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February 27, 2023

Welcome to the monthly arts newsletter from the School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division at Alfred university. This newsletter highlights stories and news from faculty, staff, students and alumnx in addition to recent and upcoming on campus arts events and programs.

NCECA Reception

Save the Date! Casual reception for Alumni & Friends in conjunction with the 2023 NCECA conference in Cincinnati, OH.


Alfred University faculty, students, alumni to take part in ‘Current,’ the 2023 NCECA Conference

The 2023 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference will be held March 15-18 in Cincinnati, OH. As always, Alfred University will be well represented. More than 50 Alfred University alumni, along with a number of faculty and students, are taking part in the four-day event, which typically draws nearly 5,000 people.


Ceramic Museum to open exhibit of Paul Briggs ceramic art, also selections from the ACAM archives

The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University on Feb. 23 will open an exhibit of Paul S. Briggs’s ceramic art, Knot Stories: The Showcase Exhibition. Knot Stories is an exhibition of ceramic sculpture inspired by Black Poetry transmuting stories of suffering into songs of perseverance. In his artist statement Briggs quotes American philosopher-activist Cornell West: “Justice is what love looks like in the public sphere.”


Make Art With Us this Summer!

Alfred Summer Arts 2023 features a return or Summer Ceramics Workshops and four weeks of arts workshops in a variety of media areas designed for participants working at all levels: artists, teachers, community members and visiting professionals.


IEA Spring 2023 Artists in Residence

The Institute for Electronic Arts is bringing a number of artists in residence in the spring of 2023. The Experimental Projects Residency is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the Schein-Joseph Endowment.


Associate Professor of Ceramics Matt Kelleher completes residency at STARworks

Matt Kelleher, Alfred University associate professor of Ceramics, recently completed a residency workshop at STARworks, an arts-centered work community in Central Park, NC, that promotes community and economic development by providing outstanding artistic educational programs and business ventures. STARworks Ceramics has been researching local, North Carolina clay materials since 2005.


Professors Coral Lambert, Elizabeth Matson honored with Faculty Catalyst Award

Alfred University Professor of Sculpture Coral Lambert and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Elizabeth Matson recently were honored with the second Alfred University Catalyst Award in honor of Alfred University School of Art and Design Professor Emeritus Mary Lum.


SOAD alumnus, graduate student leading Ceramic Materials Atlas project

An Alfred University MFA alumnus and a current MFA student in the School of Art and Design are leading a project that aims to link global industry, environmental justice and contemporary ceramics through storytelling and research.


Visiting Professor Adero Willard's sculpture part of exhibit "Record Keeping"

Sculpture by Alfred University Visiting Assistant Professor Adero Williard will be part of an exhibition at the Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University, in Framingham, MA, entitled “Record Keeping.”


Upcoming Events


Building Your Career Confidence

Mar 01, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Alumni Hall

How to Make the Most of Attending Conferences


Wednesday Arts Speaker Series

Mar 01, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Binns Merrill Hall, Room 106

A Conversation with Sharon Norwood and Carmen Lizardo. Wednesday, March 1, 7pm. BMH 106 (room C)


Perhaps Home is Not a Place

Feb 17, 6:00 pm - Mar 22, 8:00 pm
Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

Opening Reception, Friday, February 17, 6-8pm. Perhaps Home is Not a Place features nine BIPoC artists who work in a variety of media from fiber to ceramics to explore how bodies are seen or not seen, and how home is not always a physical place we inhabit. 


Bergren Forum - Heidi Jensen

Mar 02, 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Powell Campus Center, Room Nevins Theatre

All presentations will be on Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:00 in Nevins Theater. Tea and coffee provided.


Choice: Judith Olson Gregory

Mar 02, 6:00 pm - May 08, 4:00 pm
Cohen Gallery

Judith Olson Gregory’s layered wall hangings, constructed from tea bags and other delicate fibers, embedded text and layered patterns, reference iconic women and ask poignant, philosophical questions. The exhibition is on view through May 8, 2023. The gallery is open weekdays 11am - 4pm, and weekends 1-3pm.


Next Steps

Mar 03, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

An online conversation with Jada Patterson, Aida Lizalde, and Arleene Correa-Valencia


RICH B*TCH by Rachel Lynett

Apr 02, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Miller Theater

A dark intersectional comedy: Five women of color. A 'bachelor party' at a 5 Star hotel. No one was expecting the proverbial (and literal) cuts that they would ultimately inflict. Theatre Production directed by Asst. Prof of Theatre Jonathan Ziese. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Alfred Theatre Division's production of RICH B*TCH will be canceled on Thursday night March 30, 2023. A matinee will be presented SUNDAY APRIL 2, 2023 @ 2pm.


Trio of Three Continents

Apr 04, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Miller Theater

Trio from Three continents. Celebrating world heritage with Gao Hong, Kadialy Kouyaté and Leonard Jacome, show us Pipa(China), Kora(Senegal) and Harp( Venezuela), they will do workshop and concert with free admission.


CRAVE by Sarah Kane

Apr 06, 12:00 am - Apr 07, 12:00 am
Black Box Theater

Student directed capstone production, 7:30pm, April 6 & 7, 2023


MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Apr 08, 12:00 am - May 05, 12:00 am
Harder Hall

MFA Thesis exhibitions from the Division of Ceramic Art (CA), Electronic Integrated Arts (EIA) and Sculpture / Dimensional Studies (SDS) are held in the Fosdick-Nelson and Robert C. Turner Galleries weekly from April 8 - May 5, 2023 with receptions on Saturdays from 6-8pm, with the exception of the last exhibition, which will open on Friday. Open Gallery hours during thesis season are Sunday 1-3pm, Monday & Tuesday 11-4pm.


Senior Shows

May 06, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harder Hall

The reception for the class of 2023 Senior Show exhibition, taking place throughout Harder Hall, Binns-Merrill Hall and the Cohen Center, will be held on Saturday, May 6, from 4-8pm.

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