Monthly Archives: October 2014


urlDate: Saturday, November 1st
Time: Noon –
Location: The National Casting Center, Sugar hill road, Alfred, NY
Cost to Attend Event: Free

The Sculpture and Dimensional Studies Department are pleased to support the 8th Annual Meltdown Cast Iron art invitational to be hosted at the National Casting Center at Alfred University on Saturday November 1st.

The event will be open to the public from Noon onwards and will feature a number of visiting artists and Universities, all of whom will be having work cast in iron. We will be running 2 furnaces throughout the course of the day and plan on pouring several thousand pounds of iron.

In addition to the main event there will also be a silent art auction supported by the Alfred Foundry Guild, proceeds from which will be going to support various charitable organizations.

Kira O’Reilly !

SWITZERLAND ARTS ABRAMOVIC (3)Visiting Artist Lecture: Kira O’ Reilly
Date: 6 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014
Location: Room 106 C, Binns-Merrill Hall

Kira O’Reilly is a UK-based artist. Her practice is both willfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, and stems from a visual art background. In her work she employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing to consider speculative reconfigurations around the body.

Since graduating from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 1998, her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, China and Mexico. She has presented at conferences and symposia on live art and science, as well as art and technology interfaces.

Cosponsored by: The Division of Sculpture/Glass Area, SOAD, College of Ceramics, and Interdisciplinary Art, CLAS with support from the Dance Program in Performing Arts, CLAS, Alfred University and Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn.

Art Blogs


As an artist it is important to constantly be looking at art- going to exhibitions, flipping through art books and periodicals at the library, scanning artists’ tumblr pages…  When we look at art we understand trends, find stories, explore new marks and colors, feel inspired, and collect ideas about our own work.  Below are some links contemporary art blogs that I like to explore every week:

Contemporary Art Daily

Daily Serving


Bad at Sports


Art 21 blog


The more you look the more you know!









Study Abroad Fair
Date: Friday, October 24
Time: 11-2
Place: Knight Club

Learn about short-term, semester, and full-year study abroad opportunities, vote for your favorite photo in the study abroad photo contest, meet students who have been abroad, meet students from our partner universities abroad, find out about post-graduate opportunities, and win a door prize!


Here is a link to the New York Close Up video series, which we sampled today.  We encourage you to explore more of the videos – see how different artists approach image-making, process and materials.  The series includes photographers, animators, sculptors, performers, painters, installation artists, and artists engaged in a political and social practice – a little something for everyone.

Below are some more works of the artists we looked at today, and links to their personal websites.  If you liked what you saw, keep looking!

Alejandro Almanza Pereda

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Bryan Zanisnik

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Louise Despont


keep-calm-and-welcome-back-37Hope you all had a nice mid-semester break. Following are some questions and answers to get things going in the right direction as we jump into B Block!

What materials will I need for my B Block art classes?

A Group:
Replenish your art kits.  Especially charcoal, erasers, scissors, x-acto knife/ utility knife + extra blades, glue gun and hot glue sticks A 2-3 inch utility paint brush and several plastic containers the size of a large quart container or a gallon bucket.

B Group:
Replenish your art kits.  Please add 2 glue sticks to the kit (the kind for gluing paper NOT the hot glue sticks for glue guns)  Make sure you have your x-acto knife/ utility knife + extra blades and a pair of scissors. For your STUDIO The Line class (meets Monday) please bring to class: a camera (basic point+shoot digital or camera w/ phone) and your laptop computer (if you have one). You will also need to bring from home your extra-warm coat, sturdy shoes or boots.

Where should I be on Wednesday? You should be in Nevins for your Wednesday morning seminar… which starts at 9am.

Where should I be on Thursday and Friday? You should report to your new B Block classes. For Foundations that means that Group A and Group B simply switch classes. See below:

A Group  M+ T DRAWO (Vadja/Gill/Deutsch) Harder                                                                    TH+F STUDIOmake (To/Woo) Harder

B Group  M+ T, STUDIO Research (Illuminato/Hunter) Cohen Bottom Floor                                        TH+F DRAWX (Lemeland/Riesing) Cohen Top Floor

Safe Travel back to Campus!  Michelle, Kat, and Angie.


Really awesome job on these.  I see we have some great human sculptures and photographers in the class! There were lots of great images to choose from.  Below are our Top 10 – these best reflect the assignment and are beautifully considered compositions!  Notice the consideration of line, color, space and light.

And check out our inspiration – Erwin Wurm’s work here


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