Albany – The State University of New York
today announced the 2007 “Best of Show” student art award recipients. SUNY
Chancellor John R. Ryan will present the seven students with their awards at
the 2007 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition Thursday, May 24, from 5-7 p.m., at the New York State Museum.
The 2007 Best
of SUNY Student Art Exhibition is a juried exhibition containing 75 works of
art from 28 SUNY campuses. A wide range of media was used by students,
including drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, digital
imaging and mixed media installations.
pieces of student art to choose from, selecting seven award winners certainly
must have been difficult for this year’s panel of judges,” said SUNY Chancellor
John R. Ryan. “I commend the judges for their time and professionalism; the
students for contributing their work to this year’s show; and the faculty who
teach in the arts at SUNY schools across the State.
exhibit is a terrific example of the artwork that SUNY students are creating
across New York and we are pleased that the State Museum has once again agreed to showcase their accomplishments.”
students will be awarded “Best of Show” and four students will be awarded
“Honorable Mention,” which are accompanied by $1,000 and $500 awards,
respectively. This is the second consecutive year that SUNY’s "Best
Of" exhibit has been hosted by the State Museum.
pleased to have the opportunity to exhibit these outstanding works of art from
one of our fellow University of the State of New York institutions,” said State Museum Director Dr. Clifford
Siegfried. “Our hope is that collaborations of this kind, recognizing the
achievements of students from throughout the SUNY system, will strengthen
education in New York State and inspire other talented students in the future.”
Schwartz, chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts, arranged judging
for the exhibit for the fifth consecutive year. Elizabeth Merena, director of
the New York State Council on the Art's Visual Arts Program, and Rachel
Seligman, director of the Mandeville Gallery at Union College, served as judges of this year’s
Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition opened at the New York State Museum
May 19, 2007, and will remain on display until Sept. 3, 2007.
Administration coordinates three SUNY-wide student art shows each year. The
SUNY Student Art Exhibition represents the best artwork from the fall and
spring exhibits, which were held over the past academic year at State University Plaza in Albany.
the 2007 Best of SUNY Student Art Show awards are as follows:
Best of Show
- Jennifer Bakalar, Purchase College, The
Cerynian Hind, 2006, Oil on Canvas
- E. Odin Cathcart, SUNY New Paltz, Intransigence,
2006, Graphite/Oil Stick
- Alton Falcone, Stony Brook University, Ritratto, 2006, Wood,
- Melanie Cates, SUNY Oswego, Untitled, 2006, Oil on Canvas
- John Kosecki, Onondaga Community College, Oil, Gold & Power, 2006, Paper
- Eric Mirabito,
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University,
Untitled, 2006, Ceramic
- Athena LaTocha, Stony Brook University, Untitled XIX,
2005, Oil on Birch Panel
listing of students, by hometown and campus, whose work is displayed as part of
the 2007 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition is available at www.suny.edu, under “News and Announcements.” In
addition, works from the exhibit will soon be available for viewing at SUNY’s
online art gallery, which is accessible from the SUNY homepage.
The New York State Museum is a program of the New York State
Department of Education, the University of the State of New York and the Office of Cultural
Education. Started in 1836, the Museum has the longest continuously operating
state natural history research and collection survey in the United States. The State Museum is located on Madison Avenue in Albany. It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except
on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is free.
University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 417,500
students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs on 64 campuses.