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Senior Shows, receptions open Saturday

Alfred University | 12/05/19

Senior Show art will be on the first and second levels on The turner Gallery.
Senior Show art will be on the first and second levels on The turner Gallery.

It happens twice a year at Alfred University: exhibitions of capstone work by senior art students in the School of Art and Design.


ALFRED, NY – It happens twice a year at Alfred University: exhibitions of capstone work by senior art students in the School of Art and Design. Seniors graduating this month will exhibit their work beginning Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Robert C. Turner Gallery, in the McGee Pavilion of Harder Hall. The exhibits will be on display through Dec. 12.

Opening receptions, which are free and open to the public, are from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Alfred University Senior Shows, a requirement for graduation from Alfred University's School of Art and Design, have become a major attraction for art lovers who are drawn to Alfred for the opportunity to see and purchase work by some of the country's most promising young artists.

The student exhibitions became an integral part of Alfred University’s SOAD  curriculum when Harder Hall was opened in 1973, providing space not only for ceramic art students and faculty, but expanded studios for painting, sculpture, photography and glass, according to Dr. Anna McHale, whose book Fusion: A Centennial History of The New York State College of Ceramics describes the evolution of Alfred University’s art and ceramic engineering curricula.

More than 45 years after the opening of Harder Hall, the annual shows, particularly those in the spring, celebrate diverse media and genres including ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, sonic arts, interactive media, interactive graphic design and drawing. Spring shows may also feature the work of art and art education students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. And the December Senior Shows, while fewer in number, also reconnect students, faculty and visitors to a groundbreaking vision of a studio arts program established more than 40 years ago.