University Park, Pa. – Hub-Robeson Gallery’s Summer 2022 exhibits focus on storytelling, contemporary landscapes, and emotions large and small. Exhibitions can be found in the HUB Gallery, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as throughout the HUB-Robeson Center.

Community, class, office and student union group visits are welcomed and encouraged. Student-led tours are available. Email galleries@psu.edu for more information.

The Hub Gallery will be closed on July 4 for the university holidays. The Hub-Robeson Center will be open with art alley, exhibition cases and murals.

Hub-Robeson Gallery exhibitions, projects and events are free to all, always.

Summer 2022 Exhibitions

Happy Valley Animation Festival

May 10 to July 17, Hub Gallery

Exhibition of Animation Reel at the 2nd Annual Happy Valley Animation Festival (HVAF 2022), a jury, an international animation competition that seeks to promote the art of animation and showcase the work done by students, early career and professional artists, designers and filmmakers. Three primary categories: Animated Films, Experimental Animated Works and Animated Motion Graphics and Design.

HVAF is a collaboration between organizers, volunteers and educational partners. The 2022 events are hosted by the Digital Arts and Media Design Program at the School of Visual Arts in Penn State.

Visit the HVAF 2022 website.

‘Scattered Territories’

March 25 to July 17, Art Alley

The term “scatter terrain”, derived from role-playing and war games, refers to subtle pieces of architecture, natural features, or small props that provide visual assistance to players. The exhibition presents the “terrain” – fantastic landscape, architectural gestures, intimate domestic corners – as a metaphorical tool to escape from epidemics and connect with people who are far away. What started as a call for fantastic glimpses into distant life and places is now shifting to the realization that our communal sentiments still need to reckon with the sick world and the urgent need for new perspectives. “Scatter Terrain” was co-curated by Anthony Cervino and Shannon Egan, has 25 cast and premiered in the first Ejecta projects.

See the “Scatter Terrain” catalog.

Nikki Lau | ‘Generous Help’

May 27 to November 3, Exhibition Cases, HUB-Robeson Center

As the language of the informal sixth love, a meal in one’s day can be a moment of joy. For those who are food insecure, the consequences of inadequate meals or nutrients are physical and financial fluctuations. Students who experience food insecurity experience a number of complex social problems, including financial insecurity, housing insecurity, work or family responsibilities, and student loan debt. Nikki Lau, creator, artist and Penn State alumnus of Little Lau Shop, produces handmade ceramics of anthropomorphic food and animals with big and small emotions. In 2021, Lau began creating sculptural dishes of food to raise funds for a variety of foods. These plates will be on sale at this exhibition; 20% of sales will go to Lion’s Pantry, University Park will provide meals to students at no charge. Email galleries@psu.edu for purchase information.

Explore Little Lou Shop on Instagram.

‘Future returns’

May 20 to November 6, Exhibition Cases, HUB-Robeson Center

Created by artist Jeremy Dennis, “Future Returns” brings together two-part exhibitions, beadwork, woodwork, photography, and Shinecock-written books to share indigenous stories. Dennis creates cinematic images of BIPOC artists and related venues at the center. Dennis’s actor’s statement suggests that “nowhere more than in American films have natives been misrepresented.” “Future Return” brings together the mediums of art where the creation is to continue the storytelling tradition of their ancestors and to demonstrate the sanctity of their land. As ethnic divisions and tensions reach a nationwide heatwave, Dennis said the complex and fascinating representation of local people is more serious than ever.

Visit Dennis’s website.

‘Mental health in higher education’

May 20 to Oct. 31, Exhibition Cases, HUB-Robeson Center

“Mental Health in Higher Education” sheds light on the mental health complications and neurodegenerations of faculty members at Penn State. Current students’ stories about how Covid-19 has impacted their academic lives and health are intertwined with these works of art. By addressing the experiences of both students and professors, the exhibition celebrates student and faculty processing methods through art and communication.

Curated by Alexandra Allen and Kelly MacDonald. Works by Alan, William Doan and Melissa Lesser

For more information about these and other exhibits, contact HUB-Robeson Gallery at 814-865-2563 or visit the HUB-Robeson Gallery website. Stay up to date with HUB-Robeson Gallery by signing up for Listserv or follow @hubrobesongalleries on Instagram.