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Aug. 28, 2001
CONTACT: David Kwasigroh, 312-2113
OSWEGO -- Tyler Art Gallery at SUNY Oswego begins its 2001-02 season Friday, Sept. 7, with the opening of two exhibitions, "African-American and Latino Stories: Painted Narratives by Frank Diaz Escalet" and the Upstate Invitational.
The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in Tyler Hall. Both exhibitions run through Oct. 7, with the gallery closed Sept. 18 and 27 during the Jewish holidays.
Sponsored by Auxiliary Services at SUNY Oswego, "African-American and Latino Stories" will feature work by Frank Diaz Escalet, a self-taught painter who is a Puerto Rico native. His paintings tell many stories of the histories, myths and personal recollections of the artist's life and surroundings.
"As in most folk art, the key to its meaning is in the stories told on the canvas," according to Manhattan Arts magazine. "The artist uses hard edge line to define sharp contrasts in colors and in dramatic light and dark areas of the canvas."
Escalet said he feels that everyone has a story to tell. His artistic goal is to commemorate every ethnic group historically that has settled in America's melting pot.
Featuring work from six outstanding regional artists who are also teachers, the Upstate Invitational is sponsored by the Student Association art exhibition committee.
Randy Williams, professor and chair of the department of studio art at Manhattanville College in Purchase, is one of the participants. His installations consist of familiar objects inspired by memories of his past. "My art is a simple art," Williams said. "Its form and function describe some aspects of my life, both past and present."
As part of the Visiting Artists Program, he will discuss his work in Tyler Art Gallery at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.
Adele Henderson, who teaches printmaking at SUNY Buffalo, derives her images from 19th and 20th century scientific illustrations, combining the printing methods of lithography and intaglio. She looks to challenge the viewer's intellect with one-of-a-kind prints depicting surreal worlds fusing fantasy and reality.
Christine Henehan's oil paintings represent a realist approach. "The beauty that I see in commonplace objects, in people who reveal life's experiences in their faces and in children who find joy in the simplest of things is what I try to express in my painting," Henehan said. She has lectured and demonstrated her painting technique through the Northeast.
Gerald Mead's work consists of small-scale mixed-media collages which employ photographic images as their principal elements.
"Their size, never larger than a few inches, is intended to encourage a careful inspection of their complexity and obsessive detail," Mead explained. He lectures in design at Buffalo State College.
Julia Galloway said she is interested in pottery that is "joyous, objects that weave into our daily lives through use, pots that decorate our living spaces with character and elegance." Focusing on utilitarian ceramics, Galloway teaches at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology.
From the Syracuse area, Colette Copeland recently accepted a teaching position at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her photographic installation, "Abortion Stories," will be part of the exhibition. Copeland said she hopes "that people will have a better understanding of some women's experiences and realize the complexity of the issue."
Events and programs at Tyler Art Gallery are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
For additional information or for persons with disabilities seeking access assistance to Tyler Hall, contact the gallery office at 312-2113 in advance.
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