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Showing Her Style

You would expect to find such items as plastic cups, tablecloths, and paper plates at a picnic, but as materials for clothing?

According to senior Crystal Cochell, yes.

Crystal Cochell models one of her recycled material dresses during the Multicultural Student Association's annual Fashion Show. (Photo by Hung Do Le '12)

For her senior art project, the Trumansburg resident created a series of five dresses made from mostly recycled materials including the picnic fare, black and white garbage bags, cardboard, cellophane, velvet, feathers, ribbon, and pipe cleaners.

“I chose these materials to express my anger toward corporations that are wasteful and careless of the environment,” said Cochell, a visual/verbal art major. “The common color through my designs is red, which I believe is an angry color. I wanted to convey that corporations can recycle, just like individuals.”


Seniors Make Artistic Statements in Show

Nicole Groth and her senior art project.

Red, black and white clothing designs fashioned out of more recycled goods than just fabric. A giant animal cage adorned with photos and paintings of rescue dogs, with a door allowing a person to step inside. A bronzed sculpture of a hawk, wings stretched out before it takes flight.

All three art projects are the work of a trio of graduating seniors at Keuka College and can be seen as part of the student art show, which runs through May 30 in Lightner Gallery, and also features additional works by underclassmen.  And all three seniors are clear that their respective artwork makes a statement they want others to “hear.”

Cochell's designs, in 2D and 3D.

With her collection of red, black and white dresses, Crystal Cochell of Trumansburg is protesting in color and form the waste she observes in the environments around her, especially corporations. Nicole Groth of Henrietta showcases her work with humane societies through black and white photos of puppies playing in the yard of an animal shelter and color paintings of dogs adopted into families she knows, including her own. And Stephanie Lange of Apalachin is eager to invite interaction from the public — students, faculty and visiting community members — with the bronze installation she hopes might become the first of several sculptures to adorn the campus. (more…)

How Did Walt Bates Die?

Jessamine Qualman (l) in a scene with Mackenzie Ellis.

Keuka College’s fall theater production will be Lanford Wilson’s mystery Book of Days.

The play will be staged Oct. 27-30 in the College’s Red Barn Theatre. The Oct. 27 performance will benefit the cast members’ trip to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January.

“It’s a revisit of small-town mid-America with conservative ethics in a crucial life-threatening situation,” said Mark Wenderlich, professor of theatre and director of the production. “It deals with not only black and white, but a lot of shades of gray of truth and how people see things.”

The story revolves around Dublin, a quiet Missouri town with more churches than bars, and a cheese factory at the center of commerce.

“Installing” an Appreciation for Art

Colorful, two-sided pyramids dotting the lawn between Allen Hall and Strong Hall. An oversized wire spider scaling a tree outside Jephson Science Center. A giant pen in the College colors scrawling out “lightner library” on a wall inside the building, while nearby, brightly colored paper origami birds dangle from the ceiling in symmetrical “V” formations.

These are final projects for Keuka students taking Sculpture I or II from Melissa Newcomb, assistant professor of art. Known as an “installation,” each of the large-scale pieces, some crafted by students working solo and some working in pairs, were placed in different locations around campus, to brighten buildings, hallways, stairwells, lawns and elsewhere to raise the profile of the art program. Some of the installations, like the giant pens inside the library, will be permanent. Others will be on display through the end of the semester.

Students in the class trekked across campus Tuesday and Thursday to survey each other’s work. Questions and comments popped up from different ones as each installation was discussed and students shared their design techniques, the cost to build each piece, and the amount of time invested.


Student Talent on Display

A whimsical wire motorcycle. A photograph of a tube of red lipstick as the lone splash of color against a tree trunk. A single handprint amidst a sea of sepia tones. A larger-than-life mixed media chain and padlock. A paper pen-and-ink hourglass protruding over repeated lines of the words “Death. Life. Time. Infinite.”

These are among several works of art showcased in the Student Art Show, running through May 20 in Lightner Library, with an overflow gallery on the fourth floor of Hegeman Hall, across from the Academic Affairs offices.

Student works in photography, sculpture, drawing, painting and mixed media are showcased, and the show also serves to highlight the work of the two senior visual and verbal art (VVA) majors, Grace Johnson and Helene Nikiforakis. A reception for all student artists is planned Thursday, April 21, from 4:15 – 6 p.m. in Lightner Gallery and is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of Library hours, please visit