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School of Visual Arts

Research Corner

Research animates all of Penn State’s learning communities. Within the School of Visual Arts the curiosity that drives the creative impulse is seen and felt in our studios, labs and classrooms. These are places that buzz with a continual search for new insights and follows many paths, makes use of multiple methods, and takes on a surprising array of forms. When experience is enlivened by imaginative inquiry the blend of ideas, images and actions that emerge creates new understandings from what we don’t know, which profoundly changes what we do know. This helps us respond intelligently and creatively to a world of continual change. What follows is a sample of the imaginative research undertaken by faculty and students from SoVA.

05/2015

Michael Fratangelo (’01 B.S. Art Ed.) and family

At first glance, the bright colors, lines and geometric shapes seem, well, like an assortment of...

Sculpture Class Raises Awareness of Plastic and Water Usage, Conservation

On Earth Day—April 22—Penn State School of Visual Arts Assistant Professor Shannon Goff and students in her “Pulp Fictions” sculpture special topics course put the spotlight on plastic through a mobile installation, “Plastic Dreadnaught,” made...

04/2015

Resisting Entropy

Cristin Millett, associate professor of art, is currently participating in the group exhibition Resisting Entropy III, on display through April 25 at the Centre for Main Contemporary Art.

Resisting Entropy is an exercise in...

03/2015

Navas Book Cover Image

Eduardo Navas, visiting assistant professor of art, researches and explores the creative and political role of recyclability and remix in art, media and culture. His production includes art and media projects, critical texts and curatorial...

Lugo Ceramics Art and Perception Cover

Roberto Lugo, SoVA alumnus (’14 M.F.A.) and current Ph.D. candidate in Art Education, was recently featured in Ceramics Art and Perception. The article, by Blair Schulman, is a four-page spread showcasing Lugo’s work as both an artist...

Collura "A More Perfect Union" Image

Bonnie Collura, Penn State associate professor of art, will be one of 40 artists exhibiting at...

Edit-a-Thon Image

Scholars, artists, educators and others interested in improving the gender balance of Wikipedia...

Dana Kletchka

Dana Carlisle Kletchka, affiliate assistant professor of art education, curator of education at...

01/2015

Ann Tarantino

WATER LAB, a pop-up artist's studio and creative laboratory, will unfold in the Borland Project Space over the course of five weeks, from February 2 through March 6. During this time, Ann Tarantino will undertake research and studio work in...

Nigerian Master Potter to Visit, Give Demonstration

On Friday, January 23, Ibukunoluwa Ayoola, (aka IBK), Master Potter of Atamora Village, Osun, Nigeria, will visit Penn State School of Visual Arts to give a demonstration of his techniques and to promote his project...

02/2015

Alfred Exhibition Opening

Penn State School of Visual Arts Assistant Professor and alumnus Brian Alfred will have a solo exhibition, It Takes a Million Years To Become Diamonds So Let's All Just Burn Like Coal Until The Sky Is Black, at Ameringer McEnery Yohe,...

12/2014

Brian Alfred Animation Screen Shot

Brian Alfred, assistant professor of art, exhibited his new animation, Under Thunder and Florescent Lights, on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, as part of Art Basel, in Miami...

Dana Karlisle Kletchka Demonstrating ibeacons

Soon, there will be new, high-tech additions to the Palmer Museum’s galleries — small electronic devices that will be stuck to walls behind paintings, hidden under shelves or concealed in corners. You won’t be able to see...

11/2014

Graham Polyphony

An exhibition of photographs and drawings by New Zealand students revealing their perceptions of social issues in their country will be on display in Borland Gallery on the University Park campus, Nov. 3–Dec. 12, 2014, with a public reception on...

Alphonso Grant

Alphonso Grant, Ph.D. student in Art Education, recently participated as a panelist in the Black Beauty Colloquium on Penn State’s University Park campus. The event was an opportunity for members of the Penn State community to have frank and...

Learning as Play: Movable Books

Carlos Rosas, associate professor of art and professor-in-charge of the Interdisciplinary Digital Studio (IDS) program, is working with other Penn State faculty and staff on the digital animation of movable books from the 1600s and 1700s --...

10/2014

Cydnei Mallory in Latvia at Cast Iron Conference

Cydnei Mallory was a recipient of a 2014 Undergraduate Summer Discovery Grant in support of her research project, Digital Technologies in the Foundry Process.  The Summer Discovery Grant program is a resource that helps students take...

09/2014

Robert Shegda Image from Marcellus Shale Project

The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) student photography exhibition Storied Images: Marcellus Shale, produced to augment the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project exhibition at the Palmer Museum of Art, will be on display...

Ann Tarantino Millbrook Marsh Illuminated

On Friday and Saturday evenings, September 12–13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (548 Puddintown Rd., State College, PA 16801), artist Ann Tarantino’s installation Shine a Light will be visible in the waters of the marsh...

08/2014

Yarber Panic Pending Cover Image

Robert Yarber, Distinguished Professor of Art, recently produced a book, Panic Pending, to accompany his exhibition of the same name, held at the Galerie Alex Daniels-Reflex in Amsterdam, December 7, 2013 – January 21, 2014. The...

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