SUNY Cortland’s upcoming Dowd Gallery exhibition digs into contemporary embroidery as an expressive art form and the different approaches to the ancient needlework technique.
“Threads: Contemporary Embroidery,” a show curated by Dowd Gallery Director Erika Fowler-Decatur and Associate Professor of Art and Art History Jenn McNamara, runs from Tuesday, March 19, to Thursday, April 25. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, features work from nine artists at the Dowd Gallery’s temporary off-campus location at Main Street SUNY Cortland, 9 Main St.
The College’s gallery is based on the third floor of Main Street SUNY Cortland for approximately two years while the Dowd Fine Arts Center undergoes renovations.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday.
|"Chance of Flurries," by Nava
Lubelski, is a 46 x 36-inch acrylic
paint and hand-stitching on canvas.
An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, and a talk by featured artist Joetta Maue takes place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Additionally, two hands-on embroidery workshops take place Wednesday, April 17, and Wednesday, April 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at SUNY Cortland’s fibers studio, located at 22 W. Court St.
The workshops, led by McNamara and featured artist Karin Birch, are free and open to the public but registration is required. Email Fowler-Decatur or call her at 607-753-4216 to register or to schedule a group tour of the Dowd Gallery.
The upcoming exhibition features the work of five women and four men who take unique approaches to embroidery. Besides Birch and Maue, the contemporary artists include Orly Cogan, Andrea Dezsö, Angelo Filomeno, Kent Henricksen, Nava Lubelsk, Tom Lundberg and Clay McLaurin.
Short descriptions of their work follow:
“Threads: Contemporary Embroidery” is supported by The Cortland Fund, Cortland College Foundation, an Auxiliary Services Corporation grant and the College’s Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies.
For more information, contact Fowler-Decatur.