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Saint Rose studio art alumni Rachel Baxter ’11 and Daesha Devón Harris ’02 will return to their alma mater this fall to exhibit their artwork as part of The Karene Faul Alumni Exhibition 2019. The exhibition will open Friday, September 6, and be on view through Saturday, December 7, at the Esther Massry Gallery, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Avenue, Albany.

Daesha Devón Harris ’02, studio art alum, with her work titled, “How I Got Over,” 2017.

Harris was recently featured in Smithsonian Magazine for her series titled “Just Beyond the River,” 2019, which draws inspiration from historical accounts of people born into slavery. A Saratoga Springs, New York, artist and photographer, Harris holds a BFA in studio art from Saint Rose and an MFA in fine arts from The University at Buffalo. She has been an En Foco Fellowship winner, MDOCS Storyteller’s Institute Fellow, artist in residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York and artist in residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon. Recently, Harris was awarded a prestigious Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant and a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Photography.

Rachel Baxter ’11, studio art alum, with her work titled, “Still Dreaming (Jökulsárlón).”

Baxter has shown her work nationally and internationally and has been commissioned for both public and private murals. Her 2017 mural, “The River that Flows in Two Directions,” is located at Columbia and Water streets in downtown Albany, New York. She holds a B.S. in art education and a BFA in studio art from Saint Rose, where she currently teaches printmaking, and an MFA from Indiana University. She has exhibited her work at select venues including the Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana; Butler University, Indiana; Kunstnike Maja, Pärnu, Estonia; and, the Icelandic Printmakers Association in Reykjavik. Baxter has been an artist in residence at the Sitka Fellows Program in Alaska, as well as the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency (EMAR) in Granville, New York.

What: Rachel Baxter ’11 & Daesha Devón Harris ’02: Karene Faul Alumni Exhibition 2019
Who: Artists Rachel Baxter and Daesha Devón Harris
Where: Esther Massry Gallery, Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose, 1002 Madison Avenue, Albany New York 12203
When: A reception for the artists will be held on Friday, September 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Esther Massry Gallery, followed by a lecture at Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m. The exhibit opens September 6 and runs through December 7.
Gallery hours: Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; closed Sunday. Open until 9 p.m. for 1st Fridays, September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6. Closed November 27 through December 1.
Notes: Free and open to the public.