Annual Art Alumna, Student Exhibits on Display

March 06 2017
Category: The Arts

Student and alumni artwork on display at Elmira College

This month, the Gannett-Tripp Library is featuring the artwork of current art and psychology double major Karissa Andersen '18, as well as alumna Amanda Baroody '02. This exhibit, open regular library hours throughout the month of March, is part of Elmira College’s Arts Alive events, an annual celebration of the arts with a variety of events taking place throughout Term II and III. 

Arts Alive juror, artist Wendy Taylor, selected Karissa Andersen’s ceramic work.

"I was first struck by the aesthetic beauty of Karissa Andersen's ceramic vessels, the attention to surface and the color. The presence of the artist's hand reassured the viewer these organic forms are purposeful assertions of the artist's vision,” explained Taylor. 

“I was then further impressed by the clarity of thinking expressed in the artist's writing.  To explore the complex ideas that surround the psychology and cultural expectations of the body through ceramics seems both courageous and poetic. These ceramic pieces are objects of excellent craft and depth of conceptual purpose."

Karissa wrote in her proposal, "The series of ceramic vessels that I have put together are a result of my experimentation with clay as a material as well as with texture. I am also largely influenced by the human body and its many shapes and forms."  Follow this link to read the entirety of Karissa's proposal.

Alumna Amanda Baroody’s artwork and statement are also on display in the library lobby. 

"Since graduating EC in ’02, my art has changed dramatically and yet stayed the same. Toward the end of my college career I began to explore more abstract, process driven art. I did this through the melting and manipulation of crayons on canvas, which dried quickly, holding their shape and containing their individual colors,” said Baroody.

“More recently I have used fabric and glue, layering them together to create pieces that have movement and depth, drawing one’s eye through and around the piece. 

Click here for a full list of Arts Alive events.