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Cohen Gallery hosts 'I5olation,' portfolio of 50 international women artists

'I5olation': image designed by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir
'I5olation': image designed by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir

Alfred University’s Cohen Gallery, located on Main Street in the Village of Alfred, will open the exhibition I5olation: A Portfolio of 50 Drawings x 50 Women Sculptors During COVID, on Jan. 21 and extending through Feb. 21.


ALFRED, NY  – Alfred University’s Cohen Gallery, located on Main Street in the Village of Alfred, will open the exhibition I5olation: A Portfolio of 50 Drawings x 50 Women Sculptors During COVID, on Jan. 21 and extending through Feb. 21.

The Gallery also will host a public reception for I5olation, as well as for the exhibition Drawing Community, from 6 to 8 pm Feb. 17 during ArtWalk. 

The portfolio of work in I5olation represents an international collection of women sculptors from the USA and Europe. The collection developed out of a conversation between artist Coral Penelope Lambert, Alfred University Professor of Sculpture and Sculptor Cynthia Handel in which they were talking about ways in which the Covid pandemic was affecting artists’ studio work and what kind of support artists might need as the pandemic continues.

They proposed inviting other women artists to work on a sketchbook idea that would rotate from artist to artist; eventually, the portfolio of 50 women sculptors’ drawings was born. They found that many sculptors turned to drawing – a practice that is carried out alone, is therapeutic, and fits in between other tasks such as teaching online.

The I5olation portfolio includes various methods of drawing from mixed media collage using what was at hand such as mascara and lipstick to traditional pencil and watercolor. The original drawings are maintained as a group while limited edition prints are available at i5olationportfolio.org

Artists represented in the exhibition: Ginger Andro; Gwen Arkin; Nicole Beck; Luisa Caldwell; JoAnn Carson; Vivien Collens; Laura Donefer; Leslie Fry; Faith Gelvin; Felicia Glidden; Cynthia Handel; Sarah Haviland; Alison Helm; Joni Younkins Herzog; Alexa Horochowski; Julie Jablonski; Dilys Jackson; Justine Johnson; Mary Johnson; Brigitte Jurack; Kazumi Tanaka; Rian Kerrane; Deborah Kennedy; Wendy Klemperer; Thea Lanzisero; Deborah LaGrasse; Coral Penelope Lambert; Gina  Miccinilli; Cristin Millett; Nikki Moser; Ellie Murphy; Mary Neubauer; Jann Nunn; Julia Ousley; Sherry Owens; Zora Palova; Marsha  Pels; Diana  Pumpelly  Bates; Glen Rogers; Phoenix Savage; Kathleen Schneider; Mala Setaram-Wolfe; Tanya  Synar; Lynne  Todaro; Steinunn  Thórarinsdóttir; Jen  Torres; Pocket  Toscani; Virginia Tyler; Ann  Weber; and Mia  Westerlund

Drawing Community, a community-based drawing exhibition, will also be on exhibit at the Gallery, beginning Jan. 21. Anyone who would like to participate is invited to submit an 11” x 14” drawing on the theme of Reconnection. Drawings can be dropped off at the Cohen Gallery Jan. 18 -20 from 11 am to 4 pm.