SURVIVING SUNY OSWEGO’S ART RENAISSANCE
This year was the grand re-opening of SUNY Oswego’s fine arts building, Tyler Hall. Following this re-opening will be an exciting new year for the art department, as well as the entire campus. Along with Tyler’s final renovations this summer, our sculpture garden sprouted six new sculptures!
Next Wednesday, October 19th, will be the event #CelebrateSculpture. #CelebrateSculpture is an opportunity to learn about and appreciate the brand new sculptures that popped up on campus before we arrived in August! This event will be co-hosted by the SUNY Oswego Art Department and The LifeStyles Center! Celebrate our campus art with cider, donuts and popcorn! Although information will be provided at the event, here is what you should know about the new sculpture garden:
On March 15th, dozens of applicants sent in their proposals for an opportunity to be featured in SUNY Oswego’s 2016-2018 sculpture garden. Six artists were chosen to install their artwork in the area adjacent to SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center. The new sculptures will become part of SUNY Oswego’s Campus, staying on exhibit for two years. Each artist could submit up to three proposals.
The requirements for the application were: each proposal must include a project description outlining dimensions, weight, title, medium, date of completion, and a statement of conceptual intent. Each proposal should include up to 3 images of a completed work or concept sketches/models of a new work to be constructed. It is totally open to the elements and SUNY Oswego can be prone to very harsh winter weather conditions including high winds. Each sculpture will be sited on it’s own round 8’ diameter concrete pad.
This was a highly sought-after opportunity because, not only were they given a $2000 stipend, but the site of installation is a highly trafficked pedestrian area of the SUNY Oswego main campus. This is an amazing way to show off their hard work and use it to bring beauty to our campus.
The display now showcases the work of six artists from as far away as North Carolina and as near as Rochester. You probably remember the old sculptures that were taken down this past summer. Just one piece remains from the 2014-16 inaugural exhibition: “Campanile (Bell Tower).” Artist Edward Kelley of Drake University in Des Moines donated his work to the college, according to Tyler Art Gallery Director Michael Flanagan and art faculty member Benjamin Entner, co-founders of the Oswego Sculpture Initiative.
The new exhibition features sculptures by Jim Gallucci of Greensboro, North Carolina; Michelle Vara of Wilton, who also had a piece in the first show; Frederick Douglass Schatz of Potsdam; Cathy Perry of Chocowinity, North Carolina; and Kevin Dartt and Duncan Chase, both of Rochester.
Entner said the teaching-and-learning value of public art for campus and the greater community is significant. “I have enjoyed eavesdropping on faculty, staff and students while they remark, both good and bad, on the sculptures,” he said. “I think both good and bad comments are positive—people are now talking about art on campus and it has become something they expect and want.”
To celebrate the arrival of the new sculptures, there will be an event held next week, allowing students and faculty to learn more about the sculpture garden and its artists. Not only will it be a fun and interesting event, but #CelebrateSculpture will also be a way to advertise our campus’ art department and its opportunities.
For example, they hope that this event will inspire students to join clubs like SAEC (Student Art Exhibition Committee) and Arts Alive! This happens to be perfect timing because the Fine arts building, Tyler Hall, is back and better than ever! The art department is looking forward to a busy year. Be there for the kick-off at the sculpture event On Wednesday, October 19th!
Written by Sarah Pasquarelli, Peer Educator