Faculty Exhibit from the Division of Art & Design

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, September 5, 2013 (All day) to Friday, October 4, 2013 (All day)
Location: Art Gallery in Reisman Hall

Art Gallery Website: www.cazenovia.edu/art-gallery

Faculty Reception: Thursday, September 5th from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

This group exhibition includes two, three and four-dimensional creative works by faculty and instructors who teach in the Division of Art & Design. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.
Jo Buffalo is an accomplished artist who has been with Cazenovia College since 1985. She has been active with the Cultural Resources Council in Syracuse and the New York State Council on the Arts. Her ceramic art has been on exhibit in Central New York, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Canterbury, England. She has received commissions in numerous northeastern cities and Colorado.

Buffalo's Artist Statement reveals the truth, as she knows it, as to why people choose to be artists. "Being an artist allows you to express yourself in beautiful complex visual ways; means you don't have to retire; means it doesn't matter how you appear--people look at your work; is never boring because you are always making something that doesn't exist; is a great excuse to learn all kinds of arcane but fascinating things; gives you social leeway to not follow the social rules as closely; means you don't have to make excuses when you want to be alone; allows you to make things in school rather than take exams; … Being an artist doesn't make as much money as other professions but it makes a lot of satisfaction and you don't have to buy décor."
Corky Goss is a professor of Studio Art at Cazenovia College, as well as a muralist in the Central New York region specializing in murals that interpret local history. His public mural projects can be found in Syracuse, Utica, Weedsport, Clyde, Lyons and Newark. Two murals are currently being developed for Canastota, N.Y.

His 'non-public' studio work focuses on painting and often develops themes relating to how our inner (private) and outer (public) lives intersect. Merging these personal and natural forms into flowing and colorful compositions that invite an open interpretation by the viewer is the intended result.

Goss' Artist Statement: "The way a painting evolves for me is often an open-ended process that requires a building up of marks and form, with a sense of visual adventure and a kind of forgetting what I want to see in the work. This tension can become a struggle within the painting toward what I envision, or want to see. Requiring the painting to assert a direction of it's own is paramount to what I hope is visual discovery. Overriding themes of inner/outer, macro/micro, solid/amorphous, meaning/non-meaning, allow a continuity with past works, presented in current work in newly found ways."
Card Sketch
Scott Jensen has nearly 30 years of experience as a graphic designer, advertising agency art director, and illustrator. His greeting cards are distributed nationally by Oatmeal Studios, and his comic strip Digby's Hardware appears regularly in The Hardware Connection magazine. He joined the Cazenovia College faculty full-time in 2008. He continues to work professionally as both a marketing communications designer and illustrator. He lives in Delaware County, where he raises chickens on the family farm.

Jensen states, "I enjoy my current process, which begins with traditional cartooning techniques and tools like pen and paper, and finishes using digital tools to complete the art, prepare "mechanical" art for printing and digital publication. This combination strikes a nice balance between what I enjoy doing (traditional) and what is efficient for my clients' production needs (digital)."
Interior Views
Maggie Judge, visiting instructor of Interior Design at Cazenovia College, refers to purposeful art in her Artist Statement. "I have always loved to CREATE! I have made lots and lots of items, and mostly they are utilitarian in nature. Whatever I need, whatever I like, whatever I think I may want, I try to create myself, and use it for a specific purpose, or to give as gifts. Using any and all resources I can find, I enjoy figuring out how the pieces and parts will go together, and fit into the purpose of being useful."
Megan Lawson-Clark began sewing at an early age and has always loved working by hand with fabrics, especially using couture sewing techniques. She completed graduate school at Syracuse University in Fashion and Textile Design. In her final thesis work she researched the history of the wedding trousseau and completed six wedding ensembles with accessories.

Prior to this she worked in the many facets of retail management including visual merchandizing, showroom sales, and store management. She began a small business in 2003, specializing in the design and creation of hand painted scarves and floor cloths. She has always been intrigued by fabrics and current fashions.

Currently Lawson-Clark is interested in computer-aided patternmaking and textile design as a medium for creating pieces. Lawson-Clark is assistant professor of Fashion Studies and the director of the annual Fashion Show at Cazenovia College.
Clay Disk
Jee Eun Lee, born in Seoul Korea, is an artist who lives and works in Syracuse, N.Y. She has exhibited four solo exhibitions and has participated in over 30 group exhibitions. She combines her first MFA degree in Sculpture (obtained in her native South Korea) with a second in Ceramics (Syracuse University) to create conceptual and sculptural work using nature theme.

Lee's Artist Statement: "Once I had an opportunity to meet a fortune-teller and talked about my "four pillars and eight characters" of my fate. At that time, she said that I should always try to be near water to create a better life because I lack water in my four pillars. From that moment, I frequently visit the ocean, river and lakes whenever I have emotions or experiences that are good or bad. Water brought me relaxation and peace of mind.

Everyone has their own important memories related to their individual life. It is crucial that even the trivial memories of individuals have a great effect on their own lives. I feel the purpose of my work expresses the importance of myself and encourages others to gain self-awareness and personal growth."
Of My Being
Pam McLaughlin, PhD, has been Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y. for over thirteen years. In this role she implements a broad range of programs and events for diverse audiences. McLaughlin earned her PhD in art education at Syracuse University. Over the years she has served as adjunct instructor in Art Education and Museum Studies at Syracuse University. Currently McLaughlin is associate lecturer of Time, Movement, Narrative at Cazenovia College. She is also a video artist, sculptor, and member of a band whose tag line is, "We're always not playing somewhere."

She reveals in her Artist Statement, "I am drawn to cast-a-way objects: old, disfigured, broken, destroyed things – items that are 'dead' in the sense that to most people they're not worthy of keeping or fixing. I think that which is damaged often has more to say. The imperfect is familiar to me. It is who I am, what I do and what I make. My damaged treasures contain secrets that, when brought together, begin to whisper stories hinting of hopelessness, rage and despair. The stories are never completely clear. There is opaqueness. There are gaps. Plots change with no explanation. There are no resolutions."
Elizabeth Moore began teaching in Cazenovia College's Interior Design program in 1992. Prior to that she worked full time as an interior designer in New York City and the Boston area. She is currently working on a collaborative project with a Manlius, N.Y. village historian to research the architectural history & interior furnishings of its historic Arts & Crafts Cheney House. She has frequently lectured on the historic development of the kitchen. Moore is also a Professional Member of ASID, a national organization focused on design industry issues.

Moore's Artist Statement: "I enjoy observing and sketching everyday places and activities. My goal is to quickly capture gestures and occasional details that bring the drawings to life with a minimum of fuss."
The Notebook
Warren Olin-Ammentorp was born in Naples, Italy, and grew up in California, Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin and Germany. He holds a BA from Carleton College in English and Art History, as well as graduate degrees in English from the Universities of Chicago and Michigan. He has taught English and Humanities courses at Cazenovia College since 1990.

Olin-Ammentorp's Artist Statement: "As a professor of literature, I spend a lot of time with books; I read them, I interpret them, I consider and react to them, and I use them in many ways. Their presence in my life is powerful -- they are friends and comfort and food, as well as work and conflict and weight. My recent work represents a continuing effort to cope with books -- to re-encounter them as repositories of time and energy, stored as fragile marks on fragile paper, provoking us with their questions, emblems of our insecurity."
Magic Picture Gun
Paul William Pearce is a native of Central New York. He was drafted into the Army and commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Artillery. He fought in the central highlands of Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. He completed his master of art (Printmaking and Photography) degree at SUNY-Oswego. He has taught at both Cazenovia Collage and SUNY-Oswego. As a staff member of the Syracuse Peace Council, he managed their print shop (SPC Press) and coordinated their cable TV program, "The People's 60 Minutes" (SPC-TV) for over twenty years. He was a co-director of Altered Space gallery in Syracuse, N.Y.

Pearce shares, "My work is an attempt to understand and explain what I feel, how I feel, and how I see the world. Through my eyes, the world is filled with never-ending violence and war. I consider myself a prisoner of war, a morally wounded combat veteran. I use my cameras to explore the people and events that make up the American experience. I used my camera to capture and examine slices of the world around me. I also used the camera as a tool for the movement to affect peaceful change. I work with both large format film and digital cameras."
H2O Surface
Jen Pepper has been an associate professor of Art & Design at Cazenovia College since 2003. She has exhibited in solo and group shows internationally since 1990. A solo exhibition of her work was mounted at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y. and reviewed in Sculpture magazine Vol.30 No.2, March 2011. Pepper has been an awarded fellow including NEH, NYFA, NYSCA, Astraea Foundation among others. She has been an artist in residence to Art Colony Galichnik, Macedonia, Foundation Valparaiso, Spain, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Anam Cara Colony, Ireland, Yaddo, Sculpture Space, Millay Colony for the Arts. She is a graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art and The University of Connecticut.

Her work explores the invisible. Intersections between language and the body and their interaction with the physical and psyche environments made visible. Found words from everyday life are incorporated as concrete building blocks that describe malleable processes in her works. In Pepper's artist statement, she shares, "My works depict temporal processes that cannot be held and are difficult to harness -- explosions, wind and water currents, steam, a continual line that forms the making of language. Works twist and curl comically in animated space, suggesting that language, meaning and subject matter is under constant construction.

Sculptural works of rubberized crocheted nylon, fibers, leather and metals imply that what is presumed to be fixed is always on the move and may unravel and reconstitute at any point. Nothing is ever permanent in these parts. Forms and ideas undulate between structure and elusiveness -- implying that the subject is under constant r/evolution, continually reshaping our world physically and imaginatively. Motivations behind my practice are to make visible the attributes that such temporal systems offer as they articulate and name our world."
Blue Yellow Corked Bottle
Jeremy Randall received his BFA from Syracuse University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. He currently lives in Tully, N.Y., where he owns and operates his studio. Randall is a visiting professor of art at Cazenovia College, and an adjunct professor of art at Syracuse University. He has been involved in numerous national and international shows, is represented by Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Mont.; Mudfire Gallery in Atlanta, Ga.; and the DeCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Mass. He also has work included in the permanent collections of Robert and Jane Myerhoff in Baltimore and the Southern Illinois University Museum in Carbondale, Ill.

Randall's Artist Statement: "Familiarity evokes memory and I look to this association to present nostalgia through form. My reference to rural American architecture and antique rural implements places the viewer in a familiar setting which is layered with time, function and history while color creates celebration in these iconic objects. The vessel forms tie these objects back to the domestic space, enriching ones living environment while allowing for quiet contemplation and a reminder of a simpler time."
Josef Ritter established the Interior Design Program at Cazenovia College in 1980. Since then he has continued to practice as a Design and Lighting consultant. His diverse lighting projects include: theatrical production, historic preservation, architectural, interior and landscape applications. He has also created and taught CEU accredited courses in Lighting and Computer-aided Modeling for the Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). He has been an Educational Member of ASID since 1980.

Ritter states, "I am very fortunate to be able to be both a visual and performing artist and have discovered both to be equally exciting. Having started my career as an actor and director in the theater, I have always appreciated the connection between the visual and performing arts. Theater requires collaboration, words, action and the visual arts to move the narrative forward. Painting is more personal and very liberating. The images that I create as visual narrative are my own and I am no longer confined to perform or interpret someone else's work. I am allowed to explore the nuances of light, color and imagery to create a visual story."

In his painting "Legends" for example, the gallery of spectators watches a modern legend of the sport (Tiger Woods), but a much greater story is revealed when we realize that all the legends of the game are present to welcome this new member to their ranks. The story comes full circle as the proud father looks down from the trees on the son he mentored.
The Purple Martin
Allyn Stewart grew up as part of an extended army family and spent her childhood traveling around the world. She has lived in Cazenovia, N.Y. since 1990 and has been an assistant professor in the Visual Communications Program at Cazenovia College since Fall 2000. Prior to this appointment she taught as an assistant professor at Marywood University in the Graphic Design Program, Scranton, Pa. In addition, she has taught as an adjunct assistant professor for Colgate University in the Art and Art History Department and at Syracuse University in the Communication Design and the Art Media Studies Programs.

Her work explores a visual relationship between landscapes, maps, geography and becoming lost. By using found ephemera, historical images of the natural world, bits and pieces of directions and maps, her collages comment on what we see as we travel.

Stewart's artist statement: "The collages included in this exhibition describe a narrative of geography and the possibilities of what we see in a landscape. Intrinsic to the work is a sense of the past, of mapping and finding one's way. I have always been interested in the idea of becoming lost – and what we see when we do not recognize a particular location."
Sarah Stonefoot received a BFA from the University of Buffalo and an MFA from Illinois State University. She joined the Cazenovia faculty in 2013, having spent the previous five years teaching at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Stonefoot's photographs begin as sculptural constructions that are photographed with a large format view camera, producing a combination of film and digital processes. Her work has been shown throughout the Midwest and New England, including exhibits at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee and the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh.

Stonefoot's Artist Statement: "An unbounded interior, the home is a space rich in memory. Hidden amongst the wallpaper patterns and the furniture are the stories. They emerge with a touch or a smell; the rough texture of a pillow, the warm scent of tea. By introducing insects into the home, I'm creating a collision of two worlds. Thousands of dead ladybugs and crickets each placed meticulously; cover the walls and objects in my home. The insects obtain a poetic vitality through their relationship to the home – one that forces us to question how we relate to the natural world and of what we imagine it to be capable."
Standing on the Divide (2013)
Acrylic on Muslin
40" x 20"
Kayla Cady Vaughn is an internationally recognized painter, installation artist and Studio Art Instructor. She studied Fine Art at Cazenovia College and earned her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 2005. In 2011 she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Studies from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She has participated in various solo and group exhibitions throughout the Northeast and Canada. In 2010 and 2011 her video works received prizes at the IAC Video Collage events in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Utica, New York with her husband and fellow artist Jonathan M. Vaughn.

In her Artist Statement, Vaughn shares, "Much of my work is mixed media, combining elements of painting sculpture, design and time-based media. I often use paint to depict locations that I have physically touched and experienced. My goal is not to re-create a place, but to give the viewer a sense of what it was like to be part of the environment, to feel and experience an ephemeral moment in time. I work on un-primed, un-stretched canvas laid out directly on my studio floor. This allows me to utilize the capillary properties of water as painting tool and gives the works a more direct, raw and natural appearance."
Rivers Detail
Kim Waale, professor of art and director of the Studio Art Program, has taught art at Cazenovia College since 1988. She is an accomplished artist with many national and international exhibitions over the past two decades. Waale has also written and been featured in books and articles.

About her artwork, Waale states, "I simultaneously reference forms and patterns from the natural world—including human biology—with references from art. In this new work I see rivers, the human circulatory system and also, Brancusi's Endless Column and Eva Hesse's Right After and other "formless pieces." In order for my work to engage me and sustain my enthusiasm, there must be layers of internal conversation. I am trying to assemble an equation that examines both the links and gaps between the human impulse to make art and our presence on the planet and in our solar system and beyond."
Anita Welych is a Syracuse-born artist of Colombian heritage who teaches art at Cazenovia College. Welych creates narratives exploring aspects of everyday life and the natural world. She studied painting and natural sciences at Cornell University, and studied in London. After obtaining her BFA, she received a Fulbright Grant to continue her studies in painting and lithography at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia. She completed an MFA in painting at Syracuse University and was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Grant to Colombia in 1995. Welych has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.

Welych was a co-founder and co-director of the Syracuse alternative gallery Altered Space from 1990-1996. Exhibits focused on social or political themes, such as women and health, consumerism, mental health issues and hate crimes. Altered Space made a commitment to empowering the artist in everyone. She currently serves on the board of ArtRage Gallery, committed to art that inspires social change.

Her work combines painting, drawing and nontraditional materials in paintings, artist's books, collages and installations. In her artist statement, Welych shares that "many people since 1914 (the year the last passenger pigeon died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo) have felt great sorrow at the loss of species such as the passenger pigeon, the Carolina parakeet, or (possibly) the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. The ever-increasing list of endangered species threatens to exacerbate our human-caused contemporary mass extinction, or the Sixth Wave of mass extinction events. In this ongoing body of work, I investigate the nature of loss and the loss of nature."