Student Art on Display at SUNY Global Center in NYC

November 12, 2013

New York City — The State University of New York on Thursday will unveil its second student art exhibition at the SUNY Global Gallery, inside the SUNY Global Center, at 116 East 55th Street in New York City.

Twenty abstract paintings by SUNY students will be unveiled at a public reception Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will run through June 2014.

“SUNY is home to many talented student artists, who produce beautiful abstracts like these as well as breathtaking works of art in every medium,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “We are proud to display our students' masterpieces on campuses across the state, at System Administration in Albany, in the Governor's Office in Washington, DC, and at the Global Center in the heart of New York City.”

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

  • Kaitlyn Gilham, College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Cycle
  • Zach Howe, College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Tranquility
  • Bria Whitney, Fashion Institute of Technology, Untitled (Movement)
  • Ivana Ng, Fashion Institute of Technology, Rebecca
  • Jeanette Wagner, Fashion Institute of Technology, Big Red and They Were Plants (two works)
  • Jiwon Yoo, Fashion Institute of Technology, The Breath, The Breath 2 (two works)
  • Kelsey McKeon, Fashion Institute of Technology, Untitled and Cups (two works)
  • Lauren Goldstein, Fashion Institute of Technology, Untitled 2 and Untitled 3 (two works)
  • Rebecca Williams, Fashion Institute of Technology, Of the Flesh Part 1, Of the Flesh Part 2, Of the Flesh Part 3 (3 works)
  • Eve Axness, Purchase College, Raise Us Higher
  • Nathaniel Hodge, SUNY College at Brockport, Slick Blue Whole Wheat No. 5
  • Zahra Nazari, SUNY New Paltz, Site #28
  • Toni Burrows, SUNY Oswego, Figuratively Fertile 4
  • Samantha Combs, SUNY Potsdam, Composition III

The abstract paintings in this exhibition were selected by a panel of SUNY professionals led by Jean Feinberg, Fashion Institute of Technology; and Beth Livensperger, Purchase College. 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 in 2014.

“We are thrilled to offer SUNY's student artists a premier 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.”

Student art is also 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.

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