School of Art and Design
Galleries : Cohen Center and Gallery

History and Purpose

 The Cohen Center for the Arts Gallery exhibits the work of Alfred University alumni, faculty, and visiting artists. The Cohen Gallery, located at 55 North Main Street in Alfred, provides Alfred University students with hands-on experience in arts administration, community development, marketing and public relations, design, and management. Students assist in all facets of the exhibitions, from designing the space to preparing promotional materials and acting as docents during the shows.

The Cohen Gallery seeks to create opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni to engage in the professional activities of curating and organizing art exhibitions from the ground up, thus providing valuable experience in the business aspects of art. The gallery also provides a supportive environment for exhibitions that serve regional constituencies, such as regional arts councils, public schools, and exchanges between regional art programs at the university level.

The Cohen Center for The Arts was created by the generous gift of Michele and Martin Cohen, parents of Adam Cohen, Class of 2003.

Spring 2017 Exhibition Schedule

Romancing the Toaster: Works by Myles Calvert January 27-February 22, 2017

Opening reception Friday, January 27, 6-8pm

Artist Talk Thursday, February 2, 4:30pm in Binns C

Calvert's work explores the relationships that develop between everyday objects and popular culture references. Following the ideals of Romanticism, emphasis is given to an individual experience of emotion. A moment of spontaneity allows for humour and a subtle twist to avoid an overwhelming glorifications of the past through objects of the mundane. His influences are heavily drawn from contemporary and modern printmakers such as Richard Hamilton, René Magritte, and the self-promoting antics of the YBA (Young British Artist) culture. Myles Calvert was born in Collingwood, Ontario (Canada). He attended the University of Guelph with a focus in printmaking and art history, before traveling to London, UK where he completed his MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art (University for the Arts, London). Major bodies of work included mass installations of screen printed toast and the idolization of popular British celebrity.

Fall 2016 Exhibition Schedule

"Follow Through" Works by Adam Hinterlang and Peter Morgan at the Cohen Gallery October 28-December 1, 2016
Opening Reception October 28th, 6-8pm at the Cohen

Career Talk: "What Not to Do,"
October 26th at 6pm in Nevins -co-sponsored by the Career Development Center

Artist Talk,
October 27th at 4:30pm in Binns C -sponsored by the Division of Ceramics and the Division of Expanded Media

"Follow Through" represents 11 years of careful planning and meticulous work by Adam Hinterlang and Peter Morgan coming to fruition. The exhibition contains individual works by both artists as well as their collaborative tile pieces. The works of Ceramicist/Conceptual Artist, Peter Morgan, are an exploration of the world through the investigation of location, representation, perception, taxonomy, and language. In contrast, Adam Hinterlang’s practice is rooted in mark making. He employs drawing, computer animation, and sound to create his unique biomorphic creations. What is most important to both artists is their collaborative project known as, "Wildlife Fashion Art."

"Wildlife Fashion Art" began in the summer of 2005 as a collaboration between the dynamic duo. With few obligations and plenty of free time, the two toiled away on this project, which was to be their "get rich quick scheme." The original principle was to take the most "fashionable" and "trendy" colors of the day and apply them to silhouetted images of animals in action poses. This project brought together the artists’ interests in both animals and color theory, and though Anthropologie never licensed their work to create a line of purses (as they had hoped), it continues to spark their imagination.

The Place of Drawing in the Curriculum: Revisiting the Discussion a Decade Later
Roundtable led by Kevin Wixted with Ro Lohin, Stephanie McMahon, Mario Prisco, Kat Reising, and Kathy Vajda
Tuesday, September 13, at 4:30pm at Cohen Gallery
Co-sponsored by the Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography

Observed and Imagined: Works on Paper by Mario Prisco
Exhibition Opening: Friday, September 16-October 16
Opening Reception: September 16th, 6-8pm

The Cohen Gallery will present recent figure drawings and fantastical watercolors by Alfred University Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus Mario Prisco from September 16 to October 16. For Prisco, observational drawing using the human form is a touchstone to his larger practice. His figurative work has always influenced essential decisions in his painting--the selection of objects, the relationship between parts, and the handling of edges. His series of watercolors displays fanciful and recurring motifs in imagined landscapes of bold colors and multiple perspectives. The distance he travels from the real to the surreal may seem extreme, but the artist would argue that the painterly skills and compositional connections between the two genres are implicit.

Mario Prisco was born in Brooklyn in 1930. After attending the High School for Music and Art in Manhattan, he went on to receive his BFA and MFA at Syracuse University. His teaching career included positions at Moore College of Art, where he established the Fine Arts Division, and the School of Art and Design at Alfred. Prisco has had a long and successful career at Alfred. Among his many accomplishments were the creation of the design program and the establishment of sophomore drawing. He continues to attend the Thursday night open studio on campus.


Student Internships

Curate at the Cohen

Open Hours During the Semester:

Tuesday - Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 12-4pm
or request an appointment by Email

For installation: December 3, 2016 through January 26, 2017

Summer Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-5pm


The Cohen Center for The Arts Gallery
Director & Chief Curator
Cindy DeFelice
School of Art and Design
2 Pine Street, Alfred, NY 14802

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