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John M. Anderson Lecture Series Hosts Ohio-Based Artist Jenny Mendes

Jenny Mendes Cups

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to announce a visit by Ohio-based artist Jenny Mendes as part of its John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series.  Mendes creates playful, brightly colored and patterned hand-built vessels and sculpture in an intimate scale, using colored slips on clay.  Mendes’ work references human, animal, and cellular imagery. She draws inspiration from mythology and folk art from across cultures, which she reweaves into contemporary narratives. Free and open to the public, Mendes’ lecture will take place Tuesday, October 8, 4:30 PM at the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium.  For an entire listing of John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series events, please visit:

Mendes earned her B.F.A. in Ceramics at Washington University in St. Louis and was a Core Student at Penland School of Crafts. She exhibits her work throughout the United States and internationally, including at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Baltimore Clay Works, Lillstreet in Chicago, and Santa Fe Clay. Mendes has been a resident artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, N.C., the Resen Ceramics Colony in Resen, Macedonia, and Penland School of Crafts, among others. 

The Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series was established in 2001 through the generous support of John M. Anderson, Penn State Professor Emeritus.  The result of Dr. Anderson’s love of the philosophy of art and painting, his endowment contributes to the creative and intellectual life of the campus.  The series sponsors leading artists and scholars who lecture, give master classes and workshops, and critique student work throughout the academic year.  Dr. Anderson, an Evan Pugh Research Professor of Philosophy, was a long-time faculty member and three-time department head in the Department of Philosophy and the first director of Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

Lectures are free of charge and open to the public.  For additional information please contact:

Ann Tarantino John M. Anderson Lecture Series Coordinator

Tammy Hosterman SoVA Communications Coordinator