A Legacy of Teaching and Learning
On view in Cohen West, curated by David Tanner
This exhibition presents a unique twist on a faculty showcase, featuring current faculty work in a variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, and digital media, which will be juxtaposed with the work of both their mentors and a student whom the faculty member mentored themselves.
Faculty in the show include Matthew Garrison, a digital video artist who teaches also teaches design and who received his M.F.A. from Hunter College and his B.F.A. from Rhode Island Institute of Design; Brian Glaze, a photography and sculpture professor who received his M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University and his B.F.A. from Kent State University; Richard Hamwi, who teaches watercolor, design and drawing, and received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and his M.F.A from University of California, Santa Barbara; and Kristen T. Woodward, who teaches painting and printmaking and who received her M.F.A. from Clemson University and her B.F.A. from Syracuse University.
Woodward chose painter Carol Fastuca to include as a former mentor; Fastuca was Woodward’s former instructor at Syracuse, and she studied printmaking at Penn State University and painting at Queens College, New York city. Garrison asked mentor Joel Carreiro, who’s been a professor of art at Hunter College since 1986; Carreiro has shown widely in group and solo shows, curated and written extensively, and has been a visiting artist-in-residence for multiple venues, include Haystacks.
Former Albright students represented in the exhibition include painter Alexis Kauffman, who elevates the mundane in her acrylic paintings, and Shannon Nease ‘18, whose encaustic painting and sculpture won student awards in the annual juried student shows. Digital media artist Brian P. Cavanaugh ‘08 was selected by Garrison for inclusion and will show three works that exemplify his creative practice, which focuses on digital technology, social media, and the analysis of online communication. Finally, Konstance Folk ’16, a current staff member of the Berks Arts Council who studied art and arts administration while in school, will show drawings, paintings and sculpture.
Treasures from the Freedman Gallery Permanent Collection
On view in Cohen East, curated by David Tanner
With more than 40 years of collecting, exhibiting, researching and interpreting contemporary art, the Freedman Gallery at Albright College has a fine legacy of exhibitions and published catalogues that chronicle its history and multiple aesthetic, social, political, and historical movements and concerns that have been addressed by contemporary American artists over the past six decades. This presentation of some of the Freedman’s most interesting and important works in the permanent collection will illustrate its commitment to preserving and presenting these issues and fostering the work of important and emerging contemporary American artists.
This exhibition includes works by James Rosenquist, Amanda Mathis, Rufino Tamayo, Harry Koursarous, Jack Eaker, Mark Tobey, Leonid Sokov, Brett Weston, David Politzer, and many others. Including sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, digital video, and fiber, these works function as teaching tools, highlighting the range of media, artists, subject matter and artistic movements. The show also features aspects of collection work, like donors, research, curation, and documentation through published catalogs and lectures. This includes a mini-exhibition of the portfolio of politically charged prints by Clinton Fein, which was curated by students and show at Albright in the fall of 2017. Many of the issues examined in Fein’s work twenty years ago still resonate today as they touch on race, immigration, gun control, mass consumption, commercialization, and the sexualization of children, among other topics.
Altogether, this show seeks to illustrate and confirm the Freedman Gallery’s commitment to its mission as an educational institution and major community resource for artistic and cultural creativity.
cover image is Harry Kousarous, Paphos, 1979-80, Paper/Lithograph, 28″ x 35″
Gift of Alex and Carole Rosenberg, 1984