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Fredonia art gallery to host multifaceted exhibition of student works
Friday, November 21, 2014

A variety of works created by five graduating fine arts students at Fredonia will be on display when the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery hosts the exhibition, “Collectively Independent,” from Dec. 5 to 11.

The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gallery, which is located on the first floor of Rockefeller Arts Center on campus.

The show is described as a “multifaceted exhibition” that features artworks by a graphic designer, a painter, an animator/illustrator, a ceramic artist and a sculptor.

Students selected the title “Collectively Independent” to represent the “separate artistic ideas that are connected through creative relationships,” according to Jessica Piskor, one of the artists.

As a graphic designer, Piskor uses her posters to express her belief in “the divine creation of the human body and desire to fulfill the perfect plan of God.” She said she uses hand lettering, illustrations and watercolors to reveal her “motivation and driving force in life.” Piskor is a Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate in Graphic Design.

The other participating artists are:

• Lilyanna Landon, who addresses stressful life experiences, specifically her sister’s battle with brain cancer and her own first pregnancy, in an acrylic painting series titled “A Natural Consolation.” She is a Bachelor of Arts degree candidate in Visual Arts and New Media.

• Sam Anderson, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Animation/Illustration student, who will present a short animated film in which she uses a “dark, atmospheric beauty” to present a narrative. In describing her work, Anderson said that while there is a “dark and dangerous feeling,” the imagery also has “an alluring quality that draws the viewer to the piece. The film is paired with an eerie tune to further amplify deadliness that the enchanting figures pose.”

• Catherine Walsh, who applies two-dimensional lines on her functional pottery to enhance or alter the perception of wheel-thrown, three-dimensional forms. She uses black and white line work to create mesmerizing designs, which she hopes will impact the viewer’s perception of shape. Walsh is a Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate with a concentration in Ceramics.

• Emily Breedlove, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Sculpture student, who uses large abstract and fluid pieces to explore and bring awareness to a material’s “ephemeral qualities” through the use of repetition and light. The pieces featured in the exhibition will examine the relationship between tranquility and chaos.

The reception and the exhibition are both free and open to the public. “Collectively Independent” will be on display through Dec. 11.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. from Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to arrange a group tour of the exhibition, contact Gallery Director Barbara Räcker at or (716) 673-4897.

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