ALUMNI ARTISTS EXHIBIT AT HAVERFORD COLLEGE
Alumni artists of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges will be featured in an exhibit at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery this summer. Christine Lafuente (BMC ’91), and Scott Sherk (HC ’75) will display their works May 27 through September 18.
Christine Lafuente will be showing approximately 20 to 30 pieces that reflect her 15 years as an artist, all presented courtesy of Philadelphia’s Gross McCleaf Gallery. Her works will include sculptures created when she was an undergraduate in Haverford professor Chris Cairns’ class; renderings of various locales in New York City, Vermont, and the Manayunk and Northern Liberties neighborhoods of Philadelphia; and a wide range of oil paintings, such as 2004’s Pigments and Typewriter. She calls her paintings “poetic responses to visual experiences.”
Lafuente earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Bryn Mawr College in 1991 and her M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in 2004; she was also awarded a certificate in painting with a minor in printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1995. She has exhibited in solo shows at the Somerville Manning Gallery in Greenville, Del., the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, the Ruth Morpeth Gallery in Hopewell, N.J., the Kessler Gallery in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and the Mulligan-Shanoski Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions throughout New York, New England, and the Delaware Valley. Lafuente has received numerous awards and grants from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, two Charles G. Shaw Memorial Awards from Brooklyn College, and a grant from the Stobart Foundation in Boston. She has served as artist-in-residence at Philadelphia’s Fleisher Art Memorial and the Vermont Studio Center, and currently teaches at the Pratt Institute in New York.
Scott Sherk will show six welded steel sculptures and about a dozen drawings. The steel sculptures are abstractions developed from his studies and drawings of the human figure; these works are inspired by both Pierre Hudot’s book Plotinus of the Simplicity of Vision and the drumming of Al Jackson, Jr. “I work from a state of confusion toward one of clarity and simplicity,” says Sherk, who, like Lafuente, will be including some sculptures from his days as Chris Cairns’ student.
Sherk received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Haverford College in 1975 and his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. His work has been displayed in many venues across the country and around the world, including the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Leslie Cecil Gallery in New York City, the University of California at Davis Memorial Union Gallery, the Anchorage Museum of Art and History in Anchorage, Alaska, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Alberta, Canada, and Tezukayama College in Nara, Japan. He has been awarded grants from both the Pennsylvania and the New York State Councils on the Arts, as well as several from Muhlenberg College, where he has served as chair of the art department since 2003. He last exhibited at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in 1995.
Located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June through August. In September, the Gallery will be open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends from noon-5 p.m. For more information, call (610) 896-1287.