Sara Washbush Union Cup-Parting Glass Series (2005), sterling silver, bronze, gold leaf - Photo Credit: Sara Washbush

Hartwick’s Rozene Curates “Investigating the Vessel” Exhibit

September 5, 2013

From September 12 - October 18, 2013, "Investigating the Vessel: An Exhibition of Contemporary Craft" will be on display in the Foreman Gallery of the Anderson Center for the Arts at Hartwick College. 

Within the exhibit, which is free and open to the public, 6 artists will address the idea of the vessel as a conceptual form with a focus on fine craftsmanship in the making of objects of various mediums that reference utilitarian function, but are not bound to being functional.

Artists with works on display in this exhibit include: J. Penney Burton (fiber arts, Columbia, Missouri), Autumn Cipala (ceramics, Rockland, Maine), Sara Washbush (metalsmith, Ottawa, Ontario), John Oles (ceramics, New Orleans, Louisiana), Dorie Millerson (fiber artist, Toronto, Ontario) and David Naito (glass artist, Brooklyn, New York). 

An opening reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, with gallery talks scheduled to take place at 4:45 p.m. during the reception. These talks will be delivered by artists Washbush, Burton and Naito.

As part of the exhibit, Burton will be arriving in advance of its opening to install her work Flax into Gold with the help of Hartwick students. The installation is comprised of over 400 vessel-shaped fiber pods. Additionally as part of the exhibit, Naito will be giving a glass blowing demonstration in the Anderson Center for the Arts on Friday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m., and from October 23 - 24, Oles and Tyler Gulden will be giving a two day workshop on ceramics, pottery, and other art forms, with a formal lecture planned for Wednesday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m. in room 138 of the Anderson Center for the Arts.

Stephanie Rozene, assistant professor of art at Hartwick College, has curated the exhibit and looks forward to the many opportunities it will present for those who view it - especially students.

"This exhibition is meant to involve student participation," shared Rozene. "The exhibit is also meant to provide viewers with the opportunity to explore the idea of the vessel as a conceptual vehicle, the idea of fine craftsmanship and its relationship to the object, and to show examples of 3-demensional work that speak about concept and craftsmanship in a powerful yet subtle way in an attempt to broaden horizons."

Support for this exhibition has been provided in full through funding granted by the Foreman Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts at Hartwick College.

For additional information, contact Rozene at 607-431-4833 or at

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