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School of Visual Arts Professor Curates State College Exhibition of SoVA Student Work

Miranda Holmes The Conversation  2015 Oil on canvas 36x48 inches

A diverse selection of work by Penn State School of Visual Arts students will be featured in an exhibition, New Directions, at the Fraser Street Gallery in downtown State College, Sept. 4–28. The exhibition is curated by Brian Alfred, Penn State assistant professor of art. Alfred and gallery owner Maggie Wolszcan were recently featured on WTAJ-TV’s Central PA Live to discuss the exhibition.

According to Alfred, the exhibition will feature mainly painting, as well as some ceramics and collage. “It’s an eclectic group of students ranging from just accepted into the B.F.A. program to an M.F.A. student. I selected artists who were really pushing new ideas and directions in their work—hence the exhibition title,” he said. “Students are naturally pretty diverse in their work. I took the idea of progressions and breakthroughs in the work as a core concept. These students have shown drive and ambition and [the exhibition] is a chance for people to see a show of work that involves development and discovery.”

Alfred graduated from Penn State in 1997 and received his master’s degree from Yale University. His work is represented by Ameringer McEnery Yohe in New York City. He has shown internationally and is in the collections of the Guggenheim, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and many other institutions. He recently curated Black/White at Ameringer McEnery Yohe and The Search For The Real at DeBuck Gallery, both in New York City.

The Fraser Street Gallery is located at 123 Fraser Street. For more information, visit