Crane Arts Philadelphia hosts Penn State School of Visual Arts MFA Exhibition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) announced a master of fine arts (MFA) exhibition, "Novis Oculi," taking place at Crane Arts in Philadelphia from July 3 to 20. The exhibition features interactive works of art, installation art, ceramic and photographic series, and more. A public reception is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the gallery.

"Novis Oculi" features SoVA’s current and recently graduated MFA students. Guest curator, New Jersey-based artist Kimberly Camp, chose the title "Novis Oculi" because the work, for her, “represents new eyes, fresh perspectives framed in the knowledge of the past and the need to experiment, try the new, depart from what is known... .” “'Novus Oculi' is an exhibition that blends tradition and experimentation,” said Camp.  “By pushing, pulling and even blurring the lines of what we understand to be the boundaries of contemporary aesthetics, these 27 artists are finding their voice and shouting out loud with new indignation, irony and celebration.”

In acknowledging the role graduate students play in helping us to see things differently, Graeme Sullivan, director of SoVA, says “it is important that our students take up their responsibility as cultural change agents and to achieve this they need to continually put their work in full view of the public.” "Novis Oculi" is the first in a series of SoVA graduate exhibitions that will be selected by a guest curator and shown in a major urban arts center every two years.

"Novis Oculi" presents the work of 27 artists, including Nouf Alhamdan, Cassie Berringer, Dengke Chen, Sidney Church, Christina Erives, Jenna Ferraraccio, Matthew Hall, Dana Harper, Kiana Honarmand, Katie Hovencamp, Gabriel Ibias, Gabe Kenney, Margaret Kinkeade, Jennifer Kirkpatrick, Hyunji Lee, Roberto Lugo, Charles Mankey, Anna Margush, Laura Mecklenburger, Kevin Mercer, Oliver Brooks, Jesse Rafalko, Michele Randall, Steven Read, Kevin Reilly, Sarah Swist and Danyel Woodring.

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The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is a part of the College of Arts and Architecture located on Penn State’s University Park campus.  SoVA offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in three areas of study, including art education, studio art and interdisciplinary digital studio. The nationally and internationally recognized faculty is dedicated to the learning, research and educational imagination that takes place in the studios and classrooms at SoVA.


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Last Updated June 27, 2013