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Seeing the Light: Exhibit Gives Hope to Homeless
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Curated by Abby Grace Drake, Ph.D., Teaching Professor, Biology, Skidmore College, and Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs, Tang Museum.
Dr. Abby Grace Drake is a Teaching Professor of Biology at Skidmore College. Inspired by how science can reveal the unseen processes that create biological diversity she earned a PhD in evolutionary biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester England. She has lectured on evolutionary biology, ecology and statistical analysis at the University of Edinburgh Scotland and now Skidmore College. In her current research she studies evolutionary mechanisms through the lens of 3D morphological analysis of many types of vertebrate skulls from canids to owls. At Skidmore, Dr. Drake was invited to participate in the Tang Mellon Foundation faculty seminar which aims to expose faculty to curatorial methods and museum-based pedagogical approaches. In addition to teaching undergraduate students and publishing her research for colleagues in evolutionary biology. Abby believes strongly in communicating science to the public in a way that shows how intriguing biology is, instills a sense of wonder and resonance with the viewer, leads them to a greater appreciation and compassion for the biological world and accessibly conveys biological principles such as natural selection and the human impacts on ecosystem health.
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Rachel Seligman is the Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs/Associate Curator at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She has a B.A. in Art History from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Art History from George Washington University. She has worked at the National Museum of American Art, the Courthouse Gallery at the Lake George Arts Project in Lake George, NY, and was the Director and Curator of the Mandeville Gallery and Curator of the Permanent Collection at Union College, in Schenectady, NY from 1997 – 2011. She has taught Art History at Adirondack Community College in Glens Falls, NY, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
She has curated numerous historical and contemporary art exhibitions, including Twelve Years a Slave: The Kidnapping, Enslavement, and Rescue of Solomon Northup (1999), A Monument Of Progress – The 175th Anniversary Of The Erie Canal (2000), Infinite Images: Technologies of Printmaking and Beyond (2007), Dynamic Equilibrium – Art and Science (2009), We the People (2012), and Classless Society (2013), and she has served on many gallery committees, exhibition juries, and professional panels, including serving as a chair of the Visual Arts Program panel of the New York State Council for the Arts. Seligman is the co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave (Praeger, 2013).
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Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.