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Connecting the Drops: The Power of Water

July 21 - October 29, 2022


Press Kit

Exhibition Catalog

Monday-Friday 12-4pm and evenings of Staller Center performances and films.
Email to schedule a visit outside of regular hours.

Featured Artists: Lillian Ball, Betsy Damon, Erin Genia, Alicia Grullón, Courtney M. Leonard, Mary Mattingly, Jaanika Peerna

EVENTS: Click here for a complete list and details


Science & History Talk at the Zuccaire Gallery featuring the Ashley Schiff Preserve
Monday, September 26, 4-5pm

Reception and Performance by artist Jaanika Peerna
Thursday, September 29, 5-7pm

CommUniversity Day
Saturday, October 1, 12-4pm

Art Crawl
Thursday, October 6, 1-3:30pm (begins at Wang Center)

Art Walk to the Ashley Schiff Preserve
Monday, October 24, 4-5pm

Panel Discussion: Indigenous Art and Environmental Issues
with speakers  Erin Genia, Courtney M. Leonard, Shavonne F. Smith, Dr. Ellen Pikitch. Moderated by Dr. Abena Ampofoa Asare. 
Thursday, October 27, 4pm, Staller Recital Hall
Followed by a reception 

Weekly Ice Melts 
Wednesdays in September, Thursdays in October

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CONNECTING THE DROPS: THE POWER OF WATER is a group exhibition focused on environmental justice and the vital importance of water. The exhibition presents seven women artists whose work addresses topics such as the Shinnecocks' historical ties to water and oyster farming, community access to clean water, carbon absorption by the oceans, glacial melting, and the social impact of climate change.

Courtney Leonard

The exhibition features a sculptural work with live plants, a room-sized interactive video game, drawings created with water soluble pigment pencil and melting ice, beadwork based in indigenous practice, and videos of water stories, among other work. All seven artists are internationally recognized artists who are committed to making a positive impact on the environment and their communities.

The exhibition includes an illustrated brochure with an introductory essay by Erica Cirino, a Long Island-based science writer, artist and activist, as well as a conversation with the seven artists about their work and collaborations.

Faculty Resources & Suggested Readings

Past Events:

Summer Reception : Saturday, July 30, 6-8pm



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Top: Alicia Grullón,  7 Stories About Water (video still), multichannel video installation

Above right: Erin Genia, Earthling (detail)

Above left: Courtney M. Leonard, Breach (detail), ceramic, oyster shells, pallets, wood, paint. Photo by Maxine Hicks.

Above right: Jaanika Peerna, Ice Memory (artist inserting ice into melting chamber), water soluble pigment pencil

Right: Mary Mattingly, Public Water (detail), steel structure, plants, watering system

Lillian Ball GO HOME

Bottom right: Lillian Ball, GO H.O.M.E., interactive video game installation. Photo by Maxine Hicks.

Bottom center: Betsy Damon, The Primary Motion of Water is the Vortex, ink drawing

Connecting the Drops: The Power of Water is curated by Karen Levitov, Director and Curator, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery. Programs are supported by Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller, a Stony Brook University Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives, and the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook. The 2021-2022 exhibition season is supported by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of Staller Center. The 2022-2023 Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery schedule is made possible by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Staller Center.




Land Acknowledgement

Stony Brook University campuses occupy the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the aboriginal territory of the Setalcott and Shinnecock peoples.

We acknowledge federal and state recognized tribes who live here now and those who were forcibly removed from their homelands. In offering this land acknowledgement, we affirm indigenous sovereignty, history, and experience.


For further information, please call the Zuccaire Gallery at (631) 632-7240 or email The Gallery website is: Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ZuccaireGallery.