This past Friday, Feb. 24, the Minerva Council for Golub House hosted their annual “Arts for Progress” event in the common room from 4 to 6 p.m. The event featured student artwork, from sculpture and photography to etch work and drawing.
In addition to student featured artwork, wine and cheese, the event also served as a fundraiser for COCOA House, a non profit after–school program for underserved youth in the Schenectady community. “We noticed that there were not a whole lot of opportunities for students to display their artwork on campus and that served as inspiration for this event,” explained Golub council member and event organizer, Andrea Huey ’19. “We do this so that students have an opportunity to show their artwork to the public and show off all the hard work they’ve been doing throughout the term.”
According to Huey, “Arts For Progress” features anyone who wants to share something they’ve created, regardless of major or discipline of study. Collaborating with Golub House was off–campus fraternity and literary society, Kappa Alpha.
Several brothers, including Alexander Chu ’17, Brian Teitelbaum ’17, Jake Ulrich ’17 and Michael Gagliardi ’18 served wine to the event’s attendees. One brother, Gianluca Avanzato ’18, was also a featured artist, having contributed his tile and plaster mosaic of Kappa Alpha’s key, a symbolic emblem of the fraternity’s brotherhood and commitment. “I think the Kappa Alpha key is really beautiful and every brother wears a key as a symbol of brotherhood,” Avanzato commented. “Also, mosaics to me are really cool in that they have been around for so long.
So many ancient cultures have made or used them, the Greeks, the Romans and they also used them in buildings and floors, so they are applicable to many different things as well as aesthetically pleasing.” Other featured artists included Visual Arts majors, Nate Singer ’17 and Samantha Miller ’19. Miller’s pencil drawings served as gorgeous portraits depicting local Schenectady houses and architecture. “I was doing a study of Schenectady architecture and so I was choosing buildings that had styles that were very common of Schenectady but also buildings that were very unique,” explained Miller. “So there (referring to her displayed drawings) was a Richardsonian Romanesque and a Romanesque revival building, which I think looked very similar but they stand out to people and people tend to like them although they are unique to the area.” Singer exhibited his sculpture of a tree branch created out of plaster and steel.
In much of his designs and artwork, Singer often features nature and allusions to foliage, trees and branches. “I like that (trees) have such expressive geometry,” explained Singer. “It’s not just a square, it has a lot of expression and angles and contour, and there’s a lot to explore. I also like the way the branches almost thin out of existence.”
Other crowd–pleasing exhibitions included Emily Fiore’s ’18 detailed etch work depicting the theme “feelings,” a project produced in her Etching 1 class with Artist-in-Residence Sandy Wimer. “Each etch illustrates different feelings,” added Fiore. “The first etch is “cold,” and the second one illustrates my hometown, so the feeling being depicted is “home,” and the etch of my rugby team practice was during a tournament, the moment before kick–off, so it’s representing the feeling of anticipation.”
A personal favorite was Lisa Hladik’s ’19 illustration of an owl, which was produced after a dentist appointment while she was under the influence of anesthetics.”I felt like painting birds, so I painted a bird,” said Hladik. The event was a success as many of the featured artists, friends and other attendees admired an evening of art appreciation and wine.