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Cornell arts grant winners exhibit work at Johnson Museum

The seventh Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) Individual Grants exhibition opens Jan. 11 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell University campus. The exhibition features the work of nine artists who were awarded CCA grants in either 1992, 1993 or 1994.

Works for this juried exhibition were selected by co-curators Warren Bunn II, curatorial assistant at the Johnson Museum of Art, and Roberto Bertoia, professor and chair of the Department of Art. The exhibition highlights the diversity of creative and performing arts projects offered by Cornell students -- now alumni -- and staff. The artists whose works are featured in the exhibition are listed below.

  • Olivia Booth, a World Wide Web site creator for Interactive Imaginations in New York City, will show a series of paintings, Dressing Room, Reservoir View #1, #2, Miniature Scene (Still from Video) and View Out Desk Window. She received a dual degree in comparative literature (B.A.) and painting (B.F.A.) in 1996.
  • Naomi Fox, a sculptor in New York City who also has done mural painting and offered classes in art to "at-risk youth," created on-site installations for the exhibition. She received a dual degree in anthropology (B.A.) and sculpture (B.F.A.) in 1995.
  • Rhea Garen, a technician in the Department of Microbiology, will exhibit photographs exploring landscape and the artist's relation to landscape. Exhibited works are Alienation; Passive Aggression; Lower Reservoir, Six Mile Creek, Ithaca, NY; and Dam Progress, Cayuga Inlet, Ithaca, NY. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1981.
  • Christopher Morgan Loy, a composer, piano instructor and assistant director of Sage Chapel Choir, will perform his composition Four Hand Dances, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. in the Johnson Museum. Pianist Michael Salmirs also will perform. Loy earned a D.M.A. in composition in 1993.
  • Joshua Owen, an M.F.A. candidate and teaching assistant at the Rhode Island School of Design, will demonstrate his belief that "art belongs in the everyday objects we live with" by exhibiting his furniture sculpture, Plain/Plane Folding Seat (2) and Tone-Knob Lamp. He received a dual degree in sculpture (1993) and visual studies (1994).
  • Lenny Price, coordinator of school programs for the Johnson Museum, will exhibit recent paintings and drawings, including Sea Turtle and Marshmallows, Slow Movers of Hialeah, Landscape, Potatoes and Horse's Tooth and Ricochet. Price earned a B.F.A. from Ithaca College (1989) and M.F.A. (1995) from Bard College/Milton Avery Graduate School of Fine Arts.
  • Karl Staven, a photographer, filmmaker and instructor in computer animation at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, will show Urban Debris, a series of 10 photographs taken in Brooklyn, N.Y., New Haven, Conn., and Philadelphia. His film, Cell #724, will be shown on video. Staven received an M.F.A. from the Graduate Film School at New York University (1996) and was guest curator for the 1993 Cornell Cinema Animation Celebration. He received two CCA grants while employed by Cornell Law Library staff from 1989 to 1994.
  • Lynn Sullivan, a New York City sculptor, will show two sculpture pieces in wood and metal, Life-Story Found on the 1:50, 2:30, 4:55 and Possessing a Route. Sullivan will receive a dual degree in painting and cultural history this May.
  • Judith Valentine, visual artist, educator and administrator, will exhibit wall works, 61 India St., Portland, ME; 37 Brainard Rd., Wilbraham, MA; and My Grandmothers Lived at the X, Springfield, MA, and an outdoor, site-specific installation, Day Stars. Valentine earned an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Norwich University in Montpelier (1994) and was a Cornell staff member when she received her CCA grant in 1992. To create Day Stars, Valentine received a Special Opportunity Stipend, offered by the New York Foundation for the Arts with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Valentine was an administrative aide in the Animal Science Department when she received her CCA grant.

Since the grant program began in 1976, the CCA has funded art projects for more than 460 students and Cornell staff members. Grants of up to $500 have been awarded for all kinds of projects, from the visual and media arts to music, architecture, film, creative writing, dance, apparel and interior design.

The CCA was founded in 1947 to help make the arts a part of campus life and artistic and creative thinking an integral part of a Cornell University education. The CCA works with various departments and colleges in sponsoring artistic and multicultural events.

"Nine Artists: 1992-94 Cornell Council for the Arts Invitational Exhibition" will run through Feb. 9 at the Johnson Museum. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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