Collective Consciousness: New Work by SUNY New Paltz Art Faculty

Curated by Karlyn Benson

February 6 – April 11, 2021
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries

Anat Shiftan, Still Life with Fruit and Twigs in Shades of Yellow, 2020, courtesy the artist   


• See the Curator talk with Karlyn Benson on Collective Consciousness

• Download the Collective Consciousness gallery guide 

The SUNY New Paltz Art Department faculty members show their collective strength through a range of approaches to contemporary art.

Collective Consciousness is an exhibition of work by SUNY New Paltz Art Department faculty. The title of the exhibition refers to the sense of community at the university and the faculty’s ability to come together for each other and their students during this difficult time.


Cheri Wheat, Stellae, 2018, courtesy the artist 

The exhibition includes a wide range of mediums and subject matter, yet the faculty members share common interests in nature, the environment, social issues, and experimentation with materials. The exhibition itself is a communal experience, a way for faculty to share what they have been working on during a time marked by isolation and distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nadia Sablin, Zhanna Dancing, Komi Republic, Russia, 2016, courtesy the artist


The exhibition includes metalwork, ceramics, photography, printmaking, fiber art, film, painting, drawing, and several sculptural installations by twenty-one artists:

Robin Arnold

Michael Asbill

Lynn Batchelder

Bryan Czibesz

Aurora De Armendi

James Fossett

Andrea Frank

Matthew Friday

Anne Galperin

Kathy Goodell

Andrea Kantrowitz

Rena Leinberger

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray

Aaron Nelson

Itty S. Neuhaus

Jill Parisi-Phillips

Emily Puthoff

Nadia Sablin

Anat Shiftan

Suzanne Stokes

Cheri Wheat

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