The Penn State School of Visual Arts’ (SoVA) Edwin W. Zoller Gallery is hosting Cassie Berringer’s MFA thesis exhibition, Interpreting the Indescribable, an exhibition expressing the artist's visual representation and interpretation of the spiritual as she has encountered it within her own faith journey. The exhibition will be on display November 13. Click here for a complete listing of Zoller Gallery events.
Berringer's work is expressed through varying mediums, primarily focusing on printmaking and installation. Many of the printmaking images are like pages out of her personal journal, highlighting spiritual events within her own life. Berringer takes a more overarching view of spirituality to create the installations, which are composed of handmade paper hanging from the ceiling and sculptures on the floor. The paper is created and installed with light in such a way to express a sense of otherworldliness.
The artist's body of work aims to express her own autobiographical faith journey within the realm of spiritual encounters, giving viewers a glimpse beyond the physical and into the spiritual dimension, using color, form, and light to refer to natural elements such as water, fire, and wind as a way to symbolically describe a spiritual experience. Light itself is a key part of Berringer's installation work, representing the source of all that is good and pure.
The Master of Fine Arts degree is the terminal degree in the field and thus, the MFA Thesis Exhibition is the culmination of each student's creative research completed during his or her graduate studies. Students work closely with their faculty committee to develop a body of work that they exhibit in Zoller Gallery. Each MFA student also presents a public artist talk as part of the exhibition.
The Edwin W. Zoller Gallery is a non-profit exhibition space dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. during fall and spring semesters. Zoller Gallery was founded in 1971 and is located in the Visual Arts Building off Curtin Road adjoining the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus. Public programming at Zoller includes artist lectures, visual art performances, artist residencies and interdisciplinary events. This facility was named for Edwin W. Zoller in recognition of his dedicated career as an artist and teacher.