May 5, 2017
Houghton Professor’s Paintings Prized at Art Show
Dr. James Wolfe, professor of biology at Houghton, has won two ribbons at the 2017 Seven County Art Show, sponsored by the Wellsville Art Association. “Rhode Island Coast” and “Sunset” won first and third place ribbons, respectively, in the Advanced Scenic oil-on-canvas category. The two scenes were inspired by his experiences on the New England coast from his doctoral research and summer residence at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in 1992.
Although Wolfe was trained in biology, his family has connections with the arts. He spent his formative years in the Silvermine section of Norwalk, home of the Silvermine Guild of Artists since the early 1900s due to its local rural scenery and proximity to the galleries of New York City. Silvermine has seen artists such as sculptor Solon Borglum, brother of Gutzon Borglum (sculptor of Mount Rushmore) and industrial designer John Vassos.
As director of the new Arctic Studies in Alaska semester, Wolfe hopes to incorporate some of the magnificent scenery of the wilderness in his future works. He values the unique light and large-scale perspective of the Alaskan landscape.