Penn State Altoona to exhibit The Unmarkers by Michael Fadel

Penn State Altoona will showcase the work of Ivyside Juried Art Exhibition winner Michael Fadal in the McLanahan Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. The Unmarkers will run Jan. 16 – March 1, 2020. It is free and open to the public.

Fadel, born in Lebanon to a Lebanese father and American mother, resides and works in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned a B.F.A. in sculpture from Winthrop University and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Arizona. He was previously employed as a fabricator for artist Sama Alshaibi for the 55th Venice Biennale and has exhibited across the United States and in Dubai.

Fadel’s work explores how identity and memory are communicated through fluidity. “Ultimately this process is an expression of how I interpret spirituality and the human condition.” In his sculptures, Fadel captures the flow between social and personal identity and the endeavor of defining self-importance.

The Galleries are open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and before and during all performances. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452 or visit the Penn State Altoona website at altoona.psu.edu.

Penn State Altoona to exhibit In Control by Katrina Majkut

Penn State Altoona will showcase the work of Ivyside Juried Art Exhibition winner Katrina Majkut in the Sheetz Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. In Control will run Jan. 16 – March 1, 2020. It is free and open to the public.

Majkut, a visual artist and writer, works in Brooklyn. She has been featured in multiple galleries in New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Her writing has been featured on VICE Communication’s Broadly website and in The Huffington Post. Majkut holds a B.S. in business administration from Babson College and a post baccalaureate and M.F.A from the school of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. 

Majkut’s artwork challenges the functionality of cross-stich samplers while exploring objectivity versus subjectivity of female reproductive health products. “Through the cross-stitches of In Control, I want to highlight how social history and practices have eradicated the understanding of women’s medical needs in light of domestic practices, to focus on ideas of what it means to be a modern woman today and to maintain but modernize this historical craft practice.”

The Galleries are open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and before and during all performances. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452 or visit the Penn State Altoona website at altoona.psu.edu.

Penn State Altoona to present ‘And It Begins Like This’

Penn State Altoona will offer a performance of And It Begins Like This, an adaptation of LaTanya McQueen’s book by the same name. Performances are October 23–25 at 7:30 p.m. and October 26 at 2 p.m. in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 for Penn State Altoona students and $7 general admission. Children under 12 are free and should be accompanied by an adult.

And It Begins Like This, Penn State Altoona’s Common Read for the 2019-20 academic year, is a collection of essays reflecting on the nation’s history of racism through a retrospective of McQueen’s family and personal experiences. Director Naomi Baker, assistant teaching professor of theatre and integrative arts, adapted the book for the stage. “This is a very different kind of theatre than most are accustomed to seeing,” she states. “We will employ multimedia representations, along with live actors, singers, and even a few puppets. While the piece does include some difficult topics and imagery, I believe that it will be a powerful experience for both the creators and the audience.”

Tickets for And It Begins Like This may be purchased at the box office, open Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and before and during all performances. For further information, call the box office at 814-949-5452.

Penn State Altoona offers fall Ivyside Dance Ensemble performance

Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside Dance Ensemble will perform Nov. 7-8, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 for Penn State Altoona students and $7 for general admission. Children under 12 are free.

This performance includes both new and repertoire work and features Gierre Godley, artistic director of Project 44 Dance. Based in New York City, Project 44 Dance is an all-male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts.

KT Huckabee, teaching professor of integrative arts, brings two new pieces to the stage for this performance that explore four of the Effort qualities as identified by dance theorist Rudolf Laban.

Everett Perry-Johnson, director of Ivyside Dance Ensemble, also offers two new pieces that examine the energy of metropolitan living and the disturbing truth of people being taken and held captive.

Bethany Miller, part-time instructor in dance and part-time LPC and registered dance/movement therapist, offers the repertory piece Journey. Through movement and the manipulation of fabric, dancers explore the joy, barriers, and insights one may encounter through a personal quest for growth.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and before and during all performances. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452.

Brian Brodeur to Read his Poetry Oct. 22

Brian Brodeur, the winner of the Akron Poetry Prize and the Autumn House Poetry Prize, will give a reading from his new book, “Every Hour Is Late,” on October 22 at 12:10 p.m. in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Performing Arts Center.
Brodeur is a professor of English at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. He curates the online poetry archive How a Poem Happens and has published work in some of our nation’s best journals and magazines, including in American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and Missouri Review.
The event is sponsored by the Penn State Altoona English program and is open to the public.