Graduate Student’s Work Featured in George Waters Gallery Exhibit

August 23 2017
Category: The Arts

Paining by EC graduate student, Kelsey Saunders

The community is invited to the George Waters Gallery for an exhibit featuring artist and graduate student, Kelsey Saunders. The exhibit titled “The Hunt,” and opens this Saturday, August 26 with an opening reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and will be up for viewing until Friday, September 1.

The work is part of the graduate thesis Saunders is completing for her Master in General Education degree with a focus in ceramics.

Using animal forms in painting and sculpture, Saunders’ work captures a sinuous path of emotion toward animal cruelty in hunting.

“I use various symbols throughout my work to expose these factors, transforming each animal form into something that tells a story. I hope to inspire others to question the validity of hunting and help them to recognize the sadness, anger and disgust I feel when I think of an animal losing its life,” said Saunders in her artist statement. 

Kelsey found a love for ceramics during her undergraduate studies at Buffalo State College. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in art education in 2012, Kelsey knew she wanted more experience working with ceramics before moving onto her master’s degree. She decided to attend a semester at SUNY New Paltz in 2013 where she learned new sculpting methods and surface techniques to bring forward in her artwork.

After moving to Corning, N.Y. in 2014 she began her master’s degree at Elmira College in 2015.

Regular viewing hours for the exhibit are noon to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The George Waters Art Gallery is located in the Campus Center at Elmira College.