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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.

08/2017

SEEP at Woskob Gallery

"SEEP," a group exhibition presenting 11 contemporary artists from across the country whose work engages with water, will be on display Aug. 24 to Sept. 30 in the Woskob Family Gallery in State College. 

Curated by gallery director Ann...

Miranda Holmes

“The diverse courses I took at Penn State helped me prepare for this upcoming experience,” said...

2015 Sculpture BFA Crit

Penn State alumna Christina Dietz (‘17 B.F.A. Sculpture) was one of only ten graduating seniors...

Early Childhood Education Internship

A collaboration that Art Education faculty member Christopher Schulte began while a graduate...

Tom Lauerman Demonstrates 3D Pen

On a Wednesday afternoon in April, students were scattered at workstations throughout a lab...

07/2017

Aaron Knochel with Scribblebots

Penn State will highlight the art of science and the science of art at a booth at this summer’s...

05/2017

Jason Walker Red Tail

Jason Walker (’99 M.F.A.) is an invited artist in "Story Telling: About Life" at the 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (GICB) 2017 in Korea, presented by the Korea Ceramic Foundation (KOCEF), from April 22 to May 28 at Icheon World...

IDS Students create digital game to raise landmine awareness

The fields and hills of Bosnia and Herzegovina are beautiful, but they hide a dark secret. More than 20 years after the Bosnian War, the country is still littered with landmines. It’s been approximated that more than 500,000 people live close to...

04/2017

Artist Book Club

Structured in the form of an artists’ book club, ART 411 Seminar in Contemporary Art, co-taught by Simone Osthoff, professor of art, and Henry Pisciotta, arts and architecture librarian, explores the book form as a medium, a metaphor,...

NAEA image

Every year thousands of art educators descend on a U.S. city to commune as a professional field and celebrate the accomplishments of peers and institutions. The annual convention of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) is a vital...

2017 judy Chicago Award Presentation

The 2017 Judy Chicago Art Education Award was recently presented to Leah Krueger, Jessica Provow, and Anne Baker from Virginia Beach Middle School for their exemplary nine-week classroom implementation with their eighth-grade students of ...

2017 Graduate Research Exhibition

Penn State's 32nd Annual Graduate Research Exhibition celebrates research in all its aspects as an essential and exciting part of graduate education at Penn State. The Graduate Research program includes a Visual Arts Exhibition, designed for...

Third Annual Edit a Thon

Leslie C. Sotomayor

Penn State School of Visual Arts’ (SoVA) third annual Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon international event at Penn State’s University Park campus in March was a cross-disciplinary effort in revising, adding, and...

Indira Bailey

Indira Bailey, Ph.D. candidate in Penn State School of Visual Arts' Art Education program, placed first in the Terry Kershaw Student Essay Competition for the National Council of Black Studies (NCBS) for her essay “Teaching While Black: The...

NCECA 2017

Penn State School of Visual Arts ceramics students are known for going on to do great things, so it’s no surprise that three alumni were among the six recipients of the 2017 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Emerging...

03/2017

Van Grinsven Show Image

got to be good looking cause he’s so hard to see, a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition by Penelope Van Grinsven will be on display March 27-31 in Penn State School of Visual Arts Edwin W. Zoller Gallery. Van Grinsven will give a...

Jordan Image

"The Seed," a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition by Alvaro Jordan will be on display March 20-24 in Penn State School of Visual Arts Edwin W. Zoller Gallery. Jordan's work explores the question "Where are our origins, and can they be found in...

02/2017

Under the Pretens of Unity Show Card

Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to present Under the Pretense of Unity, on display in the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, February 13 - 24, with a reception...

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Dennis

Penn State School of Visual Arts alumnus Jeremy Dennis (’16 M.F.A) is a recent recipient of a Harpo Foundation Grant, which covered expenses associated with his residency at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as provided a stipend for the...

Helen O'Leary Studio Portrait

Penn State School of Visual Arts Professor Helen O’Leary will be one of 35 artists exhibiting at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, March 9–April 9, 2017, in New York City. The artists were chosen from a pool of 165...

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