ARTS @ Oswego

September – October 2015

Art Gallery Exhibition: Origins: Tradition & Innovation @ Tyler Art Gallery @ Penfield Library
Sep 4 – Oct 4 all-day
Donna Sharrett "Just Breathe" 2012 (DETAIL) (Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York photo)

Donna Sharrett
“Just Breathe” 2012 (DETAIL)
(Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York photo)

Origins: Tradition & Innovation
Reception: Wednesday, September 16th, 5-7pm
Origins explores contemporary art that has a connection to traditional forms, craft and folk art. Featured will be thirteen artists working in a variety of media and includes quilts with photographic and other narrative imagery, a highly sculptural Adirondack rustic chair and a mailbox made from a tuba. The exhibit illuminates the ways in which artists incorporate outside cultural influences and is in part intended to cause the viewer to question the difference between “high art” and “low art”, “fine art” and “craft”.

Photo Credit: Stephanie MacKinnon

Photo Credit: Stephanie MacKinnon

The reception for this exhibition is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th, 5-7pm with cellist Matt Haimovitz performing a specially commissioned short “overture” by contemporary composer, Du Yun, along with Bach’s Cello Suite #2 at 5pm. Haimovitz’s choice of folk-influenced repertoire and his preference for casual, non-traditional venues makes him the perfect performer to help us celebrate Origins.

Art Gallery @ Penfield Hours: Fall 2015
Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 4pm
Sunday: 11:30am – 4pm
Closed Mondays and School Holidays

Living Writers Series: Jennifer Jackson @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Sep 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Jennifer Jackson

Oswego alum Jennifer Jackson’s debut picture book, The Punkydoos Take the Stage, illustrated by Dan Andreasen, was recently released by Disney Hyperion. Her love of storytelling began in theater, where she wrote and directed original physical theater pieces.

Jennifer Jackson Website

Downtown Art Gallery Exhibition: Where Do We Go? @ Oswego State Downtown, 186 West First Street
Sep 11 – Oct 24 all-day

Where Do We Go Show

Where Do We Go?
Work by Jeff Madison

September 11th-October 24th, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 11th, 5-7pm

Jeff Madison’s digital collages are explorations in storytelling. His work is luminous and retains the qualities of fable, while engaging masterful technique.
“At a glance, my images seem casually unreal. I am always looking for new inspiration and new ways to turn my imagination into a reality. It’s who I am, just as much as a hand or a foot. I take in all of the emotions, colors, shapes, and sounds that surround me in everyday life and put that into my work.

Each image starts with taking many photos, followed by an average of 15 hours in the digital studio, manipulating my images into the stories you can see in front of you. Ultimately, it’s the idea that comes and that can be brought out by just walking down the street. Some ideas are easier than other to bring to life.

Each picture that I create that I create is a journey in itself. Finding the images that I use, adds to the story that I tell. I take great pride in using all of my own images- these stories are created through all of my own work from start to finish.”

Tyler Art Gallery @ Oswego State Downtown:
186 West 1st Street, Oswego, NY 13126 • (315) 216-4985
Open Year-Round Wednesday-Saturday except New Years Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Sunday -Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12pm – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Check the College Store Webpage for updates

Metro Center Art Gallery Exhibition: I Myths @ SUNY Oswego Metro Center, The Atrium Building, 2 South Clinton Square, Syracuse
Sep 17 – Oct 24 all-day

I Myths Show

September 17th-October 24th, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 18th, 5:30-7:30pm

“Myth…a traditional story, concerning the early history of
a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon…
typically involving supernatural beings or events. “I Myths”
then, are images that illustrate events or stories of an individual.
Although these images are personal in nature, each viewer will
bring to the images their own thoughts and interpretations.
Who’s to say what story or interpretation is true or correct?
Maybe none, maybe all.” – Billie Jo Peterson–

SUNY Oswego Metro Center Art Gallery
2 Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY 13202 • (315) 399-4100
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm
Evenings and Weekends: Variable (Please call for hours)
Closed New Years Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Living Writers Series: Michael Raicht @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Mike Raicht-2

Mike Raicht is a writer whose creator-owned work includes his graphic novel The Stuff of Legend which was picked up by Villard, an imprint of Random House and launched #2 on the New York Times Paperpack Graphic Novel list. Disney recently acquired the feature film rights to the novel. Mike is also a former Marvel Comics editor (X-Men line). He has written stories for multiple publishers including Marvel Entertainment (Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, MAX Zombie), DC Comics (Batman, Superman), IDW (GI Joe, Godzilla), Dynamite (Dark Shadows, Army of Darkness, Raise the Dead II) and BOOM! Studios (Finding Nemo).

Michael Raicht Website

Author Event: Margarita Vargas Lecture and Book Signing @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Sep 30 @ 12:40 pm – 1:35 pm


Margarita Vargas, Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, SUNY Buffalo, will address the question of justice and social responsibility through the analysis of Barbara Colio’s Antigone-type character in the play Usted esta aqui (“You Are Here” 2009).

The play’s central character is based on Miranda de Wallace who sought justice for her son who was kidnapped and killed in Mexico City in 2005.


Living Writers Series: Karen Joy Fowler @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm
Karen Joy Fowler Photo Credit: Brett Hall Jones

Photo Credit: Brett Hall Jones

Karen Joy Fowler, a PEN/Faulkner and California Book Award winner, is the author of six novels (two of them New York Times best sellers) and three short story collections. Her most recent novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014.

Karen Joy Fowler Website

Living Writers Series: Adam Falkner @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Adam Falkner

Artist, educator and scholar Adam Falkner is the Founder and Executive Director of the Dialogue Arts Project. His work has been featured in Painted Bride Quarterly, on HBO, in the New York Times, Time Out New York, and elsewhere. He teaches in the Sociology and Education programs at Vassar College and Columbia University.

Adam Falkner Website

Art Gallery: Art Department Faculty Exhibition @ Tyler Art Gallery @ Penfield Library
Oct 17 – Nov 15 all-day
"Paperclips: Gift for Jill Franks" by Peter Cardone from a past Art Faculty Exhibition (Tyler Gallery photo)

“Paperclips: Gift for Jill Franks”
by Peter Cardone from a past Art Faculty Exhibition
(Tyler Gallery photo)

Art Department Faculty Exhibition
Reception: Friday, October 23rd, 5-7pm
An annual exhibition and often the only chance locally to view works by Oswego’s talented art faculty who explore a great variety of artistic concerns, approaches and media.

Art Gallery @ Penfield Hours: Fall 2015
Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 4pm
Sunday: 11:30am – 4pm
Closed Mondays and School Holidays

Living Writers Series: Aimee Nezhukumatathil @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books, the gold medal in Poetry for the Independent Publishers Book Awards and featured in the New York Times and on the PBS News Hour Arts Beat; At the Drive-In Volcano (2007); and Miracle Fruit (2003), all from Tupelo Press.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil Website