Art from the Class of 1965 is a multimedia exhibition showcasing art by Vassar alumnae, June 15-July 16, 2015

To commemorate a milestone reunion, Vassar College’s Palmer Gallery is showing Art from the Class of 1965. This exhibition will be on view June 15 – July 16, 2015.

This exhibition features large-scale oil paintings as well as watercolor, acrylic, pastel, sculpture, pottery, weaving, a conceptual installation and photography by 19 artists.

Art from the Class of 1965 was organized by professional painters Monroe Hodder and Adele Wayman. The show was curated by Vivian Barnett, a former curator at the Guggenheim Museum and a leading Wassily Kandinsky scholar. All three women are members of the class of 1965.

“It is very exciting to have a show featuring the works of such accomplished Vassar alumnae,” says Teresa Quinn, director of the Palmer Gallery. “This is a thrilling way to truly welcome these artists back to Poughkeepsie and to offer a multi-media experience for our visitors.”

The class of 1965 boasts several successful artists:

- Monroe Hodder regularly exhibits her urban and exuberant abstract paintings.  She has taught at several universities in the San Francisco Bay Area, has exhibited her work internationally, and is in numerous museum collections. Recent painting exhibitions include one person shows in Los Angeles, Denver, London, New York, France, Russia and Seoul.  She was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome from December 2014 to February 2015.

- Adele Wayman, a retired art professor from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, is now painting full time. Her paintings of water are from her vantage point as a fly fisherman and her new series is about light in the forest surrounding her studio.  She has exhibited throughout North Carolina and has also shown her work in New York City, Florida, Virginia, Washington, DC , and Beijing.  

- Dixie Sheridan, a New York City-based freelance photographer, specializes in the documentation of the performing arts, particularly in theater productions. The New York Public Library recently acquired Sheridan's photo archive of off- and off-off-Broadway theater productions for its Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.  She has had several one-person exhibitions of her work.  Previously Sheridan worked at Vassar College for many years, including as vice president for college relations.

- Myrna Gordon has regularly exhibited her sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media in New York City. She works in metal, wood and cement but is most drawn to clay.

- Sarah Jacobs lives in London and exhibits internationally. Her work, which includes text and data, is on view in the British Arts Council Collection, the Henry Moore Institute, and various library collections, including the British Library, and various museum collections.


Other artists in the exhibition include:  Moira Burke, Vicki Cole, Ellen Croog, Louise Duncan, Caroline Clarke-Laurence, Josie Foote, Kathryn Hamill, Sally Graves Heaphy, Bev Horton, Sarah Jacobs, Joanne Milani, Susan Perry Peterson, Julie Spahr and Susan Wilson.

The Palmer Gallery is located on the first floor of Main Building and is open 11am-3pm, Monday – Friday.


Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center addition to Vassar’s 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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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, April 29, 2015