August 30, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – August 31, 2019 @ 12:00 am
Cohen Gallery

Curators and Alfred Alumnx, Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr. and Cassandra Bull, present a collaborative, community-based exhibition. This exhibition, entitled Won’t You Be My Neighbor? will be on view from August 22 to October 4th, 2019 at the Cohen Gallery on Main Street in Alfred. The opening reception will take place on August 30th from 5-8pm.
Won’t You be my Neighbor? was conceived by Stevenson, who wanted to break down the divide between Alfred University/ Alfred State College and permanent Alfred community members through the making of art. Both Stevenson & Bull regard their college experiences as being significantly enhanced and molded by interacting with residents beyond the academic structure. At its core, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? pairs current Allegany county residents with student or recently graduated artists practicing in the Alfred region. Throughout the summer, over fifty paired community members and artists spent time forming relationships; together sharing stories, learning about each other’s lives, and ultimately coming to regard each other as friends and neighbors. The artists created artworks collaboratively about/with/for their new “neighbor” which commemorate the summer experience – on display at the Cohen Gallery.
 Throughout the course of the exhibition, ancillary programs will be presented in Alfred and at the Cohen Gallery, including a community farm-to table cooking event, field trips, community discussions, a creek walk, an historical lecture, artist talks, an ice cream social and more, all designed to tell the story of Alfred and to deepen the connections within our overlapping communities. Gallery visitors will have the opportunity to take part in this project during gallery open hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am-5pm, Thursday till 7pm and weekend hours 12-4pm.
Hosted by: Cohen Center Gallery, School of Art and Design
Additional Information can be found at: https://auconnect.alfred.edu/event/4764687