Visual Art Becomes ‘Obsession’ for Alumnus Who Was a Math Major

“Ode to New York,” is an eight-foot high wooden sculpture created in 2008 by New York artist Mahmoud Hamadani ’81, who began to show his art in the late 1990s.

Oswego seemed exotic to Mahmoud Hamadani ’81, who arrived from Iran in the late 1970s to study mathematics—exotic and foreboding. Dropped in front of Culkin Hall in a blizzard, he followed shadow-like figures through the snow to Cayuga Hall. “I could not see more than a few feet ahead,” he recalls. “It took 15 minutes for a