By Melissa Theodorakatos
Students who walk through the Rudolph Campus on a regular basis are aware of the beautiful and vast scenery that exists around them. The wide varieties of buildings throughout the area provide students with unique and eye-catching surroundings that enhance the learning environment excessively. These buildings all serve their own purpose within the college community in both academic and administrative facilities. Despite the smaller population of the college, however, some of the students go through their undergraduate and graduate careers without visiting some of the most fruitful buildings available. The Anthony Giordono Gallery, located at the corner of Idle Hour Boulevard and Montauk Highway, is one of the most unknown areas on campus by the student population. This building acts as an open gallery, which exhibits artwork from chosen artists around the world, as well as, utilizing a studio facility for the ceramics subsection of the Visual Arts Department. The gallery alone hosts some of the most successfully attended exhibit openings, as well as, its own student exhibition featuring the work of the major studio students from Dowling College. Most colleges around the world are unfortunate to lack a gallery of their own, giving Dowling a unique addition to its educational community.
Pamela Brown, an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts Department, directs the Anthony Giordono Gallery. Professor Brown specializes in sculpture and three-dimensional design, providing a variety of classes to art students which introduce the creative world in relation to space and dimension. Brown works closely with other members of the Visual Arts faculty to choose artists for the gallery exhibitions that will give students insight on a broad spectrum of artwork and design. After an artist is chosen, Brown will curate the exhibition and work with various faculty and students to organize an opening and gallery schedule. The artwork that is featured at the gallery range in value, but each exemplifies its own unique artistic quality that is important for students to encounter during their studies in the art field. Faculty and staff can schedule class visits to the gallery at any time during the school year in order to get a personal tour of the artwork, as well as, insight from the gallery director herself. Many faculty will also choose to make gallery openings part of his or her syllabi to give students a chance to experience the business end of artistic showings.
For this coming school year, the gallery has many extraordinary shows planned for the community. Each show is available during the noted dates and will be available for public viewing during the gallery hours. A reception will be held for each, with a lecture by either the artists or the Visual Arts faculty for all who wishes to attend. Each issue of the Lion’s Voice will provide up-to-date information on the current and upcoming exhibition for the Anthony Giordano Gallery.
Sites for Sculpture
Breon Dunigan, Dorothy Frankel, Elaine Grove, Gloria Kisch, Wendy Klemperer, and Arden Scott July 2011 – July 2012 Reception: October 15, 2011 1:00pm – 4:00pm Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Artist’s Presentation at 2:00pm
This exhibition is located between the grounds of Fortunoff Hall and the Racanelli Center. The reception will take place during the Rudolph Campus Open House, with a presentation from each included artist.
Sites for Sculpture is a public exhibition installed on site at Dowling’s Rudolph Campus. Pamela Brown, Director of the Anthony Giordano Gallery, and Christina Strassfield, Direction o Guild Hall, chose the sculptures for the exhibition that they found were the most exemplarily fitting for the campus. Each artist chosen has earned a great deal of public recognition for his or her work prior to the Dowling exhibition. These six artists have a varied background in terms of artistic studies, as well as, a varied method of creating artwork. The artwork featured has a great deal of uniqueness to one another, yet their presence on campus unifies them to the fullest extent. With a visible trend in public artwork coming about during the last few decades, Dowling College has been given a great opportunity to be engrossed in the presence of the contemporary art world, as seen placed in nature. The artwork is accessible to all students and faculty on campus, creating a beautified atmosphere around each piece.
Susan Jennings with Sound by SlinkMoss September 7 – October 23, 2011 Reception: September 25, 2011 1:00pm – 4:00pm (Faculty presentation: 2pm)
This exhibition will feature artwork that exemplifies video art, original music and lyrics, sculpture, collage, spoken word, sounds, movement and shadows. Susan Jennings is a New York based artist that uses a variety of media to present a unique and intellectual show that transforms each piece of artwork into a living object of artistic quality. Her materials incorporate sound and video with tangible items to represent the human emotion which develops in the presence of performance and musical art. Slink Moss collaborates with Jennings throughout this exhibition to include his own sound which is said to be a “hypnotic, pneumatic rhythm” according to Dr. Stephen Lamia, a Visual Arts professor and exhibition curator.
Jennings has won several awards for her coming of age artwork, including her recent acceptance of both the Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship and the Art Production Fund ‘Artists at Giverny’ Fellowship and Residency. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.F.A. from Hunter College. Slink Moss, a Chicago born artist, has been featured in venues such as The Museum of Modern Art and Webster Hall NYC. He has also written songs that have appeared in many movies featured on MTV. He received his graduate degree from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Dowling College Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition Pam Brown, Patricia Hubbard-Ragette, Hugo Ferrnandez, Jennifer Formica, Elise Kaufman, Stephen Lamia, Jason Mones, Chris Nworjih, Patricia Pepe-Clark, Linda Prentiss, Herb Reichert, Michele Evola Wagner. November 6 – December 18, 2011 Reception: November 13, 2011 1:00pm – 4:00pm (Presentation at 2:00pm)
This exhibition will include professional work from a variety of the Visual Arts faculty. Each work illuminates on the talents of each individual artist through their studies within the art field. The show will include work from all media, ranging from the traditional to the non-traditional.
Gallery Hours and Information
Address: 96 Biltmore Avenue, at the corner of Biltmore Avenue and Idle Hour Boulevard in Oakdale, NY (across for the Valero Gas Station)
Hours: Wednesday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 4:00 pm.
Contact: 631–244–3016 or www.dowling.edu