Student Art on Display at SUNY Global Center in NYC

March 8, 2013


New York City — The State University of New York on Monday evening will unveil a New York City gallery, inside the SUNY Global Center at 116 East 55th Street, which will run through June. The collection is dedicated to student art, with the unveiling of 17 abstract paintings by SUNY students at a 5 – 7 p.m. public reception.

“The 64 campuses of SUNY are home to many talented artists, whose work has flourished among our dedicated arts faculty and top-rated academic programs in the arts,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Student art is on display throughout New York State on our campuses, at System Administration in Albany, in the Governor’s Office in Washington, DC, and now at the Global Center in New York City, making it possible for all New Yorkers to enjoy these outstanding works.”

A photo gallery of the art can be viewed online via SUNY’s Facebook page. Students and works included are:

  • Molly Finnerty, Alfred University College of Ceramics - Open and Playground (two works)
  • Dave Douglas, Alfred University College of Ceramics - Coast
  • Matthew Hotaling, SUNY Oswego - Crusading Dynasties and Untitled (two works)
  • Kelsey Caitlin, Binghamton University - Af
  • Naomi Hirano, Fashion Institute of Technology - Layers
  • Marissa Mule, Fashion Institute of Technology - Contagious
  • Zhenwei Xie, Fashion Institute of Technology - Core
  • Victor Merriam, Fashion Institute of Technology - Untitled
  • Christina Hoffmeister, Fashion Institute of Technology - Untitled 1 and Untitled 2 (two works)
  • Mario Cardoza, Fashion Institute of Technology - The Love Scars beneath My Hands
  • Ryan Smith, Fashion Institute of Technology - Lost in Transportation
  • Julian Vadas, SUNY Potsdam - Involving, Responsive, and Elucidant (three works)

The abstract paintings in this exhibition were selected by a panel of SUNY professionals led by Jean Feinberg, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Joe Scheer, Alfred University College of Ceramics. Abstraction is created with the pictorial expression of humanities inner world, using emotion created via visual form and color to create an experience of the mind.

The SUNY Global Center gallery displays student art on a rotating basis throughout the year, and also plans to add an additional gallery for photographic exhibitions later this year.

“SUNY’s student artists deserve a venue in the heart of Manhattan, where they can reach a worldwide audience,” said Mitch Leventhal, Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, “At the Global Center, student artists from across the state now have a home in the world’s art mecca.”

SUNY student art from across the system is currently on display in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Washington, DC, office, and was also displayed at the New York State Museum in Albany this summer, as part of the annual Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition.

In addition, student art is on display year-round at State University Plaza in Albany, as part of the system’s student art shows, which were initiated in 2002 so that the work of SUNY’s most talented student artists could be seen by a wider audience.

About the State University of New York
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