Climate Connections: Artist Talk with Christine Chin, Carrie Drake, and Anita Welych

April 12, 2023 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us for Artist Talk with the three artists featured in our current exhibition CLIMATE CONNECTIONS: Our Shared Future; Christine Chin of Ithaca, and Carrie Drake and Anita Welych of Syracuse,

Anita Welych is a mixed-media artist of Colombian and Ukrainian heritage who teaches art and art history at Cazenovia College. She studied painting and natural sciences at Cornell University. She received a Fulbright Grant to pursue graduate coursework in painting and lithography at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work is featured in the collections of several embassies in Colombia.

After completing an MFA in Painting at Syracuse University, Welych began teaching at Cazenovia College. She subsequently returned to Colombia on a Fulbright Teaching/Research Grant, teaching courses at both the Universidad Nacional and Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. She co-founded and directed the alternative Syracuse-based gallery Altered Space in the 1990s, and currently serves on the Syracuse Public Art Commission.

Welych maintains an active exhibition schedule, sometimes collaborating with another Latina artist. Welych works in several media, including book arts, printmaking, painting, drawing and installation.

Christine Chin lives in Ithaca, New York, where she is a member of the State of the Art Gallery. She is a multicultural artist with Jamaican, Chinese, Irish, and Czech descent and is the mother of two with her husband, David DeMello. She has participated in artist residencies including Women’s Studio Workshop, The Saltonstall Foundation, and Signal Culture. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the Cayuga Museum of Art, Art Rage Gallery in Syracuse, Site:Brooklyn, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the New Mexico Museum of Art and Millepiani Exhibition Space in Rome, Italy. Her work has been written about in Lindsay Kelly’s 2016 book Bioart Kitchen and Madeline Schwartzman’s 2018 book See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded. She has received numerous awards and grants including a Fulbright Fellowship, the SPE Garry B. Fritz Imagemaker Award, and the Fisher Center Research Fellowship. She is a Professor of Art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva NY and teaches study abroad programs for the HWS Center for Global Education in Rome, Italy.

Carrie Drake received her B.A. from Knox College and her M.F.A. from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has completed residencies at the Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY), Culture At Work (Sydney, AUS), Camp Magic (Singapore). Carrie has taught classes at the Schweinfurth Art Center (Auburn, NY), The Granny Square (Katoomba, NSW AUS), Camp Magic (Singapore), Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery (Richmond, NSW, AUS), and IndiGo Gallery (Champaign, IL). Carrie is a teacher at the Montessori School of Syracuse.