HUB-Robeson Galleries opens for visitors Jan. 16, many exhibits also online

January 15, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The HUB-Robeson Galleries will open on Jan. 16 to the public and will present its winter 2021 exhibition schedule. Many of the exhibits are also available to view virtually on the art galleries website.

All exhibits are always free and open to the public. For exhibits on campus, the HUB-Robeson Galleries is following University guidelines to ensure the safety of visitors. A maximum of 5 guests will be allowed into the HUB Gallery at one time. Masks and social distancing are required inside the HUB-Robeson Center.

Man's face with text about anxiety and depression

“Inside Anxiety and Dression” cover by William Doan 

IMAGE: William Doan

"The Anxiety Project"

Jan. 16–March 14 — HUB Gallery and online

This new exhibition tells the story of creator and mental health advocate, School of Theatre Professor William Doan, and speaks out against the mental health stigma that many students face. For Doan, drawing, performing, and storytelling have not only been therapeutic and symptom-alleviating, but also have helped him to imagine his mental health, rather than to be defined by mental illness. The exhibition brings to light the issues of mental health in a non-threatening manner and invites viewers to participate by drawing for their mental health as well.

When the Bough Breaks

“The Internal Revenue Office Reforested” by Ellen Harvey

IMAGE: Etienne Frossard

"When the Bough Breaks"

Jan. 16 — HUB-Robeson Center, Art Alley

This exhibit will remain on display for the duration of the spring semester. A collaborative piece containing artwork and poems from nine different contributors, "When the Bough Breaks" addresses the issue of climate change through a unique representation of trees. The piece contrasts the human climate conflict with the everlasting solace and space provided by trees. The creators intend to reveal trees as a source of shade, shelter, sustenance and survival that will ultimately succeed the human race, despite our alternating negligence and reverence.

Four sculptures

“Human Expectations” is on view in the HUB-Robeson Center and online.

IMAGE: IMAGE: Cody Goddard

"Human Expectations"

Aug. 24–Jan. 31 — HUB Robeson Center display cases and online

This is an exhibition of four artists working throughout the United States. This multi-media exhibition utilizes ceramic, neon and glass to approach the form of the human head as a map or apparition, expressing systems of knowing, disruption and social difference. Working from their interests, stories and origins, the artists consider the limitations and possibilities of human expectations — their ignorance, perceptual limitations and potentially, their magic.

four sculptures

“Human Expectations ii” is on view in the HUB-Robeson Center and online.

IMAGE: IMAGE: Dani Spewak

"Human Expectations II"

Through June 20 — HUB-Robeson Center display cases and online

This exhibition contains the work of five artists. These works embody a search for expression and experience through material, with each symbolic form paying tribute to both life and death. These deeply meaningful pieces work to share what living feels like with eyes closed, with each sculpture striving to be both powerful and suggestive, encouraging the imaginations of viewers to run wild.

Colorful Artwork

"Chupando Tamarindo" by Carlos Rosales-Silva.

IMAGE: Carlos Rosales-Silva

"Border Exchange"

Aug. 24–Feb. 15 — HUB-Robeson Center, Wall Case

This installation by artist Carlos Rosales-Silva contains two artist paintings and a site-responsive wall painting that explore the ever-expanding histories of Brown peoples in the United States. His abstract works consider the cultures of the American Southwest, the western art historical canon, and the political and cultural connections and disparities between them. Spoken and written Eurocentric language, as a system of knowledge, has been historically weaponized against Brown communities. Rosales-Silva believes it is important to reimagine the weapons of colonization, utilizing art-making to reconnect with and create innovative methods of non-western communication untethered from written or spoken language.

Artwork covering windows

“Something Means Something Else” by Tamar Gayer installed in the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

IMAGE: Amir Aghareb

"Something Means Something Else"

HUB-Robeson Center, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

An installation by artist Tamara Gayer will remain on display at the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at the HUB-Robeson Center. This three-part mural adorns the center's exterior windows, the interior windows along the ramp, and the windows facing into the HUB-Robeson Center. Abstract interpretations of pattern, color, symbol and light not only present the intricacies of the current moment in sexual and gender identity, but also allow for the viewer to feel both themselves and the space around them. Taking the contemporary abundance of gender symbols and the overlapping color schemes of numerous pride flags alongside a line from June Jordan’s “Poem for South African Women” as its starting point, "Something Means Something Else" weaves itself into and around the center and its surroundings.

For more information on upcoming events and exhibitions, contact the HUB-Robeson Galleries at 814-865-2563, or visit the HUB-Robeson Galleries website.

Last Updated April 15, 2021