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'Hold(ing) Tight' opening at Woskob Family Gallery Nov. 29

Art Exhibition

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A new art exhibition, "Hold(ing) Tight," will transform the Woskob Family Gallery into a place for solace, reflection, regrouping, gathering and planning.

Hein Koh, "Sad Flower," 2017. Acrylic, concrete, felt, fiberfill, glitter, metal pipe, spandex, string, and vinyl, 97" H x 31" W x 13" D. Credit: Hein KohAll Rights Reserved.

The exhibition will feature work from curators Mark Joshua Epstein and Stina Puotinen as well as participating artists Diane Exavier, Ruth Freeman, Hein Koh, and Denise Treizman and Williamson Brasfieldand.

During the exhibition, the gallery will not be a passive exhibition space, but rather a community center, sign-making hub, and a nexus for action as yet unplanned. As such, the exhibition space will offer an exuberant visual and sensory experience, with artist-created soft furniture for relaxing, paired chairs for one-on-one discussion, and motivational posters for inspiration. The resulting space will be full of visual pleasure and teeming with possibility.

Viewers are invited to spend as much time as they wish in "Hold(ing) Tight," joining together as friends or strangers to reflect on the world as they see it and contemplate about what they believe. In a time of uncertainty, "Hold(ing) Tight" offers a re-imagined “waiting room” in which visitors can escape the busy world in which they are immersed each day.

Public programing includes an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. The exhibition runs from Nov. 29 through Jan. 19, 2019.

About the Woskob Family Gallery

The Woskob Family Gallery, located at 146 S. Allen Street in Downtown State College, is a space for contemporary arts and culture. Ann Tarantino, assistant professor in Penn State's School of Visual Arts, has been gallery curator and director since 2015. Gallery visitors of all ages can find something that speaks to them: Programs range from family-friendly First Friday artmaking events, to artist talks and receptions where adults can visit and converse with the artists themselves.  To learn more about the Woskob Family Gallery, visit

Last Updated December 05, 2018