February – April 2016
53rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Free & Open to the Public, February 5th – February 21st
**Opening Reception, Free & Open to Public, Friday, February 12th, 5-7pm; Awards ceremony at 6pm**
With any Oswego student eligible to enter any media, this annual exhibition is always much-anticipated, eclectic and full of surprises. Regional professional artists serve as jurors. Various awards are given including Presidential Purchase Awards; acquiring those works for the college’s permanent collection.
Award winning Country Singer/Songwriter, Chef, Actor, Producer, Clinical Psychologist and Entrepreneur Cooper Boone brings music to Oswego that he calls Country BlueGlam (where bluegrass meets glammed-out fashion) from his third album, Sideshow. He and his band are joined onstage by a ringmaster and a cast of characters (played by SUNY Oswego students and faculty).
Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 PM
Host: Ahreum Kim
The Afiara Quartet is a dynamic ensemble, described as “a revelation” (La Presse) with performances balancing “intensity and commitment” with “frequent moments of tenderness” (Montreal Gazette). After residencies at The Juilliard School and San Francisco State University, the Afiara is Fellowship Quartet at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto– embracing their role as ambassadors for the genre in the 21st century.
“Quicksilver and delicate…electric and filled with sentiment…”
–San Jose Mercury News
“Moments of sheer transcendent beauty abounded from both the music and the musicians.”
–Seen and Heard International (Montreal Chamber Music Festival review)
Generations V & Master of Art Exhibitions, Free & Open to the Public, March 4 – March 18
**Opening Reception, Free & Open to the Public, Friday, March 11th, 5-7pm**
Master of Art and Master of Art Teaching students join forces to show their best efforts. The MAT students present Generations V, the fifth installment of this exhibit that includes three generations of artists: mentors, student teachers and their young students. MA students show a mastery of their artistic media and an understanding of their unique creative voice.
Pre-Concert Talk: 7:00 PM
Host: Eric Schmitz
One of contemporary jazz’s most respected and accomplished players, Larry Grenadier provides his trademark upright bass work for the bands of pianist, Brad Mehldau and guitarist, Pat Metheny. In a distinguished recording career, he has performed with many other jazz luminaries. Joined by the Oswego Jazz Project, Grenadier showcases the tone and creative curiosity that keep him in demand.
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green presents his multi-media homage to the visionary architect, engineer and philosopher of sustainability, Buckminster Fuller. Accompanied live on stage by legendary indie band, Yo La Tengo, Green weaves video from Fuller’s extraordinary life into an engaging evening of “live cinema”.
The documentary project premiered at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has played at creative venues and festivals from The Kitchen in New York City to the Barbican in London.
“…a movie being born as you see it and hear it – as alive as music.” Writer, historian & activist Rebecca Solnit
The exhibition season winds up with three installments of BFA student exhibitions. After four years of rigorous training and self-reflection, students prepare a body of work showing their individual voices, artistic growth and understanding of the field. Includes students concentrating study in graphic design as well as studio art.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition #1, Free & Open to the Public, April 1st – April 10th
**Opening Reception #1, Free & Open to the Public, Friday, April 8th, 5-7pm**
Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition #2, Free & Open to the Public, April 16th – April 24th
**Opening Reception #2, Free & Open to the Public, Friday, April 22nd, 5-7pm**
Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition #3, Free & Open to the Public, April 30th – May 11th
**Opening Reception #3, Free & Open to the Public, Friday, May 6th, 5-7pm**
Pre-Concert Talk:7:00 PM
Host: Robert Auler
First Prize winners at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Hall, Duo Parnas soon earned raves in The New York Times, which cited their “electrifying reading,” “lush tone,” and “pinpoint precision.” Presenting exciting and technically flawless performances, the duo is a collaboration of musical sisters– violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist, Cicely Parnas.
“The duo parnas…gave the piece an electrifying reading, couching it in a lush tone and executing its complex interplay with pinpoint precision.”
–Allan Kozinn, The New York Times