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August 19, 2014

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Cherise Oakley

Art Exhibit Highlights Brockport’s Illustrious Alumni

Exhibit will run August 28 through October 10, 2014.

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Press Release Photo Reciprocal by John Archer

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Press Release Photo Baby Cakes by Kelly Hidler

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Press Release Photo Annie by Kelly Hidler

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Press Release Photo Wishing Tree by Cheryl Hungerford

Brockport, NY – As with most departments within The College at Brockport, the Department of Art hopes to turn a student’s avocation into a vocation. Many former students of the department have been prolific in maintaining an active pursuit of the visual arts in their lives. The department is honored to present a sampling of works by alumni who have developed an extensive record of professional activity over several years. The Department of Art Alumni Exhibition, curated by gallery director and department chairperson Tim Massey, will be featured in the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery from August 28 through October 10, 2014. The gallery is located at 180 Holley Street, Brockport, and the exhibit is free and open to the public. An opening reception will take place between 4 and 6 pm on Thursday, August 28.

Individual pieces from Kelly Hider’s collection, Presence, will be on display. Hider ’07 grew up in a haunted house, and she meshes the possibility of the presence of supernatural entities in images based on the timeless tradition of children playing with toys. Her intent is that “after examining the works… the viewer will reassess both the whimsy and portents of their own development. The children in my images hold in their hands the innocence and wonder of childhood, kept company by gentle spirits of questionable intention.”

Also taking part in the exhibit is John Archer ’04, whose fanciful sculptures occasionally incorporate found objects such as propane tanks or bicycles. He believes that “life is an exercise in exploring the human condition; specifically relationships. My work focuses on the connections among interpersonal relationships, childhood, and natural cycles. It reflects these themes and how I have made them into lasting configurations.”

Cheryl Hungerford ’05 is a ceramic artist who approaches clay as a living element in her design process. She feels that “its organic qualities and earthly hues often define the direction my mind will take my hand. What results from this blend of idea, technique and medium is often raw, whimsical, and of its own accord.”

Jennifer Lynn Morse received her undergraduate degree from The College at Brockport, but also completed her graduate work at the Visual Studies Workshop, with which the College has a professional alliance. She is a photographer, who admits that making photographs “really does make me weak at the knees.” Growing up with digital photography, her passion for the art deepened as she discovered more about the history of photography. From 35mm, medium format, homemade pin-hole cameras, to large format, she has “a deep appreciation for photography and all of its forms.” Currently she favors working with large format cameras, and printing with a combination of contemporary and past processes.

-end- Gallery hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: 1 - 4 pm. For more information, call (585) 395-2805. Parking at Tower Fine Arts Center: Weekdays: Until 7 pm, parking permits are required. Permits cost $5 and can be obtained at the Raye H. Conrad Welcome Center. Evenings and Weekends: After 7 pm on weekdays, and throughout the weekend, parking is not regulated. Metered parking is available adjacent to Tower Fine Arts Center.

Images: 1: Annie (detail) by Kelly Hider 2: Babycakes by Kelly Hider 3: Reciprocal I by John Archer 4: Wishing Tree by Cheryl Hungerford

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