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wellsAurora, New York— The Wells College Visual Arts Department presents the exhibit “Through Line,” by artist Sayward Schoonmaker, on display in the College’s String Room Gallery (SRG) from October 24 through December 6. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. The artist will present a talk on October 24 at 6 p.m. followed by a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; refreshments will be served.

Schoonmaker’s work centers on the use of clichéd and intimate language, often taking its form as poetry installed on walls, spoken in recordings or presented in collaboration with moving images. Whether spoken or printed, her texts benefit from her careful attention to the shape, sound and space between words, resulting in emotionally potent, delicately crafted work.

Schoonmaker describes her work as beginning with “a witness to intimacy,” leading to artwork that explores the “sincere gravity and exaggerated sentimentality of emotional transition.” The exhibition “Through Line” is comprised of video, sound, installation and poetry, and will be augmented by a performative artist talk prior to the opening reception.

Schoonmaker’s work has been featured in galleries, journals and performance venues. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois Chicago. Originally from Plainfield, N.Y., Sayward Schoonmaker completed her B.F.A. (2007) at Skidmore College and M.F.A. (2010) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in Johnson, Vt., and is an instructor in the department of English at Johnson State College.

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