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Summer Exhibitions at SUNY Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The Plattsburgh State Art Museum at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh announces a festive and exciting group of summer exhibitions.

"Drawn from the museum's large and unique permanent art collection, these exhibitions provide an in-depth insight into this aesthetic resource at Plattsburgh and create artistic experiences for summer pleasure," said Edward Brohel, director of the art museum.

Gifts, Acquisitions, Loans and Special Installations

The Burke Gallery features an exhibition of many latest additions to the permanent exhibition materials. The exhibition will be on display through Sept. 18. Works of up-to-date contemporary artists such as Mary Frank, Robert Motherwell, Jack Youngerman, Vladamir German and Guy Johnson are included along with artists of worldwide renown such as Christopher Mangiarocina and Thomaz Ianelli.

In addition to strong art works of contemporary origin, the show has more than 15 examples of the precursors of modern art. These etchings are by 19th century French masters such as Millet, Cassatt, Signac, Whistler and others. Purchased by the Student Association at SUNY Plattsburgh, they indicate the mission of the museum to develop a strong art history education body of material.

Model of Court Official. Tang Dynasty, late 7th or 8th century. On loan from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. Of special excitement this summer is the first formal exhibition of a group of ancient Chinese objects on extended loan from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. Thousands of years old, these relics carry from the past the aesthetic and the wisdom of our ancestors. The Sackler Foundation is the same organization that built the Temple of Dendur Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, N.Y., and Asian Museums at Harvard, Princeton and Washington, D.C.

"It is a great accomplishment for the Plattsburgh State Art Museum to have received this material from the foundation," said Brohel.

Studio 2005 , the exhibition in the Myers Lobby Gallery, shows some of the best works produced by students in the Senior Show, Undergraduate Juried Show and the Art Studios during the past academic year. It depicts the professional difference of styles and various influences learned, taught and explored in the Art Department classes at SUNY Plattsburgh.

The Rockwell Kent Gallery is hosting a special 75th Anniversary Publication of Moby Dick exhibition, in addition to the permanent display of paintings and objects of Rockwell Kent. Curated by Cecilia Esposito, researcher for the museum, and drawn from the extensive original material held by the College, the show celebrates this important publication event in the history of illustration as well as the ownership of copyright on this material by SUNY Plattsburgh through the museum.

The Sculpture Park throughout campus is comprised of more than 65 monumental public sculptures. Recently rehabilitated, the sculptures present a varied and imaginative group of emphatic and creative contemporary statements. The Spirit of Learning, by Jean-Jacques Duval, a large stained glass display in the stairwell of the Angell College Center, will be inaugurated to the public later this summer.

"This piece brings the spirit of quality artistic statement from the various gallery spaces throughout the campus here to the center of student - community life," said Brohel. "It summarizes the philosophies and mission of this complete summer program - an exhibition explosion - all over campus.

Museum hours are daily from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed legal holidays. For further information, contact the Plattsburgh State Art Museum at 518-564-2474 or 518-564-2178 or visit the Website at http://clubs.plattsburgh.edu/museum

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