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School of Visual Arts

Present Future: Annual Foundations Exhibition in Zoller Gallery

Students from SoVA's Fall 2014 Foundations classes create work on the collaborative wall drawing

The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) annual Foundations Area exhibition, Present Future, showcasing the work of our first-year students, opens at the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery on December 7. The exhibtion, on display through December 11, features a range of works, including drawings, sculptures, installations, and stop-motion animations that first-year students in ART 110S and 111 completed during the Fall 2015 semester. We invite you to attend the public reception on Monday, December 7 at 5:00 PM, where light refreshments will be served.

As part of the exhibition, students will create a collaborative wall drawing in the gallery. "The energy and effort that students put into SoVA’s Foundations program is evident throughout the exhibition, which provides a window into the first-year student experience," said Paul Chidester, Professor in SoVA's Foundations Program.

The Foundations Area includes two primary courses, Ideas as Images (Art 110s) and Ideas as Objects (Art 111). All incoming students in the School of Visual Arts take both courses, which serve to form a basis of visual knowledge in both 2 and 3 dimensions, introducing students to fundamental methods of making and thinking in an environment of exploration and growth. Observation, exploration, translation, and problem-solving are the focus of varied assignments in multiple materials.

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