Past Press Releases

Lockwood Dennis Retrospective at the Kaiser Gallery at Molloy College
September 9 - October 30, 2014

The Frank and Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery at Molloy College will exhibit the work of Lockwood Dennis. The work will be exhibited from September 9 through October 30, 2014.

Dennis was a Seattle-based West Coast artist whose work often emulated the Regionalist work of Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. The strong solid structure of his paintings and especially the woodcuts follows this philosophy. Dennis graduated from the Art School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and is in the collections of Microsoft and the Tacoma Museum in Seattle, Washington among others.

The artist muses on the philosophy behind his work:

  "For me, though, what animates a picture is what animate the objects in the picture. An attitude. I see it when I'm
sketching. Houses watching a street. Cars disagreeing with each other. Trucks happily cresting a hill, trundling
off into the distance. Factories outdoing each other. And trees, full of very dark observations on the events around them.
Water, a brooding, waiting peril.  Sunlight, the one benign presence, saying for everything it touches, "I exist!" 
And color sets the mood, the contextual feeling which always relates to a time of day: the unknown forces of night,
reassuring morning light, hard severity of mid-day, the uneasy portents of evening."

The opening reception will be held on Tuesday September 9,  from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For additional information and photographs please contact the gallery at or call (516) 323-3196

Winslow Memorial Art Exhibition of the Long Island Black Artists Association
July 13 - August 15, 2014

The Frank and Gertrude Art Gallery at Molloy College will exhibit the work of the Long Island Black Artists Association in honor of Charles Winslow, a past president and a founding member of the group. Winslow, as he liked to be called, died this spring and this exhibition is dedicated to his love of Art and his long time association and the group's association with Molloy College.

The Long Island Black Artists Association is one of the oldest arts organizations in existence on Long Island and has over 400 members at times. Artists will include BA Djibril Ngawa, Brent Bailer, David Wilson, Deborah Corbin-Young, Dorris Campbell, Ethel Washington, Galvin Bisserup, James Whitten, Kenneth Smith, Maxine Townsend-Broderick, Neil Williams, Olita Jenkins, Rebecca Fowler and Rosa Hanna Scott.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception in honor of Winslow on Sunday July 13, 2014, where the artists will be present. We are also establishing the Charles Winslow Memorial Prize for Excellence in Fine Art that hopefully will be given at all other venues by the group.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday for the months of July and August. For additional information, please email or call 516.323.3196.

Molloy College Graduating Bachelors of Fine Arts and
Bachelors of Science in Visual Arts Education
"This Is It!"
May 4 to June 27, 2014

The Frank and Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery is proud to present "This Is It," an exhibition of the senior projects of graduating Fine Arts majors and Visual Arts Education majors at Molloy College. The exhibition will be on view from May 4 through June 27, 2014. 

Artists are Thomas Agostino, Jennifer Breidenbach, Jane Cowan, Theresa Hempstead, Luke Merz, Michele Meskill, Danielle Multari, Jenna Picone, Richard Rodriguez, Karen Ross, Jacquelyn Russo, Alexandria Sabatino, and Lazaro Sepulveda. The opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Frank and Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery located on the second floor of the Public Square, room 280 at Molloy College. The public is invited to attend.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed from April 17 to April 22 and on Memorial Day. For additional information, call 516.323.3196 or email

Edwin Ruda
The Band Paintings
March 6 - April 28, 2014

The Frank and Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery at Molloy College is proud to partner with Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea to exhibit Edwin Ruda: The Band Paintings, including paintings and works on paper from 1969 to 1972. Through the efforts and generosity of Christine Berry and Martha Campbell, the Kaiser Art Gallery has been fortunate enough to travel the Ruda exhibition.

Unafraid to step beyond stylistic boundaries, Edwin Ruda consistently probed the incongruities and connections between minimalism and the geometric and lyrical modes of abstraction. Ruda's "band" paintings embody his efforts to reconcile these two divergent forms. The result is an elegant, radiant body of work. Loosening the flow of his paint, Ruda introduced pure and translucent bands of colors that are rarely part of minimalist statements.  He then worked through the resulting contradictions without allowing structure or formlessness to dominate.

Peter Schjeldahl stated in 1973 that Ruda, "a painter of large, complex painterly abstractions," was "an artist often overlooked in discussions of contemporary painting, but I believe one of the finest in America."  James Gleeson wrote in a 1974 review of Ruda's show at Gallery A, Sydney, Australia, that the artist had found the "missing link between minimal art and lyric abstraction." 

Ruda was born in New York City in 1922 and grew up in the East Bronx. He graduated from Cornell University in 1947, having interrupted his studies to enlist in the navy during World War II. In 1949 he received a Master of Arts from Columbia University and spent the following decade studying in Mexico City, teaching at the University of Texas and completing a Master of Fine Arts at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Ruda returned to New York in the early 1960s. By 1962 he had introduced hard-edged shapes into his art, creating arrangements with strong geometric and optical properties. During the mid-1960s he become a leading figure in the Park Place Group, the model for the activist and cooperative galleries that followed. The Group included artists such as Mark di Suvero, Forrest Myers, and Leo Valledor. Ruda's style started loosening, evolving ultimately into the "band" paintings.

From the 1960s through the 1990s, Ruda's art was featured in many of the most significant exhibitions of American abstraction, including Systemic Painting, at the Guggenheim Museum (1966); Cool Art, at the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (1968); two Whitney Museum biennials (1969 and 1973); and many others. From the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, he showed at the new gallery established by Paula Cooper on Prince Street in Soho. 

Ruda's work is in numerous public collections, including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; the Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, Albany, New York; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Katonah Art Center, New York; the Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; the Udine Museum of Art, Italy (collective gift organized by Thomas Hess); the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina;  and the William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Connecticut.

The exhibition will run from March 6 through April 28. A color catalog will accompany the exhibition with an essay by Christine Berry.

The Ruda Band Paintings were exhibited at Berry Campbell Gallery in New York City in January/February 2014. Berry Campbell is located in the heart of Chelsea at 530 West 24th Street on the ground floor.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours before theater event at the Madison Theatere at Molloy College. The gallery will be closed from April 17 to April 22.

For more information contact the Kaiser Art Gallery at or 516.323.3196, or Berry Campbell Gallery at