The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

2014 Penn State Graduate Research Exhibition

We are all Kings

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 Graduate Research program includes a Visual Arts Exhibition, designed for those graduate students for whom creating studio work is a required part of their graduate degree program.

The approach taken by studio researchers is to use art media as a means of manipulating forms and content in a range of exploratory ways whereby often the imaginative insights that visual arts generate are arrived at as a consequence of an encounter with art, rather than as a hypothesized outcome that results from a planned intervention or manipulation. In this sense it might be said that as a research practice, visual arts opens up new perspectives that are created in the space between what is known and what is not. Traditional research builds on the known to explore the unknown. Art research creates new possibilities from what we do not know, which challenges what we do know.

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 27.

This year’s award winners were Roberto Lugo, who took first place for his ceramic work, We are all Kings; Bech Evans, who took second place for his ceramic work, Cylinders; and Evan West, who took third place for his sculpture piece Drouge. Roberto and Bech are completing their MFA with a concentration in ceramics, while Evan is working in the area of sculpture.

Also exhibiting are Nouf Alhamdan, Sidney Church, David Cuatlacuatl, Charles Cunningham, Christina Erives, Jenna Ferraraccio, Bessie FloresGomez, Alexandra Iosub, Anna Margush, Steven Read, Eric Thornton, Kelly Wilton, Danyel Woodring, and Chujun Zeng.