Penn College to continue Technology & Society Colloquia Series

The next talk in the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Penn College, “Art + Engineering = Creative Problem Solving,” will be presented by 2016-17 Penn State Laureate Rebecca Strzelec, professor of visual arts and program coordinator of visual art studies at Penn State Altoona, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Klump Academic Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

In keeping with the focus of the Technology & Society Colloquia Series, which aims to challenge audiences to consider the impact of technology on society, Strzelec’s talk will touch upon the mutuality of technology and the arts, and the need for a collective conversation and understanding to advance alongside technology.

“As our world speeds up, thanks to technology, the individual sometimes gets lost in the fray. The arts and humanities remind us to reflect upon the whole person and, ultimately, our whole society,” she said.

Strzelec earned bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degrees in metals/jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

Her works are included in two current traveling exhibitions: “Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials,” organized by Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art, and “I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now,” an innovative merger of art and guns. An art book published last year – “CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process” – also showcases her creations.

Strzelec’s Army Green Orchids were featured in “Out of Hand: Materializing the Post Digital” at the Museum of Arts and Design, in New York. The 2014 exhibition was the first major museum exhibition examining the interdisciplinary trend of digital fabrication fine art.

Her artwork is included in permanent collections at numerous museums and has been presented in over 65 national and international exhibits.

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation in the auditorium; the conversation can also resume during a reception that will follow downstairs in the Wrapture dining unit.

Honoring Daniel J. Doyle, professor emeritus and Penn College’s 1984 Master Teacher, the Colloquia Series features presentations by noted authors and academics. The series was launched in 2014 as the Centennial Colloquia Series, as the college celebrated its 100th year of education.