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Delivering the Goods Exhibition in Borland Gallery Considers ‘Thinking Inside the Box'

Delivering the Goods, an exhibition of the work of M.F.A. students from Penn State’s School of Visual Arts (SoVA) and undergraduate students from the Art and Design Department at Shippensburg University (SU), will be on display in the Borland Gallery on the Penn State University Park campus, February 10-21, 2014. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.


The exhibition explores the creative potential of ‘thinking inside the box.’ Students were asked to create a piece of artwork that utilized all the interior space of a standard USPS Priority Mailing Box, 12"x3"x15" or 7"x5"x14". Each work had to be able to be packed within the box for shipping.


This is the second version of this exhibition—SoVA M.F.A. students exhibited their creative responses at Shippensburg University in November 2013, and many of those works are included in the Borland show. “The first version of this exhibition by SoVA M.F.A. students stretched the range of scale and weight possibilities of ‘thinking inside the box.’ The content in the exhibition was very exciting and the media was extremely diverse,” says Michael Campbell, director of the Kauffman Gallery, Shippensburg University. “Now a second version of the exhibition provides an opportunity for SU undergraduate art and design students to join the conversation. Their ideas and forms are worthy answers to the theme and its’ limits. This exhibition, like the first, demonstrates that creativity and imagination are not confined to nor defined by a box. The conversation is just beginning.”


According to Graeme Sullivan, director of SoVA, any creative challenge involves constraints, and the variety of outcomes can never be fully anticipated. “There are some intriguing questions these kind of thematic exhibitions pose. For instance, the idea of conforming to fit to a standard size makes good business sense for USPS. And there is a tendency these days to see education as a business. Yet, the objects and images you see in Delivering the Goods are a welcome reminder that human imagination knows no limits."

Courtesy of Flora Marynak,