May 2016 - Upcoming Events

Date Event
Type
Title Campus Building
3/8 - 5/10 Exhibit Well Planned Improvisations ~ Works by John F. Simon, Jr. NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery
3/29 - 6/15 Exhibit Artists of Excellence ~ What Wood You Make? NBG Kaplan Hall, foyer of Mindy Ross Gallery
4/4 - 5/2 Exhibit unchARTed ~ SUNY Orange Student Exhibition MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
4/4 - 5/2 Exhibit SUNY Orange Art Faculty Exhibition MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Loft and Fringe
5/5 - 6/8 Exhibit Middletown Art Group 2016 Members' Spring Exhibition MDTN Orange Hall Gallery
5/9 - 6/8 Exhibit Remade Reality: Photo Collages ~ Reality Painted ~ Ceramic Sculptures ~ artworks by Richard Weber MDTN Orange Hall Gallery Loft
5/18 - 8/4 Exhibit Scenes of Newburgh NBG Kaplan Hall, Mindy Ross Gallery

Well Planned Improvisations ~ works by John F. Simon, Jr.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 to Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

A highly modern and creative solo exhibit by John F. Simon, Jr., Well Planned Improvisations, is on display in the Mindy Ross Gallery from March 8 - May 10, 2016.  The gallery is located in Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange.  

Morada II (Earth), 2008, 30 x 36 x 6”, custom software, Apple Mini Computer, LCD screen, lacquered wood, paint, and laser cut formica by John F. Simon, JrHis eclectic body of work from 2008 to the present includes Software Art, CAD/CAM paintings, and non-digital drawings.  Every day, Simon creates a drawing using pencil, watercolor, or gouache.  His creative process for these drawings is intuitive and improvisational.  From these, he finds source material that inspires his larger works that he creates with technological means.  His Morada and Pendulum pieces from the Color and Time series continually iterate compositional and color space variations driven by custom written software.  In the larger machine carved works, such as RiverCycle, digital methods are employed with a CNC router that cuts and engraves the wood before it is painted and covered in formica.  Simon likes to finish larger pieces by returning to the practice of drawing lines by hand directly on the surface.  With non-digital and technological processes blending together, he explores a relevant dichotomy in the contemporary world.

RiverCycle, 2010, 45 ½ x 44 x ¾”, Trupan Ultralight, Plastic laminate (Abet & Formica), Flashe paint by John F. Simon, Jr.John F. Simon, Jr. is one of the pioneers in the development of Software Art and since the mid-1980s, is renowned in this area for articulating the use of code in digital and multimedia works. An integral person in the early community of artists and curators who created the first wave of software applications, web-based projects, and digital approaches to art making, he with his colleagues paved the way for the continuance of expanding in new directions every year.  In 2011, Simon collaborated with Icelandic singer Björk to write an app for her album, Biophilia, the first app album ever created.

Simon holds a BA in Art (Studio) and a BS in Geology from Brown University. He continued on to study Earth and Planetary Sciences and receive an MA at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Then turning his attention to art, he earned an MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.  He subsequently taught at SVA until 1993 when he began his full-time studio practice.

Red Pendulum, 2008, 30 x 36 x 6”, custom software, Apple Mini Computer, LCD screen, lacquered wood, paint, and laser cut formica by John F. Simon, Jr.His artworks can be found in the permanent collections of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Collezione Maramotti, The Brooklyn Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art where his seminal work "Every Icon" was included in the 2000 Biennial.

In cooperation with Newburgh Last Saturdays #NBLS, a reception will be held on April 30 from 4 - 7pm.  At 5:30pm, Donna Spector will read from her new books, Lessons, a chapbook of poems, and Two Worlds, a full-length collection of recent work.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm.  The gallery is also open on Sunday, April 10 from 2:30 - 5pm and on Mondays, April 4 and 18 until 8:30pm and April 11 until 9pm.  In the gallery on Tuesday, April 26 at 12:15pm, Simon will give a master class titled, Boundary Conditions: Drawing in a Digital World.  The exhibit, reception, and master class are free and open to the public.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY. Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

Questions may be addressed to Cultural Affairs at cultural@sunyorange.edu or 845-341-4891/9386.

Images, top to bottom: Morada II (Earth), 2008, 30 x 36 x 6”, custom software, Apple Mini Computer, LCD screen, lacquered wood, paint, and laser cut formica by John F. Simon, Jr.; RiverCycle, 2010, 45 ½ x 44 x ¾”, Trupan Ultralight, Plastic laminate (Abet & Formica), Flashe paint by John F. Simon, Jr.; Red Pendulum, 2008, 30 x 36 x 6”, custom software, Apple Mini Computer, LCD screen, lacquered wood, paint, and laser cut formica by John F. Simon, Jr.

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Artists of Excellence ~ What Wood You Make?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 to Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

Andy Komonchak, artistThe Artists of Excellence series continues at SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall by highlighting Bloomingburg resident and versatile artist Andy Komonchak.  His exhibit titled What Wood You Make? showcases his handcrafted wooden bowls and beautiful utilitarian items.  From March 29 through June 15, 2016, the show can be viewed in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery.  The space features abundant lighting and affords viewers the opportunity of observing three-dimensional artwork from multiple angles.

Birch Cup by Andy KomonchakKomonchak states, “I really enjoy the ability to go out into my woods and find a log that I cut to put on the lathe and turn into something beautiful and utilitarian. Oftentimes, the uglier and scruffier the original, the more beautiful and interesting is the final result.”  In addition to being a wood turner, he has been a furniture builder, a watercolorist, and a pen and ink artist. He also enjoys making garden sculpture.

On the opening day of his exhibit, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7pm, Andy Komonchak will demonstrate on a small lathe and take ongoing Q & A.  The presentation, The Joy of Wood-turning, will be held in the Orange County Trust Company Great Room 101 that opens to the Foyer where his artwork is on display.  The exhibit and demonstration are free and open to the public.

Orange County has been Komonchak’s home for 28 years and during that time, he has made his mark.  His commercial arts firm which he brought from Denver, ARK Graphics, Inc. Marketing and Design Business, has been successful and well-respected. He was a Founding Board Member of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc. and presently, serves as its executive director. In 2010, he received Orange County’s Pinnacle of Leadership Award.  In 2014, he received from the Orange County Citizens Foundation the Ottaway Award.  In 2016, he was honored with the Tuskegee Airmen Leadership Mentor Award. In addition, he was a founding member of the Orange County Arts Council and served on the committees of the Orange County Citizens Foundation Marketing Committee, the STEWMAC – 105th Air Wing – Stewart Military Affairs Committee, the Hudson Valley Honor Flight Board, and is currently the Board Chair of Rolling Thunder New York Chapter 3.

Bowl and Bracelet by Andy KomonchakHe attended SUNY Cortland and SUNY Farmingdale, and received a degree in Commercial Art and Design.

The exhibit is presented for viewing during regular college hours Monday through Thursday 8am - 8pm and Friday 8am - 5pm.  The foyer is also open on Sunday, April 10 from 2:30 - 5pm, on Mondays, April 4 and 18 until 8:30pm and April 11 until 9pm, and on Saturday, April 30 from 4 - 7pm for Newburgh Last Saturdays #NBLS. The college is closed on Fridays in June.

Kaplan Hall is located at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, NY.  Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage at 73 First Street.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891/9386 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Andy Komonchak, artist; Birch Cup by Andy Komonchak; Bowl and Bracelet by Andy Komonchak

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unchARTed ~ SUNY Orange Student Exhibition

Ballerina, ink by Elaine HortonMonday, April 4, 2016 to Monday, May 2, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

With the advent of Spring 2016 comes the 12th annual student art show. 300+ creative works produced by art, Landscape, oil by Megan Venterphotography, new media, and visual communications students are on display in Orange Hall Gallery April 4 - May 2, 2016. Gallery hours are 9am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday and 9am to 6pm on Friday. In addition, the gallery will be open on Fridays, April 8 and 15 from 9am to 10pm, Saturdays April 9 and 16 from 7 to 10pm and on Sundays, April 10, 17, and 24 from 2 to 5pm.

Titled unchARTed, the exhibition expresses the diverse “voices” of the visual arts through  paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor; drawings in pencil and charcoal; sculptures, three-dimensional We are the World, mixed media by Ashley Rosepieces, assemblages, installations, and display projects; collages of mixed media; digital photographs; computer graphics; new media and digital cinema production.

The opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 pm on Tuesday, April 5. This event is free and open to the public and offers the opportunity for the college community and the community at large to celebrate with the student artists their talents expressed through the artworks on display. The presentation of the exhibit is a combined effort of the professors and staff of the Arts and Communication Department in cooperation with Cultural Affairs.

Questions may be directed to (845)341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu. Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.

Images, top to bottom: Ballerina, ink by Elaine Horton; Landscape, oil by Megan Venter; We are the World, mixed media by Ashley Rose

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SUNY Orange Art Faculty Exhibition

Bali Reflection, gouache painting by Randi EismanAn Act of Faith #1 cover, pen & ink digital colors by Al NickersonMonday, April 4, 2016 to Monday, May 2, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Loft and Fringe (MDTN)

Skateboard ~ wall sculpture: wood, acrylic, copper, aluminum, & giclee print by Bruce BleachThe work of our full-time and adjunct facultymembers are presented as a way to connect the talent, diversity and competency of our instructors who in turn, skillfully lead our students to discover their unique creative voices.

This spring, accompanying UnchARTed, the SUNY Orange student art show, is a display of the diverse works and interests of the full-time and adjunct art faculty members. The collection of multimedia work by the professors demonstrates their expertise in painting, drawing, digital, and wall sculpture. Artworks by the following are represented

Susan Slater-Tanner, Susan Miiller, Randi Eisman, Al Nickerson, Bruce Bleach, Polly Giragosian, Mary Mugele Sealfon, and Jacqueline O’Malley-Satz.

The venue is Orange Hall Gallery Loft with viewing hours 9am to 8pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 6pm on Friday. The exhibit ends May 2, 2016.

Images, left to right: Skateboard ~ wall sculpture: wood, acrylic, copper, aluminum, & giclee print by Bruce Bleach; An Act of Faith #1 cover, pen & ink digital colors by Al Nickerson; Bali Reflection, gouache painting by Randi Eisman

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Middletown Art Group 2016 Members' Spring Exhibition

Thursday, May 5, 2016 to Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery (MDTN)

A celebration of continuance and the arts is being planned for the reception of the Middletown Art Group 2016 Members’ Spring Exhibition. Mark your calendars for this 1 to 4pm bash on Sunday, May 15 in Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange. Get ready to sing Happy Birthday, blow out the candles, and have a piece of cake to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the organization.

Angst, driftwood and mixed-media by Barbara BonhamIn keeping with the lively afternoon, pianist Bev Poyerd will play selections of jazz, show, and classical music on the baby grand. During the reception, mini-demonstrations will be given by members Bob Scully painting with oils, Catherine DeMaio making collages, and Starr Novak working with a combination in mixed media. They will explain as they create and also, will welcome questions.

Girl with Pears, water soluble oil by Ray SchuettichThe exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The timeframe of the show extends May 5 through June 8, 2016. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday - 9am to 8pm and Friday - 9am to 6pm through May. In June, the college is closed on Fridays.

The organization was established in 1946 “for the purpose of exchanging ideas between artists, craftsmen, art teachers, and students and of providing an atmosphere in which to improve individual skills and respect for the efforts of others.”  MAG continues that tradition and sponsors demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions which promote the study of the arts.

Showcasing well over 100 works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, encaustics, charcoal, pencils, photography, collage, mixed media, recycled objects, and sculpture, the exhibit will offer a view of the wide variety of diverse styles and techniques of the more than 50 members whose works will be displayed.  In addition, a special section will feature the works of past members presented in memoriam.

African Woman Frying Akara (Blackeye Bean Cake), oil on canvas by Oluwafiropo Margaret IbitoyeEven though the name “Middletown Art Group” seems to give the impression of exclusiveness to Middletown residents, that is not the case as members reside in other parts of Orange County as well as Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Sussex, and Pike Counties.

This year’s show judge is Gene Bové, who is known for his oil painting en plein air. A founder of the Wallkill River School and Gallery, Bové is a signature member of the New York Plein Air Painters and the Pine Bush Area Arts Council. In 2014, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Arts Award from the Orange County Arts Council. Prizes will be awarded during the reception.

Show co-chairs are Anne W. Kelly and Renee Buckheit along with Barbara Bonham coordinating and designing the catalog.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: Angst, driftwood and mixed-media by Barbara Bonham, winner of Best of Show; Girl with Pears, water soluble oil by Ray Schuettich; African Woman Frying Akara (Blackeye Bean Cake), oil on canvas by Oluwafiropo Margaret Ibitoye

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Remade Reality: Photo Collages ~ Reality Painted ~ Ceramic Sculptures ~ artworks by Richard Weber

Monday, May 9, 2016 to Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Orange Hall Gallery Loft (MDTN)

Cathedral Interior, Barcelona, photo collage by Richard WeberA solo show of the artworks of Richard Weber will be on view in Orange Hall Gallery Loft May 9 through June 8, 2016. Not uncommon during many artists’ careers is the focusing and refocusing of their efforts to create. Changing medium or predominant color may be influenced by the season or another artist or teacher or just life. This exhibit will demonstrate Weber’s diverse interests and his means of expressing them. If it weren’t clearly stated that this body of work has been done by one individual, viewers could surmise it to be that of three artists.

Guardian, Clay and Wood by Richard WeberRemade Reality: Photo Collages ~ Reality Painted ~ Ceramic Sculptures includes many years of work brought together. The collages consist of snippets of close-up and slightly enhanced photographs in geometric shapes, offering a kaleidoscope prospective. The acrylic paintings are his latest works and consist of local landscapes and abandoned stable buildings. The third distinct section of the show is comprised of hollow clay spheres which were made through a process of marking and carving before the clay dried, then finishing by being double-fired, with glazing between the firings. To expand upon the sculptural statement, the spheres are placed upon small sculpted clay or wood pedestals.

Collapse, acrylic on canvas by Richard WeberThe reception at which the artist will be present is scheduled simultaneously with the Middletown Art Group’s Members Exhibit reception on Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 4pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday ~ 9am to 8pm and Friday ~ 9am to 6pm through May. In June, the college is closed on Fridays.

Weber has been drawn to art since the third grade. He continued his love of art through school and eventually attended SUNY New Paltz, but left without a degree. He considers himself self-taught. Throughout the past forty- plus years, he has nurtured that love of art by creating a variety of works many of which are on display.

Orange Hall is located on the campus of SUNY Orange at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave) Middletown. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs (845)341-4891 and cultural@sunyorange.edu

Images, top to bottom: Cathedral Interior, Barcelona, photo collage by Richard Weber; Guardian, Clay and Wood by Richard Weber; Collapse, acrylic on canvas by Richard Weber

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Scenes of Newburgh

Thursday, May 18, 2016 to Thursday, August 4, 2016
Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall (NBG)

The focus of the new show at the Mindy Ross Gallery is Newburgh!

The Academy of Music—1906, Newburgh, NY, pen and ink print by Bob ScullyScenes of Newburgh depicts old Newburgh in the early 1900s through pen and inks, and present day, in paintings done in oils, acrylics, pastels, and watercolors in vivid as well as muted colors. Drawings and paintings of some of Newburgh’s grand architecture  are included in the show as are genre paintings which  visually describe city dwellers.  Several historic buildings and monuments are illustrated as are river activities.

Academy Field, oil by Kate FerriterIt’s Newburgh in glory and in the mundane.  It’s ordinary life with a sense of beauty.

The exhibit is on view May 18 through August 4, 2016. During May and August, the gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.  In June and July, the gallery is open Monday through Thursday 9am to 5pm, plus Last Saturdays June 25 from 4 to 7pm and July 30 from 5 to 7pm.

Come and enjoy viewing the various styles and techniques employed by the nine participating artists who are past or present residents as well as some who live in nearby communities: Bob Scully, Martha Zola, Diane Ouzoonian, Mary Mugele Sealfon, Kate Ferriter, Mitchell Saler, Clayton Buchanan, Ellin Kristofik, and the late Mary Evelyn Whitehill.

Flying Kites at Tower of Victory, oil by Mitchell SalerOn May 28, the art reception will be held from 4 to 7pm. This event also celebrates #NBLS Last Saturdays, an arts initiative in Newburgh. During the reception, Newburgh resident and superb musician, Joy Zelada, will play selections on his classical guitar from his repertoire of music from the Renaissance through the present day.

The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The Mindy Ross Gallery and Foyer are located in Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, which is situated at the corner of Grand and First Streets, Newburgh, where free secure parking is available at the entrance to the garage, 73 First St.

For more information, please contact 845-341-4891 or cultural@sunyorange.edu.

Images, top to bottom: The Academy of Music—1906, Newburgh, NY, pen and ink print by Bob Scully; Academy Field, oil by Kate Ferriter; Flying Kites at Tower of Victory, oil by Mitchell Saler

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Contact Us:
Dorothy Szefc
Coordinator of Cultural Affairs
(845) 341-4891
cultural@sunyorange.edu

All Cultural Affairs Events are open to the public and all buildings are universally accessible.

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