The first is that the poster by Penn State Abington students Erica Lampe and Gillian Sigfried has been selected to be one of Penn State's entries in Undergraduate Research at the Capitol on March 11. These two students undertook an ACURA project with Yvonne Love and Bonnie Levinthal over the last year. This project researches the collaborative process between female artists in the US and Cuba. The project explores how artists respond to place, culture, diaspora, identity and boundaries, and how the arts can create bridges between separated cultures.
Traveling to Cuba twice, the students observed eight working artists, four from the US and four from Cuba and also developed their own series of collaborative pieces. See all of the artwork.
Some of the ideas explored in the collaborations were; observing how a concept develops and changes, observing how the experience of collaboration changed viewpoints, exposed metaphoric boundaries, borders and identities and opened a richness of shared experience between the artist’s physical and artistic juxtapositions.
Students in the SUST 200 First-Year Seminar Class taught by Kathy Fadigan were awarded a grant through the Reinvention Fund from Penn State’s Sustainability Institute for Abington’s Cloverly Gardens. They are planning to build an educational greenhouse and accompanying garden as a model for other campuses. Only 11 student awards were granted. Of the 11 awards, only three were given to non-University Park locations.
As we move through this semester student-faculty research projects will take center stage culminating during ACURA week, April 7–11.