Faculty Artwork on Display in the George Waters Art Gallery

November 13 2017
Category: The Arts

The George Waters Art Gallery is showcasing the artwork of Elmira College faculty members Derek Chalfant, Jan Kather, Chris Longwell and Aaron Kather now through December 8. The exhibit includes a variety of artwork from sculptures and media arts to ceramics and paintings.

Chris Longwell, known for his annual contribution of ceramics to the Catholic Charities Empty Bowls project, is exhibiting classically formed ceramic vessels featuring textured surfaces that are meticulously carved and glazed. In addition, he recycled clay shavings and scraps from his functional pieces to create a unique freeform wall sculpture pictured here.

Artwork by Chris Longwell

Interested in the compositional device of a "frame within a frame," Aaron Kather presents two-dimensional works focused on the mediums of watercolor and collage. Using Google SketchUp software, he created digital blueprints of his house (pictured below) to produce a miniature scale 3-D model printed at the Chemung County Library District's Steele Memorial Library.

Aaron Kather artwork

Known for his exquisite wood furniture, Derek Chalfant includes an unusually designed desk of tiger maple, curly cherry, and cast bronze that he titles "Help Desk." He has electrified some of his sculptures to cast a light on contemporary questions about violence, sex, and gender.

Derek Chalfant artwork

Jan Kather has envisioned a year of her life riding her bicycle on the Lackawanna Bike Trail in four different mediums: a seasonal series of Instagram photo grids, video, digital paintings and silver prints. Viewing her life in this way evoked the words from Dylan Thomas's 1954 Under Milk Wood, a play for voices: "Time passes. Listen. Time passes."  

Jan Kather Artwork

Many students, faculty and community members attended the opening reception last week in the gallery located inside the Campus Center. Photos from the evening can be viewed here at the George Waters Gallery Facebook Page.

Faculty work can be viewed during regular gallery hours Monday through Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m.