Exhibit showcases works from permanent collection

Painting from college's permanent collection.An exhibit of poster-style images of works from the college’s permanent art collection will appear through July 24 at Oswego State Downtown.

Nine images, primarily of pieces by American artists like James Gale Tyler, namesake of today’s campus gallery, are on display now at Tyler Art Gallery’s downtown arm, corner of West First and Bridge streets. A 10th image shows all the other works in the exhibit.

Established in 1885 with a gift from alumni, SUNY Oswego’s collection now numbers approximately 1,500 items, according to Michael Flanagan, assistant director of Tyler Art Gallery.

Other images in the exhibit are of works by American painter Irene Wood, British artist Edmund John Niemann and an unknown sculptor from Mali.

“These images offer a small but deliberately varied sampling of the State University of New York at Oswego’s art collection,” Flanagan said. “The (permanent) collection aids the college, through display at Tyler Art Gallery as well as in other ways, in fulfilling its educational mission.”

Flanagan said SUNY Oswego has purchased only a small percentage of its permanent collection. “As is usually true of public art collections, most of the works were generously donated by people from all walks of life, including collectors, faculty, students and alumni,” he said.

Copies of the reproductions in the exhibit may be ordered through Oswego State Downtown, which also serves as a branch of the College Store and an information center.

All Oswego State Downtown exhibitions are free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about the exhibit, call the SUNY Oswego art department at 312-2111.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Summer posters—British painter Justina Kerner captured this stare-down in her 1871 oil-on-canvas “Still Life with Monkey and Parrot,” one of nine works featured in a display of poster-style images of works from SUNY Oswego’s permanent collection, at Oswego State Downtown, corner of West First and Bridge streets, through July 24.

(Posted: Jun 03, 2010)

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