Artist Josephine Kearney Exhibits at Genesee's Albion Campus Center

Campus Center Filled with Art Exhibits Throughout Spring
Genesee Community College’s Albion Campus Center is pleased to host the art exhibit “Partners in China: By Josephine Kearney and the Photo Club.” This exhibit features photography introducing vibrant and unconventional photographs throughout China. Kearney, a sociology instructor at Genesee spent the summer of 2006 traveling through south eastern China and teaching English. The exhibit runs from March 2 – March 31, an artist’s reception is scheduled for March 26 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Albion Campus Center.

Previously housed in the lobby art gallery in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia campus, the exhibit features approximately 50 framed photographs taken by Kearney and the Chinese students she was teaching. She gave the students single-use disposable cameras to capture Chinese life - the people, events and architecture. Photography was weaved into the curriculum by having the students discuss the photos in English after they were developed. Kearney was pleasantly surprised when she saw the end results. “Incredible, considering they were done with disposable cameras,” Kearney said.

The students involved in the program ranged from 9-18 years of age. They periodically would bring Kearney and others in the language immersion program to their home towns on the weekends to visit. Kearney was able to see and capture the sights on her own digital camera, as well as the pictures from the students’ cameras. From women smoking and playing cards to children playing with grandparents, the pictures depict everyday life in south eastern China.

“I was just trying to capture people’s spirits. I kind of went across the country from east to west,” Kearney said. “I like to take a lot of pictures of faces. None of these people had to be coaxed very much.”

In addition to “Partners in China”, the Albion Campus Center will also host three other art exhibits throughout the spring months. “Acrylic Perspectives in Color” by artist Karen Todd will run from April 2 - April 29 and will feature a variety of acrylic paintings which will include landscapes, portraits and abstracts. Karen Todd is an Adjunct Art Faculty member who teaches Drawing 1 & 2, Painting 1& 2, Introduction to Visual Art, and 2-Dimensional Design for the College. An artist’s reception is planned for April 9 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. An Albion Campus Student Art Show will take place from April 30-May 14, with a reception on April 30 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. The Albion Campus Student Art Show features the work of students currently enrolled in Karen Todd’s Painting 1 & 2 and Intro to Visual Art Classes. The works displayed will feature a variety of mixed media. The last event, “Nocturnal Landscapes” by artist Arthur Barnes opens May 26, with an artist’s reception on June 4 from 5:00 PM- 6:00 PM. This exhibit features new water color paintings by local artist Arthur Barnes.

All of the art exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Allen Kidder, Associate Dean of the Albion Campus Center at 585-343-0055 x6548 or at arkidder@genesee.edu.
Category: