Palmer Museum of Art presents graphite-based works starting Sept. 15

August 27, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- The Palmer Museum of Art has announced "Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite," a visually engaging exhibition meant to inspires a fresh outlook on this basic artistic material and a new appreciation for its aesthetic versatility. Leaded is on view at the Palmer Museum of Art from Sept. 15 through Nov. 29.

Leaded features more than 40 contemporary artworks by 16 international artists who utilize the physical nature and visual characteristics of graphite and pencils as content in their two- and three-dimensional work. While employing a fundamental drawing medium, the art in this exhibition stands outside of the generalized history of modern drawing. The role of mark-making is subsumed or completely absent from many of the pieces. Likewise, representation is a secondary motivation.

Artists featured in the exhibition include The Art Guys (American), James Busby (American, born 1973), Hsin-Hsi Chen (Taiwanese, born 1969), Christopher Cook (British, born 1959), Meghan Gerety (American, born 1970), Michael Joaquin Grey (American, born 1961), Sarah Lovitt (American, born 1969), Marco Maggi (Uruguayan, born 1957), Stephana McClure (N. Ireland, born 1959), Creighton Michael (American, born 1949), Shimon Okshteyn (American, born in the Ukraine, 1951), Gloria Ortiz-Hernandez (Columbian, born 1943), Mark Sheinkman (American, born 1963), Stephen Sollins (American, born 1967), and Molly Springfield, (American, born 1977).

Leaded is curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions at the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia, and is organized for travel by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C.

Joyce Robinson, curator, will give gallery talks in the exhibition at 12:10 p.m. on Fridays, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, and Nov. 13.

N. Elizabeth Schlatter, deputy director and curator of exhibitions, University of Richmond Museums, Virginia, will present a lecture: "Curating 'Leaded,' or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust the Artists," at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22. She will discuss selected aspects of the show and her approach to organizing exhibitions as she ponders current challenges and opportunities for the curatorial profession.

James Busby, artist and adjunct faculty, University of South Carolina, will offer insights into his creative process and work including two monolithic “paintings” of graphite and gesso on canvas in the Leaded exhibition at 2:30 p.m. on on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Both talks are co-sponsored by the Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series.

Join Jennifer Dowlin Kelly, instructor of art, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 for a discussion of the exhibition, followed by drawing exercises and sketching in the galleries. Materials will be provided, and no experience is necessary.

All lectures and films are held in the Lipcon Auditorium and all gallery talks begin in the Christoffers Lobby. The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and some holidays.

For more information or to request images, please contact Jennifer Cozad, coordinator of membership and public relations, at 814-863-9182 or

  • The graphite artwork titled '4 11 2007,' painted with oil, alkyd and graphite on canvas, by Mark Sheinkman. Courtesy of the artist and Von Lintel Gallery, New York.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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