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“ISOLATION”: 50 drawings by 50 women sculptors on exhibit in Scholes Library Special Collections

Early in April of 2020, Alfred University Professor of Sculpture/Dimensional Studies Coral Lambert and sculptor Cynthia Handel were discussing the impact of the COVID pandemic on artists and their studio work.

Sculptors tend to work in collaboration with other artists and curators to produce and install work, they noted. That practice had nearly stopped altogether as much of the country suspended gatherings in efforts to suppress the spread of the virus.

The result of Lambert and Handel’s conversations is “ISOLATION,” also known as the Covid-19 Sculptors Drawing Project, now on display in the Special Collections of Scholes Library.

Along with their own discussions, Lambert and Handel contacted other sculptors, who were responding to the pressure of the Covid outbreak by drawing. “ISOLATION” is a collection of many of those drawings gathered from an international collection of women sculptors from the USA and Europe.

Assembled in the Special Collections room at Scholes Library, “ISOLATION” joins a variety of rare, valuable, unique and/or fragile items including traditional books, artist books, zines, folios, and other materials that relate to art and engineering. The room can be accessed during business hours at the Library. It is recommended that viewers set up an appointment with the collection or archive in which they are interested. Please contact John Hosford for an appointment,

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