Senior's collaboration with Syracuse student leads to dual exhibitions

March 13, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Artwork by Penn State senior Elody Gyekis and Syracuse University student Stasya Panova will be featured in Gyekis' honors thesis exhibition on March 16-21 in the Sparks Gallery, 7 Sparks Building, on the Penn State University Park campus. The exhibition then will travel to Syracuse University and be on display as Panova's honors capstone project, March 26-29 at the Spark Contemporary Art Space. There will be receptions, open to the public, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in the Sparks Gallery at Penn State, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the gallery in Syracuse.

Gyekis and Panova met at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts when they were 16 years old and became very close friends. While working together on a community mural in Harrisburg in 2006, they hatched the idea of an exhibition of their future travels. "We went to Russia and China during the summer of 2007," says Gyekis, "and we have been working together intensely ever since, developing the idea and theme of the show." The exhibition, "Making Home -- at home and abroad," is an exploration of the notion of "making home" and will include collaborative and independent works of photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramic, video and installation. The show will reflect Gyekis' and Panova's travels and experiences, both in America and abroad, and touch upon personal relationships with family and friends.

Gyekis, who is double-majoring in painting and ceramics with a minor in civic and community engagement, is the creator of a 30-by-15 foot public mural on a local cafe's wall in Millheim, Pa. For more information about the mural, visit online.

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