'Art on the Move' program features three on-campus displays

October 21, 2010

Throughout the fall, the HUB-Robeson Galleries' Art on the Move Program will feature three displays, one each at West Halls, the Student Health Center and North Halls on Penn State's University Park campus.

-- From Oct. 18 to Dec. 5, paintings by Ashley Arbaiza will be on display in room 133 of Warnock Commons in North Halls. Arbaiza says she is on a constant search to figure out how to make her own interests and past experiences accessible to people. She wants her pieces to be able to stand on their own and for others to see themselves in them.

She often creates her pieces by working from collage and moving into painting. She selects wallpapers, chair patterns, and objects from family photographs that act like switches to her sense memory. She says, if an object does not evoke an emotion or startle her sense memory, she will discard it. She knows a piece is finished when she can go home at night and it is not constantly in the forefront of her mind. She claims she has a healthy relationship with painting that includes a good fight every now and then; if she is still calm halfway through a painting, something is wrong.

-- From Oct. 22 to Dec. 8, "Esmorina Laspiranza" by artist Diana Cuello will be on display at West Halls. Cuello is a Colombian visual and performance artist, currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Duquesne University. She has used different materials in her art varying from body art, ink, color pencil, oil, photography, and clay. Her artistic interests include psychoanalysis and the understanding, expression and growth of the self. In this exhibit, she will be exploring a conglomerate of self-images executed in ink and color pencil. She says her art flows between dream, reality, and self-expression and attempts to engage the viewer in multiple perspectives, often inviting different interpretations and associations depending on her point of view.

-- From Nov. 12 to Dec. 12, the winning submissions from this year's Native American Student Artist Competition will be on display at the Student Health Center.

The Native American Student Artist Competition celebrates the values and documents the successes of education in Indian communities. Through the competition, students explore the connection between education and Native culture. American Indian and Alaska Native students in grades pre-K to 12 can submit artwork, and the competition also includes a personal narrative category for writers in grades 6 through 12.

The 2010 SAC theme was Bringing Honor Through Education. Entries for the SAC related to the theme and showed the importance of education for Native youth.

The Student Artist Competition winning entries are exhibited in a traveling art exhibit displayed at museums, galleries and organizations throughout the U.S., including the U.S. Department of Education, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Chicago Children’s Museum, and the Oklahoma History Center. The traveling exhibit demonstrates students’ artistic talents and shows American Indian and Alaska Native students' visions of their education and culture.

Last Updated October 26, 2010