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Student Curators Create Pro Shows

Student Curators Create Pro Shows

: From left to right: Makena Gadient (AR ‘16), Michele Domanowski (AR ‘16), Alicia Hatfield (AR ‘14), Derrick Lee (AR ‘17), Sierr Kohler (AR ‘14), Diego Suarez (AR ‘16), Ivana Kartzov (AR ‘16), Kendra Boblett (AR ‘16). .

Student Curators Create Pro Shows

: From left to right: Makena Gadient (AR ‘16), Michele Domanowski (AR ‘16), Alicia Hatfield (AR ‘14), Derrick Lee (AR ‘17), Sierr Kohler (AR ‘14), Diego Suarez (AR ‘16), Ivana Kartzov (AR ‘16), Kendra Boblett (AR ‘16). .

Student Curators Create Pro Shows

: "Beware of the Alligator" by Lara Ann Sabih (AR '16) .

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Art schools should not often have big, empty walls; nor could they if they wanted to: where there are visual art students, walls and floor space are all prized territory for display. Cornish is home to many such enterprising, innovating students, whose territory claims and new work are wrangled in part by the Student Curators group.

The Student Curators are a SIG (Student Interest Group), funded by the Cornish Student Leadership Council and headed up by Makena Gadient (AR ’16) and Diego Suarez (AR ’16). The group has evolved from its 2009 function as BUFU (By Us For You), a side-job in the Art Department that put up plywood for in-between-class graffiti in a hallway closet, to its current organized and professional group that carefully plans and exhibits cohesive shows in several campus spaces. The Student Curators turn to installation experts Cable Griffith (Gallery and Exhibitions Curator), Sam Wildman (Art Department Senior Studio Supervisor) and Robert Campbell (Art Department Digital Media Area Head) when they need faculty or staff advice. 

Throughout the year, the group works tirelessly to put together both small and large shows, mostly in the Centennial Lab building. The curators’ latest project, Open Call, invites multi-disciplinary visual artists of all majors to submit work, of which one piece is guaranteed to be shown.  This large show helps students overcome any fears of rejection, and advances the curators’ mission to create opportunities to show work in a professional environment. Group shows also give student artists the chance to collaborate on projects for display, and use exhibited work for class critique. Open Call is housed in the L-Space, where you can view it Tuesday through Friday,  noon to 4 p.m. until December 6.

The Student Curators also review applications for solo shows, which they display anew every two weeks in the Closet Gallery. The solos are a chance for students to get a professional show on their resume; for many, it is their first. Students can propose a body of work for exhibit in the Closet Gallery using the curators’ online proposal form.  Before winter break, be sure to stop by the Closet Gallery to see solo shows for seniors Matthew Matsuda and Alicia Hatfield. The curators meet every Friday at 4:30 in the L Space, interested students are welcome.


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