by Madison Mento ‘21
The Hofstra Department of Fine Arts, Design, and Art History recently hosted an opening reception for its annual student show, filling the first and second floors of Calkins Hall with works in industrial design, photography, graphic design, new media design, painting, sculpture, woodwork, pottery, and furniture design. The show, which opened May 1, runs through May 15.
The featured guest juror was painter, sculptor, and photographer James Hyde, who has worked in New York City since the early 1980s. He is an internationally recognized artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Copenhagen.
“This is an incredibly vibrant group of artists,” Hyde said, “Doing a lot of work is the prerequisite to having a future in the arts. That is what is exciting to see here. There is so much work, so much material, and so much potential.”
The work on display came from both classroom projects and students’ independent work. Victoria Jenkins ’19 and Emily Hart ’19 were proud to exhibit a piece that they worked on together as well individual works.
“Last year I didn’t have anything on display, but this year I have a whole wall,” said Hart, a History and Fine Arts minor.
“I’m really proud of the work I produced this year,” said Jenkins, a Fine Arts major.
After exploring every piece in the various gallery spaces, Hyde chose winners in each concentration. The awards were presented by Department Chair Alexander Roskin and Professor James Lee. The honorees were:
Adriana Medina ‘20, Ceramics
Demetra Menoudakos ‘21, Sculpture
Robin Deering ‘19, Graphic Design
Dawn Li ‘20, Illustration
Elizabeth Ferraro ‘19, New Media Design
Ryoji Miyajima ‘20, Photography
Joseph Colangelo ‘19, Painting
Hannah Emory ‘19, Industrial Design
Victoria Jenkins and Dana Kamieniecki ’19 were honored with the Guest Juror’s Award, and Joseph Colangelo was given the Presidential Purchase Award.
After the show, Hyde led a discussion for all Fine Arts, Design, Art History students. Music at the opening reception was provided by Harley Spring ’21, a psychology major from Natick, MA.
For more information on the Hofstra Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History, call 516-463-5474.