Hartell Award Given to Madeleine Cichy

Sculpture by Madeleine Cichy
Cichy's My Dream Kitchen (2016), installation shot. photo / provided
Work by Madeleine Cichy
Getting to the bottom of it (2016), steel, fabric, caulk, thread, 65" x 67" x 16". photo / provided
Work by Madeleine Cichy
You can't find this on the internet (2016) conduit, foam, plasticine, 5' x 4' x 4'. photo / provided
Cichy's My Dream Kitchen (2016), installation shot. photo / provided Getting to the bottom of it (2016), steel, fabric, caulk, thread, 65" x 67" x 16". photo / provided You can't find this on the internet (2016) conduit, foam, plasticine, 5' x 4' x 4'. photo / provided
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December 5, 2016

Madeleine Cichy (M.F.A. '17) is the 2016 recipient of the John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture in recognition of excellence in studio practice.

Cichy's work is made of modest materials (dough, clay, caulk, PVC pipes) that she transforms through new uses and applications.

"The objects I make are situated somewhere between furniture, machine, and body," Cichy says. "Pathetic or abject, they nonetheless strive for beauty or a new type of usefulness, despite being stuck in an unemployed state. There is something anachronistic and out of sync about the work, something like a retroactive visage of the present, or a lame projection of the future from the recent past."

Cichy grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and attended Vassar College in New York for her undergraduate studies where she double majored in studio art and economics. Cichy will exhibit her thesis work at Cornell during the spring semester, and also participate in the annual M.F.A. group show in New York City in May.

Members of Hartell's family, friends, and former students established the John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture 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 part of the award.

By Rebecca Bowes