The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is excited to announce an MFA exhibition, Novis Oculi, taking place at Crane Arts in Philadelphia from July 3 – 20, 2013. The exhibition features interactive works of art, installation art, ceramic and photographic series, and more. We invite you to attend the public reception Thursday, July 11, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the gallery.
Novis Oculi features SoVA’s current and recently graduated MFA students. Guest curator, New Jersey-based artist Kimberly Camp, chose the title Novis Oculi because the work, for her, “represents new eyes, fresh perspectives framed in the knowledge of the past and the need to experiment, try the new, depart from what is known....” “Novus Oculi is an exhibition that blends tradition and experimentation,” said Camp. “By pushing, pulling and even blurring the lines of what we understand to be the boundaries of contemporary aesthetics, these twenty seven artists are finding their voice and shouting out loud with new indignation, irony, and celebration.”
In acknowledging the role graduate students play in helping us to see things differently, Graeme Sullivan, director of SoVA, says “it is important that our students take up their responsibility as cultural change agents and to achieve this they need to continually put their work in full view of the public.” Novis Oculi is the first in a series of SoVA graduate exhibitions that will be selected by a guest curator and shown in a major urban arts center every two years.
Novis Oculi presents the work of twenty-seven artists, including Nouf Alhamdan, Cassie Berringer, Dengke Chen, Sidney Church, Christina Erives, Jenna Ferraraccio, Matthew Hall, Dana Harper, Kiana Honarmand, Katie Hovencamp, Gabriel Ibias, Gabe Kenney, Margaret Kinkeade, Jennifer Kirkpatrick, Hyunji Lee, Roberto Lugo, Charles Mankey, Anna Margush, Laura Mecklenburger, Kevin Mercer, Oliver Brooks, Jesse Rafalko, Michele Randall, Steven Read, Kevin Reilly, Sarah Swist, and Danyel Woodring.