Author: Michelle [Shelly] Hillman
Date: January 12, 2017
Categories: Art|Faculty|Music & Arts

Houghton College’s Ortlip Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its Art & Visual Communication Faculty Exhibition, featuring works by Ryann Cooley, associate professor of digital media and photography, and Alicia Taylor-Austin, assistant professor of art in print media at the college. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., with an artist’s talk and Q&A at 6:45. The event is free and open to the public.

Both artists sought to create immersive experiences for this exhibit. Cooley’s multimedia installations project imagery onto various materials in darkened rooms, creating relationships between the viewer and the image, surface, and surrounding space. Taylor-Austin draws inspiration from the natural world and extracts color from natural elements including trees, insects, seeds and leaves. Her installation features sculpture composed of fiber and handprinted textiles.

Cooley is an award-winning artist in both the fine and applied arts, working in the mediums of photography, video, sculpture and installation. His work has been exhibited internationally and widely published. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Brook Institute of Photography and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts.

Taylor-Austin is a visual artist whose studio practice engages material as metaphor, transforming materials by hand through processes in print media, book arts, painting, drawing and sculpture. She holds a Bachelor of Science in studio art from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Master of Fine Arts in visual studies from Visual Studies Workshop, in association with State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport.