Mount Saint Mary College’s CMA Gallery will kick off its newest exhibition, “Explorations in Form,” with an artists’ reception on March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The reception and gallery are free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the first floor of Aquinas Hall on campus, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, N.Y. After the opening reception, the gallery will be open Monday through Friday during normal business hours, or by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
“Explorations in Form” is scheduled to run from March 1 to May 22. It will feature the works of local artists Sienna Martz and Erica Hauser.
Martz is a Hudson Valley artist based in Kingston, N.Y., who concentrates on soft sculpture installations, fiber art, and wearable design with a focus in alternative material manipulation and textile techniques. The artist notes that she strictly uses cruelty-free, vegan textiles. She has been commissioned by art museums, galleries, dance companies, musicians, and non-profit organizations.
Martz has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in New York City; Los Angeles, Calif.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Providence, RI; and Woodstock, N.Y. Among other international shows, in 2016, her work was featured in “Threads of Splendor” at The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea. And in 2013, her solo exhibition “La Crecita” appeared at Temple University Gallery in Rome, Italy.
Hauser is a painter based in Newburgh, N.Y. She holds a BFA in illustration (2002) from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Influenced by mid-century design and colors, she mixes hues that are earthy, subdued, and vibrant all at once. She references nature, slow fashion, ceramics, and typography, in thinking about how forms, patterns, and textures coexist with each other.
Her paintings have been shown nationally. In 2013 she co-founded Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, where she works with artists to install regular exhibitions, curates biannual group shows, and hosts cultural events.
Hauser has received several supporting grants, including a 2011 NYFA grant, and has attended artist residencies in New Mexico, Vermont, and upstate New York. In 2017 she was selected to participate in The Other Art Fair Brooklyn, with her work featured on Saatchi Art, followed by The Other Art Fair Bristol UK in July 2018.
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 the Hudson Valley. 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.
Erica Hauser, Artist from Dean Goldberg, director on Vimeo.
Sienna Martz from Dean Goldberg, director on Vimeo.
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