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.



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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YouTube DirektMetamorphosis video


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

From Carole to Oli at Hatch Kingdom in Berlin.  🙂

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YouTube DirektAlex Duane


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YouTube DirektEvan Haynes


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YouTube DirektOlivia McManus

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.

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