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Gesturing Into Consciousness Update

Micaela Amato, Heather Darcy Bhandari, and Ann Tarantino have been working since last summer on Gesturing Into Consciousness, the first exhibition of Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) alumni work in more than 25 years. The exhibition will be on display in Edwin W. Zoller Gallery April 1–12, 2013, and has been timed in conjunction with the events occurring for the College of Arts and Architecture’s 50th anniversary celebration. Ann Tarantino provided the following comments about the jurying process: During the jurying process, we had the opportunity to see the work of over 150 alums from across the various areas of the School of Visual Arts. It has been a wonderful chance to see what former students are up to and to meet those who had not crossed our paths during their (and our) time at Penn State. Particularly interesting were the several occasions when we came across work or names we were familiar with—but didn't know the artists were Penn State alums! Overall, we were impressed with the depth and breadth of the work, as well as the different trajectories various alums' work had taken—a Drawing and Painting MFA making video and photography, for example, or a Sculpture BFA making prints. Works by all of the submitting artists will appear in a virtual gallery on the SoVA website, and selected works will appear in the Zoller exhibition. Although a group show of this size (approximately 60 artists) does not lend itself to thematic organization, we continue to be surprised and delighted by common themes and relationships among the works. Ultimately, the exhibition will reveal the diversity of interests of our alums—how they differ, and what they have in common—as realized in visual form.