Jun 30 Thursday
Drop in to Schlow Library throughout the month of June to enjoy poems written by residents of Centre Care Nursing Home’s memory care unit in response to artworks by artists with ties to Centre County. Both the poems and the artworks will be on display, forming an exhibition that sets verbal and visual art in conversation, honors the imaginations of those living with memory loss, and challenges conventional notions of disability.
May 10 – July 17 | HUB Gallery
An exhibition of animation reels from the second annual Happy Valley Animation Festival (HVAF 2022), a juried, international animation competition that seeks to promote the art of animation and showcase works by students, early career and practicing professional artists, designers, and filmmakers in three primary categories: Animated Films, Experimental Animated Works, and Animated Motion Graphics & Design.
HVAF is a collaboration between organizers, volunteers, and academic partners. 2022 events are hosted by the Digital Arts and Media Design Program in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State and the Animation Club at Penn State.
As the unofficial 6th love language a meal can be a joyous moment in someone’s day. For those who are food insecure the effects of insufficient meals or nutrients have physical and economic ripple effects. Students experiencing food insecurity also experience many intertwined social issues including financial insecurity, housing insecurity, work or family obligations, and student loan debt. Artist and alumna Nikki Lau and creator of Little Lau Shop, produces intentionally hand-made ceramics of anthropomorphic food and creatures that have big and small emotions. In 2021 Lau began to create sculptural platters of food to fundraise for various food pantries. In this exhibition these platters will be for sale; 20% of sales will go to the Lions Pantry providing food to PSU students at no cost.
Email Galleries@psu.edu for purchasing information.
Mental Health in Higher Education highlights the complexities of mental health and neurodivergence of faculty members at Penn State. Intertwined with the artworks are stories from current students of how COVID19 has impacted their academic life and wellness. Addressing both student and faculty experiences, the exhibition celebrates the ways in which student and faculty process through art and communication.
Curated by Dr. Alexandra Allen and Kayley McDonald
Works by Dr. Alexandra Allen, Dr. William Doan, and Melissa Lesher
An exhibition in two parts, Future Return curated by Jeremy Dennis brings together beadwork, woodcarving, photography, and Shinnecock written books to share Indigenous stories. Artist and curator Jeremy Dennis creates cinematic images and places of belonging that center BIPOC artists. From Dennis' artist statement, "nowhere have Indigenous people been more poorly misrepresented than in American movies." Future Return brings together mediums of art where the creation is to continue their ancestors' tradition of storytelling and showcase the sanctity of their land. As racial divisions and tensions reach a nationwide fever pitch, it's more critical to Dennis than ever to offer a complex and compelling representation of Indigenous people.
Every museum contains objects that, for one reason or another, become highlights of the collection in the eyes of its visitors. Similarly, the people who spend their professional lives in the museum also form attachments to the objects in their care. In this exhibition, the staff members of the Palmer Museum of Art share works of art from the museum’s permanent collection that have become special to them. They also share the stories behind their selections, inviting the public to consider objects that might in turn become a few of their favorite things.
The diversity of objects in Staff Picks represents a spectrum of aesthetic preferences and personal interests of people who spend their working hours surrounded by art. The objects selected include works that are not frequently on view, among them an evocative etching by Edward Hopper, a watercolor by famed American modernist Charles Demuth, and an array of photographs and works on paper by contemporary artists Carrie Mae Weems, Catherine Opie, Sam Gilliam, Yvonne Jacquette, and Faith Ringgold. Rounding out this eclectic mix are a Civil War-era print from Harper’s Weekly, a crayon drawing by Joseph Yoakum—the first work by a Black artist to enter the collection—and a host of other favorite treasures from the Palmer Museum of Art.
Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.
The exhibition HOME/STUDIO features recent work by twenty-five current faculty members in Penn State’s School of Visual Arts and is presented as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration. Exhibitions of work by visual art and art education professors have long been a vital part of the life of the University, with annual group shows occurring regularly at least a decade before the Museum of Art at Penn State opened its doors in 1972. Since the museum’s founding, more than twenty faculty-based exhibitions have been organized by the Palmer Museum of Art.
What sets this faculty show apart from those that came before it is the unprecedented period during which the works were produced; that is, amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the social and political upheavals that marked 2020 and 2021. The works on view were shaped by the disruption to daily life and work routines, the overriding sense of uncertainty that permeated lived experience, and the physical and psychological barriers created by the confinement of sheltering in place. Lines between home and studio blurred, and home became the metaphorical studio for artists and the place where they turned challenges into opportunities and adapted, responded, and reimagined their work, producing new approaches and opening fresh lines of inquiry.
In the gallery you will encounter a range of responses from faculty who explore the emotional and deeply personal to critical commentary on the social and political turmoil of the past two years, as well as work that addresses the public health crisis itself. For some artists staying at home was a welcome solace that slowed down the pace of life, allowed space for reflection, and sharpened skills of observation, while for others the “dual pandemic” of Covid-19 and systemic racism accelerated an urgency to confront these crises head on in their work.
The forty-four works on view in HOME/STUDIO encompass a broad expanse of media and explore the multi-dimensional approaches to pandemic-related issues. Each work is accompanied by an artist’s statement that serves as an inflection point, expanding on its content, process, and meaning. Though the effects of the pandemic continue to impact us and our communities in different ways, together the works by faculty featured in the gallery hold up a mirror, reminding us of our shared experience during this still unfolding crisis.
The exhibition is organized by the Palmer Museum of Art and curated by Museum Director Erin M. Coe.
Works of art by Penn State visual arts faculty have long been a part of campus life. Those Who Taught is presented in conjunction with HOME/STUDIO: 2022 Penn State School of Visual Arts Faculty Show. This companion exhibition highlights a selection of watercolors, drawings, and prints by former Penn State faculty members who were dedicated teachers and makers of art for many decades. Well before the founding of the Museum of Art in 1972, many of these artists and art educators showed their work on campus, served on college committees, received teaching awards, and laid the groundwork for the University’s support of the arts that began in the early 1960s. Those who paved the way include Harold Altman, Yar Chomicky, Albert Christ-Janer, Stuart Frost, William P. Hanson, Jules Heller, Bruce Shobaken, Edwin Zoller, and Geroge Zoretich. They exhibited their work nationally, received prestigious fellowships and top prizes at major shows, saw their work enter notable museum collections, and wrote books on watercolor technique, printmaking, childhood education, the history of church hymns, and modern church architecture.
Those Who Taught makes clear that visual arts and art education professors contributed unique experiences and diverse perspectives to the broader Penn State faculty. Included in the exhibition is a recently acquired watercolor by the University’s first full-time Black faculty member, Mary E. Godfrey, who was hired in 1957. While some of the faculty artists represented in the exhibition spent only a few years in State College, many ultimately made their homes here and spent decades working with students and contributing to campus life. Though many former faculty have passed away, two of the artists featured in this exhibition, Richard Mayhew and Linda Plotkin, are still living and making art.
Jul 01 Friday
The term “scatter terrain,” borrowed from role-playing and war games, refers to miniature fragments of architecture, natural features, or small props that provide a visual aid for players. This exhibition presents pockets of “terrain” – peculiar landscapes, architectural gestures, intimate domestic corners – as a metaphorical means of escape from the pandemic and connection to those who are far away. What started as a call for disparate glimpses into distant lives and locations is now shifting toward a realization that our communal sense of place is still marked by a reckoning with an ailing world and an urgent need for new perspectives. Scatter Terrain was co-curated by Anthony Cervino and Shannon Egan, features 25 artists, and first premiered at Ejecta Projects.