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Contemporary Art To Meet Folk, Craft Styles in Tyler Art Gallery Exhibition

OSWEGO — The exhibition season at Tyler Art Gallery in SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library will open Sept. 4, with “Tradition & Innovation,” a show whose works connect contemporary art to traditional forms, craft and folk art.

"Just Breathe" by artist Donna Sharrett features a wide variety of items including wedding gown, strips of bridesmaid dresses and doll clothes, black velvet dress, jewelry, rose petals, needlework, guitar strings, bone beads, dirt and thread. The work is among those in "Tradition & Innovation," an exhibition connecting contemporary forms to craft and folk art from Sept. 4 to Oct. 4 at Tyler Art Gallery in Penfield Library.
“Just Breathe” by artist Donna Sharrett features a wide variety of items including wedding gown, strips of bridesmaid dresses and doll clothes, black velvet dress, jewelry, rose petals, needlework, guitar strings, bone beads, dirt and thread. The work is among those in “Tradition & Innovation,” an exhibition connecting contemporary forms to craft and folk art from Sept. 4 to Oct. 4 at Tyler Art Gallery in Penfield Library.

The free display runs through Oct. 4.

A free, public reception for the 13 artists featured in the exhibition will take place, with a special musical performance, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16, at the gallery on the library’s second floor.

Accomplished cellist Matt Haimowitz will open the reception with a specially commissioned short overture by contemporary composer Du Yun — who uses folk music traditions from Greece, China and Eastern Europe as a source of inspiration — followed by Bach’s Suite No. 2 for unaccompanied cello.

“Tradition & Innovation” will feature a variety of media, including quilts with photographic and other narrative imagery, a sculptural Adirondack chair and a mailbox made from a tuba. The exhibition illuminates ways in which artists incorporate outside cultural influences, and is, in part, intended to cause the viewer to question the differences between high and low art, and between fine art and craft.

The show includes works from regional art institutions, SUNY Oswego’s permanent collection and from the artists’ own collections. Artists include Steve Bowers and John Monroe, Lauren Bristol, Mike Cousino, Sue Ellen Herne, Zeke Leonard, David MacDonald, Fred Morgan, Faith Ringgold, Donna Sharrett, Veronica Terrillion, Kara Walker, Rudolph Wiezel and Patricia Kennedy-Zafred.

The Richard S. Shineman Foundation recently awarded a grant to make the exhibition more available to local K-12 students.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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