As HWS students, painter Jenny Wu ’12 and sculptor Andrew Hellmund ’14 were already prolific and widely exhibited artists. Now, as they develop their craft and their audience, the graduates have art displayed in prominent locations on campus, inspiring artists and art lovers.
“Andrew and Jenny are very talented artists and have a bright, continuing future,” says Kathryn Vaughn P’08, the Colleges visual arts curator. “Jenny’s landscape paintings are vital and refreshing. Andrew’s monumental metal sculptures are a stunning continuation of a rich modern tradition. I feel privileged to have known both of them and feel they exemplify the best of our students.”
On loan from the artist, Wu’s oil painting, “If Time Is All I Have” (2012), is displayed in the entrance to the Common Room in Scandling Campus Center. The landscape shows a northeasterly perspective overlooking Odell’s Pond and the Barn, with more of the HWS campus in the background.
Hellmund’s steel sculpture, “Urban Rising” (2014), which was honored with the Arthur Dove ’03 Art Award in 2014, is in a permanent location on the southwest corner of the lawn in front of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.
The Dove Award, established in 1980 by William B. Carr, is used to purchase a work of art created by a student at the Colleges, chosen from the Student Art and Architecture Exhibition held at the end of each year in The Davis Gallery at Houghton House.
Wu also earned the Dove Award in 2012, when the Colleges acquired her piece, “And the Snow Fell” (2012, oil on canvas).
“I feel honored to have my work displayed on campus,” says Wu. “It is sharing my experience and memory of Geneva with people I know and people I have not met yet. Meanwhile, I feel the urge to make more art and make better art. Since graduating from William Smith, my art practice shifted from plein air painting to a cross-disciplinary practice in sculpture, installation, video and participatory projects.”
As an HWS student, Wu showcased her work at Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc. in New York City. During her senior year, she opened her first solo show at The Davis Gallery at Houghton House as part of an independent study. She also completed an Honors project, “9: Nine, Honors Project Exhibition,” which was featured in a Geneva exhibit.
After graduating summa cum laude from HWS with a degree in architectural studies and studio art, Wu traveled the U.S. on a number of artist residencies and later received her MFA from American University. Her work has been exhibited across the country, most recently the national juried “Art as Politics” exhibition in Washington, D.C., where her video “Wall, Wall. Wall? Wall. Wall!” received honorary mention. To learn more about her work, visit www.jennywuart.com.
Hellmund, who recently earned his MFA at the University of Alberta in Canada, has several sculptures on permanent display in Geneva: “Horizontal Passages” (2014) and “Unfolding” (2014) can be seen at Lakefront Park, between Castle Creek and the Events and Visitor Center, installed as part of Geneva’s Lakefront Access Improvement Project.
“As a Hobart alum, it is incredible to be able to contribute to the visual fabric of HWS and greater Geneva, a town and college that enriched how I pursue art and design now,” says Hellmund. “It is an honor to have work permanently at a place where I have so many wonderful memories and learning moments. I look forward to more in the future.”
At HWS, Hellmund earned his B.A. cum laude in architectural studies and studio art with Honors. His Honors project, “Sculptural Passage: A Convergence of Industry and Nature,” explored sculpture in the tradition of 20th century formalist abstract art. His structure used found metal to create sculptural passages composed of found, formed and fitted elements.
In 2012, he was one of only 19 sculptors nationwide (and by far the youngest) to be included in the Biennial Sculpture Invitational at the Krasl Arts Center in St. Joseph, Mich. He has since showed his work across the Finger Lakes Region, New England and Canada. For more of Hellmund’s work, visit his studio’s website.