Category Archives: FALL 2011

Good Work! Good Semester!

Thanks to Charles Golonkiewicz for the photo.

A big congratulations to all for a successful first semester at Alfred! Take a few moments and enjoy some of the work created by your colleages. Go to our flickr page for a look at some of the drawings and sculptures submitted by your teachers and then take a moment to look through each others blogs linked to the Studio Research site.  Have a fun break and see you next year!

PS>>>> Feel free to put your name on your work in the comments section on flickr and to download high resolution versions for your portfolio!


IART Exhibition!

The IART Foundations student exhibition opens Wednesday, 4:30 – 6pm.
Painting and Drawing from class: “Seeing, Perception and Interpretation”
Performance and Video from class: “Body, Time and Movement”

Performances ONLY at the opening.
Exhibition continues Thurs+Friday, noon – 5pm.


Review Info!

Thanks to Alison Derwallis for the image.

It’s that time of year… you are finishing up your coursework and soon you will be experiencing your first Foundation review! So what can you expect?

At the end of each semester you will meet individually with a team of faculty to for a personal review of the work you created this semester. We will look at your progress, discuss your artwork, applaud your successes and give you an idea of what you can do to improve next semester.

The 15 minute reviews will be held from December 5 – 9th and will take place in the Harder Hall studio. You should arrive 20 minutes before your appointed time with the required items listed below. Please take time to clean up drawings or repair any work that has been damaged. In instances where you will be bringing in photo documentation make sure they are printed in 8 1/2 x 11 color format. Photographs on cell phones are not permitted.
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As we near the end of your first semester!

Here is a little update as you all head into the next 2 weeks.

1. We will not be having class as usual on Wednesday.  You will have Wednesday as a catch up day to get work done for final projects, study or collect work that has been requested for final review.

2. Final review schedule will be posted in both the Harder Hall and Cohen Studios on Wednesday this week.  Make sure to check this schedule for your name, time of review and location of  your review.  All reviews will be happening in the Harder Hall from Monday Dec. 5th to Friday Dec.  9th.

3. All work and materials belonging to students must be cleared out of the Cohen and Harder Hall studios by noon on Saturday Dec. 3rd. (* the exception are cardboard sculptures belonging to Angie’s class.  These can remain in the studio until after your final reviews at which point they must be moved from the studio.)  All remaining work and materials will be disposed.

4. Prof. Ted Morgan will be putting out the large drawings and graded collages from his classes out in the Harder Hall Studio on Wednesday Nov. 30th for pick up.

Have a great week!

Malcolm Cochran @ STUDIO Visits!

Please join us for the final STUDIO Visits of the semester on Wednesday at 9 am in Nevins. This week we are hosting Ohio-based sculptor Malcolm Cochran. He’ll share his insightful delightful installations and public works that call attention to the details of the places and objects around us.

Malcolm Cochran teaches sculpture in the Art Department at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI and an MA and BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  For more about his work, visit

Art Therapy News

A couple of weeks ago senior art / art therapy student Victor Franco visited our Wednesday class to share information about studying Art Therapy at Alfred University. Below are some of his points and places to get more information. If you need a copy of his handout click Art Therapy AU info sheet[1] to download.

*Art Therapy is the marriage of art and psychology. Art is used in counseling settings (social work, nursing homes, hospitals) to help patients cope with/uncover traumatic events and sources in their lives. A therapist may see the art creating process itself as healing, may see the finished art product(s) as tools for diagnosis and treatment, or both.

*Alfred offers “pre-art therapy advising” (preparation for future interest) because an art therapy
degree requires a graduate school education and Alfred does not have a graduate (masters) level art therapy program.

*”Pre-art therapy advisors” are Robin Howard in the School of Art and Design, Gordon Atlas in the Psychology Department (reachable at 607.871.2213), and Corrie Burdick in Education (reachable at 607.871.2810). Fine Art and Psychology student Victor D. Franco may be reached with questions at

*In order to be accepted into graduate school for art therapy, a school typically requires 18 credits of art (diversity in studio subjects: clay, drawing, painting), and 12 credits of psychology (Intro. to Psychology, Cognitive or Social Development, Abnormal Psychology, and sometimes Theories of Personality).

*An “Intro. to Art Therapy” class is being offered by the Psychology Department this spring 2012 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:20 to 4:35 pm. It is, as of now, offered every other spring.

*For more information, please see:

Michelle Grabner @ STUDIO Visits!

Rocket Gallery, Michelle Grabner

This week’s guest at STUDIO Visits is Chicago artist, writer, curator, Michelle Grabner. When she writes about her own work, here’s what she says,

“My work consists of identifying, indexing, and transposing patterns. I also build elemental compositions that are foundational to the language of abstraction. These works take the form of painting, drawings, paper weavings, photographs, and stitchery. I am most concerned with enacting rudimental organization, articulating notations and embracing repetition. I believe that these dedicated activities are progressive and principled.”

Since 1999 she has co-directed The Suburban, an artist project space in Oak Park, Illinois. Since 1999 The Suburban has hosted over 150 artist projects.  (

Join us at 9am this Wednesday in Nevins to learn more about Michelle Grabner!


Guide/Vodič, was shown at the Kontekst Galerija in Belgrade, Serbia. A project of next question + Kim Beck. To learn more go to


This week the Bergren Forum will present M. Michelle Illuminato. Her talk is titled, ART+WORK: From Tour Guides to The Alfred Line. She will talk about investigation, exchange and risk-taking in the process of making art.  She’ll share her recent interactive public works and works from art freshmen who learn how to practice these methods in the Studio Research course, an experience that has simply become known as ‘the Alfred Line’.

12:10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Nevins Theatre, Powell Campus Center. Bring a brown bag lunch; coffee and tea are complimentary.


This just in from Kathy and Lise….check to download a copy of the power point they showed in class. Content and images are taken from  “Perspective: A Point of View”, by Jane H. James, 1989, Prentice Hall.  Perspective

Like to paint murals?

Corrie Burdick’s Special Education class is working on a mural project with the Dementia Unit at St James Hospital in Hornell (part of McCauley Manor).  She’s looking for artists who are interested in joining the action on Saturdays or Sundays. Contact Corrie at

Study Abroad?

If you are interested in study abroad programs…the Office of International Programs will host a Study Abroad Fair on Friday, October 21, 11 am to 2 pm in the Knight Club. See what great options are out there!