The Industrial Revolution was underway when the Romantics emerged with their poems about life and death and odes to the seasons. The inspirations of the poets were inextricably linked to the smog and harsh working conditions of the laborers and young chimney sweepers; in juxtaposition to this reality, they set their minds and quills upon themes of beauty and nature.
The first gallery space in Dohm Alley will be dedicated to the Industrial Age in Great Britain. To the left, a chimney will overlook a monochromatic landscape of factories and smokestacks, including a statement about the Romantics by Princeton University Professor, Susan Wolfson. Moving through the alley, the next space will be filled with plants, color, and sculptures to represent the nature and beauty known by the poets.
The English Romantic Poets
Visit the alley to see the sculptures of the poets and to learn more about their lives, work, and influence during the Romantic period. (Click on an image to view gallery)
Meet The Artists
Emma Brigaud is a student-artist who works primarily in oil, gouache, pastel, charcoal, and digital design. Born in France and raised in Princeton, Emma graduated from Stuart Country Day School in 2016 and is now a rising sophomore at The College of William & Mary. She plans to double major in French and Business in the pursuit of working creatively in Franco-American business. Studying art with Anna Neis since the age of 10, Emma Brigaud has been the recipient of several art prizes and enjoys painting live to raise money for local organizations. This summer, Emma was an intern at Princeton Design Guild, serving as Project Manager of Design at Dohm Alley. She was also a digital marketing intern at Honor Yoga Princeton.
Kate Brockman was born in England and moved, with her family, to the United States in 1979. Formal art study began at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This time solidified her love of, and commitment to figurative work. Kate continued study with Evangelos Frudakis and Myron Barnstone. She has had solo exhibits in the Philadelphia area and the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa., as well as numerous group shows in the tri-state area. Brockman earned two grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and was awarded the Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society in 2011, and recently the Michael Gressel Memorial Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association in 2017. Currently Kate is on the sculpture faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and
Richard Chenoweth is an architect, sculptor, and painter who grew up in Princeton and lived and worked in Washington DC for many years. In 2001 Richard won a national competition for the design of the Washington DC Metro Canopy Program. That same year that he won the Gabriel Prize for the study of French classical architecture and spent three months in Paris exploring and painting Thomas Jefferson’s favorite 18th century haunts. An accomplished painter and sculptor, Richard enjoys both classical art and architecture and he’s had several research fellowships to conduct his work. His digital recreations of the U.S. Capitol in the time of Jefferson were featured on CBS Sunday Morning in 2014, and included his clay/digital recreation of the “first” Statue of Liberty carved by Giuseppe Franzoni for the Capitol in 1807. Richard’s sculpture of the Liberty is based on several letters and one small drawing known to exist. chenarch.com
Morgan Dummitt was born and raised in Manhattan, where he began studying the figure in 2005 at the Art Students League of New York. In 2013 he earned a certificate in sculpture from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a Bachelor’s of the Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also studied at the Florence Academy of the Arts, the Pelletieri Stone Carving Academy, and privately with Fred X. Brownstein. In 2016 he served a six month residency at the Augustus Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. He has exhibited throughout the country, and completed numerous public and private commissions. www.morgandummitt.com
Joshua Koffman unveiled his sculpture Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. The 2/3 life-sized sculpture was commissioned to honor the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate (the declaration of the Catholic Church regarding its relation with non-Christian religions) and the subsequent foundation of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at Saint Joseph’s University. On October 26, 2015, while in Philadelphia for the 8th World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to the campus of Saint Joseph’s University to view and bless the heartfelt and timely monument created by Koffman. Koffman is also creating a commissioned life-size bronze sculpture of Diligence, the first Percheron stallion brought to the United States from France in 1839. This large work will be a focal point on Main Street in the center of Moorestown, New Jersey, and will be unveiled in summer 2018. Raised in southern California, Joshua Koffman was captivated by Greek and Renaissance art at an early age. He pursued a formal art education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, earning a BA degree in Fine Art. Desiring advanced study, Koffman then enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he currently teaches Figure and Portrait sculpture. www.joshuakoffman.com
Mason Madden is a independent artist who works primarily with reclaimed woods and other materials, currently making functional art that incorporates live plants. He is based in central New Jersey and displays his work at Madden Family Farms. Growing up on a farm, Madden learned how to fix things, work with his hands, and to think outside the box. He believes anything and everything has a presence and a story, and this guides his mission as an artist: to take an object and transform it while honoring its original form. In doing so, people have the opportunity to see the hidden beauty of an object. www.masonmadden.productions
George Nista is a sculptor, designer, and teacher who has maintained a studio in Philadelphia for about twenty-five years. He has always been involved in art, though not always the same medium! At one point or another, painter, photographer, theatrical set designer, cinematographer, and model maker, but always sculptor. Nista Design, his company, allows him to pursue commissions in sculpture and design. Nista received a B.A. from Catholic University of America. That was followed by an apprenticeship with an Austrian woodcarver, Berthold Schmutzhart. He traveled quite a bit after that, primarily in Europe. Pratt Institute awarded the M.F.A., Southern Connecticut State College teaching credentials, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art their Certificate. GeorgeNNista@verizon.net
Christopher Smith was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1958, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Detroit area, known for its economic and social upheavals of the ’60s and ’70s, gave him the background to see how the memory of artistic form survives even the hard effects of time. From the sacred to the secular, the human figure has always interested him. All of his pieces are unique creations, which he models from life. “Every time the model poses,” he says, “I am amazed at the redolence of the human form.” Christopher Smith always intended to be a sculptor. He studied sculpture at the University of Michigan with Louis Marinaro and Jon Rush. Upon completing a BFA degree he opened an independent studio. www.smithsculptor.com
Steven Weiss works as a sculptor and draftsman in traditional sculpting and drawing media.The themes he treats relate to the human condition and are executed in both realistic and abstract styles. Weiss studied at the Art Students League and earned an MFA in sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught sculpture and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for many years. His work may be found in collections from Maine to Florida. www.stevenweissart.com
This Living Hand
Kate Brockman from the Traction Company created the sculpture and fountain inspired by John Keats’ poem “This Living Hand.”