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Across the Visual Arts XI

Each year, winners of the annual Dean's Entrepreneurship Award present work in an exhibition in the Czurles-Nelson Gallery entitled Across the Visual Arts. The exhibition runs throughout the summer and culminates with a reception in September. Each program in the Art & Design Department at SUNY Buffalo State is represented by one student. This year the exhibition must be held online as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Presented below is the work of the recipients of the 2020 Dean's Entrepreneurship Award and an online version of Across the Visual Arts XI.

 

Sabina Mogavero - Art Education

Artist Statement: In my present work as a ceramic artist I am exploring themes of interpersonal conflict and coming to terms with tension. I draw upon my own personal experiences and those of others I know to create my text-based works. These pieces are meant to strike a chord of relatability in the viewer. I’m drawn to exploring human interaction and relationships and what happens when those relationships turn sour or are fueled by antipathy. In my work I use blunt statements, religion, and humor as motivators to spark conversation and to prompt viewers to face the challenging social circumstances they may find themselves in by demonstrating one thing: the truth.​

Sabina Mogavero: This Isn't the Last Thing I'll Write About You
Sabina Mogavero
This Isn’t The Last Thing I’ll Write About You (detail)
Stoneware, 18K gold and gold leaf
9 x 2’
2019

Sabina Mogavero: This Isn't the Last Thing I'll Write About You
Sabina Mogavero
This Isn’t The Last Thing I’ll Write About You (detail)
Stoneware, 18K gold and gold leaf 
9 x 2’
2019

Sabina Mogavero: This Isn't the Last Thinkg I'll Write About You
Sabina Mogavero
This Isn’t The Last Thing I’ll Write About You (detail)
Stoneware, 18K gold and gold leaf
9 x 2’
2019


Sabina Mogavero
Connection Lost
Stoneware
2.5 X 2.5’
2019

Sabina Mogavero: Connection Failed
Sabina Mogavero
Connection Failed
Stoneware
2.5 x 2.5’
2019

 

Dante Feliciano - Art History

Artist Statement: I like to think that my artistic career began by propping myself up in front of the tv with a big pile of crayons and markers, trying my best to draw my favorite cartoon characters. These early drawings, as crude as they might look now, led to my lifelong love for art. Over the following two decades, I continued to cultivate this passion through independent production, private instruction, and academic study. By now, I’ve experimented in everything from painting, design, sculpture, photography, film and animation. However, as I continue my university studies, I find myself again enchanted by the seemingly simple art of drawing. Drawing acts both as a means of personal expression and as a way to tap into a deep historical tradition. My most recent work has reinvigorated a latent sense of curiosity that fueled many of the artistic pursuits of my youth. It is my desire to develop a more meaningful relationship with the art of the past and find new ways to leave my own mark.

Dante Feliciano
Dante Feliciano
Portrait in Pink
Pastel pencil, beet juice wash
Spring 2020

Dante Feliciano
Dante Feliciano
Nonessential Worker
Charcoal, pastels
Spring 2020

Dante Feliciano
Dante Feliciano
Self-Portrait Profile
Charcoal
Spring 2020

Dante Feliciano
Dante Feliciano
David in Blue
Charcoal, pastel pencil
Spring 2020

 

Heather Hartz-Roberge - Ceramics

About: Heather Hartz-Roberge is a repatriated Buffalo artist. After extensively traveling the world, she is now finishing her BFA in Ceramics at Buffalo State College. She lives in Tonawanda with her husband and two cats.

Artist Statement: There have always been the stories of those who live deep within the woods: The outcasts, the aged crones, the ones who didn’t quite fit into the world everyone else seems to. Residing on the threshold of the tamed and the wild. It’s a place where people can hide and heal, a place to slowly grow. A place to take time to cultivate our ideas without facing the judgemental eye of those around us.

It is in these woods we face the gods and the devils of our own making. We explore new paths, ones we could have never before dreamed. It’s in these woods that I’m trying to mend wounds that words can’t touch while navigating the forest of my own self and finding where I belong.

Growing up, I longed for an adventure that seemed only possible in books. I wanted to travel on flying pirate ships, traverse endless forests with unknown creatures lurking within, I wanted to brave the edge of the end of the world. As I grew older I sought refuge in the cities and everywhere far from my hometown as I possibly could. Now I’ve returned to my roots and I find myself seeking out the adventures I craved in my own works, instead of in books.

I found myself on my own strange artistic journey that took me across continents and oceans until I found myself back where I started. I started working with clay in 2017 and immediately fell in love with it. Being able to breathe life and form into the worlds I created to escape became my occupation. Melding function and illustration allowed me to explore new paths for my ideas to take. It was a whole new adventure for me to be able to go on, full of unexpected twists, and turns leading me deeper and deeper into my own forest.

Heather Hartz: The Black Swan Tidings
Heather Hartz-Roberge
The Black Swan Tidings
Porcelain and underglaze

Heather Hartz: for James
Heather Hartz-Roberge
For James
Porcelain and underglaze, velvet pillow
 

Heather Hartz: These Fragile FingersHeather Hartz-Roberge
These Fragile Fingers
Porcelain and underglaze

Heather Hartz: The Voices in the Wind
Heather Hartz-Roberge
The Voices in the Wind
Porcelain and underglaze

Heather Hartz: Three Vases for RemembranceHeather Hartz-Roberge
Three Vases for Remembrance
Porcelain and underglaze

 

Elizabeth Violet Dodge - Fibers


Elizabeth Violet Dodge
Romulus & Remus
2019
Mixed technique on fabric
60 x 30"


Elizabeth Violet Dodge
Romulus and Remus (detail)
2019
Mixed technique on fabric
60 x 30"


Elizabeth Violet Dodge
Clamping shibori on silk
2019


Elizabeth Violet Dodge
Shibori on silk
2019


Elizabeth Violet Dodge
Voices Project
Textile ink on cotton
2020

 

Philip Miller - Graphic Design

 

Philip Miller
Logo Treatment
Video File
2019

 

 

Philip Miller
Lord of the Rings Title Sequence
Video File
2019

 

 

Philip Miller
Motion Reel
Video File
2019

 

Caitlin Waldron - Interior Design




Caitlin Waldron
Timeline Project

 

Julia Pacer - Metals/Jewelry

Julia Pacer
Julia Pacer
Monstera Leaf
Copper, kiln fired enamel and sterling silver
Fall 2019

Julia Pacer
Julia Pacer
Eucalyptus & Rose
Watercolor kiln fired enamel and sterling silver
Fall 2019


Julia Pacer
Glasses
Copper, kiln fired enamel, stone beads and sterling silver
Fall 2019


Julia Pacer
Copper leaf chasing and repoussé
Copper & sterling silver
Spring 2020

 

Ann Pearson - Painting

About: BFA Painting major, Ann Marie Pearson advocates for military personnel who have served at ground zero. Ann is a board member for the Schoene Foundation. She provides a variety of support to the men and women of the armed forces and their families. The Schoene Foundation is a newly formed organization in which Ann provides input and direction: she has helped to design a logo, lapel pin and patch also, she will help to orchestrate a 9/11 art exhibition. Working on the 9-11 project gave Ann the distinct honor and privilege to work with labor photojournalist Earl Dotter. The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health presented to Ann Pearson on October 30, 2019 an “Above and Beyond Award”, in recognition of her commitment to leave no soldier, no first responder behind. Ann is also committed to academic excellence and achievement. Her GPA is 3.8 and has been on the Dean’s list every semester.


Ann Pearson 
Sparks, 2020
Oil on canvas
18 X 24"


Ann Pearson
Self Portrait, 2020
Oil on wood 
9 X 12"


Ann Pearson 
Self Portrait, 2020
Oil on wood & gold leaf
9 X 12"


Ann Pearson
Buffalo Harbor, 2020
Oil on canvas
16 X 20"


Ann Pearson
Laurel Acres Park NJ, 2020
Oil on canvas 
16 X 20"


Ann Pearson
Prom Girl COVID-19, 2020
Oil on canvas
24 X 30"

 

Jeremy Jindra - Photography

Artist Statement: Buffalo has a long history of manufacturing, and my family and I have a long history in Buffalo. I took time to explore these ruins to better understand Buffalo and how manufacturing came to a halt with the rise of globalism and consumerism. These photographs come from two separate locations, Concrete Central in South Buffalo and an old cardboard factory in the Riverside area. I chose these locations because they are both places I explored in high school, but with a different intent as when I made these images. Here, I see the ruin as a metaphor for our short collective memory, and our habit of easy use over the discipline of production.

Jeremy Jindra
Building -1
Archival Pigment Print
12 x 12"
2020

Jeremy Jindra
Building -2
Archival Pigment Print
12 x 12"
2020

Jeremy Jindra
Building -3
Archival Pigment Print
12 x 12"
2020

Jeremy Jindra
Building -4
Archival Pigment Print
12 x 12"
2020

Jeremy Jindra
Building -5
Archival Pigment Print
12 x 12"
2020

Jeremy Jindra
Building -6
Archival Pigment Print
12 x 12"
2020

Jeremy Jindra
Building -7
Archival Pigment Print
12 x 12"
2020

Jeremy Jindra
Building -8
Archival Pigment Print
12 x 12"
2020

 

Madeline Brown - Printmaking

About: BFA Printmaking and BA Art History student Madeline Brown became part-time Art Director at Breaking Free Skate Park in Rochester, NY in December 2019. Her position involves assisting the owner with creative decisions regarding marketing the skatepark such as: logo design, t-shirt designs, and planning future mural projects within the skate park, to be completed by herself or other artists within the community of Rochester. As of January 2020, Madeline has been hired by the Thousand Island Park Landmark Society to illustrate a children’s book, which will be printed in full color and has a projected completion date of May 2020. Additionally in January 2020, Madeline designed a business logo for an alcohol-free bar in Rochester, NY- the first one of its kind within the city, called Faux Bar & Guild. She worked closely with the owner to incorporate stylistic elements into the logo which embody elements of the city of Rochester as well as the owner’s personal preferences. In November 2019, Madeline hand printed “Impeach” on 40 bandanas which she sold and donated 45% of the profit per bandana to the next Presidential Candidate or Organization (local or national) of the buyer’s choice, which enabled her to donate over $200 to candidates and organizations. Madeline is a full time dual-degree student who is on the Dean’s list every semester, and had a 4.0 in the Fall 2019 semester. Her full-time job is owning a pet portrait business, where she paints custom pet portraits on glass and ships them all over the country. In October 2019 she was fortunate to have the opportunity to paint the portrait of Blanche, the dog of comedian Iliza Shlesinger, which gained her publicity through her social media platform.

Madeline Brown: 2020
Madeline Brown
2020
6 x 4.75"
Block Print and Gouache on Paper

Madeline Brown: Venus Detached
Madeline Brown
Venus Detached
2018
6 x 9"
Etching on Paper

Madeline Brown: Take Me Back
Madeline Brown
Take Me Back
2019
8 x 12"
Block Print on Paper

Madeline Brown: Impeach Bandana
Madeline Brown
Impeach Bandana
2019
22 x 22"
Block Print on Cotton

Madeline Brown: Reverse Destiny
Madeline Brown
Reverse Destiny Journal
2019
4.5 x 5.25"
Block Print and Monoprint on Paper

Madeline Brown: Reverse Destiny (details)
Madeline Brown
Reverse Destiny Journal (details)
2019
4.5 x 5.25"
Block Print and Monoprint on Paper

 

Lauren McAvoy – Sculpture

About: Lauren McAvoy grew up in Piermont, NY, just outside of NYC. She is an Art Education major at Buffalo State College with concentrations in Sculpture and Printmaking. Lauren also spent some time studying at SUNY Potsdam, and took a year off to tour with her band where she plays the drums.


Lauren McAvoy
Pacific
2019
clay and paint


Lauren McAvoy
Festering
2019
Clay and Paint 


Lauren McAvoy
Bryophyta
2019
clay and paint


Lauren McAvoy
OneHundredAndEight
2020
Mangas 

 

Andrew Peek - Wood/Furniture

Artist Statement: As some artists use their work to communicate their position on issues, concerns, or topics of interest, I don’t have much to say through my pieces. The majority of my work revolves around the gathering of people or simply exists to add an extra opportunity for convenience and comfort. I’ve crafted mini bars and tables to encourage the interaction of the individuals present, using simple contrasting color concepts between different types of wood. I like to incorporate simple, clean, contrasting lines in my work while focusing on the overall purpose, function and quality of the finished product. My end tables follow this concept as well through experimentation of different forms; organic and geometric, constructed using mostly linear shapes with the occasional addition of a contrasting curve. My goal as a furniture designer is simply to design and create a long lasting, functional piece that solves a consumer’s problem in a slightly unique and modern, yet traditional way.

Andrew Peek
Stump Table
Walnut
Spring 2019

 

Andrew Peek
On the Rocks
Walnut, Maple, Rocks, Epoxy Resin
Fall 2018

Andrew Peek
Unity
Maple, Pine, Walnut
Spring 2018

Andrew Peek
Mike's Mini Bar
Walnut, Elm, Plywood
Fall 2018

Andrew Peek
What the Shell Time is it?
Maple
Spring 2018

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