Metro Center slates two winter art exhibitions

“Emerging,” which features recent drawings and paintings by Lacey McKinney, will open with a free reception 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.

McKinney’s exhibition will join the recently opened exhibition “Two,” which features sculptures by Frederick Bartolovic and paintings by Chris McEvoy.

A native of Central New York, McKinney is a graduate student at SUNY Oswego studying painting and drawing, She specializes in a mixed media approach to construction, working in an amalgamation of materials such as prints, fabric, organic objects and digital imagery in tandem with drawn and painted media.

The portraits seen in “Emerging” use an aesthetic strategy of close and awkward cropping of subjecst, harsh value contrast, and color to convey moodiness of spirit. “I draw on ideologies from feminist artists and writers from the 1970s, female actors and models found in the media today, surrealist imagery, commercial art and people I see in my own life everyday,” McKinney said in her artist statement.

Also a native of Central New York, McEvoy is a professor in Oswego’s studio art program. McEvoy specializes in painting and has extensive experience teaching painting, drawing and studio foundations, augmented by over 15 years of exhibiting.

His latest paintings began with the desire to explore interconnectivity and are influenced by the fluid nature of memory, experience and perception.  According to McEvoy, his goal is to get the observer to “question whether what he sees is directed by the artist, or directed by the viewer’s own personal set of experiences.”

Bartolovic teaches ceramics in Oswego’s studio art program. He specializes in ceramic sculpture, figure sculpture, ceramic tile, mold-making and RAM production. In his art practice he regularly explores the effect of technology on the human body and culture at large.

In regards to his recent work, Bartolovic said, “I am interested in figuratively, the space between the human form and the landscape through which it moves, across which it disperses, and to which it connects.” He finds ceramics ideally suited to the cartographic exercises seen in the work and uses white glaze to accentuate form, and the decaled imagery to layer meaning.

The Metro Center is located in The Atrium, 2 Clinton Square in Syracuse. During opening receptions, artists are available to talk with visitors about their work. The exhibitions will run through March 27.

The Metro Center is a new member of the Third Thursday, a citywide art opening initiative begun by the Everson Museum and the Delavan Center.

All SUNY Oswego Metro Center exhibitions are free and open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. 

For additional information about this exhibition call the SUNY Oswego art department at 312-211. For persons with disabilities needing assistance to visit the exhibition, call the Metro Center in advance at 399-4100.

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CONTACT: Cynthia Clabough,, 312-5624

(Posted: Feb 17, 2009)