When Matt Wilson ’09 M’11 isn’t teaching middle-schoolers in Norwich, N.Y., about visual arts or coaching the varsity track and soccer teams, he’s experimenting with new ceramic techniques or creating, displaying and selling his artwork online and at galleries around the region. An Elmira, N.Y., native, Wilson found his passion in ceramics during high school.
In the fall, art department alumni spanning four decades shared their work and their stories in a special
exhibit at Tyler Hall.
Some 35 alumni artists were included in the first such show in nearly 20 years.
Commercial artists, teachers and children’s book illustrators were all represented. The exhibit included many New York pieces as well as imports from several states.
“It is by and large positive recognition of their time spent here,” said Michael Flanagan, assistant director of the Tyler Art Gallery. It’s also inspiration for current students, who got a flavor for the variety of careers artists can pursue.
The recognition came with much appreciation from artists like Mario Romano ’05, who wrote, “I look back at my undergraduate degree and I am thankful for the freedom I had to express what was necessary for me at that time.”
In a recent exhibit at Tyler Art Gallery, Tom MacPherson ’73 gave viewers a glimpse inside life with his mother’s Italian-American family — literally. Visitors could pick up Aunt Ida’s cannoli recipe right out of a drawer in the kitchen cabinet. And there was Grandma, gesturing down from the wall, with her hero Franklin Delano Roosevelt tooling around heaven in his motorcar, signature cigarette holder clamped between his teeth.