Villa Maria BFA Students

May 3 - 28, 2018

Villa Maria BFA Students

The Cass Project partnered up with Villa Maria College to present the first graduating class of the new major Integrated Art, which included the BFA thesis work of Maria Liegl, Morgan McCutcheon, Jamie Pawlak, and Deja Walker. Through such materials as wax-obscured drawings, stylized self-portraiture in oil, painted symbols on shaped surfaces, and semi-narrative mixed-media illustrations, the exhibition tackled the themes of memory, mental health, cultural identity and transformation. Local artists, Adam Weekley and Kyle Butler were the faculty advisors.

Red Tip

March 15 - April 27, 2018

Kyla Kegler

Kyla Kegler, a current MFA student at the University at Buffalo presents, part one of her thesis exhibition, Chroma (color) Soma (body), a series of paintings that explores the sensual organization of color and form. Kyla Kegler is a painter and performance artist whose work probes the phenomenon of haptic sensation through visual, audio, text, and performative experiences. Her research critically navigates the paradox of the mindfulness industry, to which she contributes as both an artist and as a practitioner. In all of her work, she facilitates dwelling in sensation as a radical act of resisting apathy.

Born in Buffalo, NY in 1985, she began her BFA in 2004 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on full scholarship, and completed it at The Art Academy of Weissensee in Berlin Germany in 2010. In 2005 she apprenticed at the Bread and Puppet farm, which heavily influenced the medium and principle of her early work. Kegler lived in Berlin between 2009-2016, where she founded Zuhause Theater in 2010, an experimental cabaret theater club. She received her MA in performance and choreography at the Art University of Berlin in 2015, during which the focus of her work shifted from papier mache masks to what she named the ‘Virtual Mask’, investigating social media and selfies as the contemporary peoples’ mask. Currently Kyla Kegler is completing her MFA in visual art on full fellowship at the University at Buffalo, and is expected to graduate this spring.

January 27 - February 24, 2018

David Mitchell

David Mitchell’s most recent undertaking, Lullaby for a Lost Horizon, a multi-media installation spanning both exhibition spaces at 500 Seneca (Main Lobby and Boiler Room.) Centering on the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the project explores the mystical origins of space exploration through photography, video and a large-scale media installation. Slated to be the first of three large-scale installations that will unfold over the next couple of years, Lullaby for a Lost Horizon is Mitchell’s most ambitious project to date. Please join us on Saturday, January 27 -- the eve of the 1986 Challenger disaster -- for an opening reception, where viewers will be transported to a simulated beachfront.

David Mitchell was born in 1975 in Silver Springs, MD. He received his B.F.A. from Buffalo State College and his M.F.A. from New York University and is the former artistic director and curator at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY. He is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with photography, video, sculpture, drawing and installation. His work has been exhibited in Western and Central New York and Asia, including exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Capital Normal University Art Museum, Beijing; the Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY; and the Kyosato Museum of the Photographic Arts, Japan.

December 7, 2017 - January 25, 2018

Team Razor Wire

The Blues of Collaboration, is the first gallery exhibition for mural duo Team Razor Wire, Nicholas Miller & Christopher Kameck. This duo began working together in 2015, and now their work can be found around town, inside and out. Known for their developed signature style of gradients of color organized in abstract geometric patterns, their unique style is hard to miss. For this exhibition, individual sculptural painted works reflecting their motif will be on view and available for purchase.

October 3 - December 1, 2017

Ani Hover

How to..., is a continuation of the artist's exploration into repurposing traditional fibers and recycled materials, into sculptural wall hanging works that contribute to the fine art conversation of contemporary "craft" practices. Ani Hoover received both a BFA and MFA in painting. Around 2010, her work began to shift to focus on sculpture, installation and fiber based practices. Her process embraces recycled materials and low-tech methods for creating art. To see images of past work and projects, please visit her site @

May 25 - September 21, 2017

Charles Clough

The Clufffaloes, a series of acrylic paintings that the artist created upon first returning to Western New York in 2014, are part of an on-going exploration of color, composition, desire, and intent. Charles Clough was born in Buffalo, New York in 1951. He attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Ontario College of Art in Toronto, University at Buffalo and New York University and has taught at Columbia University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Since the 1970's he has presented his work in more than 70 solo and more than 150 group exhibitions. He has received grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. More than 600 of his works are included in the permanent collections of more than 70 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Museum of American Art. In 1974 Clough founded Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, with Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, Michael Zwack, Nancy Dwyer, Diane Bertolo and others in Buffalo.

March 16 - May 19, 2017

Tricia Butski

Her series of charcoal works draw on the exploration of material, process and the limitations of memory that are revealed through the distortion and fragmentation of the figure. What is presented to the viewer are images that border on horror, revealing the inner turmoil of life experience, while beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Tricia Butski is an artist and educator living and working in Buffalo, NY. Trained in drawing and oil painting, she holds a BFA from Fredonia State University (‘13) and an MFA from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Art (‘15). She is currently a resident artist at Buffalo Arts Studio and an adjunct instructor at Erie Community College and Fredonia State University. She has exhibited her work regionally and has been involved in a couple large mural projects in Niagara Falls and for the Buffalo Public School District.

January 19 - March 10, 2017

Ian de Beer

Crossing over to a studio based practice, Ian de Beer draws upon the history of painting and his street knowledge to produce a series of sculptural paintings. Born and raised in Buffalo, he's spent time in NYC and Pittsburgh, but currently is in town pursuing his bachelor's in business. To read a review of his show please click here.