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Graduating Senior Helen Maser to Serve as Commencement Speaker

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Helen Maser

Helen Maser, a senior graduating with bachelor of fine arts degrees in drawing & painting and sculpture and a minor in art history, will serve as the 2017 commencement speaker for the College of Arts and Architecture. The ceremony will take place at noon on Saturday, May 6, in Eisenhower Auditorium. 

Maser has been active as an exhibiting artist and in extracurricular organizations throughout her Penn State career. Most recently she had a solo exhibit, He Called Me Sexy Baby But My Name is Helen, at the HUB-Robeson Galleries. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions at the University. Maser is a co-founder and curator for the Hump Day Gallery, a Penn State hallway that was transformed into a functional gallery space for students. During her senior year she served as exhibition coordinator for the School of Visual Arts and as a curatorial intern for the Woskob Family Gallery, where her responsibilities included facilitating a collaborative environment between students and the gallery. In addition, she was president of the School of Visual Arts Student Council and previously served as vice president of the Drawing and Painting Club. In summer 2016, Helen studied art conservation and fresco painting in Florence, Italy, through Studio Art Centers International (SACI). She has received the Brian Betzler Memorial Award in Visual Arts and Margaret Schoenfelder Memorial Scholarship, and was a winner in the juried exhibition Rough Intent. After graduation, Helen will intern at the Takt Artist Residency in Berlin, Germany.