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On September 27th, a group of students from Ray Whalen’s art class at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School visited the gallery.  The Alexander String Quartet was in residence at SLU that week, and the students sketched as the quartet played works by Mozart, Shostakovich and Beethoven — not a lightweight program by any means!

Violist Paul Yarbrough spoke briefly between each of the three pieces, giving historical and social context for the music.  It was an amazing opportunity for students to hear a performance by world-class musicians in a small, informal setting.



Baron la Croix Nègre l'Intermédiaire by Constant


We’ve begun a new digital collection of artwork.  The Global Studio features non-Western work from the permanent collection, so it encompasses quite a variety.   Included are a selection of Buddhist works such as thangka paintings, some Jain manuscripts, and a group of Haitian vodou flags which were acquired just this summer.  We hope to add more objects soon.


Quite awhile ago, Cathy and I made a batch of stickers featuring Lot’s wife (x2) from the Nuremberg Chronicle superimposed on a blurry map of the moon.  A little quirky, but cute.

She made a strategic sticker strike in NYC over the weekend, and she found one of our old stickers!  One of the gals has lost her head, but the sticker looks pretty good otherwise.

Here’s what it looks like in its mostly undamaged state — it’s not the best photograph or even a competent one, sorry.  It might be time to whip up more stickers!


SLU is celebrating reunion weekend, and we’ve just learned about  interesting new projects that two alumni are working on.

In the first, Alexey Timbul (who went by the last name Boulokhov while at SLU and graduated in 2003), is using Kickstarter to fund his performance art project, in which he will “perform simple life routines, gestures and expressions in memoriam of the queer victims of the Nazi persecution. This performance art project will consist of naming, numbering, dedication, doing and documenting of 175 simple actions, an allusion to the infamous Paragraph 175 which criminalized homosexuality.”

At this time, there are three days left for the project to find funding — he has reached 70% of his goal! — and we hope  he finds the support necessary for this undertaking.


The second project also involves “performance,” but of an entirely different sort. Alex Duane graduated this year and participated in both senior exhibitions at the gallery this semester.  With Andrew Skaggs and Matthew Didisheim (also SLU alumni), Alex will be bicycling across the country, starting in Vermont and heading east through the northern part of the US and southern Ontario and then into British Columbia before heading south into Washington and down the Pacific coast.  It looks like the final destination is somewhere in northern California.

The group will be keeping a blog at  Alex is a thoughtful and engaging writer, and I’m looking forward to his posts.


Alex Schreiber, one of the artists in the gallery’s current Morphographica exhibition, is the subject of a recent interview on NCPR, the local NPR affiliate.  In the interview, he describes how his childhood interests have transformed into his current scientific research in his lab at St. Lawrence.

Alex Schreiber interview

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On Sunday, May 20, cartoonist Garry Trudeau will speak to SLU’s class of 2012 and also receive an honorary degree.  Trudeau grew up in Saranac Lake and holds a bachelor’s degree and MFA in graphic design from Yale University. He launched the “Doonesbury” comic strip in 1970, and it now appears in nearly 1,500 newspapers in the United States and abroad, distributed by Universal Press Syndicate. In 1975, Trudeau became the first comic-strip artist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Since then, he’s been a finalist three times, including this year for his strips concerning the war in Iraq.

SLU’s permanent collection includes a drawing from Doonesbury, a gift from Universal Press Syndicate.

Garry Trudeau
Doonesbury, July 22, 1972
Ink on paper
Gift of Universal Press Syndicate
SLU X.300

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Special thanks to Tzintzun Aguilar Izzo for videotaping and editing the interviews. Additional information about the re:WORKS exhibition can be found on the Gallery’s Web site.

re:WORKS, our most recent exhibition, opened  on Friday, March 22, with a very well attended reception, complete with live music.  The exhibition includes works from St. Lawrence University’s permanent collection and “reworks” by students in Melissa Schulenberg’s art and art history spring 2012 senior-year experience (SYE) class.  Each student selected from two to six art objects from the collection and then created new works based on those selections.

Each of the students gave a short talk about his or her work and described how art work from the University’s collection provided inspiration for the final project.  The students in the exhibition are Mike Cianca, Alex Duane, Evan Haynes, Alli Howe, Courtney Kuno, Olivia McManus, and Lindsay Tarolli.  I hope to put up some installation shots soon.

Students from The Annex Performing Arts Theme House (just across the street) provided music, and added so much to the reception’s lively atmosphere.


Artist Daniel Heyman made the trip to Canton from Philadelphia, PA, earlier this week, visiting campus in conjunction with the Bearing Witness exhibition, which features his gouache paintings and prints (including a huge etching on multiple pieces of plywood).

While here, he gave a very moving artist’s lecture, met with students and members from the local community, and also taught Japanese wood block printing to Melissa Schulenberg’s beginning printmaking class. And he made a lithograph with Melissa, too! All this in just 2 1/2 action-packed days.

I really enjoyed getting to know Daniel — and his snappy sense of humor!


We are pleased to introduce North of Sixty, the gallery’s new Drupal-based digital image collection of Canadian Inuit prints and drawings.  Drupal is an open-source content management system that is highly customizable and in this instance able to incorporate resources and contextualize information to enhance viewers’ understanding and appreciation of works of art.  Eric Williams-Bergen, SLU science librarian and expert in all things digital, has been crucial in establishing a workflow for digital image collections and has created this Drupal site with its dynamic display of images, ease of use, and enhanced display capabilities.

Cathy developed the idea for this online collection as a result of her longstanding interest in Inuit art and two trips to Nunavut in 2000 and 2004.  Since the early 1990s, the gallery has been exhibiting and collecting Inuit art, and the creation of an online database for teaching and research can provide the campus community with quick access to this rich resource.  With SLU programs in Canadian Studies and Environmental Studies, the Inuit art collection can be used to discuss nature, town and camp life, spirituality and religion, and other topics.

3 prints and a drawing in the art storage room

The digital collection has been several months in the making, with digital photography and cataloguing taking place during the 2009-2010 academic year.

digital photography in the gallery

As part of the process, Carole set up the gallery as a photography studio.  She and Arline Wolfe, who has assisted with numerous digital projects for the gallery, worked together on the post-processing of images, including renaming and cropping image files, color correcting, and other tasks.  Arline uploaded and catalogued the images, adding metadata in CONTENTdm, a database program used by many academic libraries, galleries, and archives.  In addition, the Brush Gallery was one of the first institutions to contribute a significant body of Inuit prints and drawings to ARTstor, an international digital image library that provides resources for the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.  Cathy and Carole also compiled the new site’s art bibliography with additional links to other online resources.

Kudos to Cathy and Eric for making this amazing collection possible!

– Carole Mathey and Arline Wolfe

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