"Skinnydipping" Opens at Woskob

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
woman seated next to a man covering his face

The Woskob Family Gallery is pleased to announce Skinnydipping, an exhibition of two- and three-dimensional work that explores what it means to be a young American today. Selected from an open call for student curatorial proposals, Skinnydipping features the work of recent Penn State graduate Sidney Mullis (MFA ’15) and current BFA candidate Elise Warfield.

Tackling gender, sexuality, and suburban American culture, the work is both deeply personal and universally relatable as the artists grapple with coming of age in the current political landscape. By situating figures in suburban environments rendered through skewed perspectival viewpoints, Warfield hints at uneasy undercurrents beneath the everyday. In sculptural works using materials ranging from low-tech papier-mâché to modern technology such as the iPhone, Mullis explores how young adults perform their identities. The artists’ treatment of color and the allied subject matter creates a unifying language that links Warfield’s figurative paintings and drawings to Mullis’s abstracted sculptures

The Woskob Family Gallery is a contemporary art space in downtown State College that brings a cohesive and carefully curated program of exhibitions and events to central Pennsylvania. Run by Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, the gallery serves as a laboratory for exploring how the arts can catalyze creative placemaking. The Woskob Family Gallery is located at 146 South Allen Street, State College, PA, 16801.

Gallery hours are 9 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday and 10 AM – 2 PM on Saturdays. For more information, please contact Program Manager Haley Finnegan at hbs131@psu.edu or (814) 863-5353, or visit woskobfamilygallery.psu.edu.