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Save the date: Weekend to honor former art faculty Andy Brady

An event honoring the late Andy Brady, former professor of printmaking in Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, will be held Sept. 8-10 on the Alfred University campus. Brady, who taught at Alfred in the 1970s, is one of the founders of the University’s printmaking program, one of the most innovative and renowned in the country.

Alumni from the classes of 1970-76 and 1992-94 have been invited to campus to celebrate an exhibition of Brady’s work. The weekend-long event kicks off with an opening wine-and-cheese reception in the Harder Hall Lobby ahead of public receptions of the Andy Brady print exhibition and associated alumni exhibitions.

The Andy Brady print exhibition, “Andy Brady: Steward of Precision,” will open Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m., and will remain on view through Oct. 22. Curated by Friendship, ME-based artist Pam Cabañas ’74 (BFA) and Joseph Scheer, professor of printmaking, from the select archives of Brady’s life’s work, the exhibition features work largely from his time at Alfred. The exhibition is sponsored by Institute for Electronic Arts and alumni who studied under Brady.

Concurrently, the “Then & Now Alumni Pop-up Exhibition” will be held in the Robert C. Turner Gallery, Harder Hall. The exhibition is a one-time transmedia showing of work by Alfred University alumni which will run through the weekend.

There will be an artists’ talk on Saturday, Sept. 10, titled “The School of Art and Design, From 1970 to Now! Sharing Sessions & Life Lessons.” Moderated by Institute for Electronic Arts Director Miranda Metcalf, with Scheer, Cabañas, others (to be determined), and current students.  Starting with the Andy Brady exhibition as a launching point, the panel will discuss changes in printmaking and other media and how they have evolved at Alfred University, through curriculum and technology. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

The nostalgic weekend culminates with a grand celebration and pig roast dinner at Foster Lake. The event is a tribute to Brady, who taught at Alfred from 1970-76 and passed away in 2022, and will also honor Scheer for his more than 34 years teaching at Alfred.