Alicia Hunsicker '93
Amherst, Massachusetts - The UMass Amherst Libraries host SYNERGY, an exhibition of paintings and prints by Alicia Hunsicker ’93, from February 5, 2016, through June 2, 2016, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
In SYNERGY, Hunsicker investigates the powerful combination of art and science to produce works greater than the sum of their parts. With science as a point of departure, Hunsicker paints vibrant swirling organisms that reveal a cosmic discussion about the nature of all things. Rather than depict microscopic particles or cosmic bodies with pure scientific objectivity, her images are infused with a life force of joyful exuberance.
Hunsicker graduated from UMass Amherst in 1993 with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, Printmaking and Graphic Design concentration. She works from her home studio in Leyden, Massachusetts. Deeply connected to nature and interested in human consciousness, she is inspired by both science and spirituality.
“In October 2012, after attending an artist residency in Austria, I traveled to Switzerland and spent time at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where physicists and engineers probe the fundamental structure of the universe.” says Hunsicker. “I toured the facility and met with physicists. The research I did resulted in a series of paintings that included particle collision imagery. Before my trip I was able to meet with UMass Physics Associate Professor Benjamin Brau who kindly gave me a crash course in Physics 101, which I thoroughly enjoyed as it gave me a great foundation for my research.”
Hunsicker has shown locally, nationally and internationally, and has been awarded numerous awards and grants, including four from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2003, 2004, 2013 and 2014, and several residencies, including the D. Fleiss & East West International Artists Residency in Mallnitz, Austria in 2012. Her work is on display in private collections and galleries throughout the world, including the Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China and Hotel Karntnerhof (Art House), Malnitz, Austria.
To see more of this artist’s work go to: www.aliciahunsicker.com
Members of the public, students, faculty, and staff are invited to an Artist's Reception which will be held in SEL on Thursday April 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Science & Engineering Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is located in the Lederle Graduate Research Center, Low Rise, 2nd floor, 740 N. Pleasant Street.