Upcoming art exhibitions, performances in the State College area this week | Way of life


Penn Staters interested in seeing an art exhibit or live performance this week have a plethora of upcoming in-person and virtual art events to check out.

Live shows


British vocal ensemble VOCES8 will perform ‘After Silence’, a series of choral works inspired by author Aldous Huxley.

The paid performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Music Recital Hall at the Penn State Music Building. Tickets can be purchased here.


“Cartography” is a multimedia production presented by the Center for the Performing Arts that asks audience members to “consider each other’s origin stories”.

Production will begin Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Eisenhower Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased here.

Virtual exhibitions

“African brilliance and the purpose of art”

“African Brilliance and the Purpose of Art” is a virtual tour of “African Brilliance: A Diplomat’s Sixty Years of Collection” from the Palmer Museum of Art. It will remain available throughout the school year. It is free and accessible here.

“Celebrating the ADA: The Legacy and Evolution of Disability Rights and Lived Experiences at Penn State”

University libraries present a virtual exhibit detailing the first 100 years of national disability rights law. It is free to access and can be found here.


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“Global Asians: Contemporary Asian and American Art of Asian Origin from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation”

This virtual and in-person exhibition from the Palmer Museum of Art features various works related to the theme of “Global Asians”.

The virtual exhibition includes works by artists such as Jacob Hashimoto, Dinh Q. Lê, Hung Liu and many others. The online exhibit is free and can be found here, and the in-person exhibit can be found at the museum on the Penn State campus.

“Pandemic spaces (1918 Edition)”

Penn State University Libraries offer this online presentation of the 1918 influenza pandemic. The virtual exhibit can be found here.

“Who am I? Art and Identity”

This interactive tour of the different areas of the Palmer Museum of Art introduces the theme of exploring personal and cultural identity. The virtual exhibition can be accessed here.

“Women in art: Activism + Resistance”

This is a self-directed virtual tour of the Palmer Museum of Art, which explores a selection of works by female artists.

The tour celebrates the 19th Amendment through various works from the 20th and 21st centuries. It is accessible here.

In person exhibitions

“Ukiyo-e: Images of the floating world, Japanese prints from the permanent collection”

Available until December 5 at the Palmer Museum of Art, this exhibition features a collection of works on Japanese art of ukiyo-e.

“Lost bird project”

Available until January 26, 2022 in the HUB-Robeson galleries, this exhibition by Todd McGrain presents a series of sculptures relating to extinct bird species.

“Why biodiversity is important”

“Why Biodiversity Matters” is available until January 26, 2022 in the HUB Galleries. He reviews avian research and educational materials from the Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and Penn State’s Wildlife Fisheries Program.


Available until January 30, 2022 at HUB Galleries, this installation by Kiana Honarmand uses the text of Iranian feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad’s poem “Gift” to pay homage to Persian poetry and visual arts.


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