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Hartwick's Foreman Gallery Features Alumni Art

October 1, 2009

Hartwick College’s latest alumni art show, “From the Collection: Selected Photographs” will be on display until October 17 on the mezzanine of Foreman Gallery in Anderson Center for the Arts.

The alumni show features the work of 13 artists. The projects include photographs, prints, and a collage. Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher chose the pieces in this year’s show, which is dedicated to the memory of Kia Grant ’00, who passed away suddenly earlier this year. Grant’s work is the focus of the exhibit.

“Kia’s senior project was 20 portraits of ‘students of color’ who were at Hartwick in 2000 arranged as if in conversation. It was a statement about being friends and also about being a smaller community within the Hartwick community,” Kreisher explained.

After Grant’s senior project was complete, members of the College ensured that the community aspect of her work would be preserved for future students.

Carol Detweiler, President Emeritus Rick Detweiler’s wife, purchased the entire project for Hartwick College, to be housed within the Collection of the Department of Art and Art History. For several years, the work was displayed along the curving stairs that lead down to Stack Lounge in Dewar Union,” Kreisher added.

Kreisher hopes that some of the returning alumni will recall the names of the students photographed for the project. Alumni also are also encouraged to share their memories of Grant in a book located near the exhibit. Several of the other works displayed also were senior projects.

“Of the other 12 artists in the show, you will see all kinds of photographic processes exploring a variety of themes including self-portraits and family history and dreams and pure observation,” Kreisher said.

Other alumni artists include Zulaikah Anderson ‘06, Mike Wagner ‘04, Maryann Kozlowski ‘05, Carl Roscoe ‘88, Annie Gohde ‘01, Ann Jastrab ‘93, Mary Garnish ‘85, Emily Abramovich ‘09, Amy White ‘06, Danielle Boudet ‘98, Gregg Stanger ‘96.

The work of former students provokes new ideas for current students as well.

“My photography students are getting ideas about concepts and techniques and being inspired to hear what some of the alums are doing now,” Kreisher said.

“As I chose work for the show I remembered the wonderful experiences of working with each individual when they were students and also thought about all they had accomplished in their subsequent lives.”

Foreman Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4:30 p.m. as well as through Homecoming & Alumni Weekend. For more information, contact Kreisher at kreisherk@hartwick.edu.

By Alicia Walstad

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