Three photography faculty exhibits break ground

Watertown, CT, Governors Island and Provincetown are all locations with relevance to the subjects of three September exhibits by photography faculty.  One that takes place at the school of her youth, is deeply introspective. Two others are vast in what they ponder–one’s specific view “through-the-lens” of the Civil War in Yankee territory, and the projection of the gay male body image.

The praise that each has received suggest their relevance extends beyond these specific locations.

“Cherries” by Jessica Wynne at the Potter Gallery, Watertown, CT

“For many of us, the past is a golden place we can always revisit for shelter. Jessica Wynne creates time capsules out of her surrounding world, even as it develops: a moment turns into a legend the instant it is over. Even when picturing others, such as her daughter Molly, I feel she’s re-staging her own memories. These are serene, untouchable pictures, safer than a dream.” –Illustrator, photographer Jorge Colombo, New York City

“Wynne ’90 in Potter Gallery” runs through October 11. Potter Gallery is at The Taft School, 110 Woodbury Rd, Watertown, CT. For gallery times and directions go to: Potter Gallery. Prof. Wynne is an alumna of The Taft School.

"Sky Cannon" by Brad Farwell, Governors Island
“Sky Cannon” installation on Govenors Island by Brad Farwell

“Brad Farwell’s ‘Sky Cannon, 2015,’ is a poetic intervention into the historic military installation at Fort Jay on Governors Island and a surreal reimagining of the objecthood and function of these decommissioned, obsolete weapons. The placement of mirrors in these cannons’ muzzles is a subtle and powerful gesture that a viewer may not see at first. Upon an inevitable second take, they will notice something quite spectacular and uncanny about looking down the barrels of these cannons – seeing bright sky reflected back at them instead of a dark, uninhabited space.” – Melissa Levin, Director of Cultural Programs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

EXTENDED through September 27!

“Sky Cannon” is on exhibit through September 22. 27. It is at Fort Jay on Governors Island in New York City. For more information visit: Sky Cannon Govenors Island.

Photo: Ron Amato from "Armor" exhibit at DeLuca Gallery
Photo: Ron Amato from “Armor” exhibit at DeLuca Gallery

Ron Amato’s ‘Armor’ exhibit has had an extraordinary response. Art collectors have been coming to the gallery to specifically see this thought-provoking exhibition. The viewers are incredulous over his use of light, his juxtaposition of his subjects and of course the controversial subject matter.” – Patty DeLuca, owner DeLuca Gallery, Provincetown, MA

“Armor” was on exhibit until September 14 at DeLuca Gallery, located at 432 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA. For more information about the exhibit visit DeLuca Gallery.

Photos used with permission.


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“Silver and I are married”

“When working with silver make it obey you. Smack it around. It’s gotta do what you tell it to. If worse comes to worse tell it you’ll melt it down.”

Heartless words from Wendy Yothers, chair of Jewelry Design department? Or just what comes from a long working relationship with a lustrous metal?

Teapot by Wendy Yothers.  Photo: Richard Duane

“Silver and I are a couple,” says Yothers. “We’ve been together a long time. I’ve had my affair with glass. Silver didn’t worry about it.”

Don’t tell the Pope.

Professor Yothers work is part of the collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Newark, Victoria and Albert Museum in London … and, yes, the Vatican.

Lightning Bolt Yad, by Wendy Yothes
Lightning Bolt Yad (Torah pointer) by Wendy Yothers.  Photo: Richard Duane

“Silver’s my stalwart life partner.  Silver is handsome and glass is hot,” she professes.

“Both know of each other in my heart and they’re gentlemen. They can sit together and they’re fine. I’m the only one who’s suffering. When they’re done with me they find someone else.”

Challis by Wendy Yothers. Photo: Richard Duane
Chalice by Wendy Yothers. Photo: Richard Duane

Says Professor Yothers, “Someone said to me that it’s quite appropriate to allude to relationships in art. That passion, it comes from a different place. It’s self-renewing. It never burns out.”

The risque duo has really gotten around. Their work together have yielded a chalice for Pope Benedict, a picture frame for the last leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, and a commemorative reliquary for the 82nd Airborn Division, to name a few.

Wendy Yothers planishing a silver cup. Photo: Rachel Ellner
Wendy Yothers planishing a silver cup. Photo:  Rachel Ellner

Professor Yothers is a professional silversmith and process methods engineer. She worked as a silversmith specializing in restoration, prototype making and production smithing for Tiffany & Co. and Kirk Stieff & Co.  She has exhibited widely and received numerous honors and awards. Among the courses she teaches are silversmithing and silversmithing for industrial processes.


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Art from the FIT community 15 floors up!

From the start, artwork was a must for FIT’s new administrative offices at 333 Seventh Avenue.  Written into the plans for the new 22,000 square-foot space are corridors and wall space where art would hang.  Having been mined from faculty, student and alumni archives, photography and artwork now fill the space.

Painting: Kelly Landolina. Photos: Daniel Marcella (left), Danielle Krulik (right)

Prof. Brad Farwell, Photography adjunct, was put to the creative task of curating and hanging the photographs.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase the talents of FIT’s visual artists, while enhancing the college’s newest space,” says Prof. Farwell.

The work is showcased throughout the 15th floor, where two major college divisions have been relocated: the Office of the General Counsel, and Finance and Administration. The office building is half a block north of the campus.

“The artwork adds vibrance and imagination to a very structured environment,” says Bafemi Silver, a legal assistant in the Office of the General Counsel.

Photo: Untitled (Central Park #2) from the series “After Image” by Brad Farwell

June Ng, director of space management and planning, says “It was always a concept to incorporate art work into the design of the floor.”

Fine Arts professors Jeff Way and Jean Feinberg dug into their archives, mainly accessing work of sophomores and juniors. “The main criteria was the quality of the work,” says Prof. Way.  “The (administrative) staff had some input in the final selection, but we tried to place the work that had the maximum visual impact.”

Photos: Amy Miccio (center), Evelyn Hoffman (right)

Says Prof. Way, “The space there is extensive.  The reception area and the conference rooms are excellent places to showcase the student work, and they’re thrilled to have their work shown in this context.”

Photos: Maria Cristina Gonzales (left), Kenyon Par (right)

Ms. Ng agrees. “We wanted our walls to sing in a way that reflects FIT’s brand and character.” And they do.

Photos courtesy of Brad Farwell


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Dean Arbuckle’s Advice for a “Hot Town” — August in the City

Dear Art and Design Students,

It is indeed “Hot Town. Summer in the City,” as the 60s song goes! But if you pace yourself you’ll be able to take advantage of much that New York City has to offer in the weeks before the start of fall classes.

The City’s cultural events and other resources feed the creativity of all of us. The sights and sounds of the City combined with your innate talent and energy will help your individual vision and make you better students and lifelong forces in our industry.

We have taken to Twitter with some excellent faculty recommendations of exhibits and happenings around New York. I want to mention a few that are current for the month of August, and to add a couple of my own suggestions:

Joanne Arbuckle, Dean of the School of Art and Design [Photo: Deborah Klesenski-Rispoli]
Joanne Arbuckle, Dean of the School of Art and Design [Photo: Deborah Klesenski-Rispoli]

Suggestions from our faculty:

Interior Design Professor Gordon Frey: “Sargent: Portraits of Artists & Friends” at the Met. “It is a great lesson for any form of visual presentation. The artist’s flick of a little bit of white paint creates a whole effect!” For more info:

Accessories Chair Sarah Mullins: “FAILE: Savage Sacred Young Minds,” at the Brooklyn Museum. “They show arcades that play on development of the city,” she says.  For more info:

Textile Design Professor  Susanne Goetz: “The Rise of Sneaker Culture,” also at the Brooklyn Museum “It’s so us as designers!” she says. For more info:

Photography Professor Brad Farwell: The group show “Aperture Summer Open.” “It’s an excellent mix of current photographers all addressing contemporary society and the gap between what we imagine and what we actually manage to create,” says Prof. Farwell. For more info: (’til August 13)

Jewelry Design Chair, Wendy Yothers: “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” at the Bronx Botanical Gardens. We can’t ever seem to get enough of this intriguing artist! For more info:

Illustration Design Professor Leslie Cober-Gentry: “Artists Illustrating Artists” at the Society of Illustrators. “It’s interesting to see what artists drew which artists, whether their friends, mentors, or just favorites,” she says.  For more info: (’til August 15)

I have two recommendations to add to the list. The first is, “Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand,” at the Museum of the City of New York.  Paul Rand was such an influencer of the design world of the 1930s. It was Rand who brought European influences such as Cubism and avant garde to American design. For more info:

I also suggest the “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show,” at MoMa. I think it portrays Ms. Ono as an icon on many levels, most importantly fashion and contemporary art! For more info:

All of these indoor venues are likely to be air conditioned. For staying cool outdoors, you might consider the endless water path on the Highline!

For students, New York is indeed a hot town! We will continue to post things on Twitter so feel free to follow us @FIT_artdesign.

Have a wonderful rest of the summer!

I look forward to seeing you on campus!


Dean Joanne Arbuckle


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The Greening of Distressed Jeans

Report from the Summer Institute on Sustainability in Fashion & Textiles

Jorg Hartmann, from machinery vendor Stoll, started his talk by showing copies of a well-worn 1880s pair of jeans bought at auction for $60,000. The jeans were copied and the look started a somewhat eco-hostile fashion idea: clothing that is almost worn-out when bought new.

Jorg Hartmann, Manager of Fashion & Technology at Stoll

Jorg said he himself used to buy jeans, rub them on the rough basement floor and run them through the washing machine to get the look. When the industry started to sell them that way, it found it had to use virgin material because consumers favor stuff that looked distressed but had never been worn.

Speaker Jorg Hartmann of Stoll brought samples of a variety of “denim” knits

He dryly observed that we’re in an age of “fashion democracy.” To follow the votes, the denim industry went through three stages: first companies sewed a pair of new jeans and washed them as destructively as they could.

Jorg Hartmann, Manager of Fashion & Technology at Stoll

Then there was the manual method, where skilled workers pulled, tugged, laser-distressed, soiled, bleached and dirtied, and then washed new jeans. That’s dangerous work, and also leads to quite a bit of energy use and environmental pollution.

Summer Institute attendee inspects a Stoll "denim" knit
Summer Institute attendee inspects a Stoll “denim” knit

Now the industry has a knitting machine from Stoll that does all this automatically, and in a scrapless way as well. Who knew? Knitted distressed “denim!”


photos: Rachel Ellner

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Paul Dillinger of Levi Strauss kicks off Summer Sustainability Institute

Acting Associate Dean Sass Brown welcomed three dozen industry members to the second annual Sustainability and Textiles Summer Institute June 8. The four-day program introduces designers and others from around the world to practical ways of minimizing the industry’s carbon footprint.

The Institute began with Paul Dillinger, Head of Global Product Innovation at Levis Strauss & Co. Dillinger emphasized the adoption of a broad view of sustainability over a “single component” strategy.

“Most solutions in sustainability,” said Dillinger, seek to fix the weakest single component. “But it’s a lot of different components that create an impact.”

Paul Dillinger
Paul Dillinger from Levi Strauss & Co is first speaker of the Summer Institute 2015

He took on critics of water-intensive cotton. “Let’s get rid of cotton. Yes! However, think about the global economies of the top 10 producing cotton countries,” warned Dillinger. Many are poor countries “for which cotton is a linchpin of their economies. If we wean ourselves suddenly of cotton because of the tremendous impact on resources, we would throw them into chaos.”

But that doesn’t mean an important environmental change isn’t forthcoming. “There will come a time when the value of an acre-yield for domestic [food] consumption will be worth more [than] that same acre will yield cotton…We must be prepared around the re-deployment of resources.”

Hence we can all make a living. “There’s a thinking that doing the right thing and doing the profitable thing is incongruous,” said Dillinger.

Paul Dillinger taking questions after his talk
Paul Dillinger taking questions after his talk

He suggested that designers need to bring back some cache to long-term attachment to clothing. “An important feature of sustainability strategy is how can you craft clothing that achieves emotional durability …rather than be a candy wrapper in six months,” said Dillinger.  “Make it pretty and mitigate the impact on where your kids are going to live.”


photos: Rachel Ellner


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Junior Show a Graphical Success

The Graphic Design Junior Show in May–referred to as “the student production”–inventively showcased work that ranged from conceptual, to what might be found in a retail environment.  Two sections of graphic design juniors worked together to create an exhibit flow that kept viewers in motion–moving from hands-on displays, to interactive media to posters and book covers.

“It was a joyous way for the students to share their educational process with the FIT community,” said Communication Design Prof. Elvin Kince, the show’s advisor.

Daniel Lisowski with his poster set of an “autonomous school”

The flow didn’t just simulate a gallery-feel, but kept viewers engaged and occupied.

“I thought it was fantastic,” said Communication Design Prof. Donna David. “What struck me most was how they displayed the work. They considered context, like books on bookshelves. They used tabletops and innovative displays. All that is important because design work can’t sit in a vacuum.”

Some works hung from frames of plastic tubing. “The work seemed to float within it,” said Prof. David.

The exhibit kept viewers in motion–from hands-on displays, to interactive media to posters and book covers

Among the provocative works on display:

Daniel Lisowski’s poster set for an “autonomous school,” one that is self-governing, he explained. “It’s a shared and fairer education, in parallel–not doing things normally. It’s mostly from a European mentality of what graphic design is.” Lisowski says the impetuous for his work comes from “being very ambivalent about American graphic design education.”

Do KyunKim alongside his NYPL posters

A concern that Do Kyun Kim (above) addressed is the connection of the New York Public Library to its public. “There’s not a strong connection between the NYPL and Manhattan itself. Manhattan is composed of all straight and vertical lines, which creates a rectangular shape. So I developed a system by getting rid of all diagonals.”

Exhibit-goers enjoying accordian fold publications

“The graphics in the junior show have a level of diversity that’s very impressive,” says packaging design student Sasha Baw Dusky who came to view the show.

The displays “encompass a full spectrum of educational experiences such as site design and planning, group dynamics, teamwork, goal setting, individual review and presentation, time management and financial planning,” said Prof. Kince.

Sarsha Brown alongside her fairy tale posters

Sarsha Brown (above) explained the inspiration for her posters. “The project called for us to pick a symposium and design a set of three posters to advertise it. The posters had to work together and separately. I chose the Domestic Human Sex Trafficking Symposium to be held at the YWCA. My inspiration came from the TV show ‘Once Upon a Time’ that manipulates fairy tales into over lapping storylines.

“I  used Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, and Pinocchio,” said Brown. “Originally, these stories were depressing until Disney fantasized them. I stuck with the grim connotations and combined them with the Disney appearances that everyone knows. I used this familiarity to build readability, to draw people in.”

“Sarsha’s concept was to get people to think about the fear that the original stories stimulated and to have a conversation about what fear is,” said Kince. “She used some familiar fairy tale figures to attract viewers and then used the shadows and body parts extending from outside the frame to suggest danger from the unknown and unseen.”

The layout of the Graphic Design junior show “took things to another level” said Prof. David

Prof. David lauded the students’ ability to think of the work in relation to the viewer. They elevated their work, she said, by how it was displayed. “It took things to another level.”

Eduardo Mendez extorts viewers to be concerned about climate change

Eduardo Mendez described his work as a response to “how a minor change in global temperature can cause major disasters.”

Prof. Kince praised Eduardo’s “natural instincts of the Old Masters in graphic design and typography. His sense of abstraction is like that of an old soul, almost as if he’s obsessed.”

Michelle Walliser
Michelle Walliser with poster on bulimia prevention

Michelle Walliser explored bulimia prevention. Her poster includes the dictionary pronunciation of bulimia. “It’s typography-based because English is not my first language. I thought it was interesting how different the pronunciation is written from the actually word. It makes you think. It draws viewers closer.”

The exhibit flow simulated a gallery-feel and kept viewers engaged and occupied

Prof. Kince said the exhibit benefited by a change of focus. “The exhibit is no longer dependent on faculty critiques as a measure of success. This makes the process more dependent upon student involvement and student energy.”

Photos: Rachel Ellner

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A-list Critics for Photography Juniors

When it comes to having your accomplishments acknowledged, being a college junior can be like that of a middle child. “The seniors have a graduating show. The associate degree students have a show. What the juniors need is feedback,” says Photography Prof. Curtis Willocks. “They had this intense year. They learned a lot, applied a lot. They just need feedback from the outside world on what they’re producing.”

Each of Willocks’ Projects in Advanced Style and Media students “produced” a book or magazine based on a 15-week personal project, work from a large-scale Coney Island photo shoot, and much more.

On May 15 a total of 16 critics arrived. The industry professionals from American Society of Media Professionals (ASMP)American Photographic Artist (APA) and elsewhere, holed up for the afternoon to confer with students about their semester-long body of work.

Let the reviewing begin! Industry pros provide feedback to photography juniors
Industry pros providing feedback to sixth semester Photography students

“My experience with the industry critique was amazing,” says Alejandra Lopez, who has a strong focus on fashion.  “It was a great opportunity for us students. I got so much feedback on my work from industry professionals, which  will definitely help me improve my work,” she said.

“I met inspiring people who shared new insights with me. It was very beneficial,” said Alex Golshani, whose work details daily occurrences of New York City life.  “I made a contact with someone interested in my work whom I’ll be meeting with again this summer,” he said.

“I was very impressed with the students’ ability to describe their work and photography goals,” says Jennifer Permutter, Creative Consultant for Agency Access who came to critique. “There are so many ways to be involved in the photographic community upon graduation and all of the students had a good handle on that.”

Alex Golshani preparing for portfolio review
Alex Golshani preparing for portfolio review

Perlmutter said she was especially taken by portfolios that reflected strong vision, such as Irene Espinosa’s lifestyle-portrait and Trupal Pandya‘s documentary-portrait portfolios.

“I believe that to make it in this industry you need a strong vision that represents the work you want to create, not what others want you to create,” she says.

The Advaced Styling and Media class, for which Willocks developed the syllabus, focuses strongly on networking with industry and within the School itself. For one project, students created portfolios that were distributed to Fashion, Accessories and Packaging Design students. Those students in turn chose photographers who were right for photographing their own creative work.

Jennifer/Irene Espinosa
Jennifer Perlmutter, artist consultant at Agency Access with Irene Espinosa

Then there was the fashion photo shoot that started at 7 am in the dead of winter. And then the Coney Island extravaganza.  “We had a stylist, six dancers and models. Profoto brought location lights, Phaseone brought high-end, medium format cameras,” says Willocks who still seems in awe of the enormity of it. (Watch for an upcoming post with video about this event.)

“Professor Willocks’ class was remarkably extensive,” says Golshani. “We really connected with industry. We visited the Richard Avadon Foundation, Penumbra Foundation, Aperture and Jack Studios. It was a great class.”

Lauren Beck's final presentation
Lauren Beck’s final presentation

“Their work as a whole displayed a wide range of styles and skill levels,” said Steven Hellerstein, another of the critics. “There was an abundance of individuality. The work was very representative of each student’s vision and how they see the world. I got the feeling that the students are very ‘in the moment’ and figuring out how the skills that they are learning will benefit them longer term,” he said.

Michael Seto (APA), TJ Boegle, Cliff Housner (ProPhoto), Alejandra Lopez

“I got tips and advice about how the industry works,” says Lopez. “I talked to amazing, interesting people willing to answer any question I had. They gave me advice on moving forward with my work once I graduate. I increased my knowledge of how the industry works and whom to approach in different situations.”

Trupal, Martine, TJ, ? Alejandra Lopez
Trupal Pandya, Martine Fougeron (ASMP), TJ Boegle, Leland Bobbe (ASMP), Michael Weschler (ASMP) Alejandra Lopez

Says Perlmutter, “I look forward to seeing how these students progress including those who are still fine-tuning their artistic vision. It is clear Curtis has given these students direction and they are eager to take it and run with it.”

Photos by Brad Farwell


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SUNY Chancellor Award winner Darlene Levy-Birnbaum

Definition of SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence:  “A system-level honor conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.”

Definition of 2015 SUNY Chancellor Award Winner for Excellence in Classified Service at Fashion Institute of Technology: 

Darlene Levy-Birnbaum!

Dr. Joyce Brown with Darlene Levy-Birnbaum after receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award in Classified Service

At the FIT staff luncheon on April 29,  College President Joyce Brown introduced Ms. Levy-Birnbaum as the recipient of the 2015 SUNY Chancellor Award for Classified Service.  An alumna of FIT, Ms. Levy-Birnbaum serves as assistant to the dean of the School of Art and Design. She has worked at the college since 1982.

In her introduction, President Brown spoke of Ms. Levy-Birnbaum’s extensive knowledge of the college, its history, management, policies, budget, procedures and of each of the 17 School of Art and Design programs. “And that’s the short list!” she said.

Dean Joanne Arbuckle and Darlene Levy-Birnbaum
Dean Joanne Arbuckle and Darlene Levy-Birnbaum holding the SUNY Chancellor’s Award medal.

Ms. Levy Birnbaum was recognized for the exemplary service she provides to the dean, associate dean, department chairs, faculty and students.  Her habit of never saying “no,” has led to her wearing a second hat as School event coordinator. She is “the point-person who, with always a smile on her face, assures that all the loose ends are neatly tied up,” said Dr. Brown.

Art and Design department chairs piled on much exuberant praise:

“We chairs are responsible for our own ‘corners of the world’ at FIT,” said Suzanne Anoushian, Chair of Communication Design. “Darlene is aware of all of them. And what she does for me she does for every other chair of the School. She knows all our stories, all our department nuances and budget idiosyncrasies…Darlene keeps track of everything!”

“Darlene is a rare employee who goes beyond what people ask for and pro-actively assess the needs and issues of the departments,” said Craig Berger, Chair of Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.

The Chancellor Award winner was celebrated on the anniversary of FIT's 70th birthday
The Chancellor Award winner was celebrated on the anniversary of FIT’s 70th birthday

The celebration coincided with the college’s 70th birthday, which meant plenty of cake and a lot to reflect on.

“I must attribute, to a very great extent, my success and the success of our department to the time spent under Darlene’s tutelage,” said former Chair of Jewelry Design Michael Coan.

Said the President “She performs all of her tasks not only efficiently, but graciously, making everyone, from student, to faculty to visiting VIP, feel well-served and welcome,” said Dr. Brown.

And don’t we know it!

“Darlene makes everything look so easy and effortless,” said Dean Joanne Arbuckle. “I am well aware that it is all part of the ‘magic” Darlene performs each day!”


Photos: Rachel Ellner

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Finishing touches. Fine Arts graduating student show opens May 6

This year’s Fine Arts thesis exhibit, “Not Gonna Hold Your Hand,” includes the work of the 17 BFA graduating seniors. The “defiant and exultant” title,  says Prof. Joel Werring, was chosen by the students. It suggests “This is my life. I’m ready, and I’m going to shape it.”

This backstage look shows the contemplative and often very physical involvement of students with their work in the days prior to the exhibit.

Nicole Christensen working on an acrylic collage
Nicole Christensen working on an acrylic collage

“Over the past two years students have explored their ideas, content, and imagery through experimentation and a range of approaches and methods,”says Werring who serves as Assistant Fine Arts Chair.

Some finishing touches required a long reach. Gravity-defying Fine Arts senior AJ Springer, in action below.

AJ Springer working on her mixed media piece "Submerged"
AJ Springer working on her mixed media piece “Submerged”

The student work captures “visceral and personal experiences with place, home, identity, ethnicity, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality,” says Werring.

Jeanette Wagner working on “Fingers and Fan Blades”

Werring worked with senior thesis students in painting. “The show both toys with and requires the active participation of its audience. “The theme speaks to the difficulty of attaining consonance between an artist’s intent and the viewer’s understanding of the work.

 Maggie Koenig working on her mixed media piece " In Vein"
Maggie Koenig working on her mixed media piece, “In Vein”

“It dares the viewers to cultivate their own understanding of each piece without being told its meaning by the artist. Similarly, it is an intimation to the artists themselves that the world will be expecting the same rigor and presence of each of them once they step out.”

Jyniese Valmont working on her piece, ” Feminine Energy”
Stephanie Castillio finish touches on her work " It's a Match"
Stephanie Castillio adds finishing touches to “It’s a Match”

“While preparing for this exhibition in the midst of multiple social and cultural influences and in close proximity to Chelsea’s art galleries, students developed a greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities ahead,” says Werring.

Eddy Valerio working on his piece “Cargo Flores Pesadas”

The students are poised to contribute to the world “as creators, divergent thinkers, and problem solvers,” says Werring.

Jeanette Wagner adding finishing touches to 8'x8' diptych
Jeanette Wagner adding finishing touches to 8’x8′ diptych

The Fine Arts department’s senior exhibit, “Not Gonna Hold Your Hand,” is part of the 2015 Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibit being held from May 6 – 21, 2015.  Viewing in is located in the John E. Reeves Great Hall, is from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Opening reception is Tuesday, May 5, 6-9 pm

Click here for more information on the 2015 Graduating Student Exhibition 


Photos: Joel Werring


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