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Lederer Online Digital Exhibitions

Lederer Online Gallery

The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery

September 8 - December 15, 2021

Salt of the Earth: Olivia Kim

Salt of the Earth

The Lederer Online Digital Exhibitions is pleased to present recent sculptures and drawings by Olivia Kim. Kim is a Rochester resident and is very active in the arts community and in works and commissions that support social justice efforts in the region. The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery her work in 2012 “Realism Rediscovered.” Since that time, she has exhibited in local venues, Ock Hee’s Gallery in Honeoye Falls, Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, Dyer Arts Center, National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and Russborough House: Wicklow, Ireland and Hastings Hotel at the Culloden Estate and Space, Belfast, Ireland.

In addition to her research in body movement at Garth Fagan Dance School, and Tango Café, both in Rochester, NY Kim expands her art practice by learning new skills, TIG welding, glass casting, and portrait painting all of which contribute to the richness of her work as one of our most accomplished realist sculptors. Upon viewing Kim’s exhibit, her manipulation of materials she expands her use of glass and bronze with gold leaf, and in other instances, she adds a coloring agent to cast glass. Such use gives the work of art an ethereal quality. In the case of the gold leaf, it adds highlights to the portraits and figures.

In 2017 she was awarded the commission to create 13 standing life-size portraits of Frederick Douglass based on the 1899 Stanley Edward sculpture in Highland Park, Rochester, NY by the Bicentennial Celebration of Frederick Douglass Commission. The exhibit includes images of that project and illustrates the number of volunteers that it took to help Kim bring this work to completion. The college is proud to exhibit the work of Olivia Kim, an extraordinary artist in our midst. You can view her artwork on Flickr, and watch an interview with the artists on Salt of the Earth: Olivia Kim

Olivia Kim: Salt of the Earth

150th Anniversary

September 13, 2021 through May 17, 2022

The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery is pleased to host a virtual exhibition of alumni artwork by art majors and minors who studied in the art department as part of our 150th Anniversary celebration. The participating artists are Don Cicconi ’78, Jacqueline Cortese-Lanier ‘74, Susan Craig ’01, Jennifer Croson ’79, Emily Gibbons ’08, Alexis Hannah ’14, Brenna O’Toole ’06, and Andy Smith ’81. This exhibit provides evidence of the important role the art department and its faculty played in the academic lives of students and in their careers. Faculty instilled a desire for lifelong engagement in the arts. Some participants in this exhibit are arts professionals and that includes teaching along with their art practice. Others continue their art practice on a part-time basis, something most artists do. The range of materials and media used by the artists include photography, Smith, and Craig to pastel painting, O’Toole; from ceramics, Cortese-Lanier to watercolor Gibbons and Hannah, to found photographs and set constructions, Croson to handmade paper works, Cicconi. Along with the virtual exhibition hosted on Flickr there is a link to the YouTube interview with several of the artists at:

June 1 - September 1, 2021

Subtle Variants: Lawrence Philp

         Varient Three

Lederer Online Digital Exhibitions is pleased to present to our expanded public new collagraphs by Lawrence Philp. Two years ago he exhibited mixed media collages at the former Lockhart Gallery. The collagraphs shown here are first printings, and prints #1, $5, #7, are ghost prints, (denoted as such), this method of reprinting the same image illustrates how dramatically the image is changed and our understanding and response to the print.  Collagraphs are made with printers inks and are applied to various materials including cardboard, fabric, string, leaves, etc., and then covered with printmaking paper and run through the printing press (of which there are different types). This is an experimental process open to innovation.

Lawrence Philp received his MFA from the University of Michigan and has taught at Jones College, Hartwick College, Middlebury College, Parsons School of Design, and others. He has exhibited nationally and includes the Lockhart Gallery, Morean Arts Center, in Florida, Peg Alston Fine Art in New York City, Hollingsworth Gallery in Palm Coast, Florida, Anderson Ranch Center, Colorado, Cooperstown Art Association, NY, and at a host of Florida galleries. This exhibition as with the site's other virtual exhibitions provides a link to his interview on YouTube and to the exhibit on Flickr.

Subtle Variants

Reflections in Time: Linda Condon

The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery is pleased to present the artwork, screen prints of Linda Condon. This exhibit has been several years in the making. “Reflections in Time: Linda Condon” is in some sense a retrospective and simultaneously Condon’s autobiography. The works in the exhibition reach back to teenage angst in her series “School Days” through recent memories of the Irish landscape represented in “Post Cards.” Condon’s style, drawings, and color use evolved over the years. Her compositions are complex yet playful; they are vibrant and full of energy, and a pleasure to look at.  Linda Condon is a Rochester resident though she spends about one-third of her time there. She teaches printmaking in Ireland and Finland and her work is in collections in the United States, Ireland, and Italy. Condon exhibited several pieces in a juried print exhibit held at the former Lockhart Gallery and one of her prints is part of the college’s permanent collection.
You can view Linda Condon's exhibit at Flickr and her interview on Reflections in Time: Linda Condon

Reflections in Time: Linda Condon


At Work At Rest: Portraits: 2019 - 2021
Robert Doyle

The gallery is pleased to welcome back Robert Doyle, this time, however, he is exhibiting a series of portraits, four life-size and six portraits of friends. The life portraits are significant because they offer a view of the sitters in their environments. These he denotes as "intentional" 

              "More Background...
               Scale of the subject/object in the image has interested me since the 1970s. In a number of projects over the years I                         have used lenses and enlargement size to render the subject at, more or less, life-size.            
               When the scale is 1:1 you tend to interact, engage…
               Eye contact… Look at me… acknowledge that there is an interaction… A depiction, a portrayal, a rendering… to paint…                 To paint - depict, render, portray, acknowledge and interact with the subject.
               To cause to be… to give back..."* 

*From Robert Doyle's artist statement. 
These are powerful statements about what matters to the sitter and yet challenges our notices of the importance of the image.
You can view Robert Doyle's exhibit on Flickr and view his interview on YouTube Robert Doyle


At Work At Rest: Portraits: 2019-2021

The Changing Landscape: Motion and Memory: Carol Heft

November 4  - January 6, 2021

The Lederer Online Digital Exhibitions is please to announce our fourth exhibition for fall 2020, Carol Heft: The Changing Landscape: Motion and Memory. This exhibition exclusively concerns the importance of drawing to Heft's art practice.  Heft's use of line, and movement back and forth across the page imparts a sense of vitality and dynamism. The line or marks in some drawings present a slo build to a complete rendering of foliage, the woodiness of trees, and the far horizon. In others there is a distinct interfusion of the terrain and line describing it that forms the abstract. However, that same affinity for gesture, to gesture in the landscape, now become marks that imbue the figure with music that insists on being read as a performance to dance. Carol Heft's drawings, whether figurative or descriptive of nature enliven and energy to move back and forward, side to side and calls the viewer to participate in a dance of life.

Carol Heft has exhibited her work in numerous galleries and museums, national and international and include one of the early artist artist-run co-opt galleries the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City, and Gross McCleef Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
You can view the Carol Heft Interview here. 

Carol Heft: The Changing Landscape: Motion and Memory

The Misogyny Papers: Apology: Victor Davson

October 21, 2020 - April 1, 2021

The Lederer Online Digital Exhibitions is please to present The Misogyny Papers: Apology (2919-2020) by Victor Davson. To date the Misogyny  Papers consists in over 200 paintings, each 12 inches by 12 inches. This exhibit of 8 paintings each is constructed of 40 to 50 paintings, all but one is arranged in some variation of a cruciform or cross pattern that varies in complexity. These works of art adhere to socially engaged art and specifically “brings into relief issues of gender bias, violence and discrimination against women.” 

Although this work is activist in form and intent, it also allows the viewer to witness the coalescing of Davson’s figuration and abstraction methodologies that exhibit a particular philosophy of form. With that, his use of color simultaneously  provides contrast that exudes narrative, that is, again made evident in the manner that text becomes mark, that not only tells you something, perhaps it is greater than mere narrative, reaching in the psyche of the a misogynist of the 1960s that Davson “felt compelled to silence.”( See Davson account of images found in his attic). Each individual painting has something say, as does each piece in its entirety.

During Women’s History Month: Victor Davson and I will discuss with Grace Aneiza Ali her recent publication Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora. Method, date and time to be determined. View the Victor Davson Interview here. 


The Misogyny Papers: Apology: Victor Davson

Between the Moors and the Sea: Leslie Stroz

September 16 - January 6, 2021

The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery is pleased present in its online gallery an exhibition of plein air oil and watercolor paintings by Leslie Stroz. Since she moved to Devon, England she has become enamored with the rolling hills, tall grasses, and quaint ancient villages still humming with life and character today. Those scenes are perfect foils for the challenge of completing outdoor scenes within a few hours. The different treatment of the oil paintings versus her watercolors denotes the uses to which she puts both medias. The watercolor paintings are to a large extent studies for future paintings. The gallery is fortunate to exhibit an array of different outdoors scenes that require a variety of methods to handle nature’s many surfaces. An extraordinary art instructor, Stroz taught drawing and painting at SUNY Geneseo from 2010 to 2014 until she moved to the English countryside with her husband and daughter to paint and beginning her own teaching practice. Other institutions are SUNY Brockport, Moraine Valley College, Il, Joliet Junior College, IL, and currently an assessment specialist for art with Cambridge/Oxford/Royal School of art. Stroz exhibits her artwork and conducts workshops for students and artists. To see more art by Leslie Stroz at:

A pre-recorded interview is available at 5 pm on YouTube:Artist Interview with Leslie Stroz

Between the Moors and the Sea: Leslie Stroz

Jonah Blumenthal: Textures

Jonah Blumenthal: Textures at Lederer Online Gallery

Jonah Blumenthal: Tinfoil

Jonah Blumenthal: Tinfoil at Lederer Digital Gallery