Monsters, heroes and harpies on display in artist's exhibition

January 27, 2009

Penn State Altoona will present the artistic works of Lauren Scanlon from Feb. 12 - March 29 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. A reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Center.

Scanlon serves as the spring semester’s artist in residence for the college’s new visual arts studies program. She graduated cum laude from the University of Memphis with a B.A. in anthropology and went on to receive her M.F.A. in print making from Ohio State University. 
Her exhibitions, which center on storytelling, have been presented in North Carolina, Ohio and Maine. Her most recent work examines the roles of monsters and heroes in social narratives such as fairy tales and romance novels.  She is interested in the line between human and animal, and how monsters are created, perceived and portrayed. She has been concentrating on harpies, sirens and the fates from Greek mythology and the contemporary echoes of these archetypes. 
  • IMAGE: Lauren Scanlon

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