Abby Golodik turned to sculpture her first year at Union, taking inspiration in classes taught by Chris Duncan, the May I. Baker Professor of Visual Arts, in three-dimensional art. She also explored a variety of other mediums, including digital art, printmaking, painting and photography, before focusing her creative energies on steel fabrication and mixed media sculpture.
As an undergraduate, Golodik shared her work in her solo show, “Totem,” at the Wikoff Student Gallery in the Nott Memorial and had various exhibitions in the Crowell and West Galleries in the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts. Her work also has appeared in local galleries and intercollegiate juried exhibitions. As a senior, she received Union’s Charles Alexander Richmond Prize in Fine Arts.
After graduating, she continued her journey by working with students as the studio art technician at Union for several years before joining the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee in Albany, N.Y., as a graphic designer.
Despite her current demanding day job, her enthusiasm for creating and exhibiting has never wavered. In 2021, her pieces were displayed in three exhibitions: “Force” at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, curated by Salem Art Works; the Cherry Valley Sculpture Trail exhibition Cherry Valley, N.Y.; and the Mohawk Hudson Regional at Albany Center Gallery.
“My steel work is inspired by sharp angles and clean lines,” she said. “I play with different materials and stability to find a balance within the piece in relation to the surface it lives on.”
Golodik reflected that working alongside professor Duncan as the studio technician “was one of the most memorable times in my life. I had the opportunity to teach core construction skills while leaving room for each student’s unique background to shine through, which resulted in both inspirational and individualized artwork.
“Getting to know the students personally and helping them to create their projects was an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience that I will forever hold dear to my heart.”
Golodik is also grateful for the Visual Arts Department faculty and staff who supported her every step of the way.
“There are not enough words to thank them for their encouragement and support throughout my college years and my time as a staff member,” she said. “Each member of the department helped shape the person and artist I am today.”