By Mitchel Leet ’16
For many creators, art becomes more than a hobby—it becomes a deeply personal form of expression.
Case in point: All In Your Head, the senior art show headlined by three art and design majors. Opening Monday, April 25 in Lightner Library’s Lightner Gallery and featuring the creative work of classmates Nicole Miller, Marina Kilpatrick, and Mitchel Leet.
An artists’ reception, free and open to the public, is slated for Thursday, April 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Lightner Gallery. The show concludes Friday, May 20.
Miller photographed an intimate series of painted portraits reflecting the thoughts of individuals on their own body image. Titled Uncovered, she will present her final images in a large format.
She discovered her passion for photography while attending Keuka College, and has a special appreciation for black and white images, as demonstrated by her exhibit. Having studied both digital and darkroom photography during her academic career, she chose portraits because “there’s more meaning, more emotion, and there’s so much beauty in people. I like giving my models a sense of how beautiful they are.”
Miller’s models, all friends and fellow students, have opened up and shared themselves with her through this work.
“I asked each model to give me one word they would use to describe how they felt about their body, and then I used that word as a guide to paint an expressive design on them,” she said.
The results are intense, bold prints that demand viewers’ attention.
Expression is also a critical part of Kilpatrick’s work. A dual major in English, she believes strongly in the power of symbolism. Her individual display, titled Disconnected, consists of three string and mixed media installations that exemplify emotions familiar to both artist and audience.
Using the medium of string to create her work, she encourages her audience to interact with each piece and reflect on when they’ve felt things such as depression, anger, and brokenness.
“These works embody how connected we are to our feelings, and hope to answer the questions of what is left behind when we feel something,” she said.
Her choice to develop 3D forms came from a desire to “do something unique, break away from paper, and explore how restraining it can be. I wanted to be able to work with my hands, and wrap it, and feel my work, while letting other people get involved as well. A lot of what I do is flat—books and words. This pops. This comes to life.”
Leet engages audiences with glimpses into his childhood as a whimsical series of recreations through Reimagined. Grade school art projects in numerous different mediums have resurfaced as his inspiration for bright, exciting work.
“I wanted to analyze just what it was that inspired me before there were barriers in my head, and also revisit the things I imagined when I was taking art simply because I had to.”
His work is also heavily symbolic and highly interactive. Greeted by a wall of original pieces that are numbered, the audience is encouraged to walk through Leet’s work more than once to match them up with his new creations.
He describes his work as “diverse in its creation and presentation, while all maintaining a degree of fun.”
In addition, Leet will display a series of hand built ceramic pieces he designed and created under the guidance of Faith Benedict, a local potter and adjunct professor of art.
Said Leet: “I enjoyed having the chance to work with both 2D and 3D art through this exhibition, but it definitely forced me to work harder.”
Filmmaker Curtis Chin returns to Keuka College Friday, April 29 for a screening of his new documentary “Tested.”
The screening begins at 4:30 p.m. in Jephson Hall, room 104. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Education Club, it is free and open to the public. The film will be followed by a question and answer session. Chin’s first film, “Vincent Who?” was screened at the College in 2012.
The film highlights how the gaps in opportunities for different races in America remains extreme, which is evident in the nation’s top public schools. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make up 70 percent of the city’s school-aged population, they represent less than five percent of the city’s most elite public high schools. Meanwhile, Asian Americans make up as much as 73 percent.
“Tested” looks at the lack of racial diversity at these school by following a dozen eighth graders and their families from racially, religiously, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds as the students fight for a seat at one of these specialized high schools.
Their only way in is to ace a single standardized test, a grueling entrance exam called the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). The SHSAT is a timed multiple-choice test with two sections, verbal and math, which must be completed in a total of two-and-a-half hours, and is designed for students in grades eight or nine.
“Tested” explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model-minority myth. It includes the voices of education experts Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew professor of education at New York University (NYU), and Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at NYU and a historian of education.
The film has been shown at colleges and universities across the country and abroad.
A visiting scholar at NYU, Chin has written for shows on ABC, the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, as well as projects for NBC and Fox. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, as well as in Newsweek and other media outlets.
He has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation, among others. As a community activist, Chin co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.
Keuka College’s 2015-16 Spotlight Series continues Tuesday, April 26 with a poetry and rhythm performance by Michael Czarnecki and Sue Spencer.
The performance, known as “All One Song,” is free and open to the public, and begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.
Czarnecki marks his return to Keuka College and the Spotlight Series with “All One Song.” It includes percussion, poetry, stories, and photographs combined in an experiential presentation interconnecting people, creativity, and nature. Spencer and Czarnecki will express the human connection with nature through rhythms, words, and photos.
Czarnecki is a poet, oral memoirist, photographer, and small press publisher. The founder and editor of FootHills Publishing, he began his poetry career more than 50 years ago. In 1985, he gave his first public reading of a poem he had written about the Vietnam War. Influenced by such poets as Robert Frost, Lew Welch, T’ao Ch’ien, and Su Tung-P’o, Czarnecki has given readings throughout the United States.
In conjunction with readings, Czarnecki has facilitated numerous writing workshops for writers of all ages and has served as a poet-in-residence in elementary, middle, and high schools in numerous states around the country.
Czarnecki has published several volumes of poetry including Morning Mist and wild voices come when they will, both published last fall. He is also the author of Acadia Cycle; Never Stop Asking for Poems – Selected Works; In the Spirit of T’ao Ch’ien, Twenty Days on Route 20; Sea Smoke and Sand Dollar, Simple Life, Simple Poems; Crisscross; and Zoo Haiku.
Spencer began drumming as a child and took lessons at the Eastman School of Music. This started a journey with drums, rhythm, vibration, and dance that still continues. She learned from renowned master drummers, and plays with improvisational, rhythm-and-blues based rock-n-roll bands in the Corning and Ithaca areas. Spencer has played drums with children of all ages and has shared her talents in schools, libraries, art camps, and music festivals, among others. She has long been a student of African dance and she currently dances and drums with Mounafanyi Percussion and Dance Ensemble.
For social workers, investing in humans and their needs is a top priority. And that is just what the documentary film “Human Investment” seeks to promote.
In the short film, Kim Kozina-Evanoski CMC MPA LMSW CDP, adjunct professor of social work, and her colleague Sherry Saturno LCSW DCSW, record what motivates professionals such as social workers, nurses, physicians, and others to invest themselves in the humanity of care, including working with the elderly and the sick.
Written and produced by Saturno, the film was recently nominated for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 2016 Media Award for Best Documentary. Up against three other documentaries, voting ends Sunday, April 10, and a ballot can be found at www.socialworkersspeak.org.
“This nomination not only validates and educates our social work community, but it honors our local dedicated social work professionals who invest their daily lives in caring for families, neighbors, and friends,” said Kozina-Evanoski, who teaches in the Broome-Tompkins-Tioga-Cortland region for the College.
Created in 2014 at Binghamton University’s Care Management Summit, the film looks at social workers and others who help people overcome life’s issues, including health issues. Through a collection of interviews, viewers catch a glimpse into what motivates others to provide human investment and advocate for societal change.
“Elder care is a field of practice that is taking off in leaps and bounds as the baby boomers enter this era of their lives, so it is important to showcase any work we have to help encourage students’ interest,” said Dr. Gretchen Rymarchyk, assistant professor of social work.
In addition to teaching for Keuka College, Kozina-Evanoski is the owner/care manager and program consultant for Care Manage for All LLC, which serves a 10-county region in upstate New York.
Kozina-Evanoski holds a master’s degree in social work as well as a master’s degree in public administration. Nationally certified as a care manager, she holds advanced professional status as an aging life care expert, and is a co-founder of the Memory Maker Project.
Both Kozina-Evanoski and Saturno completed New York University’s Silver Social Work Leadership Fellowship in Palliative and End-of-Life Care through the Zelda Foster Studies Program. This nationally recognized 18-month Social Work Leadership Fellowship aims to improve palliative and end-of-life care (PELC) for patients and families, especially diverse and under-served populations.
Saturno holds a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a master’s degree from Long Island University School of Management and Public Service, and is a Stanford University Certified Project Manager.
A specialist in the field of aging and district leader in Westchester County, Saturno serves as a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, which represents the highest level of expertise and excellence for clinical social workers. A member of the Board of Directors of the Westchester End of Life Coalition, Saturno serves as the executive director of the Hudson Valley Care Coalition.
View “Human Investment.”
To vote, click here. Voting ends Sunday, April 10.
Keuka College’s 2015-16 Spotlight Series continues Tuesday, April 12 with a poetry reading by John Hoppenthaler.
The reading, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the Gannett Room of Lightner Library.
Hoppenthaler, associate professor of creative writing and literature at East Carolina University, served as the personal assistant to author Toni Morrison for nine years. He is the author of three books of poetry, including Lives of Water, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Domestic Garden.
Co-editor of the book Jean Valentine: This World Company, Hoppenthaler’s poetry has appeared in such publications as Blooming through the Ashes: An International Anthology on Violence and the Human Spirit, The Literary Review, September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, Copper Nickel, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Chance of a Ghost, among others.
His essays, interviews, and reviews appear in such journals as Arts & Letters, Pleiades, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, Cortland Review, Southeast Review, Chelsea, Bellingham Review, and Kestrel, where he served as poetry editor for 12 years. He currently serves as editor of A Poetry Congeries at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact.
Among his honors include an Individual Artist Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, grants from the New York Foundation on the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts, as well as residency fellowships from the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, the Elizabeth Bishop House, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.