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Edwin W. Zoller Gallery Showcases Saturday Art School Exhibition

Saturday School Students

The Penn State School of Visual Arts’ Saturday School Exhibition opens at the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery Wednesday, November 18, and will be on view through Saturday, November 21.  The exhibition showcases works of art produced by 111 students ages 4 -18 enrolled in classes taught by advanced Art Education majors under the direction of faculty and graduate assistants over a period of eight weeks. Free and open to the public, a closing reception at the gallery will be held Saturday, November 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with light refreshments being served.

One of SoVA’s treasured gems, Saturday School is an opportunity for local children and teens to come together to explore ideas and materials with advanced Art Education majors, under the direction of faculty and graduate assistants, over a period of eight weeks. The program focuses on approaches to learning art that are innovative and exciting, and help students experience art in many forms. Classes are offered in both Spring and Fall semesters, running Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 11 PM, and are designed for students at each grade level from preschool through adolescence. 

“These students become part of a community of artists, who support one another's interests and ideas,” said Christine Thompson, faculty member in Art Education. “Having two hours to work with students every week allows us to do more complicated and long term projects than are possible in the public schools, and we focus on expanding students' experiences with traditional and newer media and technologies.”

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.  For more information about upcoming Zoller Gallery exhibitions, see our website -