Developed in 1992 as a response to the needs of a rural student population with limited exposure to museum-quality arts and crafts, the VanGo! Museum on Wheels has since grown into a valuable resource for the Central Pennsylvania region. The program is intended to give students and community members an authentic art museum experience which reinforces existing curriculum and standards, while also encouraging deeper relationships with cultural objects. The current VanGo! Museum on Wheels is a 31-foot Winnebago Sightseer retrofitted with a gallery space. Visits include tours aboard the bus, group assemblies, and a group interactive. Exhibitions rotate on an annual basis.
The 2017 VanGo! Museum on Wheels exhibition, titled ARTECH, will serve as a multi-faceted demonstration of the symbiotic relationship between technology and art. The Susquehanna Art Museum has selected original, museum-quality works of art, including interactive animation, interactive video projection, 3D printing, and digital painting. Several of these pieces were created especially for the VanGo! The exhibition will appeal to a broad audience through representation of both local and non-local artists as well as artists working in both contemporary and traditional methodologies. Additionally, a portion of the exhibition will provide art historical examples of the relationship between artistic process and simultaneous technological advancements.
The ARTECH exhibition will be installed on the VanGo! Museum on Wheels through December 2017. During this time, the Foundry Makerspace has partnered with the Susquehanna Art Museum to create the 3D Printing Kiosk. Students will experience 3D printing firsthand with a DeltaGo 3D printer. During their tour of the kiosk, students will brainstorm applications for this exciting tool. 3D printers have existed since the early 1980’s, however, technological advances in recent years have made them affordable for the masses. As our access to 3D printing grows, so does our ability to envision the tranformative impact it could have on our daily lives.
The Susquehanna Art Museum charges host sites a fee for each visit. Pricing for on-site visits vary and are contingent upon the visitor’s location and the duration of the visit. The VanGo! can accommodate 12-15 visitors per tour group. We recommend that each tour group spends 10-15 minutes in the exhibition. The group interactive and group assembly portions are optional. For more information or to schedule the VanGo! experience at your school or organization, please contact Ross Tyger by email at rtyger@SusquehannaArtMuseum.org.