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Competitions, openings and exhibits showcase the talents of UAlbany student artists

Nicholas Pella's Relax, 2004 - Acrylic and latex on panel 60 x 48 inches

Nicholas Pella
Relax, 2004
Acrylic and latex on panel
60 x 48 inches

The semester may be winding down, but UAlbany’s art scene is still going strong.

UAlbany students, gearing up for exams, are invited to take Time Out – at a special gallery opening featuring the thesis exhibition of some of their fellow students on Thursday, December 2 from 9–11 p.m., at the University Art Museum. Students can sip a coffee or Red Bull while they take in the art work and experience the music of Nouveau Chill, jazz, trip-hop, electronica and trance stylings.

On display will be the works of this year’s MFA candidates: Torrance E. Fish, Laura K. Kiefer, Ingrid Ludt, Nicholas Pella, and Jay Tiernan. These artists have just completed the University’s three-year, 60 credit-hour program of intensive training and study in traditional and contemporary fine art practices. This exhibit is a display of the vigor and expertise of these emerging artists, the proficiency of their respective choice of mediums and is important milestone as their debut into the larger art world. The official opening for the show is Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m. and the exhibit runs through December 19.

The UAlbany community can look forward to the emergence of more permanent art work on campus because of the outcome of a recent sculpture competition. The contest grew out of a graduate course called Topics in Sculpture, taught by Professor Edward Mayer and was jointly sponsored by the University’s Office of Budget, The University Art Museum and The Boor Sculpture Studio Program. The submissions of Scott Ball and John Keefe were recently selected by a campus panel of judges as this year’s winners.

Scott Ball’s sculpture of a concrete set of living room furniture

Scott Ball
Living Room Furniture, 2004
Concrete

“The goal of the competition is to enhance and embellish the environment in specific locations around the campus,” said Professor Mayer. His students submitted proposals to the judges that were not only artistic, but also had to show regard to the safety of the space and the practicality of the materials used.

Keefe and Ball each won two semesters of free tuition, plus a stipend and $1500 in expense money. Starting next spring their winning sculptures will be fabricated and installed at sites in the Lecture Centers on the University’s academic podium. Ball’s sculpture of a concrete set of living room furniture and Keefe’s steel tendrils swooping down from the ceiling will liven up the corridors where students walk to and from classes.

Last year’s winning sculptures by Chris Cassidy and Chris Oliver were completed last summer and are located in the lounge area of the Empire Commons community center. Empire Commons is the apartment housing for UAlbany juniors, seniors and graduate students.

Related Links:
University Art Museum
Department of Fine Arts
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