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For Immediate Release
March 4, 2010

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The Big Read Celebrates Literacy Through the Arts

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Press Release Photo Guitarist Aaron Cotton joins Brockport students and faculty.

Brockport, NY- The College at Brockport continued The Big Read celebration of the book Sun, Stone, and Shadows with a multi-sensory arts experience on Wednesday, March 3, in Drake Memorial Library. Ceramics students from Brockport’s Department of Art spent the day hard at work creating a ceramic sculpture interpreted from “The Medicine Man,” a short story included in the book written by Francisco Rojas Gonsalez.

Students in the Ceramics III and Advanced Problems class were asked to read the short story and through discussion investigated a number of possible meanings and symbolism the story might contain. These students were then asked to think about what visual images the story conjured up in their minds and then make sketches of those ideas.

“The finished artwork is engaging in and of itself as a visual sculpture, but I think it connects even stronger to those who are familiar with the story,” Associate Professor of Art, Ceramics, Lori Mills said. “It visually illustrates selected aspects of Gonsalez’s story through the blending of a variety of artistic voices into one shared concept, but in contrast to writers, who use words to convey their ideas, the artists involved in this project communicated their concepts through the manipulation of clay, form, color, and imagery.”

Students from several ceramics classes spent weeks making the clay, approximately one ton of which was used to create the sculpture. The sculpture will be dismantled on Friday, March 5, with the clay being recovered for future use.

Joining the ceramists for a Mexican- style “Music at Noon” performance was guitarist Aaron Cotton, a second- year masters student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. Cotton, a native of Texas, has been heavily influenced by music of the Mexican culture. Cotton performed works by Manuel Ponce, Julio Cesar Olivo, and Ernesto Garcia de Leon, three Mexican artists with a variety of styles.

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