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College Celebrates 2017 Commencement

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2017 graduates

More than 180 College of Arts and Architecture undergraduates earned their degrees at commencement exercises on Saturday, May 6. Helen Maser, a senior graduating with bachelor of fine arts degrees in drawing & painting and sculpture and a minor in art history, served as commencement speaker. 

Maser was 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 also participated in numerous group exhibitions at the University. Maser was 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 Helen Maserserved 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 received the Brian Betzler Memorial Award in Visual Arts and Margaret Schoenfelder Memorial Scholarship, and was a winner in the juried exhibition Rough Intent. Helen will soon begin an internship at the Takt Artist Residency in Berlin, Germany.