Summer Art Institute on drawing board July 16 to 29

imageHigh school students will have an opportunity to explore, expand and experiment with their artistic abilities at the upcoming SUNY Oswego Summer Art Institute, which will run July 16 to 29 at the lakeside campus.

Participants, who can be rising sophomores to seniors, will create in two studio classes chosen from among five options: painting, drawing, 3-D design, digital photography and graphic design. Each studio class meets for three hours per day during the institute.

Those completing the immersive Summer Art Institute will receive three college credits applicable at SUNY Oswego or transferable to most other undergraduate college or university programs. Young artists will also assemble work that may help with a portfolio when applying to colleges, organizers said.

The residential program is designed to be inclusive of many levels, from experienced to novices, with an emphasis on trying new paths as well as honing abilities.

A weekend trip to Ottawa, to gain a more global appreciation of art, represents one of the program highlights. Participants will sample a variety of cultural activities, including exhibitions in museums and galleries around the city.

The institute will culminate with participant work exhibited at Tyler Art Gallery on campus July 29. There will be a reception for the young artists, with friends, family, faculty and the community invited.

Kelly Roe and Cara Brewer Thompson of SUNY Oswego’s art department coordinate the program, in partnership with SUNY Oswego’s Office of Continuing Education. Visiting artists include Ann Clarke, chair of Syracuse University’s art department.

Now in its 11th year, the institute has attracted aspiring artists from around New York state and as far away as California, Arizona and New Mexico.

The institute has a rolling deadline for acceptance, with some spots still available as of early June.

For more information on the SUNY Oswego Summer Art Institute, visit or call the college’s Office of Continuing Education at 312-2270.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Artistic impression—SUNY Oswego graduate Lindsey Guile (right) works with Danielle Riccardi from Maine-Endwell High School at last year’s SUNY Oswego Summer Art Institute. Running July 16 to 29 this year, Oswego’s annual institute will allow high school students to study painting, drawing, 3-D design, digital photography and graphic design.

(Posted: May 31, 2006)