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Interdisciplinary art majors to exhibit work in senior shows

Seven interdisciplinary art majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Alfred University will exhibit their work in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and video art at the 2011 Senior Shows, which open Saturday, May 7.

The opening reception is from 3 -7 p.m. May 7 in The Brick Art Studios. The exhibition will be open Sunday, May 8, noon-4 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday, May 9 and 10, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Occupying a space between dream-like memory and disturbing reality, the video installation of Elizabeth C. Bradley, of Carlisle, PA, investigates a sense of psychological conditioning through issues of gender and abuse. As director, actor, editor, and set designer, Bradley explores the despondent realm of the victim, while bringing to the surface the relationship between mind and body.

A graduate of the Oldfields School, Bradley is the daughter of George and Constance Bradley of Carlisle, PA.

Family mythology often amplifies the best and worst behavior and personality traits of our extended family. In her photography and installation, Honor’s student Arianna Carini, of Bloomington, IN, documents herself interacting with vintage tablecloths to explore her connection to relatives she’s never met.

Carini is a graduate of Bloomington High School North, and is a daughter of John and Cynthia Carini of Bloomington.

A native of Wellsville, NY, Elizabeth Graham exhibits portraits in both acrylic paint and black and white photography. The large paintings feature a series inspired by the players in the 2010 World Cup Tournament, as compared to the more intimate photography, inspired by friends and family.

She is a daughter of David and Melissa Graham of Wellsville, and is a graduate of Wellsville High School.

Do lines have their own, inherent personalities? Could a line be silly or playful, or even become part of a vast, whimsical landscape made up of other playful lines? Claire Pitts has decided to go back to the basics and explore the line with ink on paper.

Pitts, a graduate of Emma Willard High School, is a daughter of Francis Pitts and Deborah Byers of Troy, NY.

Christy Rath of Hilton, NY, exhibits organically-designed illuminated glass sculptures along with a glass installation. This large-scale work is inspired by the opportunities the women's movement created from our current perspective in feminism’s third wave.

A graduate of Hilton High School, Rath is a daughter of Duane and Marion Rath of Hilton, NY.

Sanders Sikorski-Schneider is from Coopersburg, PA. His work is a series of abstract oil paintings of the human figure, exploring the vulnerability and strength of the human spirit in a single person’s singular moment. Schneider’s paintings are accompanied by several sketchbooks that served as inspiration and source material.

The son of Robert Schneider and Anne Sikorski-Schneider, he is a graduate of Southern Lehigh High School.

The act of making multiples is the defining aspect of Jess Taylor’s work. Using both ceramics and fabric as material, she creates large-scale sculptures that capture the rhythm and action of the process of making. Viewers are invited to become lost in the abundance of repetition, much as the artist herself had to be.

A graduate of Solanco High School, Taylor is an honor’s student in Interdisciplinary Art, and is also majoring in Comparative Cultures. She is the daughter of Diane Taylor of Nottingham, PA.

Students in Alfred University’s Interdisciplinary Art major incorporate intensive studio work in a range of media and techniques with a solid introduction to theoretical issues through readings, research and discussions. Students engage the skills and ideas that inform art-making within the context of contemporary culture.

Following four semesters of foundation work, students elect one of three concentrations to complete their programs: visual arts, performing arts, or art history/theory.

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