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Penn State York Student Earns Spot in Art Show

Carrie Anderson
3/23/2009 —

Penn State York student Carrie Anderson has always been interested in art and has been creating artistic pieces since she was a child. The 21-year-old senior is one of two dozen artists to show her work in “Emerging Visions,” a juried showcase of the work of top undergraduate artists on display through March 28 at YorkArts, 10 N. Beaver Street in York.

Anderson has four pieces being exhibited and is showing her work along with students from prominent art schools including Tyler School of Art, Maryland Institute of Art, and Pennsylvania School of Art and Design to name a few. Anderson is the only student from Penn State York in the show.

A 2005 graduate of Red Lion High School, Anderson is a letters, arts, and sciences major who will graduate in May. The four drawings in the show are mixed media and are a part of a series of work she did incorporating physics. Anderson explains, “The pieces were done as an experiment to help with the stress of a certain physics class I was enrolled in at the time. After arranging an interior composition, I used my physics notes and started placing problems, equations, and diagrams into the work. There was no formula to the placement, which was done out of spite, to get back at all the guidelines of the methodical field of mathematics,” she said. This creative work earned her a spot in the show.

Anderson has taken classes with Mary Totenhoft, a local artist and owner of Studio 234 in York; art courses with Fred Haag a local artist and an associate professor at Penn State York; and is a member of the Penn State York Visual Arts Club. Artists who have influenced her range from Van Gogh to Cezanne and from Edward Hooper to Max Ernst. Acrylics and painting are her favorites.

In her artist statement for the show Anderson wrote, “My overall body of work is a reflection of my inspiration of color in all aspects of life. I work with drawing and painting observed objects, interiors and interpret them with an emphasis on color.”

Anderson plans to continue painting and drawing after graduation and would like to earn a master of arts in fine arts or art history.

Hours for the exhibit at YorkArts are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. One of Anderson’s pieces is on display at the Yorktowne Hotel near the OffCenter Grill, 48 East Market Street, York.

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