‘Marcellus Shale Documentary Project’ Opens Sept. 23 at the Palmer Museum

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Palmer Museum of Art will present a new exhibition, “Marcellus Shale Documentary Project,” from Sept. 23 through Dec. 14.

The “Marcellus Shale Documentary Project” features photographic images that tell the personal stories of Pennsylvanians affected by the Marcellus Shale gas industry.

By creating a visual document of the environmental, social and economic impact of the drilling, the work aims to engage communities in the current Marcellus Shale debate while providing important historical images for the future.

In capturing images of the people and places most affected by gas drilling, photographers Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Martha Rial examine both the positive and negative results of the recent boom in the gas industry and how the environment and the communities that live with the resources are being shaped.

The exhibition is augmented by a small selection of photographs by Penn State faculty members John Beale, Katarin Parizek and Steven Rubin, who have directed considerable energy and talent to documenting the socio-cultural, environmental and economic effects of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

“Marcellus Shale Documentary Project” will be complemented by a series of exhibitions of student work in several venues across campus and downtown State College, broadening the potential audience, expanding the conversation to multiple disciplines, and promoting critical discourse on sustainability and the extraction of Marcellus Shale. Collectively titled “Storied Images: Marcellus Shale,” these satellite exhibitions are supported in part by a Reinvention Fund grant through Penn State’s Sustainability Institute.

The “Marcellus Shale Documentary Project” was organized by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, a non-profit community arts campus offering arts education programs and contemporary art exhibitions and providing services and resources for individual artists throughout western Pennsylvania.

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