Alumni Exhibit Reveals Former Students' Artistic
by ABIGAIL PERRIN
On Oct. 14 in the HUB, Moravian College was pleased to host alumni Katina
Sossiadis Bozikis and Jason Travers in a reception for the exhibition
of their abstract artwork.
Bozikis, a versatile artist who has successfully used both two-dimensional
painting and film, graduated from Moravian in 1993 and attended the
University of Pennsylvania where she earned her M.F.A.
She has worked at the Guggenheim Museum for director Tom Krens, and
her strong talent for film led Bozikis to study it at New York University.
There she pursued her interest in film with acting/directing coach Adrienne
Weiss and co-wrote and co-directed a short film called “Lynn’s
Wake” with her sister Koula Sossiadis, which was shown at the
Austin Film Festival and the International Women’s Festival in
France. She and her sister Koula also co-wrote a feature titled “Rites
Bozikis and her sister have teamed with director of photography Anastos
Michos. Bozikis joined her sister in production and worked on “Far
From Heaven” and “Analyze That.” Presently, she is
working on a film program at the Baum School of Art in Allentown and
is an adjunct professor of art at Lehigh University and Northampton
Bozikis’ gifts for two-dimensional painting and film make her
a highly versatile artist.
“Painting is more solitary and subjective,” Bozikis explained.
“Film takes more leadership. It’s about communication and
talking to people. I chose film so that I could touch others more and
reach out to a larger community.”
When asked about where she finds inspiration for her paintings, Bozikis
emphasized the influences of family and her life experiences. Her current
work deals with the Greek and Armenian genocide and also the fusion
of two-dimensional painting and film. The work featured in the HUB deals
with New York urban images, which are deeply personal to Bozikis.
Jason Travers graduated in 1994 and went on to receive his M.F.A. in
painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. He joined Lehigh
University’s art and architecture department in 1999, teaching
foundation and plein-air painting courses and started teaching digital
design at Kutztown University as well in 2000.
Travers was awarded Best in Show at the 2002 Northeast Biennial for
his painting “Sojourn.” His solo exhibitions include “Recent
Works” at the David E. Rodale Gallery of the Baum School of Art
in the summer 2004 and “The Spirit of Myth” at the University
of Scranton’s Hope Horn Gallery in January of 2005.
He participated in the Bethlehem Steel Paint-Out in October of 2004
and the subsequent “Moment in Time” exhibition in Payne
Gallery. His work has recently been a part of “Some Serious Business:
Art of the Lehigh Valley” at NCC Fowler Family Center in August/September
Travers works without premeditation and embraces “a working dialogue
from mark to mark that builds into a more narrative, spatial environment.
The imagery that surfaces is no doubt a collection of all my experiences
and has strong ties to the observed landscape work that I still continue
When beginning art school, Travers had a portfolio of meticulous pointillism
drawings that “any parent would deem worthy to hang on the fridge.”
He received instruction from Paul King, who pointed him to “the
excitement, and more importantly, the validity of working in a more
Travers was moved by a series of reed drawings in India ink inspired
by Van Gogh.
“With the ink, there was no erasure. If you screwed it up, there
was no going back. I learned to attack the surface with confidence,”
As a teacher of design foundations, Travers presents the elements of
design like a foreign language, believing that once one understands
how elements function in a composition, the space works logically.
“It’s not an easy road, but I feel that it is a noble plight,”
he said. “It’s important to continue to grow as an artist,
and never get too comfortable.”