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School of Visual Arts

Exhibitions With a Difference

Barter Ball Poster

The end of the semester provides an opportunity to showcase the best of what our students produce. Yet with each semester there are new surprises and this one is no different! The following three exhibitions were something a bit more unusual and unique to round off the semester:

Public Art Display
Professor Rudy Shephard's ART 397E and 497 Public Art classes displayed their sculptures throughout the University Park campus in select areas, something that had never been done before. To facilitate this project, students were required to prepare professional proposals, and present their project to a committee of Penn State safety officials, clearly identifying the function of their piece for the duration of the exhibit. The sculptures were on display April 23-28, 2013, in campus areas including the sidewalk space in front of the Palmer Museum of Art, the Old Main lawn, and the Allen Street mall (in front of Pattee Library), just to name a few. This project would not have been possible without the help of Dave Will, College of Arts and Architecture facilities coordinator. SoVA is extremely grateful to Dave for his efforts, as well as the entire committee of University safety officials who oversaw this project. We thank the University for allowing these displays to take place.

Life of Pi
In the printmaking area, Professor Jean Sanders’ ART 343 students transformed their prints into a shadow puppet show called The Life of Pi. The puppet show took place the evening of Thursday, April 25, and received rave reviews from the audience.

Make it Werk: Barter Ball
In Professor Shannon Goff’s DIY Sculpture class, students created wearable art that they exhibited in a fashion show, Make it Werk. Items were auctioned off by bartering from the audience. Director Graeme Sullivan is now the proud owner of the duct tape gummy bear handbag worn by Brooks Oliver in the show. Director Sullivan bartered a signature pair of red socks to win the handbag.

Chelsea Jones, Bicycle GraveyardKate Levkoff, Frame By FrameCorey Magloire, Stanchion & ChainsSteven Cohen, Making ArtLife of Pi Shadow PuppetsLife of Pi Puppet ShowMC Kevin Mercer in Bunny Pirate Bearded Hat by Shannon GoffKoala Beer Lover Jeff Repko in authentic Spring 2013 Jeff Repko CollectionColleen Mackey for Colleen Mackey Liz Fontaine championing Ashley Eyester's T-shirt dress