‘Scatter Terrain’ Exhibit Explores Familiar and Strange Landscapes


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — “Scatter Terrain,” a diverse take on landscapes both familiar and strange, curated by Anthony Cervino and Shannon Egan, will be presented March 25 through July 17 at Art Alley at the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn Campus du State University Park.

The term “scattered terrain”, borrowed from role-playing games and war games, refers to miniature fragments of architecture, natural features, or small props that provide a visual aid to players. “Scatter Terrain” follows scenes of imaginary adventure following our COVID-induced isolation through pockets of “terrain” as a metaphorical means of escape. The exhibition includes various mediums such as video, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, photography and printmaking that address ideas of belonging and social questions of personal and political identity in a world of more and more hostile.

“Scatter Terrain” features the following artists: Avye Alexandres, Chad Andrews, Sarah Aziz, Jackie Brown, Stefani Byrd, Zoë Charlton, Locus Xiaotong Chen, Sarah Crofts, Jason Cytaki, Jon Duff, Jason Ferguson, Els Geelen, Stephen Grossman, Stacy Isenbarger, Leekyung Kang, Heather Leier, Julia Matejcek, Ryan Sarah Murphy, Sarah Nance, Ken Reker, Dan Rule, Samantha Sanders, Stephanie Serpick, Casey Jex Smith and Chloe Wilwerding.

“‘Scatter Terrain’ is an opportunity to see the works of 25 national and international artists in a wide range of media,” said Egan. “If you look closely, you will see how the artists balance notions of order and chaos, the familiar and the strange, the too near and the far imaginary. It’s a chance to be transported from mundane routines, to experience something new and unexpected.

Cervino is an artist-educator who has exhibited his work professionally for over 20 years. He is a professor of art at Dickinson College, where he has taught sculpture since 2006. Originally from Pennsylvania, Cervino studied art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Towson University before moving to settle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His sculptures have been included in recent exhibitions at The Gallery at Flashpoint in Washington, DC; the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; the Arlington Center for the Arts; the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; and the Susquehanna Museum of Art, among others.

Egan received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Art History from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently director of the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College, where she curates contemporary and historical art exhibitions and teaches art history courses. She is the author of articles on photographers Edward S. Curtis and Jeff Wall. With Marthe Tolnes Fjellestad, she is co-editor and co-curator of the forthcoming book and traveling exhibition, Across the West and Toward the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography.

The HUB-Robeson Galleries, a unit of student affairs at Penn State, welcomes and encourages visits from class groups, offices, and student organizations. Guided tours by students and staff are available; email [email protected], if interested. University COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

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