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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.

11/2015

Landfried Headshot

Penn State School of Visual Arts MFA graduate student Lindsey Landfried's solo exhibition, SCRIPTURE, is on display through November 14 at KWADRAT Berlin. Landfried makes works on paper that range from intimate to landscape scale...

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UnSmoke Systems Artspace presents Late Harvest, a two-person exhibition of recent works by Penn State School of Visual Arts Professors Rudy Shepherd and Paul Chidester. Late Harvest celebrates alternative notions of abundance...

10/2015

Animation in a Digital World

Animation has come a long way in the past 80 years. When Walt Disney started production on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1934, more than 300 animators, artists, inkers and painters had to hand draw the 1.5 million cells that make up the...

B. Steve Carpenter with Virginia Beach High School Students

A group of Virginia Beach high school students visited Penn State University Park in early...

09/2015

Tarantino

Ann Tarantino enjoyed lots of time at a museum this summer, but not as part of a vacation. She...

Qualitative Inquiry

Charles Garoian, professor of art education, took a novel approach when he was invited to guest edit a recent issue of the research journal, Qualitative Inquiry (20:6, 2015). He used the opportunity to facilitate a critical conversation...

Helen O'Leary Installation View
 

Helen O’Leary, Delicate Negotiations, a solo exhibition by Penn State SoVA Professor Helen O'Leary, will open at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York City Wednesday, September 9, with a...

Helen O'Leary

Helen O’Leary, professor of art, has been selected as an artist-in-residence for the inaugural...

06/2015

Brent Wilson Journals

Visual journals chronicling Penn State art education professor Brent Wilson’s four decades of journeys across North America, Europe, Egypt, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and Brazil are on display through Sept. 13 in the Eberly Family Special...

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For decades, "reading, writing, and 'rithmetic" were considered the most fundamental subjects in American K-12 schools. These days, in order to boost our nation's global competitiveness, many schools and colleges are emphasizing STEM subjects --...

Lauerman Group Exhibition

Reformat: Digital Fabrication in Clay, a group exhibition of ceramics from Tom Lauerman, assistant professor of art, along with Andy Brayman, Del Harrow, and Mie Kongo, is...

Hieronymi TRAFFIC Image

Andrew Hieronymi, assistant professor of new media, presents TRAFFIC, a solo exhibition, on display through June 27 at Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA.

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Shepherd Black Rock Negative Energy

Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber, an installation by Rudy Shepherd, assistant professor of art, is on display at Pittsburgh's Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival June 5-14, 2015. During the Induction Ceremony, Shepherd  “turned on...

05/2015

Revolution Will be Sponsored Act #1

During spring 2015, SoVA hosted Pau Figueres, a visiting scholar/artist from Bilbao, Spain. Pau was working on a project, Remix and Sampling of Mass Media and Advertising in Visual Art: Aesthetics and the Problematics of Anti-Consumerism...

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

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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...

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