A trio of seniors are presenting their final art projects – a closer look at their personal journeys – in an exhibit on display April 29-May 24 at Keuka College’s Lightner Gallery.
The Senior Art Show showcases the talents of Erik Holmes of Penn Yan, Courtney French (Massena), and Erica Ruscio (Middlesex). An artists’ reception will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at the gallery in Lightner Library. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through May 24.The gallery is open during Lightner Library hours, whichcan be found online at: http://lightner.keuka.edu.
According to Melissa Newcomb, assistant professor of art and adviser to the student artists, each one had to prepare an artist’s statement, along with a “thesis” of sorts, representing the culmination of work produced over their time as a student. Throughout this semester, they met weekly for senior art seminar, she said, and from those talks, a group consensus emerged: everybody’s grown.
This group has some of the strongest raw talent of students Newcomb has mentored during her four years at Keuka, she said.
According to Ruscio, the trio named the exhibit “EXPEERIENCE” because it’s “all about our experiences and we hope that people can see that by peering a little closer.”
“There are also a lot of eyes and faces, so we just thought it was a catchy title,” Ruscio added. (more…)
Like many artists, Kurt Bownell has to balance the commercial with the personal.
The Victor resident is a commercial photographer with a Rochester studio and a client list that includes such corporations as Wegmans, Constellation Brands, Democrat and Chronicle, Unity Health and several universities. The clients commission Brownell for everything from beauty shots of growers, produce and culinary arts to corporate executives in their workplace environments.
His day job keeps him so busy that his personal photographic love – outdoor landscapes – often happens on the fly, such as when he snapped shots of the rolling hills of Cohocton on a pit stop as his family returned from a vacation.
Perhaps that’s why Brownell’s new exhibit at Keuka College, “Up Close and Far Away-Landscapes,” is such a treat for him. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4, with an artist reception Thursday, Nov. 29 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at Lightner Gallery inside Lightner Library. The exhibit is open to the public; library hours vary and can be found online at: http://lightner.keuka.edu.
“This is what I like to do when I’m not being told what to photograph,” he said. “This is what I gravitate toward naturally. I can go without any agenda and shoot what I feel, what I like, what I find.”
Many of his images, which he refers to as “interpretive landscapes,” are “stitched” composites of 10-20 different shots, melded together to create one final, full panorama for the viewer.
Where can a Keuka degree take you? This is the third in a series of snapshot profiles on members of Keuka’s Class of 2012.
Nicole Groth ’12 graduated cum laude with a degree in visual and verbal art and conducted three Keuka Field Period internships in Cornelius, N.C., where she is now living and working.
Her first Field Period internship, in January 2010, was at the Cornelius, N.C. animal shelter. Groth’s own rescue dog, Jazi, adopted when she was a senior in high school, melted her heart for other animals in the same plight, so the Field Period was a natural fit for her passion. Over spring break in her senior year of college, she returned to the North Carolina facility and shot black and white film photographs of the shelter dogs playing before breakfast. The images ultimately became part of her senior art project, a life-size metal cage with black and white photos of shelter dogs on the inside and full-color paintings of dogs rescued and adopted into homes on the outside.
While she continues to volunteer Sunday mornings feeding and walking the animals, marketing the facility, and attending adoption events, the two internships she conducted in summer 2011 and January 2012 at the nearby Cornelius Arts Center, turned into paid positions. The arts building is home to the non-profit Community Arts Project, where Groth now teaches art classes, workshops, classes for adults, and summer camp courses.
In addition, Groth also works as a recreations program assistant for the Town of Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture department, housed in the same building. Work there includes registering students for classes, completing reports, and running the front desk.
In the meantime, she has applied to show her artwork next spring in the Cornelius Arts Center Gallery, which attracts many local artists. She has also applied for entry to an October arts festival.
Amidst starting a new chapter of life, Groth said she misses the Keuka campus, where among her many learning experiences were responsibilities as a resident assistant.
“I have used the skills I gained through those [R.A.] experiences so much since graduation, and am grateful for those opportunities,” she said.
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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 http://lightner.keuka.edu
The Lightner Gallery in Lightner Library annually showcases the talents of visiting and student artists.
But now, students pursing the visual and verbal art major have their own place to display their work: the fourth floor of Hegeman Hall, home to the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Currently featured is the photography of sophomore Courtney French.
“She was selected because she has a true passion for photography and she turned in a strong portfolio of successful images,” said Melissa Newcomb assistant professor of art. “Courtney used black and white film and a dark room for the photos.”