Gallery Season to Open with Dan Young Exhibit
Two exhibitions featuring work by current and retired SUNY Oneonta art faculty will open next week in the college’s Fine Arts Building galleries.
“Prairie Series,” an exhibition of low-relief textured acrylic and mixed media paintings by Dan Young, will be the first installation this academic year at the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery. “Prairie Series” will open Sept. 5 and run through Oct. 25. A former SUNY Oneonta art professor now living and working in Stockton, Mo., Young will return to campus to share this new body of work.
In the Project Space Gallery, “Art of the Adjunct” will feature a selection of recent works by SUNY Oneonta part-time art faculty, representing a broad range of creativity, media and content, from Sept. 3 through Oct. 11. The exhibition will include several works each by John Bugyi, Ken Crosby, Kevin Gray, Cooper Paulson, Chris Pettingill, Nancy Samstein, Sean Scherer, June Tyler and Janet Wentworth. Part-time art history member Ken Havenstein, who creates floral arrangements when not teaching, will participate in the visual display by creating sculptural floral pieces to accompany the show.
An opening reception for both exhibitions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, and Young will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m. A closing reception for “Art of the Adjunct” with comments by the artists is planned for Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. in the gallery. The public is welcome to attend both events.
Young, who spent most of his career working with clay and taught three-dimensional design, ceramic sculpture and art survey at SUNY Oneonta, is now painting. His exhibit will include 28 works on panels ranging in size from 24 x 24 inches to 72 x 72 inches. Included in this series is a recent painting created in response to the tragic tornado events in Moore, Okla.
“Nature has always played an important role in my work,” Young said. “From the beginning, my clay work was oriented in that direction. Gradually, over time, works became influenced by individuals and events, both public and private. Travel continues to play an important role in my creative thought process. I struggled with my transition from clay to the painted surface, but a personal breakthrough became apparent when I realized I could create a working surface that would allow me to work on a larger scale while still retaining the use of line and plasticity. My personal history of past and present experiences continues to provide me with a creative avenue for expression.”
Young received a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and a master’s from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Ceramics and Sculpture. He was a professor of art at SUNY Oneonta from 1965-1995. He has shown his work extensively and received numerous awards during the course of his career. For the past 15 years, he has been painting full time at his studio in Stockton, Mo.
The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery and Project Space Gallery are open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday when the college is in session and during special events. For more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions, contact Gallery Director Tim Sheesley at (607) 436-2445, (607) 436-3456 or visit the gallery webpage.