Downtown shop features exhibit on arts promotion, branding

poster imageA look at visual design supporting the arts is on display with the exhibit “Branding the Arts: Posters by Colin Nekritz” running Dec. 12 to Jan. 31 at Oswego State Downtown.

The exhibition at the shop, on the corner of West First and Bridge streets in downtown Oswego, features Nekritz’s posters for SUNY Oswego’s performing arts series and his insights on the creative process.

Viewers will see influences ranging from “my fondness for art deco, love of surrealism with nods to Giorgio de Chirico or Rene Magritte to an ode to Terry Gilliam’s collage work for Monty Python,” Nekritz said in his artist’s statement. “My best work, where artistic freedom is allowed, has a slight sense of whimsy or darkness and there’s always more just under the surface.”

Nekritz said he comes from a family of artists and inventors but cites SUNY Oswego for his formal education in the field. His design work took him across the country to work for Adobe and the Coca-Cola Co. and later serve as creative director at Seven Worldwide in Atlanta. Since returning to Oswego in 2002, Nekritz has worked as a freelance artist and graphic designer for local to international clients.

Having this show honors professors who helped him and also allows him “to give back to the students who, like myself at one time, maybe needed a little guidance on how to see better,” Nekritz said.

Oswego State Downtown, which also features a range of college merchandise and information services, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 216-4985.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Jazzed up—This poster promoting the spring 2004 SUNY Oswego theatre performance of “The 1940s Radio Hour” is among the examples of visual design supporting the arts in the exhibit “Branding the Arts: Posters by Colin Nekritz,” running Dec. 12 to Jan. 31 at Oswego State Downtown.

(Posted: Dec 12, 2007)