Exhibitions & Events

The Palmer Museum of Art presents new and changing special exhibitions and related programming every year. See below to check out what’s on view in person or online, what’s coming up, or what past exhibitions have been at the museum.

Special Exhibitions

Those Who Taught: Selected Works by Former Faculty

May 20-August 14, 2022

Works of art by Penn State visual arts faculty have been a part of campus life since well before the founding of the Museum of Art in 1972. This 50th anniversary exhibition highlights a small selection of paintings, drawings, and prints by former faculty members who were dedicated teachers and makers of art for many decades. Artists featured include Harold Altman, Yar Chomicky, Stuart Frost, Mary E. Godfrey, Jules Heller, Richard Mayhew, Linda Plotkin, Bruce Shobaken, Edwin Zoller, and George Zoretich. Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art.


A Virtual Exhibition

This virtual exhibition highlights the unbounded creativity of 29 Penn State students—undergraduate and graduate––across colleges and majors, ranging from the visual and performing arts and architecture to materials science, medicine, and software engineering. The 38 creative works in the exhibition include traditional artistic media like painting, photography, and sculpture, as well as examples of poetry, graphic design, performance, and more, showcasing the diverse and talented activities of our university student community.
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Permanent Collection Galleries

Tonkin Gallery of Studio Glass and Ceramics

Tonkin Gallery of Studio Glass and Ceramics

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Snowiss Galleries of American Art

Snowiss Galleries of American Art

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Pincus Galler of Contemporary Art

Pincus Gallery of Contemporary Art

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Harris Gallery of Baroque Art

Harris Gallery of Baroque Art

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Upcoming Exhibitions

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HOME/STUDIO: 2022 Penn State School of Visual Arts Faculty Show

May 28-August 28, 2022

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Martin Lewis (American, 1881–1962), Little Penthouse, 1931

Staff Picks: A Selection of Palmer Favorites

June 3-September 4, 2022

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Pancrace Bessa (French, 1772–1846), Hyacinthus Orientalis, 1810–1826, watercolor on white vellum, 7 3/8 x 4 9/16 inches. Presented in memory of James Rea Maxwell Jr., Class of 1921, 74.4

The Art of Remembering: A Selection of Gifts from 1974–2020

August 26-December 18, 2022

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Eleanor Antin (American, b. 1935), Going Home from Roman Allegories, 2004, chromogenic print, 48-1/2 x 102-3/4 x 2 inches. Purchased with funds provided by the Donald W. Hamer Endowment for Art Acquisitions and Exhibitions, 2006.29. © Eleanor Antin

Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty

September 23-December 18, 2022

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The new Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State. View from the Overlook Pavilion in the Arboretum. Architect: Allied Works. Rendering: Courtesy of MIR.

Designed for the Future: The New Palmer Museum of Art at the Arboretum

September 23-December 18, 2022

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To see ALL the upcoming events for this season, visit our Events Schedule.

Artwork by Community Day artist Erin Bolger Welsh June 25, 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Palmer Museum Community Day: Exploring Art and Abstraction

The Palmer marks its 50th anniversary in 2022! Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate the museum’s birthday with art, gallery tours, and hands-on...

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Docent-led tour in the Snowiss Galleries

Not ready to visit in person? Explore the Palmer virtually!

Past Exhibitions

Missed a recent show? Check out these exhibitions from fall 2021.
Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975), Shallow Creek, 1938–39, oil and Egg tempera on canvas mounted on board, 36 x 25 inches. Bequest of James R. and Barbara R. Palmer, 2019.31. © 2021 T.H. and R.P. Benton Trusts / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

An American Place: Selections from the James and Barbara Palmer Collection

January 29-May 1, 2022

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Jun Kaneko (Japanese, b. 1942), Untitled, Tanuki, 2014

Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

August 28-December 12, 2021

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Colin Campbell Cooper (American, 1856–1937), The Grand Place, Antwerp, 1908

Place to Place: Recent Gifts of American Drawings and Watercolors, 1900-1950

September 14-December 12, 2021

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861), Kuwana: Legend of the Sailor Tokuzo, c. 1844-45, woodblock print, 14-5/8 x 10-1/4 inches, oban format. Gift of Dr. William E. Harkins, 75.84

Ukiyo-e: Images from the Floating World, Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Permanent Collection

August 28-December 5, 2021

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