Helen Graham Gurny
Art is my voice- what I see, feel and experience permeates through my work. Because there is so much violence and sadness in the world, I try to use my work as a means to uplift people's spirits and make them smile, even if is only for a second. Much of my inspirations come from artists such as Alexander Calder, George Rickey, and David Smith as well as the Impressionists' vibrant, playful, sense of color, which I greatly admire. I have a passion for working in metal, however, I find mixing different mediums together very exciting as well. I have a degree in psychology from Cornell University and an M.A. in Art Education from The College of New Rochelle in 2003. Presently, I teach elementary art in New York City as well as teach as an artist-in- residence in many different settings, i.e. schools, homeless shelters, camps, after school programs, libraries, and art centers. As a professional artist, my commissions are in jewelry and in large-scale outdoor sculpture for both private and public collections. In the fall of 2007, Edgewood Elementary School installed my commissioned metal sculpture, Circle of Friends. My work has been presented at various art shows. In 2004, I presented my master's thesis on Spatial Ability aptitude and its implications at the New York State Art Teacher's Association Annual Conference, which has since been published by ERIC EBSCO database and the College of New Rochelle. My workshops have been written up in newspapers. I have also, written articles for the New York State Art Teacher's Association and School Arts Magazine.