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Ithaca College's Handwerker Gallery Kicks Off Fall Semester With Two New Exhibitions

ITHACA, NY — Two exhibitions—“Something Is Amiss in Eden: Recent Work by Susan Weisend” and “The Zou Ba Portfolio: Printmakers’ Journey in China,” curated by Minna Resnick—will open with a public reception on Thursday, Sept, 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the college’s Handwerker Gallery. In addition, Weisend and Resnick will give public talks in the gallery on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 12:15 p.m. The exhibitions will be on display until Oct. 13. All Handwerker events are free and open to the public.

“Something Is Amiss in Eden: Recent Work by Susan Weisend”
This exhibition features a series of Weisend’s prints, embossments and artist’s books exploring the theme of biodiversity. She states, “I assume the role of puppeteer manipulating the strings of multiple metaphors for the human presence in and impact upon nature.”

During the past 30 years Susan Weisend has shown her work nationally and internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United States, China, Japan, and Slovakia. She is represented in many public and private collections, including the Sanbao Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, the Bardiana Collection at Bard College, and the Juniata College Museum of Art.

“The Zou Ba Portfolio: Printmakers’ Journey in China,” curated by Minna Resnick
During the summer of 2007, an international delegation of 15 print artists spent 28 days traveling through China, lecturing at art academies, exhibiting their work, and meeting with artists, faculty and students. The artists also conducted a symposium at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, visited papermaking, ceramics, woodworking and dying workshops, and produced works that extended their ideas from printmaking to ceramics.

“The travel group, led by the indomitable Wendy (Wenying) Li, of the Sanbao Ceramic Village, traveled from the eastern shores of Shanghai, a modern and cosmopolitan city, to western China, to the towns of Dali and Lijiang, near the border with Tibet and home to many ethnic minority cultures,” said Minna Resnick, who, with Susan Weisend, was one of the artists. “In many places, we were the first Westerners the local community had ever seen. The collection of images in the Handwerker Gallery is the artists’ response to this incredible journey.”

Resnick has been making prints and drawings for over 35 years and has shown extensively, both nationally and internationally. Her work is in over 50 public collections, including the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. as well as the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Denver Art Museum, and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. She has lived and maintained a studio in Ithaca since 1987.

All Handwerker Gallery events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and weekends, noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed to the public on Tuesdays but can accommodate group or class visits by appointment.

For more information visit or call the Handwerker Gallery at (607) 274-3018. To schedule a group or class visit, e-mail Erika Fowler-Decatur at

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Erika Fowler-Decatur at (607) 274-3548. Please make requests for accommodations as far in advance as possible.