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SUNY Oswego art alumni to open eclectic exhibition Sept. 7

A select group of nearly 40 alumni of SUNY Oswego’s art programs — from recent graduates to those who studied in decades past — will offer a free, eclectic exhibition of their work beginning Friday, Sept. 7 at the college’s Tyler Art Gallery.

The “Oswego Art Alums” exhibition will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 7, and many of the artists have said they will attend. The exhibition runs through Oct. 6 in Tyler’s north gallery.

Michael Flanagan, the gallery’s assistant director, said the artists, nominated by current and former art faculty, would show that art can be a life-enriching, long-term endeavor.

For example, the photographs of participating alumna Bernice Ficek-Swenson, a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, explore “elemental forces of nature, photographing still life materials of stone, ash, cremated bones and, most recently, water,” Ficek-Swenson said.

These elements imply a metaphor of deep geologic time, belong to “our collective unconscious” and “convey a deep spiritual connection to earth,” the 1977 master of arts alumna wrote in an artist’s statement.

“In the series I am currently working on, ‘The Promise of Water,’ I’m exploring metaphors of purity/purification, water as a venerated source,” Ficek-Swenson said.

Tyler Art Gallery will be open for this and a companion exhibition, “Hannah Claus: In/Tangible Presence,” 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays starting Friday, Sept. 7. For more information, contact the gallery at 312-2112.