One of the highlights of each fall semester, the Penn State School of Visual Arts' (SoVA) Undergraduate Juried Exhibition provides SoVA’s students with the opportunity to have their work juried by a professional artist and compete for a Kara D. Berggren Scholarship Award, as well as several merit awards. We invite you to join us in celebrating this special exhibition at a reception Monday, November 14, at 5 PM, where award winners will be announced. We strongly encourage family and friends to attend and participate in this community event.
Through the support of the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, each year SoVA invites nationally and internationally recognized artists, critics, and curators to serve as jurors for this special exhibition. This year we are delighted to have Richard Rinehart serve in this role. These works are polished in that they are self-conscious and thorough, said Rinehart of the show. "Yet, they avoid the glitzy, smooth surfaces that are often too-literally associated with polished work at commercial art fairs. Here, ‘rough intent’ does not signal an unfinished quality in undergraduates’ work, but rather their robust commitment."
Rinehart is director and chief curator of the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University. He has served as digital media director and adjunct curator at the University of California–Berkeley Art Museum and as curator at New Langton Arts and the San Jose Arts Commission. He juried for the Rockefeller Foundation, Rhizome.org, and others. Rinehart has taught courses on art and new media at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Art Institute, and elsewhere. He served on the boards of the Berkeley Center for New Media, New Langton Arts, and the Museum Computer Network. He has led National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities-funded national research projects on new media, art, preservation, and museums. He has recently published a book with MIT Press on preserving digital culture, co-authored with Jon Ippolito: Re-Collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory (http://re-collection.net).