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Exhibit examines illusions in science, art, literature, and nature

Detail of ENCAPSULATED MEMORIES by Amirmasoud Agharebparast, Adjunct Lecturer in Studio Art and Zoller Gallery Coordinator. Illuminating Illusions will be on view in the HUB-Robeson Display Cases February 7 through April 19. Credit: Amirmasoud AgharebparastAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Is it real or an illusion? A natural phenomenon or clever design? The HUB-Robeson Galleries will present "Illuminating Illusions," a collaborative exhibition presented by members of the Penn State Museum Consortium explores various facets of illusions in science, art, literature and nature. The exhibition will run from Feb. 7 to April 19 in the display cases on the first floor of the HUB-Robeson Center, University Park.

The exhibition showcases a selection of objects and illusion examples that illustrate relevance to current day culture, scientific discovery, or both.  "Illuminating Illusions" is a collaboration of Penn State University Museum consortium members:

  • The Center for the Performing Arts 
  • Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery
  • Eberly Family Special Collections Library 
  • Frost Entomological Museum
  • Matson Museum of Anthropology
  • Palmer Museum of Art
  • Pasto Agricultural Museum
  • Penn State Herbarium
  • Radiation Science and Engineering Center
  • Woskob Family Gallery

The Penn State University Museum Consortium (PSUMC) is a network of museum and archival professionals and education specialists associated with the unique facilities and irreplaceable collections that reside at University Park. PSUMC actively promotes Penn State’s commitment to engaged scholarship, hands-on learning, and integrated programs of teaching, research and service. For more information on the members, visit

The display cases in the HUB-Robeson Center are available for public viewing daily. The galleries welcome classroom visits and offer student-led tours. For more information on exhibitions or tours, call 814-865-2563 or visit the website.

A program of Penn State Student Affairs, the HUB-Robeson Galleries partner with students and contemporary artists to produce gallery exhibitions, public projects, educational programs and cultural events. As a cultural destination at University Park and a resource for the commonwealth, the galleries support holistic student success through development, engagement and leadership.

Last Updated January 21, 2020