The Basement Show at Alfred University features work of two locals

ALFRED – Two local artists, Timothy Pauszek of Dunkirk and Tara Barone originally from Derby, are among the 10 students whose work will be featured in The Basement Show at Alfred University Camps. Jennifer Anderson of Brook-lyn, Malone Barth of Roch-ester, Abbie Cianfrocco from Westmoreland, Katie Fortier from Westminister, Ma., Miriam Hudson from Pittsburg, Pa., Trish Kaiser from Harrington Park, N.J., Danielle Mastropierro from Northern N.J. and Nora Peters from Pittsburgh are the other artists.

The Alfred University interdisciplinary art major welcomes viewers to the IART Senior Exhibition, highlighting the development of these artists who have been classmates and colleagues for the last four years. The Basement Show is a multimedia group exhibition which includes new work in drawing, sculpture, ceramics, painting, print, digital and neon installation and performance. The Opening Reception on May 9 features refreshments and music by Josh Webber from Dunkirk, NY. Webber has played in many bands with a variety of musical styles from rock-and-roll to heavy-metal and fronts the local pop-punk band Living Saints.

Pauszek grew up in Dunkirk on the shores of Lake Erie. His hand-carved woodblock and screen prints explore the history and culture of Dunkirk, through “cock-and-bull” stories passed down from his father and grandfathers. This summer, he will be an intern on the printmaking product line at Gamblin Artist Colors in Portland, Ore.

Barone incorporates hair and fingernails into her mixed-media paintings which explore metaphysical aspects of the human body relating to chakra energies of the nonphysical self. Barone is concentrating her studies on art history and theory and has interned at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo as an archivist and at HEREarts Center in New York City as a preparator and marketing assistant.

The major in Interdisciplinary Art leads to a B.A. degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Alfred University. It combines studio work in the arts with studies in art history, art theory, and cultural criticism. The program draws faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and from the School of Art and Design in the NYS College of Ceramics.