'Visual Exploration' draws on students' personal histories

The personal and social histories of students in some studio art and graphic design classes will be on display when “A Visual Exploration of Memory” opens Friday, Feb. 1, in the Tyler Art Gallery.

The public is invited to a free opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1. The exhibition will run through March 12.

As part of the college’s “Arts, History and Memory” programming theme this year, students in “Traditional Illustration,” “Digital Illustration,” “The Graphic Novel” and “Experimental Imagery” created visual statements for the exhibition. Their work will share space with a representation of published work by Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning pioneer of comics and graphic novels.

“The work created for the exhibition is among the most insightful that I have seen in my years of teaching,” said Cynthia Clabough, chair of SUNY Oswego’s art department.

“Some students took the opportunity to look inside themselves and share experiences that you can see are still raw and difficult to process,” Clabough said. “Others took the opportunity to be in someone else’s situation and explore a story from a perspective other than their own. The end results are inventive, imaginative, thought-provoking, and at times beautiful.”

The students’ experiences are complemented by images from Spiegelman, whose acclaimed works “Maus” and “Maus II” depicted the horrors of the Holocaust through human-like mouse characters. He will speak on campus at 8 p.m. March 11 in the Hewitt Union ballroom. SUNY Oswego’s art department and Artswego program co-sponsor the exhibition and Spiegelman’s visit.

“A Visual Exploration of Memory” will run concurrently with “Retrospective Reflections,” an exhibition covering decades of ceramics work by Richard Zakin, professor of art at SUNY Oswego.

All Tyler Art Gallery events are free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. On weekends, visitors may park in any campus lot free of charge. For additional information and for persons with disabilities needing assistance to visit the gallery, call 312-2113.

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CONTACT: Laurene Buckley, 312-2113

(Posted: Jan 24, 2008)