'Growing New Roots' to feature master's work

SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery will present a Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition that follows the artistic paths of two graduate candidates, Edwin Acevedo and Matthew Rogers.

Titled “Growing New Roots,” the exhibition will open Friday, Dec. 5, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Since neither candidate set out to become a graphic designer, the title of their collaborative exhibition speaks to their individual creative pursuits and how their lives changed as a result. 

Acevedo earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Jose State University in California and dreamed of winning the Pulitzer Prize. After many years as a journalist, including nearly 14 years as a writer, copy editor and page designer at the Post-Standard, the Pulitzer remained elusive. He left the Post-Standard to retool his skills and entered the master’s degree program in art at Oswego, focusing on Web and multimedia design.

Acevedo now is growing new roots at Emma (www.myemma.com), which he describes as “the Web’s most stylish e-mail and communications service,” working toward the company’s goals in marketing, brand development and business growth.

Rogers, a Rochester native, received his bachelor’s degree in studio art from SUNY Oswego and continued toward a master’s degree. He specializes in digital illustration and sculpture. Rogers has produced art his whole life but started college as a zoology major.

“I loved art, but I wanted to keep it as a hobby,” Rogers said.  “I never wanted to pursue a career in art because if I ever got a job as an artist and hated my job, I would hate what I was good at. But when zoology and I didn’t work out, I decided I should just stay with art, so here I am.”

After school, Rogers plans to pursue a career as a graphic designer or art director.

The Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition is presented at the end of every semester as part of SUNY Oswego’s master’s program in art. Students are required to prepare a body of work completed during their program and to plan and execute an exhibition to display their work to the campus and the public.

“Growing New Roots” will run concurrently with the fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition through Dec. 20.

During exhibitions, SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. All gallery events are free and open to the public. Parking is free in campus lots on weekends.

For more information, contact the gallery at 312-2113 or visit www.oswego.edu/tylerartgallery.

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(Posted: Nov 19, 2008)

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