RPI Electronic Arts Graduate Exhibition

May 4 - May 11

Opening Reception + Special Performances: Thursday, May 4, 5-8pm

Saturday, May 6, from 1:00–3:00 pm, including a gallery tour, artist talks, and an air quality- monitoring “Rover Walk.”

Graduate students from the MFA and PhD Electronic Arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences  will host their Spring semester art exhibition at Collar Works Gallery, 621 River St. in Troy, NY, Thursday, May 4—Thursday, May 11, 2017. The opening reception starts at 5:00 pm on May 4, with performances beginning at 6:00 pm. There will also be special events on Saturday, May 6, from 1:00–3:00 pm, including a gallery tour, artist talks, and an air quality- monitoring “Rover Walk.”

The Electronic Arts program includes artists from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds creating works ranging from video and film to sound, music composition, interactive media, virtual reality, integrated hardware and performance. This year’s Graduate Exhibition will include fixed media pieces, video and installation art, and live performances.

Installation works by Angela Beallor, K. Michael Fox, Renee Levasseur, Kathleen McDermott, Maria Michails, Eric Miller, Kasalina Maliamu Nabakooza, Senem Pirler, Patrick Quinn, Jeremy Stewart, Andrea Williams.

Performances by Diana Alvarez, Cem Cakmak, Eric Miller, Ezra Teboul.

Rensselaer’s Department of the Arts is generally considered to be the first integrated electronic arts program within a research university in the United States. The department’s MFA program in Electronic Arts was created in 1991 (this year celebrating its 25th anniversary), followed by the creation of the PhD program in 2007. One of the first PhDs of its kind, the program expands the traditions of arts pedagogy through interdisciplinary research in contemporary media theory, practice, and production. The department features an integrated multidisciplinary approach to the arts with focus on the use of experimental and electronic media in artistic creation and performance. The work of the department’s distinguished faculty and alumni are represented internationally in museums, galleries, festivals, publications, and performances.

The Arts Graduate Exhibition is generously supported by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Collar Works Gallery.

Special Gallery Hours For This Exhibit:

Thursday, May 4th: 5-8pm

Friday, May 5th: 12-6pm

Saturday, May 6th: 12-4pm

Closed Sunday + Monday.

Tuesday, May 9th: 2-6pm

Wednesday, May 10th: 2-6pm

Thursday, May 11th: 2-6pm

STILL EDEN: artists in the realm of nature

May 26 - July 22, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, May 26

Michael Van Winkle, Untitled (A Couple Near Shore), 2016

We are still in Eden; the wall that shuts us out is our own ignorance and folly.”

Thomas Cole

The Hudson River School reawakened in artists a marveling at the beauty and mystery of the natural world.

For Cole, the river valley became a place of sacred reflection for the human soul.  He rebuked industry for decimating the wonders of the landscape, and believed art could ignite environmental awareness and responsible socio-political progress.

The artists represented in Still Eden project inwardly, as Cole did, while contemplating the current cultural fixation with place. With nature as muse, each artist sets out to define our varied relationships to the natural world -- the inspiration, alteration, and regeneration of the natural element and its boundaries.  Exhibiting artists include: Richard Barlow, Coby Berger, Terry Conrad, Laura Moriarty, Phil Underdown, Jackie Weaver, and Michael Van Winkle.