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Fall 2014


The Future: 2014 Bi-Annual Student Show runs from November 10 through December 7.

A reception is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

St. Thomas Aquinas students submitted art, design and spoken word on the subject of The Future. Visual submissions were jurored by Hannah Rogge, Art Director and Author of Hardware: Jewelry from a Toolbox.

Contributing artists include Joy Alacar, James Brinkley, Joseph Chedwidden, Shelby Coyle, James Diamond, Angela Gallo, Elizabeth Harper, Lauren Hernandez, Katrina Kuan, Ashley Liporace, John Lorenzo, Erica Morgo, Alexa Nicolosi, Jessica Parker, Catherine Sandkuhl and Chris Silva.

Contributing writers include Elizabeth Hackett, James McLaughlin, Jessica Mizzi and Marcus Stewart.



Rachel Kohn: Ground Gradation runs from October 6 through November 2.

A reception for the artist is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. A gallery talk will be given at 5:30 that evening

Rachel Kohn creates physical, meditative landscapes that offer a space for the viewer to explore cycles of growth and decay. Her work focuses on nature, but is also inspired by human fragility and cycles of life and death. Her paintings investigate a shifting of energy, finding light from darkness, control from chaos, and balance from the unbalanced. These cavernous landscapes explore patterns within the natural world and are influenced by deterioration, fragility, devastation, and renewal.

Each piece hovers on the boundry between painting and sculpture. Kohn builds up a surface using wax, plaster and foam and then carves the materials back to reveal what has been covered. The work becomes both abstraction and landscape and references layers of earth or flesh as the surface is gouged away.

Kohn has a B.A. from Skidmore College in Art and Mathematics, and an M.F.A. from Hunter College in painting. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, and London. Currently she is an adjunct instructor at the College of New Rochelle, and an instructor at Brooklyn Art Space.



Chuck von Schmidt: BAMIYAN silk to lava runs from September 2 through September 28.

A reception for the artist is scheduled for Tuesday, September 9, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. A gallery talk will be given at 5:30 that evening

Chuck von Schmidt’s work seeks to explore the human condition through responses to culture and history. Whether collecting soil samples at historical flood sites for his series Antediluvian Memories or working with materials inspired by trade along the Silk Road, the rich history of humankind impresses itself upon each artwork.

Included in this exhibition are sculptures from von Schmidt’s Bamiyan series. These sculptures were created as a response to the Taliban’s 2001 destruction of two colossal statues of Buddha in the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan. These symbolic replacement faces were created from a variety of materials which reflect the diversity of cultures which passed through the Bamiyan Valley including silk cocoons, lava, iron and beetle wings. Von Schmidt says of these works, “the diverse materials used to create essentially the same image repeatedly, refer to the universality of the human condition, hopefully to suggest tolerance to those who may have previously neglected it.“

Von Schmidt is an artist based in Long Island, NY. His work has been exhibited internationally for over 40 years. A graduate and former faculty member of the Cooper Union, he has also taught at Brooklyn College and the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2004, he was commissioned by the Pave The Way Foundation to create The Ideals of Aaron, a sculpture that he presented to Pope John Paul II, in recognition of the Pope’s milestone accomplishments in furthering relations between the various world religions.





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