Art Show Highlights Creative Students at Genesee's Albion Campus Center

The community got a glimpse of the creativity of several students at the Albion campus center during a recent art show featuring the work of students in Instructor Karen Todd’s Painting I and II and Introduction to Visual Arts classes.

Associate Dean Allen Kidder and Art History instructor Joyce Chizick judged the entries based on creativity, craftsmanship, and artistic appeal. Habebah Ahmed’s untitled abstract in acrylic on canvas was awarded the Best of Show. Laura Katsanis earned first place with her The Prince in pen and ink, Chris Carloni second place for Kill it With Fire in watercolor, and third place went to Kim Swanson for Bold in pen and ink.

Each student in Karen Todd’s classes submitted at least two pieces of work. Several of the students who participated were not students in the art degree program and two of the winners are in the ACE program, which means they are taking college credit courses at Genesee through their local high schools.

“I am extremely proud of all the work that was produced,” said Karen Todd, art instructor at Genesee’s Albion Campus center. “Art shows are a great reward for all involved because they give a glimpse of what isbeing learned in the classroom, they give the students’ families a chance to support them, and the students themselves get a chance to experience the display process and show their work to the public.”

Todd, a resident of Rochester, NY, is a graduate of Canandaigua High School and holds a BS in Art Education from Roberts Wesleyan and a MA in Liberal Studies from SUNY Brockport. She began teaching at the Albion campus this spring, and has also taught a few classes at the Batavia campus as well. She has taught at Roberts Wesleyan and Wheatland-Chili High School, and has done contract mural work and architectural art restoration.

“The winning entries have surpassed class expectations and it’s a thrill to me to see others notice that achievement and commend these students’ work as well,” she said.

For more information about the art show or other dynamic summer classes, such as the History of Rock and Roll: Blues and Beyond (MUS203), contact the Albion Campus Center 585-589-4936 or go to