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Plattsburgh State Art Museum Hosts New-Faculty Exhibition

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ An exhibition at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh features the work of new art faculty.

The artists/professors exhibiting work are Sue Lezon in photography; Drew Goerlitz in sculpture (using wood, steel, paper and plastic); David Powell, a graphic designer, concentrates on collage and working through digital montage; and Norman Taber, primarily a graphic designer, showing various forms of creative exploration in different mediums.

Speaking of the new faculty, Dennis Costanzo, chair of the art department, said, "Their excellence as teachers is already well established, their productivity as creative artists is central to that excellence and is superbly represented in this show."

These four artists have joined the SUNY Plattsburgh art faculty over a period of five years.  Norman Taber began his tenure in 2000, teaching in the area of graphic design.  His work as both a commercial artist and a fine artist includes book illustration, poster design and innovatively mixed media images. 

David Powell came to Plattsburgh in 2001 after a long career as a professional graphic designer.  His favorite medium is collage in which digital and traditional techniques are combined to present thought-provoking messages. 

Sue Lezon was an archeological photographer in the Middle East for many years before coming to Plattsburgh in 2003. Her extensive experience in Egypt has provided a rich source of imagery for her evocative black and white photographs. 

Drew Goerlitz is the newest faculty member, currently in his first year at SUNY Plattsburgh.  A former student of Don Osborn, faculty emeritus of sculpture, Goerlitz completed a prestigious residency in Switzerland before joining the Plattsburgh State faculty. He makes steel-constructed sculptures that incorporate various unexpected materials and ideas, often on a large scale. 

Edward Brohel, museum director, said of the exhibition,"A subtle and carefully-nuanced program of study interacting on many levels has been developed at Plattsburgh in the Art Department. Some of the reasons for this are apparent in this exhibition."

For more information, contact the Plattsburgh Art Museum at 518-564-2474 or visit online at http://clubs.plattsburgh.edu/museum/fac_05.htm

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