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Fall 2020 Art & Design Faculty Exhibition

The show must go on.
 

In this time of closures and social distancing brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, access to resources has been limited. As a result, we knew our annual faculty exhibition would look different this year. 
 
As educators and artists, our creative work is what grounds us mentally, emotionally, and physically, and provides a sense of consistency while many other parts of life feel chaotic. With so many events postponed and canceled, we must continue to strive for this consistency. A virtual faculty exhibition is our solution as we seek stability and continuity despite the current reality we face. A video of the exhibition will also be projected in Upton Hall's esteemed Czurles-Nelson Gallery.
 
In the learning spirit of the Czurles-Nelson Gallery, we use this space to show our students how we adapt and carry on during such trying times. Please enjoy this exhibition featuring works in a variety of media from our talented Art & Design faculty: Jozef Bajus, Stephen Caruana, Lin Xia Jiang, Candace Masters, Gerald Mead, Joseph Miller, Tara Nahabetian, Brent Patterson, Kenneth Payne, Richard Ross, Stephen Saracino, Caitlin Skelcey and Robert Wood.
 
-The Art & Design Exhibition Committee
 
Jozef Bajus

Artist's Statement: "Inca sites in the Sacred Valley of Peru and STONES! They shine on the floors of the markets and form intricate designs on side streets. Massive boulders are the foundation of ancient structures and perfectly carved stones with hints of gold remind us of the Inca glory. Some are Sacred Stones important in Inca society and their religion, believed to be a straight connection between heaven and earth. And what about the colors! all those incredible natural dyes, the vivid spectrum in the traditional garments, the pink salt, or the colorful painted walls on the streets of Urubamba. These all come together from my recent experiences, now deep inside me and they slowly become part of me and my art."


Jozef Bajus
Peru Series #1
Mixed media
22 " x 15"
2019


Jozef Bajus
Peru Series #2
Mixed media
22 " x 15"
2019


Jozef Bajus
Peru Series #2, detail
2019


Jozef Bajus
Peru Series #3
Mixed media
30" x 22"
2019

 


Jozef Bajus
Peru Series #3, detail
2019


Jozef Bajus
Peru Series #4
Mixed media
30" x 22"
2019

 

Stephen Caruana


Stephen Caruana
Man Playing A Guitar
Pyrography
24" x 8"
2020


Stephen Caruana
Twisted Tree
Pyrography
24" x 18"
2020


Stephen Caruana
Portrait of a Farmer
Pyrography
20" x 16"
2020

 

Lin Xia Jiang


Lin Xia Jiang
Erie Canal Revisited
Oil on Canvas
16” x 20”


Lin Xia Jiang
Norfolk Village
Oil on Canvas
16” x 20”


Lin Xia Jiang
Peter with Face Covering
Oil on Canvas
20” x 16”


Lin Xia Jiang
The Kung Flu Kid
Oil on canvas
20”x16”

 

Candace Masters


Candace Masters
Launch Pad
Oil on canvas
30" x 40"
2020


Candace Masters
Rise
60" x 60"
Oil on canvas
2018


Candace Masters
Unplug Me
50"' x 50"
Oil on canvas
2018

 

Gerald Mead

Bio: Gerald Mead, a lecturer in the Art & Design Department, is a collage/assemblage artist, an independent curator, art collector and arts writer. His artworks are in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum, George Eastman Museum, Sprint Foundation, and the International Museum of Collage. He’s exhibited his works throughout the US and in Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Poland, and Russia, been published in six collegiate textbooks, and has lectured on his work at Cambridge University and Chautauqua Institution. 

Artist's Statement: This work was created while sheltering in place during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was a response to an “art challenge” issued by Sugar City, an alternative arts space in Buffalo, to do something creative for every day in the month of April. I chose to make a miniature collage each day using a single international or US postage stamp as the basis for the collage/assemblage. The cancelled stamps, mostly from the 50s and 60s, were selected from a “Big Bag of World-Wide Stamps” that had belonged to my late father. The act of creating each work memorialized his hobby and provided me with a structured art practice during a time of global unease and disruption of societal norms.   


Gerald Mead
Collage-A-Day (April 2020)
Mixed media and found objects 
2020


Gerald Mead
Collage-A-Day (April 2020), detail 2
Mixed media and found objects  
2020


Gerald Mead
Collage-A-Day (April 2020), detail 3
Mixed media and found objects 
2020


Gerald Mead
Collage-A-Day (April 2020), detail 4
Mixed media and found objects  
2020

Joseph Miller

Bio: Joseph A. Miller is an Associate Professor of Art at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo State, where he has taught drawing and painting since 1997. He earned a B.F.A. degree from Kutztown University, Pennsylvania in 1990 and an M.F.A. degree in painting and drawing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1993.

Miller’s work is in numerous public and private collections, and has been shown internationally in Finland, China, Poland and the Czech Republic, as well as across the United States, from Berkeley, California to Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work has been exhibited at the Arnot Art Museum, the Castellani Art Museum and the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in New York, the Allentown Art Museum, the Woodmere Art Museum, the Erie Art Museum in Pennsylvania, and the Springville Museum of Art in Utah. He has earned numerous awards, including a First Place Award in A.D. Gallery’s Art in Times of Anxiety National Exhibition, at Pembroke, NC, a Purchase Award and a People’s Choice Award at the Royal Nebeker Gallery, in Clatsop Community College’s, Au Naturel: The Nude in The 21st Century International Exhibition, in Astoria Oregon, a First Place Award in Manifest Creative Research Gallery’s International Drawing Annual V, in Cincinnati Ohio, a Best in Show Award in the National Drawing and Painting Exhibition at the Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania, and two Purchase Awards from Wright State University Art Galleries in Dayton, Ohio. Joseph has given lectures about his work at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Daemen College, New York, Southern Utah University, The University of Utah, Utah State University and at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York. His work is represented by the Art Dialogue Gallery in Buffalo, New York and the West End Gallery in Corning, New York.

Artist’s Statement: I focus primarily on the human figure depicted in environments that create a context for psychologically charged, open ended narratives. Many of these narratives explore ideas about power and vulnerability. Images of figures or figures in landscapes, in groups or in isolation, share a common feeling of significance. Wholly absorbed within themselves or the dialogue shared between one another, they wait for the unfolding of their private story.


Joseph Miller
Aviator
Oil on paper on panel
13" x 12.25"
2020


Joseph Miller
Girl With a Pig
Oil on paper on panel
16.25" x 12.75"
2020


Joseph Miller
Nova
Oil on paper on panel
12.75" x 12"
2020


Joseph Miller
Girl In The Woods
Oil on paper on panel
12.25" x 17"
2020

 
Tara Nahabetian


Tara Nahabetian
Sights on You
Sterling silver, enamel, magnify lens & laser engraved


Tara Nahabetian
Variegation #1 (Neckpiece)
20”H x 7”W x 3”D
Rubber, polymer clay and polychrome


Tara Nahabetian
Variegation #2 (Neckpiece)
20”H x 6”W x 2.5”D
Rubber, polymer clay and polychrome


Tara Nahabetian
Gift #1 (Palm/Ring piece)
Sterling silver, polymer clay, paint & gold leaf

 
Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson
Selected space stuff from the past year
Music by The Plastic Age https://soundcloud.com/theplasticage/prophecy
All modelling, animation, rendering done with Blender
2020

 

Kenneth Payne


Kenneth Payne
Mara
Carved granite
84" x 28'' x 18" 
Location: Pedvale Open Air Museum, Latvia


Kenneth Payne
She
Cast iron and copper
216" x 40" x 40" 
Location: The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts, North Carolina


Kenneth Payne
Valley Fire 
Brick, stone, cast iron
144" x 60" x 30" 
Location: Pedvale Open Air Museum, Latvia


Kenneth Payne
First Light
Glass, cast iron, cast aluminum
144" x 40" 46"
Location: Parikkala Sculpture Park, Parikkala, Finland
 

Richard Ross

Bio: Prof. Ross earned his BFA (with honors) from Pratt Institute, MA from Columbia University and MFA from the University Of Connecticut. His roster of illustration clients includes most major publishers in this country (and several overseas), major newspapers, consumer magazines, and Fortune 500 companies. He has illustrated and designed book covers for internationally known authors including: William Gaddis, Elizabeth Jolley, Rumer Godden, John Bowen, Georges Simenon, Lillian Smith, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Lawrence Thornton, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Shirley Ann Grau, and Angela Carter. His work has been featured in Society of Illustrator annuals, Prints regional design annuals, American Illustration annuals and Graphis. Prof. Ross has been a guest speaker at Guangzhou University and Capital Normal University in Beijing.


Richard Ross
Magazine illustration published in Print


Richard Ross
Cover illustration for a novel by Guillermo Cabrera Infante published by Avon


Richard Ross
Magazine illustration published in American Illustration by Abrams

 

Stephen Saracino


Stephen Saracino
Melancholia
30" x 7" x 7" at base
Sterling silver, Mokume gane
2019-2020


Stephen Saracino
Melancholia, detail


Stephen Saracino
Cartoon Music Series
Vestige Vessel #7
30" x 8" x 8"
Copper, wax patina
2020

 

Caitlin Skelcey

Bio and Statement: Caitlin Skelcey is a traditonally trained jeweler/object maker, creating and teaching in Buffalo, NY. She is assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo State teaching 2D/3D Digital Foundations and oversees the Art & Design Digital Fabrication lab. She earned her MFA in Metals at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2017 and BFAs in both Metals and Jewelry Design and Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. Using the body as the site for her work, her practice originates from her own augmented physicality. Through digital and traditional adornment practices, her jewelry prosthetics aim to blur the boundaries of human biology and machine, and act as a catalyst for questioning the nature of the human relationship to the artificial. 


Caitlin Skelcey
Ligament collar 
ABS plastic, stainless steel machine screws 
3d printing pen, implanted screws 
8”x 7 ½” x 9”  


Caitlin Skelcey
Ligament collar, process


Caitlin Skelcey
Styloid ligament 
ABS plastic 
6 ½” x 4” x 3 ¾”


Caitlin Skelcey
Radial styloid fixation #2 
ABS plastic, stainless steel 
7 ½” x 4 ½” x 2 1/2” 

 
Robert Wood

Artist's Statement: Exploring the relationships and connections, both physically and metaphorically, between material, form, aesthetics, feeling, and content, I seek to reveal the emotive power, mystery, and felt experience that exists within these constructs; the forces of nature, the spirit and history of our ancestors, and the way technology influences the world today.

Using clay, by itself or in combination with glass and other mixed media materials, I utilize the transformation of the physical characteristics of the material, and its corresponding aesthetic nature, to reinforce the content and expression of my ideas.  Clay represents opaqueness, solidity, and mass; it captures and responds to how it was formed and manipulated, recording its history. In contrast, glass, as well as glaze, provides depth, transparency and translucency, reflective and refractive qualities, and uses light to affect or reveal the internal. 


Robert Wood
Identity 2
2” 7”h x 10 ¼”w x 3”d 
Porcelain, glass, graphite
2020


Robert Wood
Identity 2, alternate angle


Robert Wood
Target 2
3”h x 20”
Earthenware clay
2020


Robert Wood
Target 2, detail

 

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