'Mad Sally' to open Tyler Art Gallery season

image“Mad Sally’s Marvelous Adventures: Paintings by Joy Adams” will open the 2004-05 season at SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery on Monday, Sept. 13.

The public is invited to a reception for the artist from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in the gallery in Tyler Hall on campus.

Adams will discuss her works at a lecture, sponsored by Artswego, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Room 102 of Tyler Hall. 

Born in England, Adams has taught painting at Ithaca College since 1985. Her work has been seen in many solo and group exhibitions, most recently through an invitation to participate in the Rochester Biennial at Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. Adams received her master’s in fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art.

“Painted in a manner that is steeped in tradition, this series of paintings are, at the same time, contemporary narratives revealing an audacious spirit that is both complex and illusive,” Adams explained. “Mad Sally lives on the brink, in a solitary world defying all rules of convention. Her domain is a place at the core of my imagination, where fragments of thought and old memories reside.”

While autobiography is part of their content, these paintings should not be considered self-portraits, Adams said. She prefers to think of Sally, in all her “blowsy self-confidence,” as a composite of characters that she knew, based on the working-class Londoners with whom she lived and worked as a young woman.

The Student Association’s Student Art Exhibition Committee sponsors the exhibition, which will run through Oct. 1.

All Tyler Art Gallery events are free and open to the public. New hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance to attend gallery events should contact Tyler Art Gallery at 312-2113.

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CONTACT: Mindy Ostrow, 312-2113

(Posted: Aug 18, 2004)