"Complex Ecologies" Artists' Reception

October 19, 2018 5:00 PM7:00 PM
Aquinas Hall Art Gallery (First Floor)

Mount Saint Mary College’s CMA Gallery will kick off its newest exhibition, “Complex Ecologies,” with an artists’ reception on October 19 from 5 to 7 pm.

The reception and gallery are free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the first floor of Aquinas Hall. After the opening reception, the gallery will be open Monday through Friday during normal business hours, or by appointment. Email for more info.


The new exhibition will feature the works of local artists Jackie Skrzynski and Marieken Cochius. From flowers and plants to life at a cellular level, the works will share an ecological theme.


Throughout her career, Skrzynski’s art has challenged physical and psychological boundaries between humans and nature. In this most recent work, she collapses the perception of interior and exterior space. The folds, curves and branches in her imagery suggest similarities between anatomical and botanical forms. Her references pull from her garden or walking through the woods near her home. These places provide inspiration and a sense of connection with a larger natural system. Observing growth, decay and rebirth, she intends to convey her perception of nature as equally beautiful and unsettling.


Cochius was born and raised in the Netherlands, and now lives and works in the Hudson Valley. Her work encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking, and the upcoming CMA Gallery exhibit will contain her work a variety of mediums. Her unique take on nature and her playful treatment of ecology examines life on all levels of existence.


Cochius’ work has been shown in places ranging from New York City and Los Angeles to Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands. Her work is in numerous private collections and some public collections in the US and Europe.


The mission of the CMA Gallery is to exhibit professional art and media picked by Mount faculty from among the rising population of artists who live and work in Newburgh, Beacon, and throughout Orange County. The gallery space features focused lighting to highlight the artwork on the first floor of the college’s main academic building.


The gallery was made possible through the committee efforts of Christopher Neyen, assistant professor of Art and Graphic Design; Dean Goldberg, associate professor of Communication Arts and Film Studies’ Maryann Pilon, executive director of Facilities and liaison for Strategic Space Planning; and Barbara Petruzzelli, director of the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center at the college.


Videos by Dean Goldberg and Mount Media.