Penn State Altoona Presents Senior Art Showcase
ALTOONA – An Integrative Arts project exhibition featuring the work of three seniors will be on display in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts in April.
An exhibition of work by Christian Miller will take place April 1-28 in the East Hallway, while a film created by Megan Judith Riner and works by Elizabeth A. Glunt can be seen on April 14. A reception for all three students will be held at 2 p.m., April 14 in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Center.
Glunt, a Morrison’s Cove native, is an Integrative Arts major and a psychology minor. “For my project, I have been researching the benefits of yoga for children,” she says. “I have created pieces which are held together with both the research and the foundation of yoga. My work may be a statement of how beneficial yoga can be even in today’s commonality as a fitness regime yet also speaks of how far this once-worship practice has been removed from its’ original state.”
Miller, from Pittsburgh, is graduating with an Integrative Arts degree. His work explores the relationship between society and being an individual. He has had his work exhibited at Penn State Altoona and Artform gallery in Lower Burrell, and his work published in Hard Freight and Artrevolution magazines. Miller states, “In this series of work, I attempted to explore the relationship we have as individuals and the affects that society has on us. The whole series is a journey that you, as the viewer, experience as you walk through the show, and each artwork adds more to the story. I purposely used a white background in every image so the viewer would not be distracted by the message that I am attempting to visualize.”
Riner, St. Augustine, is double majoring in communications and integrative arts with a focus in theatre and creative writing. Riner is president of LionWire News, is secretary/treasurer of Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society, and managing editor of LiveWire Online Multimedia Magazine. This semester, she is co-assistant directing the college’s theatre production, Spring Awakening. She has had art, articles, multimedia, and animations published on LiveWire. In the spring of 2012, Riner had her play Dollars and Sense produced during the Student Directed One Acts, and she hosted a LiveWire special that aired on the Altoona Public Access Channel. Riner states about her film, “I believe that laughter is the best medicine and that a good laugh can cure anything. When people view any of my art, I hope that they can be taken out of the stresses of their everyday lives and be able to relax and smile. I believe smiles bridge gaps between languages and worlds. Sharing a smile with someone can brighten their day and create friendships. I am intent on making this world a happier place with more laughing and smiling. I plan on achieving this the only way I know how, with my artistry. In this particular piece, my cartoon alter ego will take you on a tour of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts and through some of the programs that are offered here. I hope that this will inspire people to create or just see art.”
The galleries are also open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and before and during all performances. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452 or visit the Penn State Altoona Web site at www.altoona.psu.edu.