Aurora, New York--The Wells College Visual Arts Department presents the exhibit "Through Line," by artist Sayward Schoonmaker, on display in the College's String Room Gallery (SRG) from October 24 through December 6. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. The artist will present a talk on October 24, at 6:00pm, followed by a reception from 6:30 - 8 p.m.; refreshments will be served.

Schoonmaker's work centers around the use of clichéd and intimate language, often taking form as poetry installed on walls, spoken in recordings, or in collaboration with moving images. Whether spoken or printed, her texts benefit from her careful attention to the shape, sound, and space between words, resulting in emotionally potent, delicately crafted work. She describes her work as beginning with "a witness to intimacy," leading to artwork that explores the "sincere gravity and exaggerated sentimentality of emotional transition." The exhibition "Through Line" is comprised of video, sound, installation, and poetry, and will be augmented by a performative artist talk prior to the opening reception.

Schoonmaker's work has been featured in galleries, journals, and performance venues. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois Chicago. Originally from Plainfield, NY, Sayward Schoonmaker completed her BFA (2007) at Skidmore College and MFA (2010) degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in Johnson, Vermont and is an instructor in the Department of English at Johnson State College.

The String Room Gallery is a center for the exhibition of contemporary art in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It is located on the Wells College campus in the southwest corner of the first floor of Main Building. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday 12 to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information about the show at Wells, please see the gallery's website at or contact Professor Katie Waugh at 315.364.3237.

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Through Line

October 24 - December 6, 2013