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The World's 10 Most Deadly Minerals
06/24/2019
The World's 10 Most Deadly Minerals

The World's 10 Most Deadly Minerals

Precious minerals make the modern world go 'round—they're used in everything from circuit boards to tableware. They're also some of the most toxic materials known to science, and excavating them has proved so dangerous over the years, some have been phased out of industrial production altogether. ...

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State University
05/16/2019

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State University

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State University
05/16/2019

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State University

Russ Graham Retirement Party
05/16/2019

Russ Graham Retirement Party

Earthquakes Make Gold Veins in an Instant
05/07/2019
Earthquakes Make Gold Veins in an Instant

Earthquakes Make Gold Veins in an Instant

Scientists have long known that veins of gold are formed by mineral deposition from hot fluids flowing through cracks deep in Earth’s crust. But a study published in Nature Geoscience1 has found that the process can occur almost instantaneously

05/05/2019

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jane Cook from the Corning Museum of Glass has been selected as the new Director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery. Dr. Cook has a background that spans geosciences, materials science and engineering, and the visual arts. Dr. Cook will also be taking over the hot glass studio in Materials Sciences in the PSU College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Cook to the museum.

All Things Dinosaurs
04/14/2019

All Things Dinosaurs

Museums: They’re good for your health
04/11/2019
Museums: They’re good for your health

Museums: They’re good for your health

University of Melbourne research finds that visiting museums and other cultural venues can help older Australians with their mental and physical wellbeing.

The value of being prepared--a couple of weeks ago, a leak occurred in the collection storage room of the museum. Assist...
03/24/2019

The value of being prepared--a couple of weeks ago, a leak occurred in the collection storage room of the museum. Assistant Director Julianne Snider was able to contain the water and prevent damage thanks to having an emergency kit on hand containing absorbent pads, gloves, safety glasses, doorstops, a bucket, a squeege, sponges, moveable dykes, a list of emergency phone numbers, etc. She called the emergency number for the Office of the Physical Plant who had someone there to fix the leak with 20 minutes.

03/12/2019
Spencer Museum of Art

Spencer Museum of Art

This short video documents the collaboration of KU Professor & Senior Curator at the KU Natural History Museum Christopher Beard and sculptor Elizabeth Turk—both MacArthur Fellows—facilitated by our Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI). 🔬

https://news.psu.edu/story/561037/2019/02/26/academics/students-showcase-science-communication-skills-7th-annual-poster
02/27/2019
Students showcase science communication skills at 7th Annual Poster Exhibition | Penn State University

https://news.psu.edu/story/561037/2019/02/26/academics/students-showcase-science-communication-skills-7th-annual-poster

“Just how small is this?” was just one of a myriad of questions Natalie Cummings, a sophomore in materials science and engineering, had to field from competition judges and other passersby during her research presentation at the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences 7th Annual Undergraduate Post...

Associate Curator of Collections John Simmons will be teaching a four-week course online for Connecting to Collections o...
02/12/2019
C2C Care Course: Collections Management for Smaller Cultural Institutions | Connecting to Collections Care Online Community

Associate Curator of Collections John Simmons will be teaching a four-week course online for Connecting to Collections on "Collections Management for Smaller Institutions" starting 12 February 2019. https://www.connectingtocollections.org/course-collections-management/

C2C Care Course: Collections Management for Smaller Cultural Institutions During this four-week long course participants will learn about essential aspects of collection management, from the acquisition and registration of objects through the care, use, and deaccessioning of objects. The importance....

The mining lamp exhibit in the Hosler Building that was flooded by the leaking pipe has been full restored! Come by and ...
02/11/2019

The mining lamp exhibit in the Hosler Building that was flooded by the leaking pipe has been full restored! Come by and take a look.

Breaking news--"Bearded Ladies" exhibit extended at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery!! We are pleased...
02/06/2019
'The Bearded Lady Project' exhibit opens in EMS Museum and Art Gallery | Penn State University

Breaking news--"Bearded Ladies" exhibit extended at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery!! We are pleased to announce that thanks to special arrangements, the popular Bearded Ladies exhibit has been held over until the end of May 2019. https://news.psu.edu/story/546246/2018/11/06/public-events/bearded-lady-project-exhibit-opens-ems-museum-and-art-gallery

"The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Faces of Science" traveling art exhibit is on display in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery in 018 Deike Building.

Hosler building, Penn State University
01/10/2019

Hosler building, Penn State University

Nice article about the current exhibit from the Centre Daily Times, https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.centredaily.com/ent...
01/04/2019
How ‘The Bearded Lady’ at Penn State sparks conversation about women in science fields

Nice article about the current exhibit from the Centre Daily Times, https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.centredaily.com/entertainment/this-weekend/article223817230.html

An exhbit at Penn State hopes to start conversations and recognize women in science. Called “The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science,” the photography exhibit features female scientists from different places, many of whom are wearing false mustaches or beards.

The Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery is pleased to announce that new storage cabinets from the mineral co...
12/13/2018

The Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery is pleased to announce that new storage cabinets from the mineral collection, purchased with grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), were installed this week. The IMLS grant was written by the museum's Assistant Director, Julianne Snider.

New exhibit opening soon at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery!! http://thebeardedladyproject.com/
10/22/2018
The Bearded Lady Project

New exhibit opening soon at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery!! http://thebeardedladyproject.com/

"The Bearded Lady Project" is a documentary film and photographic project celebrating the work of female paleontologists and highlighting the challenges and obstacles they face.

An interesting article about the Small Museum Accreditation Academy that the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art G...
06/21/2018
What Small Museums Need (& Don’t)

An interesting article about the Small Museum Accreditation Academy that the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery is participating in, along with a nice photo of our current exhibition! https://www.aam-us.org/2018/06/20/what-small-museums-need-dont/

Over the course of 2016, ten small museums participated in an AAM pilot project called the Small Museum Accreditation Academy. The Academy, which was developed through a grant from the National End…

02/01/2018
Great Big Story

Great Big Story

In Japan, there's a bizarre museum dedicated entirely to rocks that resemble human faces. Do we spy Elvis back there, dancing to that Jailhouse ROCK? Or Voldemort and his Sorcerer's STONE? (we're so sorry)

A very nice article has just been published in the online newspaper artdaily.org about the Palmer's newly opened exhibit...
01/24/2018
"Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint" opens at the Palmer Museum of Art

A very nice article has just been published in the online newspaper artdaily.org about the Palmer's newly opened exhibit on the artist Dox Thrash. Congratulations! (link and article below). Two works included in the show are on loan to the Palmer from the EMS Museum's Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art. Collaboration is always a good thing.

http://artdaily.com/news/101930/-Dox-Thrash--Black-Life--and-the-Carborundum-Mezzotint--opens-at-the-Palmer-Museum-of-Art#.Wmih17BOm71

"Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint" opens at the Palmer Museum of Art

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Dox Thrash, Cabin with a Star in the Window, c. 1944–45, carborundum mezzotint, proof reworked in ink. Private collection, image courtesy of Dolan/Maxwell.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.- The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State opened Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint. This remarkable exhibition brings together forty-seven works on loan from public and private collections that reveal the experimental printmaking process, known as the carborundum mezzotint, pioneered by the Philadelphia-based artist Dox Thrash (1893–1965), who was also a noted participant in the New Negro movement of the 1930s and ’40s.

“This exhibition sheds important light one of the great figures in the history of American printmaking, and how he used the carborundum mezzotint process, along with other media, to chronicle aspects of the African American experience well before the dawn of the Civil Rights era,” stated Erin Coe, director of the Palmer Museum of Art.

A veteran of World War I as well as the minstrel stage, Thrash trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before making his way to Philadelphia, where he ultimately forged a career as both a painter and a graphic artist.

In 1937, Thrash signed on for employment with the Federal Art Project’s Fine Print Workshop. There, while working with fellow artists Hugh Mesibov and Michael Gallagher, he began to experiment with a new approach to printmaking, which today is known as the carborundum mezzotint process. By thoroughly abrading a plate with particles of carborundum, or silicon carbide, the artists created a design on its surface by burnishing and scraping. When inked and printed, the plate yielded an image that was remarkably rich in darks and lights. With its broad tonal range, the new process was ideally suited to the sensitive portrayals of Black life for which Thrash would become known.

"Thrash has long been recognized as an innovative printmaker,” said Palmer Museum curator Joyce Robinson, “but it’s important to note that his subject matter, drawn deep from within African American culture, played a key role in his artistic output.”

The exhibition brings together numerous examples of the experimental process by Thrash and other colleagues working in the Fine Print Workshop. It also features works by Thrash in other print mediums, as well as watercolors and drawings, all of which powerfully document the artist’s intimate, invested engagement with African American culture in the 1930s and 1940s.

The exhibition was organized by Palmer Museum of Art Charles V. Hallman Curator, Patrick McGrady with Dolan/Maxwell of Philadelphia. “The exhibition celebrates the many artistic achievements of Dox Thrash, an important but still underappreciated African-American artist,” stated McGrady. “The show concentrates on Thrash’s role in the development of the carborundum mezzotint, a new printmaking technique that brought him national recognition in the years leading up to the Second World War.”

Also on view at the Palmer Museum of Art this spring are Pop at the Palmer, January 9 through May 13; and Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials, February 13 through June 17.

The a href= palmermuseum.psu.edu target= _blank Palmer Museum of Art /a at Penn State opened Dox Thrash, Black Life, and the Carborundum Mezzotint

Richard Alley will be presenting "Finding the good news on energy and climate" a week from Wednesday (January 24, 7:00pm...
01/17/2018

Richard Alley will be presenting "Finding the good news on energy and climate" a week from Wednesday (January 24, 7:00pm) as part of The Climate Sessions series put on by the Elk Creek Cafe in Milheim.

GlassWorks: Art, Science and Everyday
12/14/2017

GlassWorks: Art, Science and Everyday

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State University's cover photo
12/14/2017

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State University's cover photo

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State University
12/14/2017

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State University

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