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2019 Year in Review

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Tomm Roeschlein, Airball, October 1, 2019

2019 Year in Review

a message from the director and university art museum team

What is the role of our Museum in a changing world? How will we redouble our commitment to artists and their ideas? How do we best serve our students?

It is an honor and privilege to address these questions in my new role as Director and Chief Curator. Joined by our exceptional Museum team, I am pleased to share highlights from 2019—a year in which we built on existing successes and introduced new ideas.

On the exhibition front, we featured Nicole Cherubini’s elegant and powerful ceramic sculptures, photographer Carrie Schneider's meditative video portraits of women reading, and we presented ACE: art on sports, promise, and selfhood, which took an expansive look at sports and athletic culture through the eyes of 15 international contemporary artists. We also launched a new series of on-site projects in the Museum’s lobby featuring Louise Lawler’s seminal sound work, Birdcalls 1972/81.

Cherubini and Schneider’s exhibitions were accompanied by artist talks and our first-ever weekly reading group that explored Angela Y. Davis’s Women, Race, and Class with University scholars, colleagues, and students.

ACE brought students, faculty, athletes, and artists into conversation around topics related to artistic and athletic achievement. We reached over 1,500 students, through artist talks, performances, roundtable discussions, workshops, class visits, and exhibition tours—proving once again the rich pedagogical potential of a single exhibition.

Other 2019 initiatives included a new Freshman Seminar, Why Museums Matter, and a series of two-day artist residencies that provided students across the disciplines with opportunities to engage directly with young artists who are addressing culturally relevant issues.

Please join us in 2020 for fresh perspectives on our collections and new exhibitions that that include contemporary art and ideas by the most engaged emerging and renowned artists and thinkers working today.

We are proud to offer free admission to all museum exhibitions and events. Whether you frequently attend our programs or follow them from afar, your financial contribution represents an investment in our work and helps make it available to everyone.

Corinna Ripps Schaming
Director and Chief Curator

Museum full-time staff:

Darcie Abbatiello, registrar/collections manager
Alana Akacki, office manager
Gil Gentile, exhibition and publication designer
Jeffrey Wright-Sedam, preparator

Museum part-time staff:

Berly Brown, education and public engagement coordinator
Olga Dekalo, associate curator
Naomi Lewis, exhibition and outreach coordinator
Christine Snyder, museum assistant

Museum Interns:

Tzu-Yun Wei, Department of Art and Art History graduate student intern
Kate West, communications intern


monumental clay sculptures, the power of reading, an epic film, a seminal sound work, athleticism and art—a year of thought and action

we are here. Nicole Cherubini

February 1 - April 6, 2019

Nicole Cherubini’s clay sculptures and mobile seating arrangements for viewing, reading and listening activated our first-floor gallery and provided multiple opportunities to experience unexpected materials and art historical references in a nuanced response to the design of Museum architect Edward Durrell Stone.

Supported by University Auxiliary Services (UAS).
we are here. Nicole Cherubini
we are here. Nicole Cherubini, installation view

Carrie Schneider: Rapt

February 1 - April 6, 2019

Carrie Schneider’s recent photography and film projects celebrate the cumulative power of reading and looking. In her four-hour film Reading Women (2012-14), the artist captures 100 friends silently reading favorite books by women authors. These same books were made available to visitors, inspiring them to carve out their own space for contemplation within the Museum.

Supported by University Auxiliary Services (UAS).
Carrie Schneider: Rapt
Carrie Schneider, Reading Women (detail), 2012–14, image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche, Chicago

“True to the spirit of process and discovery fostered by a research institution, the Museum’s curators encouraged me to test new ideas while conceiving Rapt. Throughout, the Museum staff’s deep experience, generosity and skill provided the support from which my work could connect with people and ideas–and suddenly, the field of vision around my work opened up and became more rich to me.”

—Carrie Schneider, exhibiting artist

Louise Lawler: Birdcalls 1972/81

February 1 - April 6, 2019

Louise Lawler's seminal sound work greeted visitors in the Museum lobby, calling out the names of 27 famous male artists in response to her own frustration as a young artist confronted with skewed gender dynamics in the art world.

Supported by University Auxiliary Services (UAS).
Louise Lawler, Birdcalls 1972/81
Louise Lawler, Birdcalls, 1972/81, image courtesy of the artist

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

May 3 - 19, 2019

M.F.A. candidates completing the University at Albany Department of Art and Art History’s 60–credit-hour program of intensive training and study in fine art practices presented the core of their visual theses in a professional museum setting.

Björn Bauer, Tzu-Hsun Chang, Carolyn DiFiori Hopkins, Kristin Hutton, Krista Kubacka, Charlotte LaDuke, Drea LaRose, Janice Medina, Jaquelyn Mendez, and Lily I. Olin

Supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Ann C. Mataraso M.F.A. ’02 Endowment Fund in honor of Professor Emeritus Mark Greenwold.

MFA students installing exhibition
M.F.A candidate Jaquelyn Mendez installing exhibition

ACE: art on sports, promise, and selfhood

June 28 - December 7, 2019

Drawing parallels between the physicality of sports and the active process of creating art, ACE: art on sports, promise, and selfhood sought fresh perspectives through which to explore our cultural moment.

Kevin Beasley, Petra Cortright, Darío Escobar, Radamés "Juni" Figueroa, Baseera Khan, Ari Marcopoulos, Catherine Opie, Sondra Perry, Paul Pfeiffer, Howardena Pindell, Cheryl Pope, Ronny Quevedo, Ashley Teamer, Hank Willis Thomas, and Wendy White.

Supported by UAlbany Strategic Allocation of Resources Fund (StAR), University Auxiliary Services (UAS) and generous support from John ’83 and Jennifer Troiano.

ACE: art on sports, promise, and selfhood
Catherine Opie, Football Landscape #1 (Fairfax vs. Marshall, Los Angeles, CA), 2007, image courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York, New York, and Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California

“Our presentation of final art projects for the class Fútbol In Latin America, The Politics Of A Global Sport in the Museum marks an important collaboration between the University Art Museum and Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies as both units continually provide students with the appropriate setting, tools, and knowledge to share their insights of course content through their creativity."

–Ildefonso Apelanz, Department of Latin America, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (LACS)

Public Programs

artist-led tours, revising art history, reaching across the disciplines, reading, looking, and moving together

We kicked off 2019 with a round of artist-led tours by exhibiting artists Nicole Cherubini and Carrie Schneider followed by an artist talk by photographer Oliver Wasow about his recently published book of photographic portraits Friends, Enemies, and Strangers.

Inspired by Schneider’s Reading Women project, we formed our own community of readers exploring Angela Y. Davis’s Women, Race, and Class with University scholars and colleagues in the Museum’s first-ever weekly reading group and in a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon focused on the artists and authors featured in Schneider’s project.

ACE: art on sports, promise, and selfhood brought students, faculty, athletes, and artists into conversation around topics related to artistic and athletic achievement. Throughout the fall, the Museum furthered its role as an active site for participation and exchange, for sharing ideas and learning from each other. In a series of informal roundtable discussions — titled REACH: Aspiration/Opportunity; REBOUND: Struggle/Perseverance; and RISK: Change/Activism — artists, faculty, staff, and students from across disciplines gathered to share commonalities and challenges of their respective practices, focusing on topics of specific relevance to the university campus.

Other events included an artist talk by exhibiting artist Ronny Quevedo and two site-specific performances. Artist Tomm Roeschlein explored the connections between athletic movement and dance in Airball, an interactive dance lab in which he and audience participants choreographed moves throughout the Museum and exhibiting artist Baseera Khan created a monumental drawing as she traversed the Museum’s second floor arched wall in a durational climbing performance.

Art Lab, Saturday Yoga, and The Creative Life Conversation series continued to bring students and community together in a range of first-hand engagements with artists, thinkers, doers, and makers.

Tomm Roeschlein, Airball, October 1, 2019
photo of participants in the Reading Women reading group
Participants in the Reading Women study group

“The University Art Museum has expanded my courses' horizons beyond the classroom, prompting students to consider the parallels and differences between artistic and scientific inquiry, enhancing their sense of aesthetic appreciation, and prompting them to consider social and political issues through the lens of art."

—Barbara Sutton, Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Beyond the Classroom

artist residencies, internships, a freshman seminar, a reading group, exhibition tours, workshops in the museum galleries

ACE Ashley Teamer

We offer students the opportunity to engage first-hand with contemporary art and artists of the highest level, to learn to think critically about visual culture, to gain the tools to interpret creative expression, and to participate in cross-disciplinary dialogues unlike those found in conventional classroom environments.

In collaboration with UAlbany’s First Year Experience program, the Museum hosted Why Museums Matter, a Freshman Seminar co-taught by Corinna Ripps Schaming, Chief Curator and Director, University Art Museum; Daniel Goodwin, Director of the Studio Art Program, Department of Art and Art History; and Edward Schwarzschild, Director of Creative Writing, Department of English. The seminar met weekly in the galleries to examine how museums have transformed—and continue to transform—our interpretation and construction of contemporary culture.

A series of two-day artist residencies with ACE artists Radamés "Juni" Figueroa, Baseera Khan, and Ashley Teamer provided students across the disciplines with an opportunity to engage directly with young artists who are addressing relevant issues that impact contemporary culture.

Our intern program offers students direct museum experience in conducting research, interacting with artists and the public, providing administrative and technical support, and learning about contemporary art. We seek talented and motivated students of all backgrounds who wish to gain valuable training, skills, and work experience in departments across the Museum.

Drawing Class
Berly Brown leading students from the STEP program
1. Artist-in-residence Ashley Teamer working with Intermediate Drawing students.
2. Observational drawing by Intermediate Drawing student
3. Berly Brown, Education and Public Engagement Coordinator, leading a tour of ACE: art on sports, promise, and selfhood

“As communications intern, the University Art Museum offered me experience in planning strategic messages to further the Museum’s goal of getting students into its galleries and educating them about contemporary art.”

—Kate West, Communications Intern, Class of 2020

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Paul Pfeiffer, Caryatid, 2008, installation view

"The Collections Study Space enables me to enrich my courses by bringing students into close contact with works in all media, allowing deeper conversations on process, technique, intention, and the broad personal narratives of our field’s practitioners.”

—Kianja Strobert, Full-Time Lecturer, Department of Art and Art History

Visiting Our Permanent Collections

Since its opening in 2018, over 400 students, faculty, scholars, artists, and community members have visited the University Art Museum’s Collections Study Space. Housing the University at Albany Fine Art Collections comprised of more than 3,000 late modern and contemporary artworks, primarily on paper, the Collections Study Space is a public site for discovery, observation, research, and introspection.

The University Art Museum is committed to the idea that firsthand encounters with works of art play an integral role in teaching and learning across the disciplines. Interns work with Museum staff to research, curate, and interpret works in the Collections. A range of registrarial functions are performed on-site, including cataloguing, photographing and conditioning works of art. A designated teaching area accommodates classes of up to 20 students or small community groups.

Students and visitors can access, discover, and view the Collections as part of their course of study during our open hours or by appointment.

Future plans include inviting artists, curators, writers, and scholars to develop innovative programs and original research linking the Museum’s exhibition program and the Fine Art Collections.

The Collections are comprised of donations from generous individuals like you. If you wish to donate a contemporary artwork, or to support the care and preservation of the Collections, please contact

Kianja Strobert with students
Students in the Collections Study Space
1. Kianja Strobert, Department of Art and Art History, leading a discussion about artworks from the Collection.
2. Students engaging in a close observation exercise.

Through my graduate assistantship, I gained a significant understanding of researching and developing projects at the University Art Museum. I treasured the time that I spent working with the fantastic Museum team on student and community outreach, campus events, and upcoming exhibitions, as well as contributing research for the Museum’s collections database and caring for artwork in the Collections Study Space.

—Tzu-Yun Wei, Museum Graduate Assistant, Department of Art and Art History

Inspired Giving:
Honoring Artist Dawn Clements ’89

Celebrating the legacy of distinguished artist and Alumnus Dawn Clements ’89, our community of friends and supporters contributed to the acquisition of Diptych, 2010, a Sumi ink on paper drawing, by generously donating to UAlbany’s annual March Matchness challenge. The University Fine Art Collections have four exceptional examples of Clements's earlier work. Created from 1991-95, these artworks contain the hallmarks of Clements’s later work, including the seamless integration of drawing with personal notations, keenly observed and highly wrought surfaces, the artist’s encyclopedic knowledge of vintage film, and her panoramic approach to densely rendered spaces. This new acquisition more fully illustrates the arc of Clements’s extraordinary artistic career and will be available for public viewing in the Collections Study Space.

Dawn Clements (1958-2018) received a Master of Fine Arts from the Department of Art and Art History in 1989 and went on to have an important and deeply respected career as an internationally recognized artist.

Her work is in the collection of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs; the Saatchi Gallery, London; and the University at Albany Fine Art Collections. In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions, her work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and the 1993 Venice Biennale.

Dawn Clements
Dawn Clements, Diptych, 2010, image copyright the artist and courtesy of Pierogi Gallery, New York
Portrait of Dawn Clements
Dawn Clements at the Civitella Residency in Italy, image courtesy of Civitella and Pierogi Gallery, New York.

2020 Exhibition Preview

far-reaching art and life lessons for a new year

Affinities and Outliers: Highlights from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections

February 4 - April 4, 2020

Presenting a fresh look at our permanent collections through new affinities and narratives among contemporary and modern, vernacular and canonical figures in over two hundred artworks by fifty artists.

Vito Acconci, Olle Baertling, Romare Bearden, Xu Bing, Judith Braun, Isabel Bishop, Lee Bontecou, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Carroll Cloar, Dawn Clements, Richard Diebenkorn, Rachel Foullon, Elise Ferguson, Audrey Flack, Phil Frost, Juan Gonzalez, Gayle Johnson, Donald Judd, Hilda Katz, Jacob Lawrence, Mary Ellen Mark, Cameron Martin, Ibrahim Miranda, Dona Nelson, Louise Nevelson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Judy Pfaff, Katherine Porter, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Robert Rauschenberg, Yinka Shonibare, Selina Trieff, Stella Waitzkin, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Jack White, and Michael Zwack, among others.

Audrey Flack, Rolls Royce Lady, 1981
Judy Pfaff, Squash from Atelier Project, 1986, Collection of University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York on behalf of the State of New York

Vito Acconci: Under-History

February 4 - April 4, 2020

Visitors will be greeted in the Museum’s Lobby by the voice of influential performance, video, and installation artist Vito Acconci portraying the dual role of teacher and student as he riffs on the ideological underpinnings of American education and society in a series of short lessons.

Vito Acconci, Face-Off, 1972 (still)
Vito Acconci, Face-Off, 1972 (still), image courtesy of Video Data Bank, Chicago

Charles Atlas: Here She Is...V1

February 4 - April 4, 2020

Iconic drag performer Lady Bunny lip-syncs, dances, and delivers a reeling monologue on hot-button political issues in this wall-size video installation by pioneering film and video artist Charles Atlas.

Charles Atlas, Here she is...v1, 2015 (still), image courtesy of the artist
Charles Atlas, Here she is...v1, 2015 (still), image courtesy of the artist

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

May 1 – 17, 2020

A highly anticipated annual tradition, University at Albany Department of Art and Art History M.F.A. candidates present the core of their visual theses in a professional museum setting.

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
Installation view, image courtesy of Sean Corcoran

Our Supporters

The following donors contributed to the University at Albany Art Museum between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. These gifts include annual contributions, bequest intentions, and gifts-in-kind.

Edward P. Waterbury Society
($25,000 to $99,999)
Adam H. Brown '87
The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.
John P. Lowe, Jr. '73

David Perkins Page Society
($10,000 to $24,999)
Ann C. Mataraso '02
Matthew H. Mataraso, Esq.
UAlbany Alumni Association

Fountain Society
American Endowment Foundation
*Michael A. Boots
*Marco A. DeThomasis
Jennifer Troiano
John P. Troiano '83

Podium Society
Charles A. Forma, Esq. '73

1844 Society ($1,000-$2,499)
Community Foundation for the Capital Region
Charles M. Liddle, III
Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Susan D. Phillips, Ph.D.

Minerva Club
Donor Anonymous
*Howard J. Cure '82
*Caroline Eichman
George R. Hearst, III
Christine Hearst
William B. Hedberg, Ph.D. '90
Cathy Hedberg
Susan V. Shipherd '64
Times Union

Carillon Club
Austin & Co. Inc.
Laura J. Backus '92
Timothy P. Backus '89
Sharon Bates
Kim M. Bessette '90
Tom Bessette
Angela Dufresne
Kay C. Hotaling, FHC '67
Paul Miyamoto
Office of Congressman Paul Tonko
Barry C. Ross '71
Constance H. Saddlemire '78
Thomas P. Saddlemire
Mary J. Wyatt-Ross

Albany Club
Veronica M. Arroyo Campanelli '92
Sarah R. Cohen, Ph.D.
Richard H. Corcione '72
Brian J. Cronin '01
Judy Glantzman
Gary D. Gold '70
Susan Goodall
Elizabeth Q. Gray '08
Timothy S. Kline '98
June A. Mastan, Ph.D. '08
Judith A. Mysliborski, MD '69
Nancy A. Pierson '69
Sybil V. Richards, Esq. '84
Theodore J. Schaffer '82
Corinna R. Schaming '84
Sandra M. Scolnik '97
Richard W. Southwick '75
Bruce A. Stiglich '87
Seth Swoboda
Loida R. Vera Cruz
Joseph Zanchelli '49
Joyce Leavitt Zanchelli '52

Contributors Club
(under $100)
Darcie Abbatiello '02
Alana L. Akacki
Laura Barron
Margaret L. Bracken '07
Peter W. Brusoe '03
Reyers Brusoe
Dorothy G. Englander '86
Tom Florczak
Deborah L. Cooley Forand
Justan J. Foster '18
Lisa E. Gonzalez '03
Daniel S. Goodwin
Carole S. Harnoff '74
Michael Lerch
Naomi R. Lewis '99
*Michael F. Longo '15
Judy Koblintz Madnick '65
Stuart Madnick
Lori Matt-Murphy
Diann McCabe
William J. McCann, Jr. '86
Scott Murphy
William B. Picotte
Susan Carroll Picotte, Esq.
Jane M. Schwamberger '71
Brenda Seckerson
Stuart S. Seidel '12
Philip A. Spaziani '71
Sara Walck
Terry Wise
Gregor M. Wynnyczuk '96

Edward P. Swyer

* Individuals whose employers generously matched their gifts

The University Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the continuing support of the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and The University at Albany Foundation.

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