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Overlap: Life Tapestries

Robeson Gallery

September 17 – November 15, 2018
Reception: September 20, 6–8pm

Overlap: Life Tapestries brings together a group of self-identified women artists whose artistic practices are richly charged, not only in their realization of the ways discrimination is characterized and informed by national origin, race, social position, and historical forces, but also in their understanding of how their socially inscribed bodies intersect. Curator Vida Sabbaghi acknowledges and considers the various facets of the artists’ identities by utilizing an intersectional approach to counter the presentation, underrepresentation, and misrepresentation of women artists. Contributing artists Toni Ross, Alice Hope, Linda Stein, Martha Wilson, Bastienne Schmidt, Judy Gelles, Sascha Mallon, Carrie Alter, Shari Rubeck Weschler, Arlene Rush, Sui Park, Michela Martello, Jackie Tileston, and Jean Shin are of different social and professional backgrounds and generations yet find a commonality in imaginatively recreating the tapestry of their lives through their art while mapping the relationship between the personal and political. 

Previously, Overlap: Life Tapestries was on view at A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, one of the oldest cooperative galleries supporting female artists and curators. After its exhibition in the Robeson Gallery, Overlap: Life Tapestries will be returning to New York City for exhibition at Pen and Brush, which is also a strong supporter of female artists. 

As part of the Overlap: Life Tapestries exhibition, students in Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd’s “Including Difference” graduate course and “Visual Culture & Educational Technologies” undergraduate course will be developing activities to facilitate encounters with the works displayed in the exhibition. This project, called Overlap: Full Circle, brings diverse groups of individuals together in the gallery and utilizes a 360º camera to film their reactions and conversations inspired by the art surrounding them. The footage will then be edited to create a fully-immersive experience that weaves life tapestries from the stories, drawings, performances, dances, and other interactions of those who have joined the circle of life in the Robeson Gallery. Continuing the circle of life started by Overlap: Life Tapestries, Overlap: Full Circle will open with a public reception on December 6, 2018 in the Immersive Experience Lab in 105 Agricultural Science Building at Penn State University Park. 



Sculpture by Peter Park

HUB Gallery

August 29 – December 2, 2018
Reception: October 18, 5–7pm

Keunho Peter Park’s one-of-a-kind works of functional art elevate and celebrate the meaningful spaces in the home. Taking inspiration from the beauty of the human body and characteristics of various creatures and life forms, Park works to instill a unique, distinctive character in each of his pieces to emphasize the important role that functional objects, such as furniture or musical instruments, play in our lives. Through his use of wood and innovative techniques Park explores a variety of sensory experiences. 

Park has always been much more comfortable drawing and thinking visually, preferring the indirect, non-verbal and non-literal aspects of visual communication over language-based forms of expression. As a result, his works are driven by his desire to express his own vision through the development of a distinctive artistic language. 

Keunho Peter Park was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in South Korea. He earned his BFA in Painting from Kookmin Univerisity in Seoul, Korea in 2007, and his MFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013. He has received recognition from the Chung-Ju International Craft Biennale, was a recipient of an Emerging Artist Award at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show, and won a Wharton Esherick Award at the PMA Craft Show in 2015. He has taught several workshops on woodcarving and musical instrument-making, and has exhibited frequently throughout the United States and Korea. Keunho Peter Park currently operates Studio | S P O N G outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 




Art Alley

September 27 – November 29, 2018
Reception: October 18, 5–7pm

Collective is a juried exhibition featuring works by current members and recent graduates of the Penn State Painting Club. Ranging from the extra-large to relatively small, absurd to realist, and figurative to abstract, this exhibition features an impressive display of talented Penn State student artists. 

The Penn State Painting Club, founded in 2011, provides a creative community and facilitates a better understanding of the art world and studio practice. Though the name may suggest otherwise, the Painting Club is open to all majors and provides members with countless creative opportunities, including visiting artist lectures and studio visits, field trips, movie nights, peer critiques, pop-up shows and fundraising, and the opportunity to work closely with School of Visual Arts faculty outside of the classroom.



Eclectic Collections:
A Representation of Penn State Museums and Galleries

Display Cases

September 28, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Eclectic Collections showcases items from the collections of several Penn State museums and galleries