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Alumna presents master's thesis exhibit

Erica Harney, AU class of 2006, presents her masters of fine arts thesis exhibition, "Disquiet," beginning on Friday, Feb. 26, from 5-7 p.m. at the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery at the Pennsylvania State University, Visual Arts Building.

Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

A painter, Erica's work deals with the reconciliation of opposing forces. Relating to various psychological, scientific, and cultural realms, her work explores various methods of overcoming inherent divisions and contradictions within a single entity to achieve a miraculous, fragile balance. Her paintings are both eccentric and eclectic and illustrate a wide range of physical handlings, technical processes, materials, colors, images, patterns and textures, creating images that are ethereal and painterly, yet also raw and visceral.

Erica received a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a minor in Art History from Alfred University, Magna Cum Laude, in 2006 and has since exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across the northeast United States, as well as a recent solo exhibition in Ireland.

Her work belongs to private and public collections in a dozen states, Ireland, and Canada. She has won several awards for artistic achievement, including a Dedalus Foundation Grant nomination, a Pennsylvania State University Excellence in Graduate Recruitment Award, a Graham Endowed Fellowship, Daniel Joseph Murphy II Memorial Award for Creativity, and two partial fellowships to paint at the renowned Vermont Studio Center.

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