The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA)


The Penn State School of Visual Arts, in collaboration with the Palmer Museum of Art, announces its second annual Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA).    This innovative professional development institute, facilitated by Dana Carlisle Kletchka, curator of education at the Palmer Museum of Art, and B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education will be held June 24–June 28, 2014, at the Palmer Museum of Art. A related optional graduate-level course will be offered online following the Institute.

The Summer Institute on Contemporary Art is a free professional development institute at Penn State. Participants are invited to spend five summer days exploring pedagogical spaces created within practices of dialogic meaning-making. The institute is a means to put theory into practice by exploring themes on the relationships among the body, dialogic teaching practices, and contemporary art.

Participants will co-develop approaches to incorporating contemporary art into their curricula; discuss readings on contemporary art, pedagogical theory, museums, and curriculum; engage in group discussions, in-gallery experiences, and studio projects; and take away new information and images for classroom use.

SICA is ideally suited for K-12 educators; museum educators; docents; art, art education, and art museum education students; early childhood educators; and others who are responsible for education and public programming.

SICA is free and Act 48 credits are available. Tuition rates apply for those who also enroll in AED 597: Professional Development Summer Institute. Register for SICA by calling 814-863-9188 or emailing by May 30, 2014.

For more information, visit


Related People