Monthly Archives: September 2016

Philadelphia Trip Itinerary!

The count down begins for our trip to Philly.  We will be leaving Alfred at 5:15 am sharp!  Please meet us in the parking lot behind the McLane Center Gym at 5 am.  Remember to bring a government issued photo ID and your Alfred University ID.

Itinerary for Alfred Foundations Trip to Philadelphia

September 24 – 25, 2016

Saturday September 24th

5:00 am          Buses arrive at Mc Lane Center parking lot Alfred University.

Students and Faculty load onto buses

5:15 am          Departure from Alfred

11:00 am       Arrive in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: 2600

Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Buses Depart.

11:30–3 pm   Students divide into self-guided tour groups or join Professor Jones

and her Buddhist Arts of Asia class or Professor Ferguson to see work

of Marcel Duchamp.

3:00 pm         Meet in the main lobby of the Philadelphia Museum. Whole group

walks to hostels

4:00 pm         Depart from hostels. Walk to Clay Studio to see Prof. Chase Folsom’s

exhibition and Municipal Pier 1 to see Ann Hamilton: Habitus North Columbus Blvd.

6:00 pm         Whole group walks to Rittenhouse square district for dinner.

Sunday September 25th

 9:30 am          Whole group meets in front of Philadelphia house hostel. Tour of

Phildelphia Mural projects.

12:00 pm       Fabric Workshop 1214 Arch Street.

1:00 pm         Meet in the lobby of Barnes Foundation.

4:30 pm         Buses arrive at the Barnes Foundation: 2025 Benjamin Franklin

Parkway. Faculty and Students load.

4:45 pm         Depart from Philadelphia

10:00 pm       Arrive back in Alfred

Philadelphia: a recap

We going to Philly! Here are some links to places we will be going, things to see and do:

Barnes Foundation

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Fringe Festival

And remember: We are meeting in the McLane fitness center parking lot (adjacent to tennis courts) at 5AM on Saturday. We will be leaving promptly at 5:15. I recommend getting there a little earlier. Dress appropriately (here is the weather) and pack light as you will be carrying your bag around you for a bit.


(this is us, Saturday)

Art 21 videos

Here are a couple of links to the Art 21 videos we watched today in class. Again, we encourage you to watch all of them. ALL. They are so good.

This is the original Series Art 21These are broken up into theme – like “place” and “humor” and “fantasy” – so you can see how different artists in different disciplines speak to the same ideas.

This is their other series New York Close Up, which features younger artists living and working in the New York City area.


Diana Al-Hadid in her studio:026-AlHadid-StudioBoom-EpisodeSC-019-25-710x399.jpg

Philly Reminder!

Remember to let Angie, Sara or me know if you CANNOT go on our trip to Philly.

A reminder that it will be an overnight trip, leaving early Saturday Sept. 24th and leaving in the afternoon on Sunday the 25th.  The total cost is $100.00, which will be billed to your account.  You have til the end of tomorrow to let one of us know.


(Barnes Foundation)

Poetry interlude…

Ro Lohin, one of your Experimental drawing instructors, wanted to share this Mary Oliver poem with you all:

The Journey
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.


Tomorrow morning we will meet at 9 am in Nevins Theater which is located on the second floor of the Powell Campus Center.  Unlike the beginning and end of the week when you will be in your A and B Groups Wednesday class is a time for us to get together as one team.  This part of Foundations concentrates on the question of ” how to be an artist?” your faculty will present you with many different points of view in answer to that big question.  We will host visiting artists, watch films, present discussion topics that will illustrate the wide spectrum of artists and art practices possible.


Observed and Imagined: Works on Paper by Mario Prisco


September 16-October 16

The Cohen Gallery will present recent figure drawings and fantastical watercolors by Alfred University Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus Mario Prisco from September 16 to October 16. For Prisco, observational drawing using the human form is a touchstone to his larger practice. His figurative work has always influenced essential decisions in his painting–the selection of objects, the relationship between parts, and the handling of edges. His series of watercolors displays fanciful and recurring motifs in imagined landscapes of bold colors and multiple perspectives. The distance he travels from the real to the surreal may seem extreme, but the artist would argue that the painterly skills and compositional connections between the two genres are implicit.

Mario Prisco was born in Brooklyn in 1930. After attending the High School for Music and Art in Manhattan, he went on to receive his BFA and MFA at Syracuse University. His teaching career included positions at Moore College of Art, where he established the Fine Arts Division, and the School of Art and Design at Alfred. Prisco has had a long and successful career at Alfred. Among his many accomplishments were the creation of the design program and the establishment of sophomore drawing. He continues to attend the Thursday night open studio on campus.

Onderdonx Archive!

Join us for a Q+A with Onderdonx at the opening this Monday, August 29th, from 5-7pm in the main lobby of Scholes Library. 
Artist, curator and minimalism archaeologist, Andy Onderdonx brings his eclectic “Onderdonx Archive” to the Scholes library from August 29th to October 1st.

This exhibition opens up the main artery of 1960s and 1970s minimalism through a beautiful display of rare artist books, show catalogues, artist prints, posters and printed ephemera. The collection highlights uncelebrated artists from a range of disciplines such as Deborah Remington, Georg Karl Pfahler, Lygia Clark, Larry Zox, Beverly Pepper, Sven Lukin, Anne Truitt, William Pye, Bridget Riley, Friedrich Grasel as well as revered artists from Ken Price to Frank Stella. 

Second Week of Classes

As promised here is the information regarding where you need to be on monday morning.

A Group:  Meeting in the Harder Hall studio with Professors To and Ethridge for Studio : MAKE.  You will need to bring your drawing boards and charcoal.

B Group:  Meeting in the Harder Hall studio with Professors Livingston and Lohin for Drawing: Experimental. You will need your drawing boards and your art kits ( make sure to have all of your drawing materials available)

Fall 2016 A Group Poster

Fall 2016 B Group Poster