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Birdhouses as Spaces for Infinite Dreaming
By:  Kali Taylor Ventresca
Honors Thesis & BFA Thesis in Metal 

 Kali's Bio
Kali sitting in office
Kali Taylor Ventresca began her time as an artist at SUNY New Paltz with a proverbial bang. After developing an AP Art portfolio at the Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY, she received "Best in Show" in the Art Foundations program in her freshman year (2007). 

After deciding to focus her efforts toward a BFA in Metals in her sophomore year, Kali took on a jewelry internship in 2010 at Albert J. Pujol, Inc. in New York City. This experience would further enhance her skills, as she would develop a knack for creating beautifully unique pieces. 

Kali's progress didn't stop after her graduation in December of 2011, as she vaulted directly into an assistant designer position with Jaroff Design & Mison Concepts in Hicksville, NY. Jaroff Design, founded by artist Joseph Jaroff, provides custom metal and glass design and fabrication for the art, architecture and interior design communities. As an employee of Jaroff Design, Kali is gaining invaluable experience both as a designer and a businesswoman.

In Kali's downtime, she loves riding her bike, eating well, dancing and being in the company of friends and family. She is also in the process of constructing her first home studio.


American Waste
Landscape and Identity
By:  James Senzer
Honors Thesis & BFA Thesis in Photography

James' Bio
James Senzer (American, born 1993) is a multidisciplinary artist primarily working in photography and serigraphy.  Senzer currently resides in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.  Senzer is expected to receive his BFA in photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz in May 2015.  James Senzer has had photographs included in numerous group exhibitions across New York State.  In 2013, his series Straight Face was awarded "best in show," in an exhibition at the Photography Center of the Capital District, and in 2014 he was the recipient of the Luigi and Anita Traverso scholarship in photography.  His current project American Waste: Landscape and Identity challenges our perception of both the waste industry, and what we choose to discard.  By photographing waste sites, and displaying appropriated objects, his work makes us question the role of an identity after it has been discarded.  Equipped with a large format camera, Senzer captures expansive vistas rich with subtle detail and layers of content.  His image methodology is traditional; he frequently chooses to shoot using a tripod, and slow shutter speeds to achieve a desired quality and effect in his images.  Senzer is versed in numerous traditional photographic processes including Cyanotype, and Van Dyke Brown, and is an advocate of traditional, hybrid, and digital image making.  Click here to visit James' website.