As an institution renowned for its strong art-infused curriculum and emphasis on arts instruction, Ross School takes pride in the number of its graduates who have gone on to work in various artistic and creative fields. A number of these artists’ work is featured in the Ross Alumni Art Exhibition, which opened November 12 in the Ross Gallery. The show highlights artists who graduated from Ross in the last 13 years and are now studying art in college or working as professionals in creative fields. The alumni artwork on view includes drawings, paintings, animations, cartoons, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and prints.
At the packed reception, students and members of the community wandered though the Gallery enjoying the diverse displays and the beautiful piano music played by Ross eleventh grader Ning (Claire) Yan.
“I am so impressed with the accomplishments of all the artists represented in this show and grateful to them for sharing their artworks with the Ross community. They are certainly an inspiration to all aspiring artists and future Ross graduates,” said Jennifer Cross, dean of Visual Arts. Students in Jennifer’s Museum Studies class assisted in curating the exhibition.
The featured artists are Noah Engel ’11, a film major and senior at New York University; Aiyana Jaffe ’13, a sophomore at Rhode Island School of Design; photographer Alexandra Strada ’06, who is pursuing a master’s of fine arts at Columbia; Molly Weiss ’02, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art who now works as an independent artist and curator; John Messinger ’02, a photographer and artist who will have his first one-man show in New York City this fall; Ryan Duff ’04, a graduate of SUNY Purchase and current Ross School house parent; Hunter Herrick ’03, a cinematographer for film and TV; Riko Kawahara ’13, who is currently studying graphic design at Pratt Institute; Alia Knowlan ’13, a senior at Savannah College of Art; Tucker Marder ’08, an artist, curator, and director and current MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon Julian Mardoyan-Smyth ’08, a senior at Skidmore College; Kate Petrone ’05, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and a photographer; Bronwyn Roe ’06, a self-taught painter and visual artist; Dan Roe ’04, filmmaker and Media Studies teacher at Ross; Sara Salaway ’11, a senior majoring in photography at Bennington College; Clarisa Skretch ’04, a graduate of Carleton College and a portrait artist; Keith Skretch ’01, who designs video for live performance and installation in New York and Los Angeles; Andrina Smith ’03, a graduate of Emerson College and current actor, playwright, and singer; and Zac Wan ’14, a freshman at the School of Visual Arts.
The Alumni Art Exhibition will be on display through December 18 at the Ross School Gallery, located at 18 Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton.