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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.

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...

PolyPhony Collage Image by Professor Lonnie Graham

Polyphony, the title of an exhibition of photographs and drawings produced by students who participated in a week-long workshop held recently in Christchurch, New Zealand, led by SoVA Professor Lonnie Graham, refers to the notion of...

Left to Right: Robin Vandezande, Amy Migliore, Sandy Corson, Judy Treffinger, Lisbeth Bucci

 

SoVA Art Education Ph.D candidate Amy Migliore presented and led a workshop at the Design-Ed Design Education Conference in Philadephia in June, where speakers from Project Zero, the Cooper-Hewitt museum, and other prominent thinkers in...

Chidester Painting Tectonica, 2014, Flashe on panel, 46”x60”

 

Tectonica, a solo exhibition by Paul Chidester, Penn State School of Visual Arts professor, is on display through Saturday, October 4, at the Future Tenant Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.

Chidester’s body of works introduces...

03/2014

Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, will give a lecture, “Borderline Existence: Burmese Chin in Mizoram State, India,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, in Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, as part of the Fulbright Speaker Series. He...

Karen Keifer-Boyd

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) Women’s Caucus has named Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women’s studies, recipient of the June King McFee Award, which honors an individual who has made distinguished contributions...

Mary Ann Stankiewicz

The National Art Education Association has named Mary Ann Stankiewicz, professor of art education, to receive the 2014 National Art Educator of the Year Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes...

01/2014

Including Difference Cover Image

Penn State School of Visual Arts Professor Karen Keifer-Boyd has co-authored Including Difference: A Communitarian Approach to Art Education in the Least Restrictive Environment with Michelle Kraft.  Published by the National Art...

Painter John Bowman, Penn State professor of art, is exhibiting his recent work in a solo show, Open City, at Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, January 9–February 15, 2014. The exhibited oil paintings are a series of layered cityscapes...

12/2013

For Delivering the Goods, SoVA MFA candidates were allowed to use any media and treat any subject matter they desired, as long as it fit within a pre-paid U.S. Postal Service mailing box. The exhibition was on display at the Kauffman...

Seven graduate students and two faculty members represented the Penn State Art Education program at the 14th annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference held November 6-9 in New Orleans. The international conference draws attendees primarily from...

JC Award Graphic

In honor of Judy Chicago and her many varied accomplishments, Through the Flower — working with Penn State School of Visual Arts — has established an award for outstanding educators who have developed projects related to principles embodied in...

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