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Faculty Art Exhibition To Display Medley Of Media Oct. 10 to 25

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s annual Faculty Art Exhibition beginning Oct. 10, will feature media as diverse as ceramics and web design, sculpture and printmaking — even an installation of heat-fused discs from plastic shopping bags.

Artist Rebecca Mushtare, a full-time art faculty member at SUNY Oswego, installs part of "Plastics Specimens" for the free Faculty Art Exhibition, Oct. 10 to 25 in Tyler Art Gallery on the second floor of Penfield Library. Mushtare's installation will include dozens of heat-fused discs cut from plastic shopping bags to explore colors, typography, texts and images from oft-discarded objects generally ignored for cultural value.
Artist Rebecca Mushtare, a full-time art faculty member at SUNY Oswego, installs part of “Plastics Specimens” for the free Faculty Art Exhibition, Oct. 10 to 25 in Tyler Art Gallery on the second floor of Penfield Library. Mushtare’s installation will include dozens of heat-fused discs cut from plastic shopping bags to explore colors, typography, texts and images from oft-discarded objects generally ignored for cultural value.

A free public reception for the artists will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23, two days before the exhibition closes in Tyler Art Gallery’s temporary home on the second floor of Penfield Library.

Michael Flanagan, director of Tyler Art Gallery, expects 15 to 20 art department faculty members to take part. Additional media represented in the display may include book art, digital illustration, drawing, graphic design and painting.

One of the exhibitors, Rebecca Mushtare, teaches web design and multimedia.

Yet for this show, she will install, in a grid of tall columns and wide rows, dozens of heat-warped discs bearing visual or textual images cut from plastic shopping bags. The installation is titled “Plastic Specimens.”

“Plastic bags are designed objects and artifacts of commodification that are often discarded, ignored and treated as objects of little or no cultural value,” Mushtare said in an artist’s statement. “Each plastic specimen contains a composite of elements like color, typography, texts and images from discarded plastic bags, for closer examination.”

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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