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The Woskob Family Gallery is a space for contemporary arts and culture in downtown State College, PA.


Guest-curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari

MARCH 29 ­– JUNE 2, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 5 – 7 PM

Tiny Acts Topple Empires is a group exhibition curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari. The exhibition takes its title from a quote in a 2004 essay by Danusha Goska, in which she writes, “when we study the biographies of our heroes, we learn that they spent years in preparation, doing tiny, decent things before one historical moment propelled them to center stage and used them to tilt empires.” From a national open call, Bhandari selected works by thirty-five contemporary artists that engage in some form of rebellion and challenge the status quo.

Although the artworks in Tiny Acts Topple Empires widely vary in scale, medium, and style, the artists all work in at least one of three ways: revealing subjects frequently hidden from view, recontextualizing different subject matter in new ways, and operating through the direct actions of the artist or viewer. The included artists are Micaela Amateau Amato, Laura Bustamante, Mandy Cano Villalobos, Jonathan Ehrenberg, John D. Freyer, Joy Garnett, David Grainger, Karolyn Hatton, Krista Hoefle, Vincent Hron, Sarah E. Jenkins, Noel Kassewitz, Dave Kube, Jessica Lauren Lipton, Liz Luna, Meredith Lynn, Taryn McMahon, Christopher McNulty, Margaret Murphy, Joe Netta, Landon L. Newton, Michael Pribich, Leslie Robinson, K. Sarrantonio, Jody Servon, Clinton Sleeper, Kate Snow, Ann Stoddard, Krista Svalbonas, Steve Totin, MJ Tyson, Kirsten Valentine, Hilary Wang, Coral Woodbury, and JooYeon Judy Yang.

In addition to the works on view, the gallery will offer a number of events and engagement opportunities in conjunction with the exhibition. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Wednesday, March 28, from 5:00–7:00 PM. Artist John D. Freyer in partnership with the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community and Rothrock Coffee will develop a custom roasted coffee variety called “Recovery Roast” on Wednesday March 28th at 4:00 PM at the Woskob Family Gallery.  The Penn State edition of “Recovery Roast” will be available during the run of the exhibition at a custom pour over coffee station installed in the gallery. The event offers an opportunity to engage persons in recovery and their allies in conversation over a cup of free coffee, emphasizing creative expression as a means of assisting in the recovery process and reducing the social stigma and isolation associated with individuals struggling with substance use disorders.  Freyer will also host a pop-up event with his Free Hot Coffee Bike outside the Palmer Museum of Art on Thursday, March 29, from 10:00–11:30 AM. Additionally, the gallery will host all-ages art-making workshops during State College’s monthly First Fridays from 5:00–8:00 PM. For more information on these events, visit our Facebook page at

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MJ TYSON, 36 Orchard Hill Drive, 2017. Personal objects left behind by the deceased. 11 x 6 x 5 in.



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