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Alumni News and Notes April 5, 2012

Herb Cohen ’52 will participate in the 75th anniversary celebration for The Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C. with a ceramics exhibition, "Sophisticated Surfaces: The Pottery of Herb Cohen." The exhibition, which will include approximately 60 works from the museum's own collection and from a number of other private collections, will open April 7, 2012 and run through Jan. 6, 2013. Herb is a seminal figure in the history of The Mint Museum, having served as its acting director in the late 1960s. The museum is a nonprofit visual arts institution opened in 1936 at what was the original branch of the United States Mint.

Bette Blank ’61 has a piece, "Drink Me," in the upcoming show Alice: Through the Looking Glass at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, N.J. The exhibit will run through May. She also has a painting, "Starlight Drive-In," in the show Fiction/Nonfiction at The Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York City. Her work is also on display in the collections of The Jewish Museum in New York and several New Jersey museums.

Annabeth Rosen ’78 was recently one of 25 recipients of $25,000 awards in the New York City-based Joan Mitchell Foundation's 2011 Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. She currently holds the Robert Arneson Chair of Ceramic Sculpture at the University of California, Davis.

Christopher Staley ’80 was recently named the Pennsylvania State University laureate for 2012-2013. He is a distinguished professor of art in the university's College of Arts and Architecture. During his upcoming laureate year, Christopher plans to develop a series of talks and presentations on "Art and Life: Where They Intersect," drawing from his 30 years of experience as a ceramic artist and educator.

Michelle Plucinsky ’93 will be presenting a new glassblowing show, "WineGLASS," at The Glass Academy, an educational art glass studio in Dearborn, Mich. where she is a founding partner, on Thursday, April 26 from 4-9pm. The show will feature a glass-blowing demonstration of custom goblets and stemware along with a tasting of Michigan wines.

Jonathan Villegas ’10 Jonathan’s photography and other work will be on display in his graduate art show at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. from May 6-11 with an opening reception Sunday, May 6 from 2-4 p.m. The exhibit will be located in the Esther Massry Gallery on The College of Saint Rose campus. Jonathan describes the work that will be on display as inspired by and an extension of his undergraduate work at Alfred University.