Friday, April 18, 2014

Kelley Donahue's MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening Saturday April 19, 7-9 pm

Kelley Donahue

Kelley Donahue 
Graduate Thesis Exhibition:

Secret Handshake 
(remember why we chose this place) 

April 19 - 22, 2014
Opening Reception: April 19, 6 - 8 PM

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery
School of Art and Design
NYSCC at Alfred University

2 Pine Street, Alfred, NY

Friday, April 11, 2014

John Emerson's MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening Saturday April 12, 7-9 pm

John Emerson

John Emerson 
Graduate Thesis Exhibition:

Chances Are. 

April 12-16, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday April 12th, 7-9 pm

Robert C. Turner Gallery
McGee Pavilion in Harder Hall
NYSCC at Alfred University
2 Pine Street, Alfred, NY 14802 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ceramics MFA Thesis Exhibitions Spring-Summer 2014

Ceramics MFA Thesis Exhibitions:

April 12-16, 2014
John Emerson
Opening Reception: Saturday April 12th, 7-9 pm
Robert C. Turner Gallery

April 19-22, 2014
Kelley Donahue
Opening Reception: Saturday April 19th, 6-8 pm
Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

May 3-7, 2014
Mitch Shiles
Opening Reception: Saturday May 3rd, 7-9 pm
Robert C. Turner Gallery

Lyla Goldstein
Opening Reception: Saturday May 3rd, 7-9 pm
Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

May 9-13, 2014
Amy Bennett and Jason Segall
Opening Reception: Friday May 9th, 7-9 pm
Fosdick-Neslon Gallery

May 9-19, 2014
Jennifer Degges
Opening Reception: Friday May 9th, 7-9 pm
The Bellfry, Hornell NY

August 23-27, 2014
Nurielle Stern
Opening Reception: Sat. Aug. 23rd, 7-9 pm
The Cohen Gallery

Monday, March 24, 2014

PULP Contemporary Cut-Paper: Cohen Gallery March 21st - May 17th, 2014

PULP Contemporary Cut-Paper Alfred University's Cohen Gallery

Contemporary Cut-Paper by Mia Pearlman, Kako Ueda, Alta Buden, Natasha Bowdoin and Hong Seon Jang
Curated by Alexis Grabowski

On View at Alfred University's Cohen Gallery March 21st - May 17th, 2014

Alfred, NY – Alfred University’s Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce is upcoming exhibition, Pulp, curated by Alexis Grabowski (08’).  Pulp is a group exhibition bringing together contemporary artists working with cut, collaged and assembled paper, including Mia Pearlman, Kako Ueda, Natasha Bowdoin, Alta Buden and Hong Seon Jang. These artists, through tedious artistic labor, create intricate and often surreal articulations - ranging from eroded geologic forms and weather systems to elaborate traditional paper-cuts depicting corporeal forms, insects and urban life. Together, the works in Pulp explore the improbable spectrum of possibilities offered by one of the most common staples of artistic production – to be broken down and transformed anew. The exhibition illuminates the flickering dimensionality and solidity of paper-media and the process of artistic production through deconstruction.

Pulp will be on view at Alfred University’s Cohen Gallery, 2 Pine Street Alfred NY, from March 21st to May 17th, 2014.  An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, March 21st from 5pm – 7pm, with a discussion with curator Alexis Grabowski at 5:30pm.  Gallery hours are Tuesday 10am - 3pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12pm - 5pm.

More after the jump:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Remembering Val Cushing

Val Cushing of Alfred Station, emeritus professor of ceramics in the College of Ceramics passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 at the age of 82.

Please click on the following link to read Remembering Val Cushing by Wayne Higby. Wayne writes his reflections on working with and being inspired by Val.

Val Cushing's Studio
Val Cushing's Studio. Image Credit: Scholes Library Visual Resources

The following text is excerpted from a letter by Alfred University's President:

"Val earned both his bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees from the School of Art and Design at AU, in 1952 and 1956, respectively. He joined the faculty in the School in September 1957 and stayed for 40 years, retiring at the end of the 1996-97 academic year.

Val, considered one of the foremost contemporary ceramic artists in the United States, created functional pottery and sculptural ceramic vessels using forms, colors, and textures inspired by nature. He was known for his glazes and used clean, simple lines and simplicity to explore the richness of surface in pottery.

Throughout his career, Val gave more than 250 lectures, workshops, and demonstrations around the world. His pottery has been featured in more than 300 exhibitions and numerous one-person shows and is included in many prestigious public and private collections, including the American Craft Museum, New York City; the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; the Rochester (NY) Memorial Art Gallery; Honolulu Academy of the Arts; Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Cooper/Hewitt, New York City; Renwick Gallery, The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.; and the Shigaracki Museum of Ceramics, Japan.

He was a founding member and former president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, as well as a Fellow of the American Craft Council. The American Ceramic Society named him Ceramic Artist of the Year in 1977. He was also the recipient of a State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1981, he was the first recipient of AU’s Distinguished Service Award. He also was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Fulbright grant for teaching and research in Manchester, England, as an artist-in-residence grant at the Archie Bray Foundation, and at the University of Wolverhampton, England.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to Val’s family and friends. His passing is a great loss for our community and the art world."

Friday, November 8, 2013

Anton Reijnders Visiting Artist Lecture: Thursday Nov. 14 @ 7:00 PM

Anton Reijnders

Anton Reijnders Visiting Artist Lecture
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Binns Merrill Lecture Room 106

Anton Reijnders, an internationally recognized ceramic artist, has work in public collections in Europe, Asia and the US. For seventeen years, he was in charge of the materials research program at the European Ceramic Work Center in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. In that role, he worked with many well -known artists, including Tony Cragg, Anish Kapoor, Johan Creten, and Jun Kaneko. Many Alfred University alumni have participated in the EKWC residency program. Reijnders was a Visiting Faculty in the Division of Ceramic Art at Alfred University in 2006. He is a member of the International Ceramics Academy.

Reijnders is the author of “The Ceramic Process, A Manual and Source of Inspiration for Ceramic Art and Design.” Based on his research at the EKWC, the book covers ceramic materials in process in great detail. It is one of the essential texts that should be on every ceramic artist’s bookshelf.

On his website,, Reijnders describes his artistic practice: “My work stems from a fascination with questions of meaning and how we make sense of what is around us. I want my work to offer an opportunity for concentration and to provide an alternative to images that are increasingly subservient to quick effects.”

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Michael Jones McKean Artist Lectures and Exhibition Oct 24, 29, and Nov 1, 2013

Michael Jones Mckean

Michael Jones Mckean
Exhibition: The Religion
Friday, Nov. 1- Monday, Dec. 2
Opening Reception: Nov. 1, 7-9 PM

Visiting Artist Lecture
Date: Thursday, Oct. 24 @ 4:30 PM
Location: Holmes Auditorium

Career Talk
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29 @ 5:00 PM
 Binns Merrill Hall Room 106

Artist Michael Jones McKean, Alfred MFA 2000 and a 2010 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, will create a new large-scale installation, "The Religion," for the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery in The School of Art and Design. Mckean's sculptural installations are exhibited widely nationally and internationally. They explore objects, materiality and time set within densely elliptical, narrative spaces.