Art Alumni Exhibit to Recognize, Inspire
Art department alumni spanning four decades will show their work in a special exhibit at Tyler Hall starting today.
Some 35 alumni artists will have pieces on display in an all-alumni gallery through Oct. 6.
“We wanted to give each of the artists some space on the wall to make a statement,” said Michael Flanagan, assistant director of the Tyler Art Gallery. “We’re hoping to highlight the variety of ways you can use art (as a career).”
Commercial artists, teachers and children’s book illustrators will all be represented. The exhibit features many New York pieces as well as imports from several states.
For the first such exhibit in 20 years, Flanagan turned to past and present faculty and staff to nominate artists. About 50 names were submitted and evaluated.
“It is by and large positive recognition of their time spent here,” Flanagan said.
Oswego played a critical role in the personal and professional development of Rick Muto ’75, a language major who picked up a brush with the encouragement of Art Professor Emeritus Paul Garland.
“I never really had the opportunity to paint” prior to attending Oswego, said Muto, who went on to a career as a decorative painter and muralist. He credits his experience with changing the course of his life. “I remember walking around on campus my junior year and I really felt like my world was coming together. Everything was falling into place.”
Like Flanagan, Muto hopes the exhibit, which includes paintings, textiles, sculptures and more, will inspire current students in much the same way.
The alumni exhibit is sponsored in part by the Oswego Alumni Association. Tyler Art Gallery is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
⎯ Shane M. Liebler
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