Fine Arts Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

FORM Features Artists With Big Dreams

By Stephen Pike

by Madison Mento ’21

Two exhibitions, Waves by Stephen “Spike” Pike ’21 and Beth Fontillas: A Self-Titled Collection by Hannah Emory ’19, are on display at the FORM Gallery, through April 20. The shows feature more than 30 works of art, including sketchbooks, paintings, metalwork and woodwork.

Originally from Long Island, Stephen Pike is a Fine Arts major with a concentration in painting. He says, “The inspiration for my work is the world that I go to within my head. People, my surroundings, and past experiences all inspire my work. I want people to take my show as an experience they won’t forget.”

After graduating from Hofstra, Pike hopes to pursue his art and have his work featured in the Museum of Modern Art by age 35. “I plan on pursuing a career in the arts, painting, drawing, and sculpting. Art is my everything. I want to be recognized and share my message.”

A work by Hannah Emory

Hannah Emory, who came to Hofstra from Sacramento, CA, is a senior Psychology and Fine Arts major with concentrations in Industrial Psychology and Industrial Design. “I chose psychology and art sort of by accident. Once I had to choose a major, my advisor said I should take a beginning psych class, which I fell in love with. Art came after. I’ve always done art, not seriously, but I’ve always loved it. I was directed to Professor [Alex] Roskin, who added me to all his classes so I could complete my schedule. Then I got a job in the building and began to consider art as more than just a hobby.”

With her double major, Emory hopes to land a job working at a behavioral health center while continuing to work on her art. She plans to eventually attend graduate school for environmental psychology and design. Her dream is to “one day, use psychology and art together to design spaces with intent of evoking emotion.”

The FORM Gallery is located on the first floor of Calkins Hall. For more information on this and other FORM exhibits, call the Department of Fine Arts, Design, and Art History at 516-463-5474.

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