Faculty Featured at Art Omi’s Shared Space — Collective Practice Exhibit

Projects by adjunct professors Gregory Melitonov of FUNdaMENTAL and Lindsay Harkema and Elsa Ponce of WIP and their respective collaborative practices are featured in the Shared Space–Collective Practice exhibition at Art Omi, from January 21 to May 7.

The show features four collectives — WIP Collaborative, FUNdaMENTAL Design Build, Assemble, and Colloqate  — as group practices that bring designers and communities together to realize projects with broader social impact.

Gregory Melitonov co-founded FUNdaMENTAL Design Build Initiative with Ines Guzman in 2016, as a non-profit to explore topics of environmental systems within urban landscapes and the erosion of institutional, socioeconomic, and physical barriers between communities through the process of building while engaging the next generation of architects and designers. The show features design-build work by current CCNY B Arch students Juan Jimenez Giraldo, Evelyn Krutoy, and Gildalis Torres and ​​CCNY M Arch alumni Florence Methot, Brittany Gray, Sam Richman, Christian Coronel, Liza Otto, David Ruiz, Pedro Cruz, and Deirdre Nolan.

Lindsay Harkema founded WIP in 2020 as a feminist design collective to connect and empower women leading independent design practices. WIP Collaborative was formed soon after by co-founding members Elsa Ponce, Sera Ghadaki, Abby Coover, Ryan Brooke Thomas, Sonya Gimon, Bryony Roberts, and Lindsay Harkema to realize projects that improve the public realm.

WIP Collaborative created a built installation for the gallery, entitled All In, that will serve as a multifunctional platform for various uses by gallery visitors of all ages and Art Omi’s series of childrens’ creative workshops throughout the spring.

Art Omi is an arts center in Columbia County, NY featuring a 120-acre Sculpture & Architecture Park, contemporary art gallery, residency programs, and arts education programming.

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