PSU-Behrend gets new, major art installation

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 10:04 PM
PSU-Behrend gets new, major art installation by Kimberly Firestine

Penn State-Behrend is now home to a new Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center (AMIC) and a major art installation.

Award-winning artist Todd Scalise —known for his large-sale projects — and his visual public relations firm Higherglyphics created six murals — covering over 350 square feet — as well as one indoor and one outdoor metal sculpture.

According to a press release, AMIC looks to create collaborations between artists and students at the university, as Scalise worked with Behrend students throughout the creative process.

Students did work spanning from 3D models of the sculptures, performing tolerance testing and assisting with project coordination and marketing during the 18-month project.

Scalise also worked with regional artists, designers, fabricators and architects on the projects and pulled inspiration for the project from local corporations such as Bostwick Design Partnership. Scalise had help from artist James Conley, designer Kayla Nesselhauf, and author Cory Vaillancourt, on two major themes of the project.

“The artwork is a meditation on two very relevant topics in the field of engineering — materials and processes,” said Scalise in a press release from Higherglyphics.

“A story is told through the murals, which illustrate important concepts mentioned in accompanying wall mounted text panels. The sculptures
are united in concept with the murals, but tell the story in a different way.”

Scalise also stated, “students and businesses will be surrounded by art that highlights the collaborative spirit of the building which will inspire creative problem solving in this academic environment.” 

Kimberly Firestine is the arts editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at

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