Artwork by Emily Wagner

Artwork by Emily Wagner

Image: Emily Wagner

Penn State Altoona presents work by Visual Arts Studies senior Emily Wagner

ALTOONA, Pa. – A Child’s Memory by Emily Wagner will be on display in the McLanahan Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts April 18-27. A reception will be held April 18 from 3–5 p.m. with a talk by the artist at 3:30 p.m.

Wagner will graduate from Penn State Altoona this May with a bachelor’s degree in visual art studies and a minor in history. She is a mixed media artist who prefers to work three dimensionally. Currently her work explores childhood and trauma with inspiration coming from her life, everyday moments, and dreams. Most of her pieces incorporate her family in some way. Several of Wagner’s works have been on display at Penn State Altoona.

Wagner states, “Acknowledging mental health is important for everyone and should be addressed. I want people to understand how important mental health is. I want people to know that even though someone seems fine on the outside they may be struggling with something on the inside regardless of their age or when the tragedy occurred. By exposing people to real problems that I went through I want to increase the awareness and importance of mental health.”

The galleries are open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and before and during all performances. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452.