Ruby Sky Stiler in conversation with Casey Schofield

Dunkerley Dialogues return with an acclaimed artist and a psychology professor

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (February 15, 2022) — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College’s Dunkerley Dialogue series returns Thursday, February 24, at 6 pm with a conversation between artist Ruby Sky Stiler and Skidmore Associate Professor of Psychology Casey Schofield.

Stiler, who lives and works in Brooklyn, has garnered wide acclaim for a visual language that spans time periods, art movements, and spatial dimensions. Her influences move between the art historical and deeply personal: from textbook images of Greco-Roman sculpture and Art Deco illustrations to contemporary textile patterns and iPhone photographs. Central to her work is the figurative nude, with its complex history of objectification, gendered roles, and glaring omissions. Stiler has recently expanded her practice to include the subject of father and child in response to the dearth of depictions of men displaying emotional intimacy or being defined in relationship to their children—in stark contrast to the abundant images of mother and child throughout art history. In complicating and repositioning these gender stereotypes, Stiler creates images and models that recall past representations while also reflecting the ever-shifting expressions, expectations, and aspirations of contemporary culture.

Her work is on view at the Tang in the recently opened exhibition Opener 34: Ruby Sky Stiler—New Patterns.

Casey Schofield, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Skidmore College and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her expertise is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and her scholarship program focuses on understanding and addressing barriers to evidence-based therapies for anxiety and related disorders. She completed her postdoctoral training in perinatal mental health and her research program has recently returned to this focus—contending with the unique barriers that present for new mothers in the context of psychological suffering during pregnancy and postpartum. Outside of work she enjoys biking and skiing and time with her husband and young kids.

Dunkerley Dialogues pair artists with Skidmore faculty members in a format that acts as a catalyst for new connections and understandings across disciplines, and can spark new ideas for all participants. The dialogue between Stiler and Schofield is the first in-person Dunkerley Dialogue since the start of the pandemic. The series is named in honor of the generous support of Michele Dunkerley, Skidmore College ’80.

The event is free and open to the public. Visitors are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted, and to wear a high-quality mask. For more information, please contact the Tang Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit http://tang.skidmore.edu.

About the artist

Ruby Sky Stiler (b. 1979) has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, CT: Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Saint-Gaudens Memorial Park, Cornish, NH; The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, OR. She has been included in group exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY; The Berman Museum, PA; The Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NY; Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI, among many others. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA from Yale University and is represented by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. Stiler lives and works in Brooklyn.

About the Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York’s Capital Region, the Tang’s approach has become a model for university art museums across the country — with exhibition programs that bring together visual and performing arts with interdisciplinary ideas from history, economics, biology, dance, and physics, to name just a few. The Tang has one of the most rigorous faculty-engagement initiatives in the nation, and a robust publication and touring exhibition program that extends the museum’s reach far beyond its walls. The Tang Teaching Museum’s award-winning building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of art and ideas. Museum hours: Thursday to Sunday, Noon to 5pm, with extended hours until 9 pm Thursdays. For the latest visitor guidelines, please visit https://tang.skidmore.edu

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Pattern by Abby Fuess ’18
Inspired by the exhibition Other Side: Art, Object, Self
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.