Garden City, NY - November 12, 2015 - The Exhibitions Program is proud to present Faculty Spotlight: Hannah Smith Allen, David Hornung and Christopher Saucedo, faculty members from the Adelphi University Department of Art and Art History. The exhibit will be on view from November 22, 2015 through January 10, 2016 in the Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery. A reception will be held on Wednesday, December 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Hannah Smith Allen, assistant professor of photography and digital media, received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of a 2007 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation, a 2010 Artist Fellowship in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a 2011 A.I.M. residency at the Bronx Museum of Art, and the recipient of the 2012-2013 A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited nationwide, including venues such as the Phoenix Museum Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, and San Francisco Camerawork. Allen will be exhibiting selections from her Scheduled Implosions series. In this collection she “considers the temporality of our constructed landscape by photographing media coverage of building demolitions.” Allen shoots instant film, re-crops the original video frames, and employs long exposures in order to make visible the tensions between still and moving pictures. Her new images offer ghostly visions of a collapsing world and point to our collective fascination with violence. They also allude to recent political events, such as the failure of Wall Street, the recent housing crash, and war related conflict.
David Hornung, professor of art, received his MFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI and his BA in fine art from the University of Delaware-Newark, DE. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He is the author and designer of a color textbook (Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers) that is widely used and has been translated into five languages. Hornung has been teaching art at art schools and universities for four decades and has been on the faculty of the Art and Art History Department at Adelphi University since 2004. In this exhibition, he will feature a group of cyanotypes made from cut paper collages. Influenced by his love for 19th century marble dust painting, these micro dramas reflect shadow puppetry and the cut paper animation of Lotte Reiniger. His pictographic renderings compose simple scenes of people alone and together under the night skies, beset by the dreams and dangers of existence. These pictures have evolved from his long-term fascination with the mystery that unfolds when the narrative and decorative are intermingled.
Christopher Saucedo, associate professor of art, received his MFA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and his BFA from New York’s School of Visual Arts. After attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, he did post-graduate work at the Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Saucedo retired as research professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans where he ran the sculpture program for 20 years. He is the recipient of numerous awards including recent grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Saucedo’s artwork has been included in many group and solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad and he has artwork in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art; The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham Alabama; The Weatherspoon Art Museum Greensboro, North Carolina; The Odgen Museum of Art, New Orleans and The National September 11th Memorial & Museum. Saucedo composes artwork that is relevant in his time, creating conceptual pieces that address the unexpected events that shaped his life.
The Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery is open weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and weekends from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To learn more about the artists and view glimpses of the exhibition, please visit our website. Find us on our ‘Adelphi Exhibitions’ Facebook page or on Twitter and Instagram: @AUExhibitions.
About Adelphi University
New York’s Adelphi University is a nationally ranked, doctoral research university where students succeed by gaining the skills, knowledge and resources to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society. Today, nearly 8,000 students from 38 states and 46 countries pursue degrees in person and online through Adelphi’s eight distinguished schools and programs—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, the College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work. Chartered in 1896, Adelphi is known for offering a personalized education—one is which students are mentored by talented and committed faculty members and readily find opportunities to initiate, innovate, explore and understand. With dynamic learning hubs on Long Island, in Manhattan and in the Hudson Valley, Adelphi serves communities, both regionally and globally, through the research and practice of its faculty, the collaborative initiatives undertaken by its centers and programs, the staging of distinguished cultural events and, most essentially, the education of future leaders and informed citizens.