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Summer Studio Art offerings continue

July 12, 2013

Skidmore’s Summer Studio Art Program will draw on the richness of the College’s summer calendar to present “Talking Images,” a discussion by artists and writers, at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in the Tang Teaching Museum. Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang, will moderate the panel, which will include discussion of words as image and words that make images. A reception is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in the Tang lobby, just prior to the panel discussion. Admission is free and open to the public.

Participants are the following:

--Rick Moody, short story writer and novelist whose works include The Ice Storm (1994) and On Celestial Music—And Other Adventures in Listening (2012).

--April Bernard, poet and author whose most recent work is the novel Miss Fuller (2012). She is an associate professor of English and director of Skidmore’s Creative Writing Program.

--James Esber, Brooklyn-based artist widely known for his 2010 exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, Conn.) titled Your Name Here. The exhibition was a series of 157 red and black ink portraits of Osama bin Laden, based on a template drawing by Esber and completed by other artists.

--Jonathan Santlofer, artist whose work has been widely reviewed and author of five novels including The Death Artist.

Natural Attraction, Katie DeGroot
Natural Attraction, Katie DeGroot, watercolor on
60 in. x 48 in. DeGroot's work will be
included in the 2013 Summer Art Faculty Exhibition.

Artist Katie DeGroot, director of the Summer Studio Art Program at Skidmore, explained the inspiration for the event. “This summer Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery has two exhibitions that feature words as part of the image: Corita Kent and TRANSFORMer. Skidmore also has the New York State Summer Writers Institute on campus in July. A panel with arts and writers talking about words and images seemed like a great idea!”

She continued, “Artists have to consciously avoid the cliché images that come up when we look at a vase, for example, and train ourselves to observe what really is in front of us, or use our own version of a reality, not the standardized one. I am curious what writers think about in choosing words and whether they think about the image a word can bring up in the brain.”

Other events in the Summer Studio Art Program include an art opening and several talks. Details follow.

Wednesday, July 24 — Vicky Palermo, 12:30 p.m. in Saisselin Art Building, Room 308.  

A visiting assistant professor of studio art at Skidmore, where she earned a B.S. degree in art, Palermo teaches foundation design and sculpture. She has exhibited both two-and three-dimensional work in gallery and art venues across the country. She holds an M.F.A. degree from Bennington College.

Thursday, July 25 — Opening Reception, 2013 Summer Art Faculty Exhibition, Schick Art Gallery, 5–7 p.m.

The exhibition, scheduled July 18 to Aug. 2, features an engaging mix of materials and styles by artists participating in the Summer Studio Art Program. The Schick Art Gallery is located in the Saisselin Art Building. Admission to the reception is free and open to the public.

Monday, July 29 — Cyndy Barbone, 12:30 p.m. in Saisselin Art Building, Room 308.

An award-winning fiber artist, Barbone says, “I have continually used the duality of the hidden and exposed to explore a physical and emotion sense of place.  My sources are derived from immediate surroundings, travels and my own body as self-portrait.” She earned a B.S. degree at the SUNY College at Oneonta and pursued additional study at the Penland School of Crafts before earning an M.F.A. degree at the California College of the Arts.

Wednesday, July 31 — Adam Daily, 12:30 p.m. in Saisselin Art Building, Room 308.

Daily’s work spans a variety of media and techniques, including painting, photography, and collage. He often combines digital and handmade processes to create new and unique work. In 2011 he won a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Arts for a body of work combining photography, painting, and collage. His most recent exhibition was at the Governors Island Art Fair on Governors Island. Daily earned a B.S. degree at Skidmore and an M.F.A. degree at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

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