Grosvenor Art Gallery Features Faculty Art Exhibition

The Grosvenor Art Gallery at SUNY Cobleskill is displaying the works of faculty from the arts and graphic arts programs from now until April 21. The exhibition opened on Friday, March 3.

This year’s show features work by Adam Daily, Greg Miller, Margrethe Lauber, Julie Takacs, and Kayla Cady Vaughn. The works span a wide range of media, from photography and watercolors to ceramics.

Check out a small sample of the exhibition below, then be sure to visit the gallery on the second floor of the design center in Old Gym.


Artist Statement: Julie Takacs

The process of creation starts inside of my heart and soul. 

At the onset, I find that my inspiration comes in the form of appreciation for, and devotion to the natural beauty of the world around me. Frequent trips to the wild provide me with ample fodder for pondering and imagining.

The next phase occurs when I bring that natural world closer and into my studio where I spend time examining the myriad specimens that I have gathered from the woods. This is when I spend my most joyous hours, while I take the brush in hand and attempt to duplicate with watercolor the beauty I see in the minutae before me. It is in this representational phase of creation, while I am in awe of what I see before me, where I feel most comfortable. It is where the passion pours out onto the paper. It is this moment that I seek. 

These sketches always seem more important to me than a finished painting. They still hold the magic and essence I felt when I first plucked the specimen in the wilderness.

After the sketch, I begin to imagine even further worlds. The qualities of repetition and reuse come into play. Sometimes a new painting is realized in the studio. At other times, the artwork is scanned in at this point and brought into the digital realm. Another round of joyous magic is attained through the computer and the sketches are combined and recombined, adapted and colored, and a new artwork is the result. 


Artist Statement: Kayla Cady Vaughn

To clarify: this work is feminist.

You see, I was once told that because I’m a “girl” and I choose to “knit” my work, the art world would misinterpret all of my work as feminist.

Take my thesis, twist it around, assign your own meaning, negate my research, overlook my craftsmanship, interrupt me while I’m talking, and spit out a one-size-fits-all critique of my work. Thank you sir.

Sit with that for a moment.

1962  Floor Cake, Floor Burger and Floor Cone
1970  Untitled (Pink Felt)
1970  Felt Suit
2004  The Gates

There are two commonalities between these works, the first being that they are all created with fabric. The second being that all of these works were created by men.

Thesis intact, meaning clear, reviews on-point. Job well done sir.

We live in a world of latent sexism. One where I’m continually reminded of my status by the way people speak to me. Call me a “Woman Artist” and I’ll ask: what do I need to do to be just an Artist? Clearly the quality of my work, level of education or reputation should be more important than the fact that I identify as female. Sadly, this doesn’t stop here.

If I speak my mind, I’m overly emotional.

If I advance my career, I’m too ambitious.

If I go to the store I’m supposed to “smile more” because I’m “prettier” that way.  

If I’m assertive, I’m seen as bossy or bitchy.

And no, I’m not on my period today.

Oh and for the record, I have no idea how to knit.