Aug 16 Tuesday
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.
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.
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.
Aug 17 Wednesday
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.
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.
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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
Over & Over Again July 22 - September 4 | HUB Gallery Reception: August 31 | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The first documented iterations of 3D printing trace back to the early 1980s, but the first practice of building through placing line on top of line is found in ceramic’s coil building technique as early as 6000 BC. Through new digital technologies artists and manufacturers can model objects in software programs. Then by using g-code, conducting test prints, and adjusting calibration settings they print objects by depositing layer on top of layer until the form is complete.
Over & Over Again brings together 3D printed works by PSU Faculty Jose Pinto Duarte, Tom Lauerman, Shadi Nazarian, and Rebecca Strzelec and Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D). The works on view highlight their commitment to working in innovative technologies, encountering new possibilities, and reimagining objects.
July 25, 2022 – January 29, 2023 | Art Alley
ARC presents Premiere, the inaugural exhibition of Andrew Castañeda’s recent photo and painting works. Organizing his work to mirror the structure of a day in TV programming, individual pieces from various ongoing series are exhibited among each other, just the way episodes of disparate tv shows run back-to-back every day. The range of the work presented is akin to the spectrum of television programming: from documentary to cartoon, commercial break to made-for-tv movie. Tune into Premiere for artworks of familiar silhouette and claymation lands that walk viewers through TV sets of joy, turmoil, and loss.
Andrew Castañeda grew up surfing and skateboarding in sunny southern California. Castañeda has work in two private collections: The American Museum of Ceramic Arts at Pomona, CA and the Kansas City Art Institute Teaching Collection. Castañeda earned his BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute, his MFA from Penn State University, and is currently Harvard’s Artist in Resistance 2020-2021.