darkness in life.
Bonafini draws inspiration from other contemporary mandala artists, her personal journey towards self-knowledge and self-awareness, and her affinity for geometry and symmetry. She hopes that her work can help others improve concentration, increase creativity, decrease anxiety and stress, and increase physical and emotional balance.
Fernanda Bonafini is currently a student at Penn State earning her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction — Mathematics Education and a concurrent Masters degree in Applied Statistics.
North Halls Cultural Lounge
September 11, 2017 – January 15, 2018
As a photographer, Prince Spells finds that his purpose is to photograph and publish issues of civic concern in the interest of informing and educating the public. He came away from his travels in Africa with a concept that is not just specific to that part of the world, focusing on the universal themes of struggle, poverty, resilience, and the human determination to survive. He explains that “It is a utilitarian philosophy characterized by rebellion, survival, utility, and competition within a hostile environment…I believe that evidence for this concept can be found right here in the ghettos of America.”
Prince Spells was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He’s a 2008 graduate of Penn State, where he majored in Integrative Arts. Since then, inspired by the ideology of civic journalism, Spells has focused exclusively on subsistence enterprise issues; producing photo-essays in China, Italy, and the USA in the interest of building the foundation for The Partnering Firm, a non-profit organization that serves the public interest by stimulating the artistic and entrepreneurial agency of independent workers, worldwide, through innovative initiatives that perpetuate the mutual improvement of society.
West Halls Cultural Lounge
September 18, 2017 – January 22, 2018
Jake Waldman first became intrigued by trains and railroads when watching the locomotives on the Hudson River near where he grew up. These photographs were all shot with a K-1000 SLR Camera, and many were taken onboard as a passenger en route to Florida and California. He states, “After a few rides on steam trains I was sold on the big, fire-breathing machine…the smell of the coal, the wisps of water vapor, the vibration of the ground, and the fluid movement of so many tons of steel, fire, and water.”
Waldman graduated from the Eberly College of Science in 2004 with an MS in Chemistry and has since worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a process chemist. He has always been interested in photography and received his first Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera in 1991. Even though he now uses a digital SLR, Waldman still applies his knowledge of F-stops, shutter speed, and manual focus to inform his photography.