Emily Puthoff and Elena Sniezek are collaborators on the Wayfinding Series and co-curators of the Wayfinding Series Film Festival.
Emily Puthoff’s work is comprised of sculpture/installation, prints/drawings, performance/interventions, and collaborative socially-engaged projects. Her work has been recognized by numerous grants, artist residencies and awards including: a 2011 NYFA Artist’s Fellowship in Digital and Electronic Arts and Artist in the Marketplace Fellowship at the Bronx Museum for the Arts, as well as artist residencies at the European Ceramic Work Centre (s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands), Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY), Sculpture Space (Utica, NY), and Banff Art Center (Banff, Canada). Her artwork has been exhibited widely including at: The Neues Kunstforum (Cologne, Germany) | The Art House at the Jones Center (Austin, TX) | The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY) | Radiator Gallery (Queens, NY), The Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art (Kingston, NY). She is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Elena Sniezek’s artwork consists of works on paper, sculptures and collaborative socially-engaged projects. She received her B.F.A in Sculpture and Art History, Ohio University, Athens, OH. Exhibiting nationally and abroad, her work has been exhibited in several galleries including Eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta, Fine Arts Building Gallery in Chicago, KMOCA gallery in Kingston, NY, Temple Gallery in Rome, Italy, and numerous times at Eye Lounge Contemporary Art Space in Phoenix. She has shown her work at various museums including: The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, New York, The Peekskill Museum in Peekskill, New York and The Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
au•gust art festival project
In the Wayfinding Series, A Work in Progress, Elena Sniezek and Emily Puthoff are traversing the country with a custom-made teardrop trailer to have conversations with people about their ideas of progress. They invite the folks they meet to share their thoughts on progress by asking: Do you think progress is possible? What does progress look like to you? How can progress happen in your own life? The conversations are posted on the project blog as audio files along with a picture of each participant.
A custom-made teardrop trailer serves as the base-camp for the Wayfinding Series. Drawing inspiration from 1950’s “Popular Mechanics” designs, Emily Puthoff built the trailer from scratch. The trailer features a large solar-powered HD TV on one side, with which they screen the nomadic Wayfinding Series Film Festival. Emily and Elena curated the film festival to showcase a diversity of short contemporary videos that also address the theme of progress.
During the au•gust art festival, you will find them parked and interviewing hikers on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail by day and screening their video festival in the evening at the Rec Center and on Main Street, Rosendale.