2015 Selected Art Faculty Exhibition
New works by John Galt, Doretta Miller, Lauren Sandler, and Peter Stake
November 5–December 13, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, November 5, 5:30–7 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, November 11, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
(Gallery closed over Thanksgiving holiday)
All events free and open to the public.
Excerpts from Artist Statements:
John Galt’s work combines interest in the human figure, sensitivity to form and movement, and a passion for iron and bronze casting. Galt received his master's in fine art from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988; following that, he worked in commercial foundries, and since 1990 he has operated his own casting business in western Massachusetts. Galt has been teaching sculpture at Skidmore since 1990, and he is actively involved in foundry events such as iron pours both on and off campus. Galt’s work has been exhibited regionally and in Europe, and he has participated in symposia on iron casting in Latvia and the United Kingdom.
Using miniature toys as actors and her own garden as stage, Doretta Miller created enigmatic scenarios on which to base her new series, Garden Stories. These paintings combine a longstanding interest in museum dioramas with preoccupations about current events, especially environmental and geopolitical tensions.
Miller earned an MFA from Northern Illinois University and has been teaching at Skidmore College since 1982. In 1996 she was a visiting professor at Oufu University in the People’s Republic of China, and she also curated two exhibitions on contemporary painting in China, one for the Tang Museum and another for the First Street Gallery in New York City. She has exhibited her painting extensively throughout the region and is represented by the First Street Gallery in New York.
Lauren Sandler’s recent ceramic works are recreations of common household objects such as hairbrushes, soap dishes, spoons, and cabinets—in her words, "mundane assemblages that reveal the unique significance of our lives." Though life-sized and realistic in form, the pieces have lustrous, subtly glazed surfaces and an obvious lack of utility; they occupy an ambiguous realm between the literal and the metaphoric.
Sandler received her MFA in ceramics from Pennsylvania State University. She has been an adjunct assistant professor at Skidmore since 2013; she is also a visiting teacher at Saratoga Bridges. She has shown her work extensively, most recently at Salem Art Works in Salem, N.Y., and in Two by Two: Small-Scale Ceramic Sculpture Biennial at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash., where she received a juror’s award.
Peter Stake’s abstract paintings arise from his interest in relationships of color, light, and space. He received his MFA in painting and drawing from California State University at Long Beach in 1982. He has been teaching at Skidmore since 1986 and has also served as director of the Schick Art Gallery and as chair of the Art Department. He has shown his work in individual and group exhibitions at numerous regional venues, as well as in California.
Stake writes, ‘My work is concerned with balance, tension, equilibrium, mystery, and with polarities such as geometry and gesture, flatness and space, darkness and light, openings and obstructions. … The excitement I find in relationships within the work corresponds to a vitality I find in my experience of the world.’
All four artists will participate in a gallery talk on Wednesday, November 11 at 4:30
p.m. Schick Art Gallery events are free and the public is welcome. The gallery is
located in the Saisselin Art Building; a map of the Skidmore campus may be found on
the Skidmore College website.