2018-04-01 / Shorts

Expose Yourself

Free event celebrates local art in all forms
Robyn Passante

In State College, there are fancy art exhibit openings downtown, and Penn State events showcasing students’ work. There are borough-sponsored community functions, neighborhood block parties, and small groups of friends encouraging one another as they hone their talents.

Get Exposed 2 is a little bit like that — like all of that.

Hosted by photographer Michael Black in his Black Sun Studio on Beaver Avenue, Get Exposed 2 is a free community event from 7 to 10 p.m. April 20 that’s all about connecting and appreciating local art in all forms, along with the creatives behind it.

Black hosted the first Get Exposed in November of 2015, and knew then that it would not be a one-time event.

“It was really one of the best nights I’ve had in State College,” he says. “It was so successful and so gratifying, soulfully gratifying, that we said we have to do this again.”

Get Exposed 2 will feature a handful of two- and three-dimensional installations from invited local artists, as well as giant slideshows of work submitted by artists of every kind — from graphic designers to painters to poets to videographers to tattoo artists. The open call for submissions of up to five high-resolution jpgs of local artists’ work ends April 13. Those submissions will be showcased via looping slideshows that run throughout the evening.

“It’s all about celebrating and being appreciative of local talent,” Black says. No submission will be rejected unless it is deemed socially inappropriate or distasteful, he says.

There also will be food tastings from the new Spats at The Grill, a beer garden and live entertainment, with two stages highlighting five local acts plus an open mic time for anyone wanting to get up and perform.

The event is free, but donations are accepted and pre-registration is encouraged.
Visit for details on how to pre-register and enter submissions.

Artist Will Snyder showed a sculpture in the first Get Exposed, and remembers being impressed not only by the size of the crowd, but the makeup of those 300 or so in attendance.

“I thought the audience was really great, because it was community members, young folks, older folks, folks from The Palmer, people from the College of Arts and Architecture,” says Snyder, who is helping to plan the second event. “It was the first time I’d seen some faculty members’ work and grad students’ work, which I thought was really great.”

The first Get Exposed included some pretty edgy work, Snyder says, and he’s hoping that will be the case this time as well.

Black is aiming for 500 to attend this come-as-you-are networking and creative energy-building opportunity.

“It’s really just about connecting people in the community and understanding how to appreciate art or relationships,” he says. “If you’re not an artist, you get to connect with a ton of art. If you are an artist, you get to see what’s right here, and get your own work exposed to the people who are right here.” •SCM

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