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Arts Alive 2017
EC Juried Student Show & Annual Art Alumna Exhibit
Continuing the celebration of Arts Alive, the Gannett-Tripp Library will be hosting two exhibits through the month of March: the Elmira College Juried Student Show ( and the Annual Art Alumna Exhibit.  Featured this year is the artwork of current art/psychology major Karissa Andersen '18 and alumna Amanda Baroody '02.
Karissa Andersen's ceramic work was selected by Arts Alive juror, artist Wendy Taylor. Taylor outlined the reasons for her selection, saying, "I was first struck by the aesthetic beauty of Karissa Andersen's ceramic vessels, the attention to surface and the color. The presence of the artist's hand reassured the viewer these organic forms are purposeful assertions of the artist's vision. I was then further impressed by the clarity of thinking expressed in the artist's writing.  To explore the complex ideas that surround the psychology and cultural expectations of the body through ceramics seems both courageous and poetic. These ceramic pieces are objects of excellent craft and depth of conceptual purpose."

Karissa wrote in her proposal, "The series of ceramic vessels that I have put together are a result of my experimentation with clay as a material as well as with texture... I am also largely influenced by the human body and its many shapes and forms." Follow this link ( to read the entirety of Karissa's proposal.

Alumna Amanda Baroody writes, "Since graduating EC in ’02, my art has changed dramatically and yet stayed the same. Towards the end of my college career I began to explore more abstract, process driven art. I did this through the melting and manipulation of crayons on canvas, which dried quickly, holding their shape and containing their individual colors. More recently I have used fabric and glue, layering them together to create pieces that have movement and depth, drawing one’s eye through and around the piece."  See more of Amanda's statement and her artwork in the lobby of the Gannett-Tripp Library.  Both shows will be on exhibition March 1 - 31, and can be viewed during regular library hours.

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