Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition to open March 26 in Tyler gallery

Three SUNY Oswego graduate students will display work carrying conceptual, metaphorical and literal meanings when “From Paint to Pixels: Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition” opens March 26 in Tyler Art Gallery.

A public opening reception will run from 5 to 7 p.m. March 26 in Tyler Hall.

The artists, Katherine Calak, Lacey McKinney and Stacey Wolcott, are completing their master of arts studies. “From Paint to Pixels” showcases their various media and influences.

Calak specializes in graphic design with concentrations in book arts and illustration. Currently a graduate assistant in the SUNY Oswego art department, she has exhibited work in juried and group shows across the state. Her upcoming exhibitions also include “Fit to Be Bound,” a juried exhibition of artist books, at Syracuse’s Everson Museum.

For summer 2009, Calak earned a SUNY Oswego Festa Graduate Leadership Fellowship award, which she used to work at Delavan Art Gallery in Syracuse. Here she created billboards and other promotional materials while working alongside the gallery’s staff to organize and set up exhibitions. Upon graduation, she plans to work as a graphic designer focusing in print design.

McKinney earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design in 2008, and will earn her master’s concentrating on studio art in May. Her work has exhibited throughout New York state, including the ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery in New York City and Rochester Contemporary Art Center, where her work was awarded best in show and reviewed in Rochester City Newspaper.

She also earned a Festa Fellowship last summer in addition to other academic awards. McKinney, who plans to exhibit drawings and paintings, works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She hopes to teach art as a career.

Wolcott earned bachelor’s degrees in art and anthropology from SUNY Oswego, and initially pursued a career in counseling after completing her master’s in counseling from Oswego in May 2009. But she soon realized that was not her true passion in life.

Taking some time off academics, Wolcott worked toward the photographic series “Called to Duty,” first shown as a solo exhibition at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center in Pulaski last September. After earning her master’s concentrating in studio art in May, she plans to continue her education at SUNY Oswego in the master’s in art teaching program. Wolcott looks to pursue a career as an art teacher while continuing to work as a photographer.

“From Paint to Pixels” will run concurrently, through April 11, with the Kingsford Park Elementary Project, showcasing fourth-graders’ drawings of local historical buildings, and the “Generations II MAT Exhibition” blending the work of Oswego student teachers, their young art students and supervising teachers.

Tyler Art Gallery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Parking is free in campus lots on evenings and weekends. For more information or for visitors needing accommodations to attend, call 312-2113.

(Posted: Mar 04, 2010)