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The East 40 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition
October 2, 2022 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
The Art Department and The East 40 Community Garden at Northampton Community College announce an exhibition from Tuesday, Sept. 6 – Friday, Oct. 14 in the Communications Hall Gallery at the college’s Bethlehem campus, 3835 Green Pond Rd. A reception is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 5-7 p.m.
The exhibit and reception, which are free and open to the public, will feature work by one of the college’s 2021 and inaugural artists-in-residence, Essye Klempner. Artworks will include those Klempner made during her time at NCC, and those made in the following year. These works were highly influenced by her experience at the East 40 and artworks she completed immediately preceding the residency, giving context to what came after.
Works include combination photograms and chemigrams, darkroom processes in which developer is painted onto objects which are then set on photographic paper; ceramics made from clay processed from the East 40 soil and fired onsite; and drawings made with natural materials such as mushroom spores and mud. All the works represent Klempner’s continued interest in the nexus of urban and natural, drawing and photography.
Accompanying Klempner’s work will be documentation of research completed by 2022 artist-in-residence, Cindy Vojnovic, as she concludes her residency and begins to prepare for her exhibition in Communications Hall Gallery scheduled for fall, 2023. Vojnovic’s work centered on creating dyes from natural materials, many sourced on the East 40 campus.
Exhibit hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Essye Klempner earned an MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, NJ, and a BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been an artist-in-residence at Woodstock, NY’s Byrdcliffe Guild; Hunter College in New York City; St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and at NCC for a Ceramic residency at the East 40 Community Garden in 2021. She has exhibited at Hunter College, Rutgers University, the RISING URBANIST Conference, and Queens Museum’s Queens International: 2018 Biennial, Volumes. She is a co-founder of SEMINAR reading group and Ink Cap Press, as well as Grassroots Arts Fund, providing printing material to local activists at EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City.
Cindy Vojnovic is an artist and art faculty at NCC. Her home studio practice connects to natural, human and spiritual cycles. While living in and utilizing her contemporary time and place, she resonates with histories – art historical, personal, family, and wider histories that radiate outward like ripples on a pond. Her BFA in painting is from The School for Visual Arts in New York City, and her MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.