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[Photo Story] Check Out This Fall’s HUB Galleries Art Exhibits

If you head to the HUB-Robeson Galleries this fall, it’d be tough to miss the work of artist Rosemarie Fiore.

Fiore has been collaborating with Penn State through the Career Arts Initiative since 2018. She also hosted workshops with the School of Visual Arts and the College of Arts and Architecture in February 2021.

The ongoing project “acknowledges university public spaces as potent for creative and free expression,” Lindsey Landfried, curator and senior gallery manager, wrote within the pamphlet available for guests who visit Fiore’s work.

Smoke painting #34, Lit color smoke firework residue on paper, 2013 (Left), Smoke painting #35, same medium, 2013 (Right)

Fiore creates smoke drawing art and makes the tools that she uses for her smoke art into art pieces themselves.

Shapeshifter, Smoke painting took, wood resin, and mixed media, 2014
Fireclub Work Horse, resin epoxy, clay, wood, enamel paint, 2020

As part of Fiore’s ongoing engagement at Penn State, she painted with smoke on the HUB Lawn back in September. This event was hosted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

The murals that resulted are hung in the HUB above Starbucks.

The tools she used as a template are also on display.

Rosemarie Fiore’s pieces will be available in the HUB-Robeson Gallery until Sunday, January 30, 2022.

In the HUB-Robeson Gallery’s art alley, available during and outside of the gallery hours, you can find Wind Spirits, pieces created by Tatiana Arocha, Deirdre Murphy, and Rachel Sydlowski.

The exhibition was designed in partnership with Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.

Tatiana Arocha, Wind Spirits, 2021
Tatiana Arocha, Wind Spirits, 2021

Arocha wanted to draw attention to avian creatures through the use of textures from plants and other natural objects.

Rachel Sydowski, Vivarium, 2021

Sydowski’s two pieces in the exhibition involve intricate layering and colors, showing rarefied birds.

Murphy uses oil paintings to explore bird migration and the effects of climate change on the environment.

Deirdre Murphy, Oculus Major, 2019
Deirdre Murphy, Oculus Major, 2019

A reception for Wind Spirits will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, in the gallery, and the pieces will remain on display until November 7, 2021.

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Teagan Staudenmeier

Teagan is a Junior majoring in photojournalism, she is one of Onward State's photographers. She is from Wilkes-Barre PA, but is a Canadian at heart. On campus she is involved in photo club, and is an Aurora outdoor orientation leader. For more fun content follow her on twitter: @Teag_42


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