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School of Visual Arts

John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series Welcomes Power House

Power House Poster by Emily Burns

Penn State School of Visual Arts' John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series is pleased to welcome Power House. Founded by Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope, PowerHouse shows the power and scale on which creative individuals can influence a system to reimagine discarded spaces.  Their lecture, "Art Changing the Neighborhood," will take place Tuesday, February 16, 3:00 PM, Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.

Gina Reichert and Mitch Cope founded Design 99 in 2007 to investigate new models of contemporary art and architectural practice. Initially occupying a retail storefront space, the design studio situated itself in the public realm, offering over-the-counter design consultations and $99 house-call specials. Now working from their home base in Detroit, their projects deal primarily with overlooked spaces, underutilized resources, and seemingly negative conditions inverted to become positive assets. Striking a balance between pragmatism and playfulness, the team continues to investigate the role of art and aesthetics in the community.

Since 2008, Cope and Reichert have been developing the PowerHouse as a test site for ideas, methods, and low- and high-tech building systems, as well as a point of conversation for the entire neighborhood. In 2009, they founded PowerHouse Productions (PHP), a nonprofit organization focused on neighborhood stabilization through art and culture. PHP facilitates the work of artists initiating long-term projects and cultural and recreational programming in the neighborhood. Their work has been discussed in publications and news outlets ranging from CNN to the New York Times, NPR to Details Magazine.

Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For complete details about the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, and an entire listing of events, please visit: