ARTS @ Oswego

September – November 2013

The Era of the Dustbowl & Ebb and Flow @ Tyler Hall Galleries
Sep 6 @ 11:30 am – Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm

RECEPTION: Friday, September 6 • 5-7 PM
Tyler Art Gallery North: The Era of the Dust Bowl

Grant Arnold Collection

Grant Arnold Collection

The Grant Arnold Collection: During the 1930s, Grant Arnold (1904-1988) was essentially the staff lithographer for the Art Students League, NYC and the Woodstock, NY Artists Association. Working in this capacity, he helped many artists complete prints and collected hundreds of works from the artists themselves. These images are primarily in “social realist” style – documenting everyday American life in a straight forward artistic syle.


Farm Security photo

Farm Security photo

Farm Security Administration Photography: Between 1937 and 1941 at least three professional photographers were sent to Oswego County to document in photographs local migratory workers and their environmental conditions the Port of Oswego and other local citizens and landmarks under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration (FSA).


Tyler Art Gallery South: Ebb & Flow
Ebb & Flow is an art installation by Mary Giehl and Kim Waale with a focus on water as a primary image. By showing water from a microcosmic and macrocosmic point of view, viewers enter into an intellectually rigorous contemplation of the subject and the various subjective ways artists can interpret a single source of inspiration.
 installation enlarges microscopic water-borne organisms.
Giehl's water in microcosm

Waale’s installation shrinks rivers and creeks – examined from a macro perspective – into three-dimensional marks.
Kim Waale's macrocosm of water

Nancy Diessner @ Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm
Nancy Diessner, Animals

Nancy Diessner, Animals

Nancy Diessner’s artwork emerges from her background in painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and digital image manipulation. Incorporating all these media, her artwork explores the mysterious and complex connection between humans and animals, at the same time expressing our human longing for and isolation from the “other.” Dedicated to safer printmaking, she created two low-toxicity college printmaking studios during her college teaching career, and now runs a public printmaking studio, Dog’s Eye Print Studio, in Framingham, MA, where she also makes photopolymer etching plates for artists.

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Downtown Art Exhibits @ Oswego State Downtown and The CoffeeNook
Oct 18 – Oct 19 all-day

Oswego State Downtown Gallery Exhibit: What Have We Done?
West First & Bridge Streets
Illustrations by Aaron Z. Lee + Friends

October 18 – October 19
An adjunct instructor of art at the college, Lee also works as a graphic artist at the campus Lifestyles Center. The exhibition, curated by Lee, includes work from friends Miles George, Erik Miller, Cayetano Valenzuela, Isaac Bidwell and Ben Petrie.
(Pictured: Illustration by Aaron Z. Lee)

The CoffeeNook, 156 West 2nd Street, Oswego
Scientific Art Exhibition: Marking the dedication of SUNY Oswego’s Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation, the exhibit features works from Biology, Earth Sciences, Physics, Astronomy, Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics.

Visiting Artist: Aaron Sinift Rescheduled to 11/12/13 @ Room 105, Lanigan Hall
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm

The Visiting Artist Talk by Aaron Sinift Has Been Rescheduled from 10/23/13 in Room 132, Campus Center Auditorium to 11/12/13 in Room 105, Lanigan Hall.
Please see the calendar entry on the new date for more details.

Melissa Cooke @ Campus Center Auditorium
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm
Melissa Cooke, Undertow Weightless

Melissa Cooke, Undertow Weightless

Melissa Cooke creates large scale drawings made by dusting thin layers of graphite onto paper with a dry brush. The softness of the graphite provides a smooth surface that can be augmented by erasing in details and textures. No pencils are used in the work, allowing the surface to glow without the shine of heavy pencil marks. Illusion dissolves into brush work and the honesty of the material. Cooke traverses a path, back and forth, first to work intimately with the surface and then to see the piece from a distance. This dance with her drawing has become a ritual, and ultimately, a release.

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