Two exhibitions to open Feb. 2

exhibition imageTyler Art Gallery at SUNY Oswego will open two new exhibitions, “The Unbroken Circle: Recent Work By Mary Giehl” and the Art Faculty Exhibition, on Friday, Feb. 2.

The public is invited to a reception to meet the artists from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 in Tyler Hall. Both exhibitions will run through March 11.

Sculptor Mary Giehl extracts themes encountered through her past work experience as a registered nurse in the pediatrics intensive care unit at SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse. Currently, she is a part-time assistant professor of sculpture and fiber arts/material studies at Syracuse University.

Giehl has received numerous grants and awards, with her installations appearing at many venues throughout the country. “The Unbroken Circle” focuses on the everyday occurrences of children in the United States and invites visitors to interact with these pieces.

“I had often cared for children after they had been abused,” Giehl said. “Much of my art focuses around this theme. There are hints of darkness and confinement in my installations along with a mixture and balance of playfulness and seriousness.”

Current faculty members of SUNY Oswego’s art department will showcase their most recent work in the Art Faculty Exhibition. “Always an eclectic gathering of art, this exhibition is one of the most popular events of the season,” said Mindy Ostrow, assistant director of Tyler Art Gallery.

Recently completed artwork on display in the faculty exhibition will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, computer-generated images, mixed media, sculpture, photographs and prints.

Exhibitions and programs presented by Tyler Art Gallery are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends.

Visitors with disabilities, needing assistance to attend Tyler Art Gallery events, may call the gallery office in advance at 312-2113.

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PHOTO CAPTION: ‘Unbroken’ work—Tyler Art Gallery will host a reception to meet the artists participating in the exhibitions “The Unbroken Circle: Recent Work By Mary Giehl” and the Art Faculty Exhibition from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Shown is a detail from Giehl’s new installation, produced with wood and canvas.

(Posted: Jan 10, 2007)