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Saltonstall Alumni Show at eye gallery this fall!

We are thrilled to host an alumni exhibition at eye Gallery on the Ithaca Commons this fall from Friday, October 6 – Sunday, November 19, 2017.



Gary Sczerbaniewicz ’16 & Elena Soterakis ’12

October 6 – November 19

Opening reception: Friday, October 6, 5:30 – 7:30pm

during Gallery Night Ithaca


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Lisbeth Firmin ’04

November 3 – 19

Reception: Friday, November 3, 5:30 – 7:30pm

during Gallery Night Ithaca


From curator Julie Simmons-Lynch: “Elena Soterakis and Gary Sczerbaniewicz’s work of boarded-up buildings and children playing knee-deep in rubbish exposes the over-gentrification and displacement of our communities and is a stark proclamation of a world gone mad.


Lisbeth Firmin’s thought-provoking paintings of the people living in these communities is a perfect complement to that message.”

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Exhibition Dates & Location

Dates: Friday, October 6 – Sunday, November 19, 2017


Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 4:00- 6:00pm, Saturday & Sunday, 12:00- 5:00pm


Location: eye gallery, 126 E. State Street, 2nd floor (above Petrune on the Ithaca Commons)

Artist bios:

Gary Sczerbaniewicz

Gary Sczerbaniewicz (’16) received his BFA in Sculpture from the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his MFA from the Department of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo.


Gary was recipient of the Jacob Kassay MFA Award (2013) and was a 2010 member of the NYFA Mark Program.


He has recently exhibited works in Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, and in Buffalo. In 2013 he completed a two-month residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY, where much of the installation entitled ‘Tom Ridge’ was created.  Gary has recently joined the roster of talented artists represented by the BT&C Gallery in Buffalo – where he currently lives and works.




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Elena Soterakis (’12) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work explores the conflict between America’s brand of capitalism and environmental preservation, and raises the question of whether this conflict can ever be resolved.


Soterakis received her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art, where she was a Merit Scholar. She received her BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. In recent years, Soterakis received a fellowship from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues, including Flowers Gallery, The Islip Museum, Sotheby’s New York, the NPR/WNYC Jerome L. Greene Space, Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery, and Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam.


Soterakis’ studio is located at the NARS Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Visual Art at Suffolk County Community College and the City University of New York’s Stella and Charles Guttman Community College.



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Lisbeth Firmin (’04) is a contemporary American realist whose paintings and monotypes explore the relationship between people and their urban environment, while simultaneously capturing the energy and light of a specific moment in time. Her urban landscapes, following in the tradition of earlier realists such as John Sloan, George Bellows, and Edward Hopper, depict a feeling of human solitude, of people headed somewhere undisclosed. She is not interested in producing a literal translation of her subject matter, but aims instead to ride the line between abstraction and realism, letting the viewer provide the final interpretation.


Firmin has been painting since childhood, and studied independently with printmaker Seong Moy, and painters Philip Malicoat, Victor Candell, and Leo Manso in Provincetown in the early 70’s. Her art has expanded from early depictions of lonely highways done from solitary road trips, to painting the neighborhoods and street scenes surrounding her downtown New York City apartment, where she lived for more than 25 years. Firmin’s work evolved further after a move to upstate New York in 2000, as the figure, instead of the landscape, gradually became the focal point of her paintings. For the last four decades her work has been in hundreds of solo and group shows in this country and abroad.


Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Provincetown Arts, The Boston Globe, Constellation 617, Provincetown Arts, Arts Magazine, American Art Collector, and numerous other publications.


Firmin teaches painting/printmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston Salem, NC and at the Truro Center for the Arts, Castle Hill, Cape Cod, MA.