Corkery and Wolodarski receive the 2012 Hartell Graduate Award

January 18, 2013

Elizabeth Corkery (M.F.A. ’13) and Gaby Wolodarski (M.F.A. ’13) have been selected as recipients of the 2012 John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture for excellence in a studio practice.

It is unusual for two students to receive the prestigious award, says director of graduate studies for the Department of Art, Carl Ostendarp. “Both students are insightful and intelligent artists, creating works that push at the edges of their disciplines. They were equally deserving of the recognition.”

Corkery uses printmaking techniques to form installation environments of “unique multiples,” where no two prints are the same and their repetition is allowed to evolve. “It’s fantastic that the college is able to provide such generous support for their graduate students, particularly leading up to the final semester and thesis exhibitions,” says Corkery, “I'm thrilled to be recognized alongside Gaby.”

Wolodarski employs painting languages that come from a variety of sources including set-painting, typography (sign painting), and illustration on cut-out shaped formats whose contours create the illusionism traditionally produced within the rectangular frame. “I'm thankful and excited to share this honor with Liz," says Wolodarski.

The award is open to second-year M.F.A. students. This year, six graduate students entered the competition juried by department faculty. A monetary prize is awarded as part of the recognition.

The John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture was established by members of his family, friends, and former students, in his memory after his death in 1995 at the age of 93. Hartell joined the architecture faculty in 1930 and the art faculty in 1940, serving as chair of the art department from 1940 until 1959. A monetary prize is awarded as part of the recognition.

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