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A new exhibition at the Palmer Gallery showcases the work of three local artists, September 22-October 13, 2016

Works by three Hudson Valley artists will be on view in the new exhibition Over, Under After Over in the Palmer Gallery at Vassar College, September 22-October 13. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 22, 5:00-7:00pm in the gallery. All events are free and open to the public.

Artists Donise English, Christina Tenaglia, and Laura Kaufman are friends who teach in the Art Department at Marist College. In Over, Under After Over the three artists show recent works. The exhibition consists of sculpture and 2D works on paper.

 “The commonality in the works is a sense of intricacy, construction and exploration of material,” says Teresa Quinn, assistant dean of the college and director of the Palmer Gallery. “Many of the works in the exhibition also have a sense of a grid-like format.”

English has exhibited nationally for more than 20 years. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Bard College. “I am interested in drawing and collaging multiple layers of information that refer abstractly to maps, architectural drawings and blueprints or patterns and structures found in such things as roller coasters, power lines and fences,” she has said of her work.

Kaufman, a Vassar alumna, has exhibited her work nationally. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and her wok has appeared in the New York Times, Outdoor New Yorker, and the New York Daily News. In 2008 she was named Museum Educator of the Year by the Connecticut Art Educators Association.

Tenaglia, also a Vassar alumna, has exhibited widely. “I often work in wood because it is even easier to cut up than to put together. It is everywhere - the most basic of materials; it can be both found and raw material simultaneously,” says Tenaglia. “There is a line where a thing can slip from being an abstraction to seeming familiar, and then right back again. I am looking for these occasions.”


The James W. Palmer III Gallery serves as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, displaying art of diverse media, themes, and origins. 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 Vassar class of 1990. It is situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria at the heart of the College Center addition to Vassar’s Main Building.

The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, September 1, 2016