Penn State’s Graduate Research Exhibition celebrates research in all its aspects as an essential and demanding part of graduate education at Penn State. The Visual Arts Exhibition is designed for those graduate students for whom creating studio work is a required part of their graduate degree program. Studio-based research gives insight into inquiries that respond to focused questions by searching for inventive outcomes that emerge from imaginative applications of methods, materials and processes.
We encourage you to visit the HUB Art Gallery (adjacent to the auditorium) in the HUB-Robeson Center to see the work of this year’s participants, which includes sculptures, photographs, paintings, installations, video and more. The exhibition will be on display through April 21.
This year’s award winners were Brooks Oliver, who took first place for his ceramic work, Statement; Gabriel Ibias, who took second place for his interactive video installation, L.O.D. (Level of Detail); and Laura Mecklenburger and Sarah Swist, who shared third place—Laura for ceramic assemblage, Transition Cradle, and Sarah for her painting, Insect Amassment.
Also exhibiting were Cassie Berringer, Dengke Chen, Negar Fadaeikordi, Katie Hovencamp, Margaret Kinkeade, Jennifer Kirkpatrick, Phillip Lightner, Charles Mankey, Kevin Mercer, and Steven Read. Ulyssa Martinez, an art education student completing her M.Ed./M.S. and post-baccalaureate, also competed in the poster session with a presentation based on her thesis, Jamming the Self: Culturally Responsive Art Education in Pre-Service Education.