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The Palmer Gallery presents the exhibition "Catwalk," which features Vassar alumnae/i and students (8/24 - 9/9).

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The work of four Vassar student and alumnae/i artists -  Mollie Flannery '11, Joe Letourneau '07, Alexa Meade '09, and Anna Tarshish '12 - will be featured in Catwalk at the James W. Palmer III Gallery at Vassar College. The exhibition, on view from August 24 to September 9, will include selected work that was created this summer during the annual Catwalk Art Residency. The Palmer Gallery is open to the public without charge and is located in the College Center of Main Building. Note that until August 29, the gallery will be open on a limited schedule, please call (845) 437-5370 to confirm hours. On August 30, the gallery will be open to the public Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00am – 6:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00pm.  
The four artists spent their summer at Catwalk, a historic residence that was the home of Hudson River painter, Charles Herbert Moore. Since 2004 James Palmer and his wife Purcell, a Vassar alumna, have hosted the annual Catwalk Art Residency at their residence. Catwalk is located on the Hudson River on 60 acres and is directly north of Thomas Cole’s home Cedar Grove in Catskill, New York, and across from Frederick Church’s Olana.

The Palmers noted that as Catwalk is “too wonderful not to share with others,” they created the Catwalk Art Residency program to be “a special retreat for art making, collaborative projects, and scholarly discourse in a visually stimulating part of the country that has historically provided and continues today to provide significant inspiration to artists, cultural historians, writers and scholars” (

About the Artists

In her work, Mollie Flannery explores the way that a painting can be both a window into another world and an object in itself. Her subjects—the intersection of two planes, a painting hanging on a wall—both assert and deny the painting’s flat surface. Flannery grew up in Coxsackie, New York. She is a senior at Vassar, where she majors in Studio Art.

Joseph Letourneau, a performance artist and sculptor from New Bedford, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Vassar College (2007) and the Maryland Institute College of Art's Rinehart School of Sculpture (2010) and its Post-Baccalaureate program ('08). He uses art as a universal excuse to create situations and environments that fulfill his wildest fantasies and get him into mischief. From self-abusive performances to absurd collections to enormous hand-crafted edifices, Letourneau’s work adds humor and depth to his favorite themes - the wonderful oddities of machismo and American society.

After graduating from Vassar College in May 2009, Alexa Meade has been making her artwork in Washington, DC. She has innovated a reverse Trompe L’Oeil technique that incorporates painting, photography, performance, and installation art to optically compress 3D space into a 2D plane. Her current project focuses on painting portraits directly on top of her human subjects. Meade’s unique approach to portraiture has been featured in the Washington Post, London Telegraph, NBC’s Today Show,  CNN, Al Jazeera, Art Daily, Juxtapoz magazine, and Italian Elle. She is represented by Irvine Contemporary in Washington, DC. Her art has been exhibited at Postmasters Gallery in New York City and at the Saatchi Gallery in London ( 

Anna Tarshish, a junior at Vassar College, is a history major from Bala Cynwyd, PA.  She has studied painting and other visual art forms since she was a child.  In 2006, she attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts. She plans to study art in Rome in the spring of 2011.  Her works in oil and watercolor focus on the relationship between light and the human body. 

About the James W. Palmer III Gallery

Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at 

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

James W. Palmer III Gallery Fall Exhibition Schedule

Gallery hours: Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00am – 6:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00pm

August 24 - September 9
Featuring the work of four artists - Mollie Flannery (class of 2011), Joe Letourneau (class of 2007), Alexa Meade (class of 2009), Anna Tarshish (class of 2012) - from the 2010 Catwalk Art Residency program.

September 13 - 25
Summer Work
Students from the Vassar College Studio Art Department present their summer work.

September 30 - October 21
Adventures of Volitia, London/New York
Drawing Installation and works on paper by artist Melissa Marks.

October 25 - November 5
My Right Self
A documentary photography series with trans individuals and couples from Philadelphia. Project funding is provided by a distribution grant from the Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project.

November 11 - December 17
Walk on By . . .
Photographs by Monica D. Church. Artist reception on November 11 at 5:00pm.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, August 24, 2010