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Cohen Galley to host 'Saying Glass' exhibit

Alfred University’s Cohen Gallery will present Saying Glass, an exhibition of the work of five Alfred University-affiliated artists working in cast and kiln-formed glass. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 24 to Feb. 23, with an opening reception on Jan. 23 from 5 to 8 pm.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University’s Cohen Gallery will present Saying Glass, an exhibition of the work of five Alfred University-affiliated artists working in cast and kiln-formed glass. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 24 to Feb. 23, with an opening reception on Jan. 23 from 5 to 8 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Saying Glass celebrates two recent developments at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design: the appointment of Michael Rogers, whose work is included in the exhibit, as Artistic Associate at SOAD; and the renovation of the National Casting Center glass studios.

The exhibition brings together the work of Rogers and four SOAD alumni: Andrew Erdos (BFA ’07), Joanna Manousis (MFA ’10), Zora Palova (Randall Chair ’16), and Anjali Srinivasan (BFA ’02). Their work spans in form from the gestural and experimental to the meticulously crafted and engineered, and the exhibition reflects the far-reaching edges of the visual, material, and conceptual potential in glass today. The title Saying Glass is a reference to the artist Roni Horn’s sound work, Saying Glass, an extensive meditation on the element of water.

 

The artists featured in Saying Glass:

 Andrew Erdos’ multi-disciplinary works often combine cast and blown glass, video, photography and installation. Erdos has exhibited internationally at venues including the Toledo Museum of Art; Corning Museum of Glass; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; Beijing BS1 Contemporary Art Center; and the Kemper Museum.

 Joanna Manousis is a British–American artist working in glass and mixed media. Her work has been recognized with nominations for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a Bombay Sapphire Award Nomination for 'Excellence in Glass' as well as the Hans Godo Frabel Award.

 Zora Palova was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, in 1947. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, specializing in painting and later in glass and architecture. She became President of the Association of Applied Arts and Designers in 1995 and Research Professor at the University of Sunderland in 1996.

Michael Rogers recently retired as Professor in the Studio Arts Glass Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Previously he returned to the United States after spending eleven years in Japan where he was head of Glass at Aichi University. 

Anjali Srinivasan’s studio processes focus on developing ways to discover, access and restructure information held in a material. She is currently invested in notions of "biological craftsmanship.” She lives and works between India and the United States, as Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, and Director at ChoChoMa Studios, Bangalore.

Saying Glass has been curated by Alfred University Assistant Professor of Glass Karen Donnellan. Born in Wicklow, Ireland, Donnellan also serves as director of the National Casting Center glass facility at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her work is held in public and private collection and has been shown at venues internationally, including the Corning Museum of Glass; the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art; Tushanwan Museum, Shanghai; and the National Glass Center, Sunderland, UK.