Susquehanna Art Museum’s
VanGo! Museum on Wheels Exhibition
What’s Big is Little/What’s Little is Big
September 2012 – July 2013
Wendy Sweigart, Director of Outreach Education
The Susquehanna Art Museum is pleased to announce that the exhibition, What’s Big is Little/What’s Little is Big will be featured on its award-winning VanGo! Museum on Wheels for the 2012-13 school year. What’s Big is Little/What’s Little is Big will showcase prominent contemporary artists who utilize the concept of scale in unique and unconventional ways in their artwork.
What’s Big is Little/What’s Little is Big examines how artists interact with and interpret a subject matter that inspires them through size. Artists often exaggerate what they see, enlarging or reducing the subject’s size in order to create emphasis, focus or to showcase detail.
Featuring paintings, photography, collage, sculpture and more, What’s Big is Little/What’s Little is Big is designed to suggest insight into the working methods and ideas of artists who push boundaries and problem solve through altering scale in their works. Through this exhibit, students will acquire an increased appreciation for what inspires an artist and develop important skills in creative problem solving and critical analysis that will serve them in future learning. What’s Big is Little/What’s Little is Big addresses the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Arts & Humanities; Mathematics; Science & Technology; History; Career Education & Work and more.
VanGo! is a modern, fully equipped, museum on wheels featuring an award-winning interior by Alexander Design Studios of Baltimore, MD. The mission of VanGo! is to display original works of art in a mobile setting where such quality art is not usually accessible, especially to young students. At the heart of this project is a belief that an educational experience using quality art works provides viewers with real art objects, primary sources, rather than reproductions. In doing so, nuances of texture; light qualities such as color; spatial arrangements; size; and ambiance are featured to enhance learning and enjoyment.
VanGo! travels to schools, community centers and non-profit sites throughout Pennsylvania. VanGo! visits both rural and urban sites, as well as migrant education summer programs, pre-schools, retirement centers and schools for the physically impaired. Each year, VanGo! programs reach more than 25,000 people.
Educational components of the VanGo! program include: an interactive assembly program, an educator’s manual that includes detailed background information on the exhibit, as well as creative activities and experiments that can be adapted to a variety of learning levels.
Past VanGo! exhibitions include All Around the World: People & Places in Art, which explored artists who infused elements and ideas from a variety of different cultures in their works; Pennsylvania Proud: Artists in Pennsylvania, which introduced contemporary artists who work in a variety of artistic media with roots in Pennsylvania; and From Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Art of Being Green, which showcased artists utilizing a wide range of recycled, re-used and repurposed objects and/or materials to create innovative art.
For more information on the VanGo! program, or to schedule a visit to your site, please refer to the Museum’s website www.sqart.org, or contact the Education Department at 717-233-8668 x 7.