Mexican folk art, student works to show in Tyler exhibitions

Syracuse University professor Alejandro Garcia’s photos of Mexican life and his 45-year collection of Mexican folk art will combine with the 48th annual Juried Student Exhibition to enliven SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery from Jan. 28 to Feb. 26.

Alejandro Garcia gives lecture.The opening reception for both exhibitions will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28. The evening will include a gallery talk by Garcia at 5 p.m., and a 6 p.m. awards ceremony for presentation of art department, Presidential Purchase and Student Association Purchase awards. The artwork of winners in both purchase award categories will be added to collections maintained by Tyler Art Gallery.

Garcia’s decades-long quest to collect Mexican folk art began as an appreciation of its forms, but became a journey of personal discovery and newfound pride. The varied and powerful forms include masks, sculpture, costumes and ceramics reflecting Christian and pre-Christian influences—more than 100 pieces in all.

Garcia, a professor in the SU School of Social Work, will include his own documentary photos in the exhibit. Among his many honors is a 2008 award from the National Hispanic Council on Aging for “outstanding leadership and advocacy on behalf of older adults.”

Student Kate Walseman submits painting.For the Juried Student Exhibition, consistently supported over nearly half a century by the Student Association, any SUNY Oswego student may submit work for consideration.

Art professionals served as jurors to select 63 student works for the always eclectic and energetic exhibition. This year’s jurors were Al Bremmer, emeritus professor of art, and Sarah Ravesi, an alumna and independent graphic designer.

Other supporters of the exhibitions include Artswego and the student art fee.

Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. People with disabilities who need assistance to attend this event should call 312-2113 in advance.

PHOTO CAPTION 1: Powerful forms—Alejandro Garcia, professor in the Syracuse University School of Social Work speaks about his Mexican folk art collection, which will be on display, along with the 48th annual Juried Student Exhibition, Jan. 28 to Feb. 26 in SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery.

PHOTO CAPTION 2: Art competition—SUNY Oswego art department administrative aide Mali Dorsey, left, assists as art student Kate Walseman submits her painting, foreground, titled “What Lies Beneath,” for judging in the 48th annual Juried Student Exhibition at Tyler Art Gallery. Also on display will be Alejandro Garcia’s documentary photos of life in Mexico and part of his large collection of Mexican folk art.

(Posted: Jan 17, 2011)

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