Sunny Moxin Chen

As a Moscow-born-Chinese who migrated to the U.S. since high school, I consciously and unconsciously use my art as a medium to link my multi-cultural awarenesses that I bring together to form my “selves”. My legal name “MòXīn” (in pinyin) stands for “a new star that was born in Moscow”, according to my parents. On […]

Carol Nickol

From the moment I entered metal class roughly 25 years ago, I knew metal was going to be the major focus in my life from that point on. I took every class available—raising, casting, construction—and after graduating, I started my own shop.   Now I include etching, die forming, enameling, patination, weaving wire, and chain making […]

Louis Quaintance

Demonstration Plastik abb.163, the piece included in the Small Works exhibition, is a signature work, a particularly interesting bronze sculpture in the collection… describing a farcical situation in which the figure, grasping a commonplace chair and lifting a cinder block brick, becomes a human counterbalance. A crucial tension (bisecting space) is achieved as this figure […]

Lee Hoag

Born in the Southwest, my family moved to the D.C. area when I was four, where I first remember seeing artwork in museums. We then moved to Rochester, NY when I was eight. By the age of 14, I knew that I wanted to be an artist, and began painting. The family moved back west […]

Ron Longsdorf

Concrete block, plywood, construction materials and dug earth are memories from my early childhood. My father, uncle, and grandfather build the house I grew up in. Those early experiences of seeing raw materials for what they were, and the process of building eventually became a main theme and metaphor for my work. I am originally […]

Carolyn Enz Hack

Carolyn Enz Hack in the studio 2020

Drawing is a useful tool for generating new work, but drawing has limits when the subject of the work is an elusive concept. I enjoy drawing and painting representational subjects, but feel challenged to create works that embody a sense of being alive. Years of chasing this idea has taken me through iterations of art-making […]

Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi

Duet by Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi—Slip cast ceramic, underglaze transfers

Hi! I’m Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi, an artist and art educator from Buffalo, NY. I’m so excited to have a piece entitled “Stacked” in this year’s The Cup, The Mug exhibit. I am fairly new to the ceramics scene, and this is my second time exhibiting at Main Street Arts. Though I have moved throughout the artistic […]

Gabrielle Cohen

At the end of last year, I was thrilled to receive a research grant to create a body of work investigating the technological advancement of fabrication methods. I initially started thinking about this topic in the context of furniture. I was interested in the differences between how hand-made and machine-made furniture was produced and what […]

Dara Engler

I grew up in Virginia and now live in Trumansburg, NY.  I’ve been teaching painting and drawing at Ithaca College since 2012.  I received a BFA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University, Bloomington. As a painter, I have always had an interest in object making.  I love to build props […]

Meet Gregory Dirr

Gregory Dirr, artist in residence at Main Street Arts during the month of September 2019, is working in one of our two studio spaces on our second floor. We asked Gregory some questions about his work and studio practice: Q: To start off, please you tell us about your background. I’m from Miami but I live and work […]