ALTOONA, Pa. — A free showing of work by Ivyside Juried Art Exhibition winners Molly Jo Burke and Nathan Gorgen will be on display in the Sheetz Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts Oct. 8 through Nov. 22.
Burke and Gorgen are an artist and designer couple living in Columbus, Ohio, raising a family. Burke received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Columbus College of Art and Design and a master of fine arts degree from Ohio State University. In 2019, Burke accepted the Barnett Fellowship from Ohio State and will pursue her doctorate in arts administration education and policy program. Gorgen received his bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his master of fine arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Gorgen is the lab supervisor at the Studios for Art and Design Research at Ohio State University.
Burke and Goren collaborate on their artwork by using the excess materials from their individual practices while also repurposing objects from their everyday lives. Through their artwork they explore the nature of the objects of their lives through the lens of environmentalism and waste, often exaggerating or distorting specific qualities of each object.
The Galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452 or visit the Penn State Altoona website at altoona.psu.edu.