'If It Fits' brings eclectic mix of sculptures to Borland Gallery

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- "If It Fits," an exhibition of the work of first-year M.F.A. students and B.F.A. sculpture majors enrolled in Advanced Sculpture, taught by Cristin Millett, Penn State associate professor of art and studio graduate program coordinator, will be on display Dec. 9 to 13 in the Borland Gallery. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the gallery.

Advanced Sculpture is the final in a series of sculpture courses, which prepares students for professional careers as artists. The pieces exhibited are the final works created for the course, the results of a rigorous semester of hard work. Millett emphasized “the exhibition is unique because the projects are completely open without media requirements or conceptual parameters, allowing students to focus on and develop a personal direction.” 

The students participating in the show are first-year master of fine arts candidates David Cuatlacuatl, Charlie Cunningham, Farima Fooladi, Matthew Kenney, Evan West and Kelly Wilton; bachelor of fine arts sculpture majors Christine Bruening, Victoria Buchler, Olivia Calef, Ashley Eyster, Kelsey Hill, Chelsea Jones, Josh Keilholtz, Fenny Lai, Katherine Levkoff, Corey Magloire and Cydnei Mallory.

Some of the exhibiting artists shared thoughts on their work:

-- Olivia Calef, a senior B.F.A. candidate, uses Q-tip like structures to represent unhealthy figures joining as a collective body in order to gain structure and strength. Calef said, “I find the grouping of abstract objects allows the viewers to come to their own conclusions about the origin of the unknown species while keeping the interest open to everyone with common and touchable materials.”

-- Josh Keilholtz, a junior B.F.A. candidate, came to Penn State debating whether to major in math, English or art. One ceramics course later and Keilholtz knew his direction. “My work explores my mysophobia and fear of the microscopic world around us every day,” Keilholtz said. “By creating these growths and forms, I make the miniscule noticeable, and address the thoughts and intrusive ideas that enter my head on a daily basis.”

-- M.F.A. candidate David Cuatlacuatl, from a small village in Mexico, was introduced to art when he moved to the United States and now works across mediums, including painting, drawing, writing, sculpturing and digital. “Ancient artwork from Mesoamerica and Africa fascinates me. The preservation and display of these works in museums speak of the works’ contemporary importance,” Cuatlacuatl said. “My art reflects on the archaeological and preservation processes of ancient art. At the same time, it presents contemporary insignia of an artist’s studio and materials.”

Since 2001, Millett has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in sculpture, foundry and installation at Penn State. Prior to coming to Penn State, she taught at the University of Maine for four years where she built the sculpture and foundry program. She has also taught courses in foundations and sculpture at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College and Phoenix College.

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Last Updated December 06, 2013