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Gallery Information:

Each month, the Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery features the multi-media works of local and regional artists. A reception to meet the artist complements each show. The exhibits and receptions are free to the public.

Monthly Art Exhibits 2014

NOVEMBER: Shawn Watrous

Gallery Hours:

Monday - Friday:  8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:  Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Gallery Location:

115 Administration Building (campus map)
Penn State New Kensington
3550 Seventh Street Road
New Kensington, PA  15068

Take a panoramic look at the Art Gallery space, courtesy of the Virtual Campus Tour

Gallery Director: 

Tina Sluss, 724-334-6056, tms57@psu.edu

Call 724-334-6056

"Fall" by Bud Gibbons


Shawn Watrous-The Spectular Mundane


"The Golden State"
Multimedia works of Shawn Watrous

Artist Statement
"In my artistic investigations I make use of a combination of mediums and surfaces, including acrylic, graphite, patterned fabric, printing ink, charcoal, drawing and print papers, translucent vellum, and digital photography printed on transparent polyester film. Each of these elements contains their own information, whether in terms of color, shape, marks or gestures, representation or abstraction. Through a process of layering these bits of information together, I am juxtaposing aspects of geometric abstraction, gestural expressionism and photographic representation as a means of creating images that deal with memory and identity." — Shawn Watrous


Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Penn State New Kensington’s new art instructor will showcase his work with a solo exhibition in November in the campus art gallery.

Shawn Watrous, adjunct instructor in art, took over the teaching responsibilities of Bud Gibbons, professor emeritus of visual arts, who retired in June. Gibbons, who taught at the campus for 40 years, showed his art annually.

Watrous works in a variety of mediums, including acrylic, graphite, patterned fabric, printing ink, charcoal, drawing and print papers, translucent vellum, and digital photography. Using a layering process, he creates images that deal with memory and identity.

“I was raised on the San Francisco peninsula surrounded by the ocean, the bay, trees, mountains and urban sprawl," said Watrous, who joined the campus faculty in August. “Images from this part of the country are imprinted in my mind and continue to inform my work and my aesthetic interests.”

The Springdale resident’s art has made it to the big screen. He has sold and rented pieces to the film industry for use in movie sets. In addition, his work can be found in the Cleveland Clinic Collection, and the BoxHeart Expressions gallery in Pittsburgh.

Watrous earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of San Francisco and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University. The artist resides with his wife and son.

A reception for Watrous is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the art gallery. The exhibit and reception are free to the public. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekends.

For more information, contact Tina Sluss, art gallery director, 724-334-6056, tms57@psu.edu

For photos of the exhibit, visit http://psnk.smugmug.com/ 

PHOTO: "The Spectacular Mundane," a mixed media collage by Shawn Watrous.