“Othered,” the MFA candidacy show by printmaking graduate student Rae Canigiani, will be on display Oct. 23-29 in PennWest Edinboro’s recently remodeled Bates Gallery. Located on the ground floor of Loveland Hall, the student-run gallery will be open daily from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The exhibition focuses on topics of gender identity and recovery from sexual assault through screen prints and snippets from a game and graphic novel that are currently in development. Canigiani’s making process and content are influenced by organic chemistry and an interest in mycology – the study of mushrooms.

“Being raised on scientific principles influences my artistic practice,” said Canigiani in their artist statement. “Art has led me on a personal journey to discover my identity as I have come to terms with the perception of myself, how others perceive me, and the ideal of what I may wish I could be.”

A closing reception with refreshments and a brief artist talk is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. The event is free and open to the public.

Canigiani, a Schwenksville, Pa., native, earned a BFA with a minor in chemistry and a minor equivalency in art history from Millersville University in 2021.

For more information, contact Bates Gallery graduate assistant Rachel Maly at m153204@pennwest.edu.