Palmer Gallery presents a Vassar student art exhibition, “The House Shaped Hole,” February 15 – March 1, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— The James W. Palmer Gallery at Vassar College will present an exhibition featuring the work of four Vassar seniors—Noah Lourie Mosher, Samantha Ives, Juliana Halpert, and Samantha Shin—entitled the house shaped hole from Wednesday, February 15, through Thursday, March 1. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 15.  

The house shaped hole is a mixed-media exhibition that is described by the artists as: “What happened while my parents were out—a show about cats, beer, suburbia, bathrooms, grass, pet rocks, our mothers, bagels, cats, and homelessness. Our spaces vary, our homes are different, and our knowledge is diverse, but we are all, without a doubt, shaped by where we grew up.  We hold onto our histories as the building blocks of adulthood, while simultaneously attempting to erase the memories we want to forget.” 

About the Artists

Samantha Shin is a painter and sculptor studying art at Vassar College who looks for fragility in power and alienation in the sentimental. In this exhibition she examines how her urban childhood positions the archetypal house and home in the realm of the imaginary.

Juliana Halpert is double-majoring in Studio Art and American Cultures. Her primary artistic interests lie in photography, printmaking, and other paper arts.

Noah Lourie Mosher, a Studio Art major, is a sculptor and video/performance artist. Interested in the dichotomy of nature and the "human natural" he works to create and highlight tears in the fabric of our societies given understandings of the objects and spaces we use and inhabit.  

Samantha Ives is a Studio Art and Media Studies major with a focus in women's craft and needle work. Interested in the ways that craft has been excluded from "High Art," Samantha tries to bridge the gap between arts and crafts. Her pieces often include textile media such as yarn, thread, string, and fabric.  

About the James W. Palmer III Gallery

Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center of Main Building. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.  

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, February 14, 2012