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Fosdick Nelson Gallery hosts ‘Spectra,’ an exhibit of faculty work
1/29/10

The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University is hosting a new exhibition titled “Spectra: A Survey of Faculty Work from the School of Art and Design” now through Wednesday Feb. 24. The exhibit features works by 18 faculty members.

Faculty members displaying work in the exhibition include:

Peer Bode, professor of video art, presenting “That Thinking Feeling,” 2008-09, a 30-minute loop video on a flat-screen, media player. Bode is co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University. He exhibits nationally and internationally.

William Contino, assistant professor of print media, is in his 19th year as a faculty member at AU. His contribution to “Spectra” is a print on watercolor paper titled “First of the Frogs,” a piece created in 2008. Contino earned a bachelor of art degree from Alfred University then continued his education at the Maryland College Institute of Art, Baltimore, where he earned a master of fine arts degree.

Andrew Deutsch, associate professor of sonic and video, who graduated from AU with a bachelor of fine arts degree in video art and printmaking. He earned a master of fine arts degree in integrated electronic art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. Deutsch is featuring “Forget Time,” a 2009 sound piece including wood, stone, a speaker, a 9-volt battery, found objects, and bees’ wax.

Anne Currier, professor of ceramics, who has been at Alfred University for 16 years. Currier features “Child’s Play,” a glazed ceramic piece from 1999. Currier is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree prior to earning a master of fine arts degree from the University of Washington.

Andrea Gill, offering a piece from her 2008 embroidered vase series. Gill earned bachelor of fine arts degree graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. She continued her education at Alfred University, earning a master of fine arts degree. Gill has been a member of the AU faculty for 17 years.

Brett Hunter, in his ninth year at AU, is an associate professor of sculpture. He presents a steel piece titled “Home Topographies 4: D-E-L-A-W-A-R-E.” Hunter is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. He received a master of fine arts degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Lise Lemeland, assistant professor of drawing, painting and photography, who has been at Alfred University for five years. Her “Staying in the Aerobatic Box” was created in 2009. Lemeland graduated from Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, with a bachelor of arts degree in English and French literatures and from San Francisco Art Institute with a bachelor of fine arts degree; she received a master of fine arts degree in painting from Hunter College, New York City.

Joseph Lewis, recently dean of the School of Art & Design, featuring a manipulated silver gelatin print from 2008 titled, “Back in the Day They Paid a lot for that Sucker.” Lewis earned a bachelor of arts degree in art from Hamilton College, Hamilton, and a master of fine arts degree from the Maryland Institute, College of the Arts, Baltimore.

Walter McConnell, professor of art and design, presents a 2010 digital print on paper titled “Myopic Spindle.” McConnell has been a professor at AU for 13 years. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in ceramics and painting from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, prior to completing a master of fine arts degree in ceramics from Alfred University.

Stephanie McMahon, assistant professor of painting, who has been a faculty member in the NYS College of Ceramics for seven years. McMahon, an AU alumna, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree before completing a master of fine arts degree in painting at the University of Texas-Austin. In “Spectra,” McMahon features “Sticky,” an acrylic, watercolor, and gouache on paper.

Angus Powers, assistant professor of glass, exhibits a 2009 blown-glass piece titled, “Home in Time.” A fifth-year faculty member Powers graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor of fine arts degree prior to earning a master of fine arts degree in glass from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia.
Angie To, associate professor in the Foundation Program, features “Untitled, 2008.” The piece is made of wood, paint, fabric, and feathers. To has been a professor at AU for eight years.

Kevin Wixted, associate professor of painting, presents an oil-on-canvas painting titled “Flowering Tree, Yucatan 2.” Wixted graduated from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA, with a bachelor of fine arts degree and his MA in 1981. He has worked at Alfred University for 13 years.

“Spectra” also features: Wayne Higby, professor of ceramics, presenting “Stratocumulus,” a 2009 porcelain; Michelle Illuminato, assistant professor of the Foundation Program, presenting photos titled “Nemanja’s Day” and “Sonja’s Secret Weapon;” Robin Howard of Alfred, showing “Red Magnolia,” a 2009 earthenware piece; Coral Lambert, assistant professor of sculpture, offering a cast-iron piece featuring steel, mirror, and lasers; and Sharon McConnell, director of the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, exhibiting a digital print titled, “Dust Cloud.”

The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery is a learning center for the visual arts. Rotating exhibitions highlight work by established and emerging artists working in New York, the United States, and abroad.

Located in rural Alfred, New York, the Gallery is the only established contemporary art venue within a 60-mile radius for the community to experience a diverse mix of art firsthand and to participate in a forum of contemporary art and culture. Extended programming, including gallery lectures and special projects, gives students and members of the community an opportunity to engage with artists, curators, and scholars.

The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. weekends. The Gallery is closed University holidays. For more information contact McConnell at 607.871.2149, or at mcconnells@alfred.edu.