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Our first exhibition of the Fall 2014 semester features the work of Wes Kline, who teaches photography here at St. Lawrence.  More information here – http://stlawu.edu/gallery/exhibitions/.



Bud Ziolkowski from Clear Creek Weavers came to campus on October 26th to conduct an Adirondack pack basket workshop for 8 enthusiastic participants.

Nancy Palmateer working on a pack basket.

Everyone in the group was able to complete a basket, and it was great way to spend a rainy Saturday.  Bud is an enthusiastic teacher and made the experience fun (and painless!), and the day went very quickly.  I hope to be able to weave another basket soon!

Awhile ago, Cathy was in touch with Emmanuel Haddad from Slate.fr about the exhibitions we presented in 2011 for the ten-year anniversary of 9/11.  He has since written an article that can be accessed here:


John Collins and Jane Becker Nelson, the curator of Re-framing Terrorism, are both quoted in the article, and the SLU exhibition is mentioned.


The gallery will be open by appointment only during the University’s Thanksgiving recess, from November 17 through 24.

To see the current Rockwell Kent exhibition during recess, please contact Cathy Tedford (315-229-5174, ctedford@stlawu.edu) or Carole Mathey (315-229-5522, cmathey@stlawu.edu) to schedule a time.

Happy Thanksgiving!

image of vermeer color studyAn informal exhibition of student artworks is presented in the (skinny) hallway gallery.  At one end of the gallery is a selection of color studies from Kasarian Dane’s course FA 228 Color.  In one assignment for the course, students choose a historical master painting and re-interpret it using Color-aid, a specialized paper in 314 different hues and values.  A considerable undertaking, the assignment spans several weeks while students work in and out of class on this project.

At the other end of the hallway gallery is “Election Cycle,” a selection of prints and photographs by students in Printmaking 1 and Photography 1, taught by Melissa Schulenburg and Peter Nelson, respectively.  In a somewhat open-ended assignment for each class, students were asked to address the current political climate in the United States, including the variety of issues at stake in the U.S. 2012 presidential election.  In photography, students were also asked to incorporate both image and text in their final artworks.

In preparation, students in Printmaking viewed original artworks in the gallery’s Permanent Collection by such artists as Sue Coe, Eric Avery, Peter Maxx, Combat Paper, and others.  Additionally, in an exercise devoted to “close observation,” students were instructed to sit with a work of art for an entire hour and write short essays describing, analyzing, and interpreting what they saw.

Photography students looked at work by Barbara Kruger, Duane Michals, Gillian Wearing, and a number of artists included in an exhibition at the Pratt Institute entitled “Party Headquarters: Art in the Age of Political Absurdity.”  According to Peter, some students commented that many current topics (such as women’s rights and same-sex marriage) feel archaic and that people should be beyond these issues by now.  To emphasize this point, one student included a quote by eighteenth-century writer and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft in a photograph about women’s control over their own bodies.  The greed and vilification of Wall Street were also addressed from a variety of viewpoints.  Additionally, students explored the health of the healthcare system, the lack of attention to climate change, and sadly, the self-described apathy of young voters.

Although not pre-planned, student artworks in the hallway exhibition reflect many of the themes found in the Rockwell Kent exhibition in the main galleries—from a painter’s formal use of light, color, and brushstroke, for example, to addressing socio-political issues of the day.  Guided tours of the exhibition are available upon request.



Combat papermaker and Gallery friend Drew Matott will visit campus next week to give a lecture (Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in GR 123) and to make paper with students from Melissa Schulenberg’s printmaking and bookmaking classes.  Drew is co-director of the Combat Paper project, which assists veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences through art- and paper-making as well as writing workshops.

Our globe-trotting sticker ninja, Spencer Homick ’06, sent a link to a hilarious video skit about Julian Assange played by David Rees called Terrible Houseguest.  We’ve had David come to SLU on two occasions, and both were some of the best presentations we’ve seen.  David’s work is difficult to classify, evidenced by two project titles, “My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable” and “Get Your War On.”  The GYWO series is/was a brilliant response to the events taking place after 9/11.  I say is/was b/c David has been doing some new cartoons in the GYWO series, from what I’ve heard.

The gallery got in a little trouble after producing an exhibition card for a GYWO mini-exhibition (presented alongside work by NY Times photographer Tyler Hicks, who was recently held captive on assignment in Libya but today released).  Trouble on one level (with donors), but the SLU president at the time was very supportive of free speech in academia.

If you haven’t seen the GYWO books, pick them up.  (Sorry for the crazy thumbnail….)

On view March 21 – April 20, 2011

The Richard F. Brush Gallery at St. Lawrence University is delighted to present an exhibition of Peter Nelson’s photography and video work, focusing on topics of sports, identity and relationships. Two-Point Perspective, a term usually designated for a traditional drawing technique, refers to the possibility that every situation can simultaneously be perceived from multiple viewpoints, and that those viewpoints often conflict with each other.

In his most recent series, Nelson turns the camera toward his new community in Canton, NY. Noon Ball is a collection of portraits of the men who play lunchtime basketball at St. Lawrence University. Nelson reflects on the duality of this activity, “The games are both heroic and pathetic, epic and banal. Though the players are competitive and aggressive, the individuals form a tightly-knit community.”

The exhibition also features four videos that further probe nuanced two-point perspectives. In Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, a video with an original operatic score, the artist’s parents share their individual perceptions of falling in love, overcoming personality struggles and negotiating compromises to make their marriage work.

An artist talk and reception will take place on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Peter Nelson is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Media at St. Lawrence University. He holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Nelson, originally from Minnesota, currently resides in Canton with his wife, Jane, and can be found playing noon ball every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Commissioner (Noon Ball series), 2011, archival inkjet, 60″ x 40″

A group of students from Canton Central visited the gallery yesterday too see the Marvel of the Snow Gems and Nipirasait exhibitions.

Tom VanDeWater and the students came to campus as part of Canton’s annual Winterfest.   Some of the students are taking a studio class, so they were interested  in looking at the Inuit prints and discussing how they were made.

Their stay was a brief one, yet three students found the beanbags irresistible!

Last week, students from Clifton-Fine Central School visited the Gallery with their teacher Rebecca Milone.   Using toys from the Picto This! exhibition as their models, the students made quick sketches in the Gallery.

And there was even a rainbow of sorts!

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