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Fine Arts (A.S.)

Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Fine Arts alumni Rebecca Vitarelle and Chris Tofinchio chosen for show at School of the Art Institute of Chicago
(July 2014)

Two recent Fine Arts alumni, Rebecca Vitarelle and Chris Tofinchio, who are both pursuing their BFA degrees at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, are in a group-curated exhibit in Chicago.

The exhibit, Unsettled Rituals, presents physical manifestations of the unknown and varying experiences of the dark qualities that reside within the conscious and subconscious. Through photography, video, print and installation, the exhibition depicts familiar experiences that deal with ghastly fantasies and personal discomfort, which triggers viewers' intuitive curiosities to explore the unresolved.

Fine Arts alumni Alumnae Marilee Sousie and Samantha Kowalewsk chosen for Arts Center Fence Show
(July 2014)

Alumnae Marilee Sousie and Samantha Kowalewski will both have work in the 2014 Fence Select Exhibition at the Arts Center in Troy, which was juried by Robert R. Shane, art historian at The College of Saint Rose. The show is on view through August 29 at the Arts Center in Troy.

Sousie's works were awarded Best in Show. 

Fine Arts students Sarah Marissa Barnes, Pete Hume and Ibraheem Jara chosen for 2014 Best of SUNY Show
(June 2014)

Work by Fine Arts students Sarah Marissa Barnes, Pete Hume and Ibraheem Jara was chosen for the 2014 Best of SUNY show at the New York State Museum.

The SUNY student art shows were initiated in 2002 so that the work of SUNY's most talented student artists would be seen by a wider audience.

Fine Arts alumna Emily Dorr opens solo show in Toledo
(October 2013)

Fine Arts alumna Emily Dorr has a solo art exhibit, "Everlasting Home/ Ephemeral Archive," at the Launch Pad Cooperative in Toledo, Ohio.  The exhibit will be Launch Pad's first exhibition by an artist from outside of the Toledo region. Exhibition dates are Sept.  12 – Oct. 25, 2013.

Dorr earned her associate degree in Fine Arts at Hudson Valley Community College and is finishing her BFA with a concentration in Painting and Drawing at the State University of New York at New Paltz. 

Fine Arts alumna Bekki Vitarelle and Gallery Management student Chelsea Kereszi curate Fulton Street Gallery show
(June 2013)

Fine Arts alumna Bekki Vitarelle and Gallery Management student Chelsea Kereszi curated an exhibit featuring the works of Philadelphia artist Lisa Kereszi. The exhibit is being hosted by the Fulton St Gallery in Troy. Both students were college worker gallery assistants for the 2012-13 academic year. 

In the fall, Vitarelle will be continuing her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a scholarship, and Kereszi will be studying arts management at Purchase College.

Fine Arts student Andrea LaRose has work included in 35th Annual Photography Regional Exhibition
(May 2013)

Work by Fine Arts student Andrea LaRose has been selected for the 35th Annual Photography Regional Exhibition hosted this year by The Fulton Street Gallery in Troy.

Larose's work, which was completed in the department's Independent Study in Photography course, was selected for the exhibition by juror Shelby Lee Adams.

Alumnus Erik Savage opens solo exhibition at New York City's Munch Gallery
(April 2013)

Fine Arts alumnus Erik Savage will open a solo exhibition of his work at Munch Gallery in New York on April 20. The exhibition runs through May 26. Savage's cycle of paintings, "Waste Forms," depict accumulations of debris and detritus.

Several of the works included in the exhibition were exhibited at The Teaching Gallery in Spring 2012 as part of that year's Advanced Study Exhibition. This will be Savage's second solo exhibition at the Munch Gallery.

Alumnus Emily Dorr part of four-person exhibit at Albany Center Gallery
(April 2013)

Emily Dorr will be included in the four-person exhibition "The Study" at Albany Center Gallery. The exhibition opens on May 14 and runs through June 29. "The Study" as a whole engages the mind to explore the natural world from the comfort of the home environment.

Each artist participating in "The Study" has scoured for materials from books to the Earth itself for the inspiration and creation of their pieces which beg the viewer to examine the intricacy and meaning behind each individual creation.

Fine Arts Alumni Alicia Phillips and Dwane Hoyt Earn Scholarship Awards at UAlbany
(April 2013)

Alumni Alicia Phillips and Dwane Hoyt have been named recipients of the Roanne Kulakoff Award in Painting at the University at Albany. Phillips and Hoyt are currently completing their baccalaureate work at the University's Department of Art.

Fine Arts alumnus Anthony Montuori part of The Game's Afoot: Video Game Art at Boston's Cyberarts Gallery
(March 2013)

Fine Arts graduate Anthony Montuori's games were featured in the four-person exhibit "The Game's Afoot: Video Game Art" in the spring of 2013 at Cyberarts Gallery. Montouri's games illuminate the futility of the modern pursuit of success.

Debtris, a spinoff of "Tetris," allows the player to pay off their insurmountable student debt playing the popular computer game for minimum wage. In Into the Void, the player becomes Yves Klein and attempts to remain in the void for as long as possible. In Sisyphus, the gamer assumes the role of the Greek king and pushes a boulder upwards, to remove it from a hole in the ground. As the boulder gets closer to the top, the task becomes more difficult until the boulder falls back down again.

After graduating from Hudson Valley, the Boston-based Montouri continued his study at Montserrat College of Art (BFA) and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).

Fine Arts student Raechael Inglis chosen for Best of SUNY Show; graduating class of 2013 transferring to top schools
(March 2013)

Fine Arts student Raechael Inglis has had her work selected for the Best of SUNY exhibition at the New York State Museum.  Inglis' work was selected from the Spring 2013 SUNY Art Exhibition, which also includes works by Fine Arts students Anneliese Holmes, Maxwell Goodknight, Lillian Ela and Benjamin Roy.

The Fine Arts program's class of 2013 has had great success in securing scholarships to their transfer institutions, thus far. Five students have been accepted for transfer to the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with scholarships ranging up to $23,000 annually.

In addition, Holmes has been accepted for transfer to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Cooper is one of the most selective colleges in the United States with an acceptance rate of only 7.7 percent.   All accepted students are granted a full scholarship and attend the college at no cost.