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Confluence art exhibit opens today, representing wide range of MFA art work

Confluence, an exhibit opening today in the Robert C. Turner Gallery in Harder Hall, will display the wide-ranging work of more than 20 first- and second-year graduate students in Alfred University’s School of Art and Design.


ALFRED, NY – Confluence, an exhibit opening today in the Robert C. Turner Gallery in Harder Hall, will display the wide-ranging work of more than 20 first- and second-year graduate students in Alfred University’s School of Art and Design. It will be the first SOAD graduate student exhibit that includes both the work of MFA students in Alfred University’s Painting program, based half the year in Dusseldorf, Germany, and the work of MFA students on the Alfred University campus.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 pm Friday, Jan. 24, and the exhibit will close with a reception on Friday, Jan. 31, also from 6 to 8 pm. Both receptions are open to the public and free of charge.

Confluence has been curated by four graduate students ­– Francesco Gattuso of Alfred/Dusseldorf Painting; Sam Horowitz of Sculpture/Dimensional Studies; Leslie Rollins of Electronic Integrated Arts, and Kirstin Willders of Ceramic Art ­– representing all disciplines in SOAD.

“By placing artworks from a myriad of disparate materials, mediums, and styles in direct conversation, ample opportunity will be created for productive dialogue and new perspectives on the work as singular objects as well as placing them in larger material- and theory-based contexts,” organizers of the exhibit say in a prepared release.

Confluence further will highlight “the many parallel and interesting aesthetic and conceptual directions of the diverse student body as well as the divergent practices that create a dynamic environment of exchange within the studio.”

Alfred University inaugurated its graduate MFA Painting program in 2017. Confluence will exhibit the work of the first class to receive their MFAs in that program.