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'Flashback' highlights alumni artists
1/27/12

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University hosted alumnus Patrick Brennan ‘98, who presented the Flashback lecture on his career and experiences in art, on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Binns-Merrill Hall.

The lecture took place in conjunction with the ongoing Flashback exhibition featuring recent work of several BFA alumni, which runs through Friday, Feb. 29 in the Cohen Center for the Arts.

The Flashback lecture, which was sponsored by the Career Development Center and the Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography, focused on various aspects of Brennan’s career in art, including curatorial projects and his experiences working as an artist assistant at several galleries.

Brennan, a Syracuse, N.Y. native, studied at Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute and received a BFA in Painting and Video Art from Alfred University. He currently lives and works in New York City, where he has exhibited at galleries such as MoMA / PS1, the Edward Thorpe Gallery and Clifton Benevento. Brennan has also been awarded residencies at the Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, Ga., The Experimental Television Center in Owego, N.Y. and the Burren College of Art in Ireland.

The Flashback exhibition, curated by assistant professor of painting Stephanie McMahon and Lissy Blomster, curator of the Cohen Center, presents paintings by several BFA alumni from the 1990s, investigating facets of current abstract painting through unique methods of image construction. Featured artists include Brennan, JD Walsh ’98, Ned Colclough ’98, Scott Olson ’98, Gianna Commito ’98, Carrie Pollack ’95, Jesse Hamerman ’99 and Jonathan Faber ’94.

Walsh holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. in addition to his BFA from Alfred University. He has exhibited his work across the United States as well as internationally in Italy, Austria and France. Walsh received an Emerging Artist’s Award from the city of Atlanta in 2000 and was a nominee for the 2001 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.

Colclough lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. as a sculptor. After graduating from AU, he completed a residency in 2001 at STEIM (Studio for Electro Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam. He has presented his work at Zieher Smith, the Sara Meltzer Gallery and several other galleries in New York City and Brooklyn, including his first solo exhibition at the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. In 2011, he was a recipient of the 140 Foundation Emerging Artist Grant.

Olson holds an MFA from Ohio State University in addition to his BFA from AU, and he also completed a residency in Japan at the Center for Contemporary Art. He spent several years working in a gallery in New York before beginning to present his own paintings, which have since been exhibited at galleries in Los Angeles and New York as well as internationally in Sweden, Italy, Austria and Japan. Scott’s solo and group presentations have been reviewed in Artforum and The New York Times.

Commito is a painter and assistant professor of fine art at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She holds an MA and an MFA from the University of Iowa’s School or Art and Art History. Commito has presented solo exhibitions at galleries across the United States and internationally. She has been an artist in residence at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. as well as at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. In 2004, Commito was the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

Pollack holds an MFA from the University of Iowa as well as an MA in Art Education from New York University. She has completed residencies at the Chautauqua School of Art, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Jentel Artist Residency Program and Yaddo. Pollack has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions at galleries across the country and internationally, such as the Monya Rowe Gallery in New York City, the Galerie Jan Dhaese and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

Hamerman has studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in addition to his BFA from AU. His work has been shown at institutions nationally and internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, The Athens Institute of Contemporary Art and the Musee d’Orsay.

Faber received his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and completed an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been exhibited at galleries throughout New York and Texas, including the David Shelton Gallery, Dallas Contemporary and the Austin Museum of Art. Faber has received a number of grants and awards, including the 2011 Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, the 2003 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and the Marshall F. Wells College and Fellowship Endowment in the College of Fine Arts, and was thrice nominated for the Arthouse Texas Prize.