On Being: Exploring Psychological and Spiritual Well-Being Through the Creative Process

January 4th – March 9th, 2014

Slide-OnBeingAs our nationwide interest in a holistic approach to well-being grows, Union College is engaging in a campus-wide call to wellness during the current academic year.  Embracing this theme, the exhibition On Being visually presents an exploration of psychological and spiritual well-being through the creative process.

Considering the individual nature of wellness and its location within the human body and mind, a plausible departure point for an artistic investigation of well-being begins with the human body and, thus, figurative artwork.  The three artists included in this exhibition, Valerie Hammond, Keun Young Park and Sheila Ross, use the body as their subject matter to represent self-actualization, spiritual exploration and reckoning with mortality.  In doing so, each artist develops a distinctive approach to image making, in an effort to convey her individual journey towards well-being and to speak universally about human experience.



  • Keun Young Park, Float Face, 2012, torn and pasted photo on paper, 27 x 38 inches
  • Valerie Hammond, Traces 40, 2011, pigment, graphite, color pencil & wax on paper, 20 x 17 inches
  • Sheila Ross, escape from paradise lost, 2013, archival pigment print, edition 1 of 10, 15 x 48 inches

Opening Reception

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

5:00 PM  –  6:30 PM

Nott Memorial

Pannel Discussion

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Nott Memorial

Zen Meditation with Artist Sheila Ross

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Nott Memorial