Penn State Altoona will feature the work of McKenna Hurd, Senior in Visual Arts Studies


ALTOONA, Pa. — “Invisible Things,” an exhibition by McKenna Hurd, a senior in visual arts studies, will run March 24 through April 2 at the Sheetz Gallery at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts in Penn State Altoona. A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 24 in the centre’s Titelman study. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Hurd plans to graduate from Penn State Altoona in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts studies. She works with a variety of mediums including acrylic paint, ink, graphite and colored pencil.

“Things invisible” encompasses physical impairments resulting from internal struggles. Hurd uses her own experiences to create works that explore dark and uncomfortable themes and raise awareness of mental health and the stigma that surrounds it.

“The pieces invite the viewer to explore personal connections and to become more aware of mental illness and its seriousness,” says Hurd.

Hurd’s work can be found on her Instagram account.

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


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