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Penn State Altoona presents work of Sarah Phyllis Smith

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 989 hits

ALTOONA – An exhibition of work by Sarah Phyllis Smith, I Can’t Love Nobody Else But You, will be on display in the Sheetz Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts August 21- December 14, 2014. A reception will be held 3 – 5 p.m., Thursday, September 4 in the Titelman Study of the Center.

Originally from Middletown, New York, Smith currently lives and works in Murray, Kentucky, where she is a lecturer at Murray State University. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2013 where she was awarded the Virgil M. Beall fellowship and the Paula Patton Grahame scholarship. She recently exhibited at the Minneapolis Photo Center, the Janice Mason Art Museum, LUX Center for the Arts, Torpedo Factory Art Center, and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. She has an upcoming residency at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy, New York, and will be included in the Manifest Third International Photography Annual publication.

On her work she states, “The greatest failure of photography is its inherent nostalgia. It forces us to constantly look backwards, filling present voids with imperfect depictions of the past. Photographs are objects that promise something permanent yet their very existence is a direct result of how ephemeral the experiences they represent are. They fall pitifully short in capturing the essence of what they want to represent, yet we still expect them to do it. The images included in this exhibition, while stemming from the intimate experiences of an individual, investigate our relationship, expectations, and attachment to the photographic image. Each photograph exists as a permanent document yet the subject matter begins to expose the failure and impossibility of preservation.”

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.

Media contact:
Marissa Carney, Media Relations Coordinator, University Relations 814-949-5105

Web Contact:
Jonathan O'Harrow, Webmaster, University Relations 814-949-5105

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