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Aug. 27, 2003


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STUDENTS OFFER VISUAL TAKES ON ORI BOOK
IN 'FAST FOOD ILLUSTRATED' EXHIBITION
 
   OSWEGO -- Tyler Art Gallery at SUNY Oswego will open its exhibition season with "Fast Food Illustrated," featuring student creations inspired by Eric Schlosser's bestseller "Fast Food Nation."
 
   Students in the art department's graphic design program were asked to present their own visual interpretations of various passages from Schlosser's book, which was chosen by the Oswego Reading Initiative for reading by the campus community over the summer.

    The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the campus gallery. As with all events at Tyler Art Gallery, there is no admission fee to attend the opening or view the exhibition.

    The 42 illustrations in the exhibition focus on issues raised by Schlosser's self-described exploration of "the dark side of the all-American meal" -- the quality of fast food, assembly-line techniques, slaughterhouse working conditions, teen employment, marketing, farming concerns and overpopulation of fast food franchises.

    The exhibition came about when Mindy Ostrow, assistant director of Tyler Art Gallery and a member of the ORI committee, approached Cynthia Clabough of the art department faculty with an opportunity to link the reading of "Fast Food Nation" with a theme-related exhibition.

    Students from Clabough's "Digital Illustration" courses in the spring semester produced designs based on narratives from the book. The 23 participating students are: Lindsy Aragona, Corinne Beardsley, Jillian Beroza, Justin Blue, Dameon Bodie, Kimberly Bolen, Allison Brown, Alissa Calandra, Anthony Candela, Michael Curley, Jin Wook Cha, Jon Dufort, Cheryl Forbes, Michael Fyvie, Kerri Goodman, Stephen Hansen, Erin Johnson, Steve Kowalik, Andrew Lunn, Tracy Niemczal, David Schott, Nathan Wienk and John Woolschlager.

    The exhibition, sponsored by the Student Association's art exhibition committee, will continue through Saturday, Oct. 4. Vera Viditz-Ward's exhibition "Village and City: Photographs of Sierra Leone, West Africa" will run concurrently with "Fast Food Illustrated."

    The public also is invited to the college's Opening Convocation in Waterman Theatre, which will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 10, just after the reception. John Sutter, publisher of The Villager, will discuss advocacy journalism at the admission-free event also tying into the Oswego Reading Initiative. The Villager is a community newspaper that covers the area around Ground Zero in New York City.

    Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. For additional information, or for visitors with disabilities who need assistance, call the gallery in advance at 312-2113.   

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Examples of images from 'Fast Food Illustrated' exhibition

'FAST FOOD' VIEWS -- On Sept. 10, Tyler Art Gallery at SUNY Oswego will open its exhibition season with "Fast Food Illustrated," featuring student creations inspired by Eric Schlosser's bestseller "Fast Food Nation." The 42 illustrations in the exhibition focus on different aspects of the book, which was selected for campus-wide reading under the Oswego Reading Initiative. From left, creations by Jillian Beroza, Anthony Candela, Jin Wook Cha and Stephen Hansen are among the works slated for exhibition. For more information about "Fast Food Illustrated," call Tyler Art Gallery at 312-2113.




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