Cohen Commons Exhibition

cohen commons exhibition sept 2017


"Despite a sense of loss, there was an air of optimism" Cohen Commons, JLVAC

Guest Curated by PhD Candidate Ruth Skinner
September 5-29, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 16th > 7-9pm, Remarks: 7:30PM

This selection of student works and convictions, from the beginning of the Visual Arts Department to the present, will compliment the ArtLab Gallery's 50th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition.

This title excerpts a 1985 essay co-written by students Lesley Soden (Art History & Criticism) and Carolyn Vesely (Studio-Fine Art) to introduce their graduating show. Soden and Vesely continue: "The year's success was met through challenge," a sentiment echoed throughout five decades of Department experience and ephemera: "Despite much opposition and at time great doubts, you have pulled together," Duncan de Kergommeaux (1974); "It is with a feeling of great anxiety and anticipation for the future we are waiting for," Isaac Han (1987); "The students have become increasingly excited and somewhat apprehensive of what may well be their ultimate visual experience," Maurice Stubbs (1974); "This thesis is dedicated to the ducks in Harris Park behind my apartment," Shinobu Akimoto (1999).