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Arts Alumnx News September 2023

Recent alumnx news from the School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division. Arts Alumnx News is produced by the marketing and communications office in the School of Art & design + Performing Arts Division and is published monthly in the This Month in the Arts newsletter. The feature aims to shine a spotlight on news and accomplishments of our amazing alumnx. To submit an item please email with "alumnx news" in the subject line. Please include name, graduation year, and degree.

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Eliza Au (MFA '09) at the Chautauqua Institute Galleries

In Conversation
Strohl Art Center | Main Galleries at the Chautauqua Institute
July 26 - August 1

While quite distinct in form and material process, each of these mostly monochromatic works evoke a sense of transformation or “becoming” through pattern and repetition. While creating very different objects regarding form and tone, these artists generate conversation around layering, ornamentation, structure, and spirit. They explore notions of detachment, hollowness, intimacy, memory, and place. Sponsored by Brenda & Larry Thompson. Curated by Judy Barie and Erika Diamond. Artists: Eliza Au (MFA ' 09), Gabe Brown, Molly Hatch, Donté Hayes, Karlyn Sutherland, and Arielle Zamora.

Image caption: Eliza Au, Tunnel, 2020 Stoneware, Cone 6 8" x 18" x 6"
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Photographer and Alumnx Amy Kozlowski exhibits at Light Work, Syracuse

Photographer and AU alumni Amy Kozlowski is exhibiting work on September 14th at Light Work in Syracuse. Amy joins Tahila Mintz, and Linda Moses for a group exhibition recognizing their reception of Light Work's prestigious Photography grant recognizing regional artists at various stages within their careers.

The grant which Kozlowski received was juried by Assistant Professor of Photography, Kelsey Sucena, and is overseen in part by associate director of Light Work, Whitney Hubbs, who is also a former AU Professor.Kelsey states "Amy was among many students who were not fortunate enough to exhibit a senior show, as Covid made it impossible. Amy deserves recognition for her achievement, as an example of a recent alumni who has achieved something big."

Descended Algae Veil (left) and Fried Chicken Foam Portal (right), 2023. Double-sided archival inkjet prints on canvas and silk habotai, quilt batting, hardwood, and aircraft cable. 50" x 37" x 2" and 60" x 40" x 2."

Molly McKinley (MFA '22) at the Dorsky Museum

Notes for Tomorrow featuring MFA '22 Mollie McKinley
The Samuel Dorsky Museum
SUNY New Paltz, NY
on view through November 12
Curated by Karlyn Benson with Independent Curators International

Molly McKinley is exhibiting two new double-sided hanging photographic sculptures at the Dorsky, Fried Chicken Foam Portal and Descended Algae Veil (above). These sculptures explore phenomena of algae and biofoam that accumulate at the bottom of waterfalls and alongside streams in upstate New York. They function as windows to sentient ecological otherworlds.

Notes for Tomorrow is a traveling exhibition curated from selections by alumni of ICI’s Curatorial Intensive, a professional development program founded in 2010 on principles of international exchange, inclusivity, and knowledge-sharing. With the ever-present backdrop of a global pandemic, ICI turned to these curators to question and reassess values and relevance in contemporary culture and asked each of them to share an artwork they believe is vital to be seen today.

For the presentation of Notes for Tomorrow at The Dorsky Museum, two Hudson Valley-based artists, Mollie McKinley, and Zachary Skinner, have been added to the exhibition. Mollie McKinley’s photographic soft sculptures depict elements such as dripping water and eroding earth to reference the transformative process of healing. Zachary Skinner’s survivalist sculptures playfully confront serious ecological issues while also serving as a meditation on the fragile relationship between humanity and nature.

Image caption: Descended Algae Veil (left) and Fried Chicken Foam Portal (right), 2023. Double-sided archival inkjet prints on canvas and silk habotai, quilt batting, hardwood, and aircraft cable. 50" x 37" x 2" and 60" x 40" x 2."