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Professor makes curatorial debut with 'Soft Core' in Fosdick-Nelson Gallery exhibit

Katarina Riesing, assistant professor in the art Foundations program at Alfred University (AU), is curator for “Soft Core,” the first-ever exhibition of fiber arts in the School of Art and Design’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery.

The show opens Friday, Oct. 23 with a reception from 7-9 p.m. in the gallery, located in Harder Hall, on campus. Admission is free.

“Soft Core,” bridging traditional textile processes with contemporary imagery and ideas,” features the work of Lauren DiCioccio, Mark Newport, and Erin Riley. The three artists “embrace fiber techniques – knitting, weaving, and embroidery – to develop banal, humorous, and titillating interpretations of the body and the everyday.”

DiCioccio sculpts beautifully awkward forms created with fabric and embroidery. Her work is based in San Francisco and is represented by the Jack Fischer Gallery in California. 

Newport develops hero suits for the everyman, positioning notions of masculinity within the tradition of knitting. He is the artist-in-residence and head of the Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Riley is a Brooklyn-based artist who recreates personal IPhone snapchats and selfies, partying friends, and car wrecks in large woven tapestries. She recently finished a residency at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Riley will give a Gallery Talk in the Fosdick-Nelson on Thursday, Nov. 19 at noon; the public is invited and admission is free.

“Soft Core” marks Riesing’s curatorial debut. A multi-disciplinary artist from Tennessee, she earned a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College and a master of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin. Riesing has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in Berlin, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Upstate New York, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and most recently in Philadelphia. In summer 2016, Riesing will be a resident at the Icelandic Textile Center in Blonduos, Iceland.

“Soft Core” runs through Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery is open Mondays-Fridays 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 1-3 p.m., and is closed during University holidays. For more information, please call 607.871.2149 or visit