The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA)

Dana Carlisle Kletchka and B. Stephen Carpenter, II

The Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA) is a professional development institute is a collaboration between the Palmer

Museum of Art and the Art Education Program. Dana Carlisle Kletchka, Curator of Education at the Palmer Museum of Art, and

B. Stephen Carpenter, II, professor of art education in the School of Visual Arts (SoVA) are the SICA faculty.


SICA participants are preK-12 teachers and art museum educators from throughout the state of Pennsylvania who engage in five-days

of intensive face to face experiences in the Palmer Museum of Art and in studio classrooms in SoVA. Participants interact directly with

works of art from the permanent collection and exhibition galleries; engage in intimate interpretation sessions with contemporary works

on paper in the Print Study Room; discuss readings; and participate in discussions, gallery talks, and an art making studio experience.

Participants gain knowledge about interpretation and art criticism by working directly with SICA faculty and visiting scholars to interpret

contemporary works of art as a means to explore approaches to meaning making, pedagogy, curriculum, and art making inspired by

contemporary art.


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