SUNY ORANGE WILL OPEN INAUGURAL OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBITION JUNE 5

3/5/2010

“Sculpture for a New Century” to be on Display Through September on College’s Newburgh Campus

PHOTO: ClapotisMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Seeking to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of sculpture while paying homage to the Hudson Valley’s artistic heritage and inspirational beauty, SUNY Orange and the National Sculpture Society will unveil “Sculpture for a New Century,” a juried outdoor sculpture exhibition at the College’s Newburgh campus, on June 5. The works will be on display through September.

“Sculpture for a New Century,” SUNY Orange’s debut outdoor sculpture exhibition on its expanded Newburgh campus, will feature eight unique works from noted national and international artists who were asked to submit sculptures inspired by the natural landscapes of the Hudson Valley. The sculptures, selected by a four-person jury under the auspices of the National Sculpture Society (NSS), will be located along the promenade on the campus’ upper plaza.

The exhibition will open June 5 in conjunction with a planned 6 p.m. celebration of completion of Phase I of construction at the Newburgh campus. The artists and works selected include: “Precipice” by Fred X. Brownstein, marble; “Daphne” by Chippie Kennedy, bronze; “Clapotis” (right) by Michael Keropian, epoxy resin and fiberglass; “Green Mountain” by Jinx Lindenauer, bronze (patinated); “Jeremiah” (below, left) by Roger Martin, bronze; “Poco A Poco Se Va Lejos (Little By Little We Go A Long Way)” by Pokey Park, bronze; “4PM” by Christopher Smith, glass fiber reinforced cement; and “Dove Spirit” (below right) by David Turner, bronze.

“The College is extremely pleased and honored to be able to bring sculpture of this caliber to our students, faculty, staff and the greater Newburgh community,” says Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “The Hudson Valley boasts an abundant tradition of innovation in art, design, creative expression and landscape architecture.

PHOTO: Jeremiah“Generations of artists have captured the Valley’s grandeur in all forms of media,” Richards adds. “We are hopeful this exhibit will unite the Hudson Valley’s artistic heritage and inspirational beauty with the College’s educational mission.”

“It has been a great pleasure to work with SUNY Orange in planning an inaugural sculpture exhibition for the College’s splendid new campus in Newburgh,” says Gwen Pier, executive director of the National Sculpture Society. “The campus grounds provide an ideal setting for an outdoor sculpture exhibition, with sweeping views of the Hudson River. The exhibition is open to students and the community at large, and furthers a tradition of encouraging the arts in an area that has a rich history of inspiring and nurturing great artists.”

The four-person jury included Robin Salmon, vice president for collections and curator of sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, S.C.; along with sculptors Sandy Scott of Lander, Wyo.; John Sisko, Seattle, Wash.; and Greg Wyatt, New York City. All four jurors are members of the NSS Exhibitions Committee. Brookgreen Gardens is a national historic landmark and a display garden with the most extensive collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world.

PHOTO: Dove SpiritIn conjunction with the “Sculpture for a New Century” outdoor exhibition, Wyatt will arrange a “From Model to Monument” exhibition that will be located in the CenterArts Gallery inside Kaplan Hall on the College’s Newburgh campus. “From Model to Monument” will include a portion of Wyatt’s “The Price of Freedom ... Angel and the Dying Unknown” exhibition that is currently on display at the Arlington National Cemetery and that was recently featured in the Rayburn House Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The indoor exhibition will showcase the process by which sculptors turn their visions into small-scale models, which in turn become sculptures.

“Sculpture for a New Century” has been generously supported by the Kaplan Family Charitable Foundations and the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation. Staff members from the Storm King Art Center have provided consulting and other assistance as the College has prepared for this inaugural exhibit. The Storm King Art Center will oversee the judging and awards portion of the exhibition. Once the works have been sited on the plaza, three awards will be presented: The Downing Excellence in Design Award (first prize), the Washington Award of Merit (second prize) and the Hudson Discovery Award (third prize). The names of all three awards recognize the historical and artistic relevance of Newburgh and the surrounding Hudson Valley.

For more information on the exhibit, you may visit “The Sculpture for a New Century” web site at www.sunyorange.edu/sculpture. For information on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page.

“Sculpture for a New Century” Artists’ Biographies

PHOTO: Fred X. BrownsteinFred X. Brownstein:

Fred Brownstein graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1970. He traveled to France where he was encouraged to carve marble. After moving to Italy, Brownstein spent four years studying at Pasquini Studio in Querceta (1976-80) and an additional four years under the tutelage of the renowned Signorina Nerina Simi in Florence. Currently a resident of Vermont, Brownstein has held solo exhibitions throughout the Northeast, as well as Arizona and California, and his works have been included in exhibitions across the United States. He is currently a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and the Stone Carvers Guild. “The career of a professional sculptor is neither easy nor simple. It is more a way of life than a job.”

PHOTO: Chippie KennedyChippie Kennedy

Chippie Kennedy has always been interested in the presentation of the human figure. As a graduate of fashion design, she is intrigued with the movement of the body and cloth and what it presents to the viewer. A career in clothing design in New York led Kennedy to pursue sculpture in depth by enrolling in the Figurative Sculpture Program at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. After years of dressing the human figure from the outside, she was eager to expand her knowledge of the form beneath and the intricacies of its internal structure through sculpture. Her transition from cloth to clay represents the search for one’s inner self, expressed and inspired by the human spirit and form. Prior to studying sculpture in Florence, Kennedy studied at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Art in New York and now divides her time between New York and Florence.

PHOTO: Michael KeropianMichael Keropian

Michael Keropian studied and trained as a sculptor in 1978 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1986, he relocated to the Hudson Valley in New York and worked for a decade at the Tallix Sculpture Foundry in Beacon. After furthering his technical skills, Keropian founded Keropian Sculpture LLC, which provides both sculpture and consulting to a variety of clientele. In 1996, while still cultivating his business, Keropian began teaching at institutions across New York. In 2000, he was commissioned to produce nine heroic-size tigers for Comerica Park, the new baseball stadium of the Detroit Tigers. He was recently awarded the Hudson Valley Art Association’s Gold Medal. He is currently a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and the sculpture chairperson for the Hudson Valley Art Association.

PHOTO: Jinx LindenauerJinx Lindenauer

Jinx Lindenauer is an accomplished sculptor who typically works in a stone medium, but she has also produced sculpture in other stone varieties, as well as bronze, terra cotta, hydro-stone and resin. Lindenauer’s work in theatre at the start of her career left her with a sense of urgency to find an art form which could demonstrate the skills and emotions of an actor. Lindenauer’s work, while abstract, sometimes takes on “semi-representational” forms such as love and pain. Lindenauer had felt the need to create in the form of sculpture. “My unconscious need to touch, to see, to communicate, finally came together for me in sculpture.” She found working with clay to be ultimately fulfilling, in that it had its own beauty that allowed her to create works that were timelessly captivating. She was awarded first prize for sculpture at the 2011 Salmagundi Members Show and has twice captured sculpture awards at Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC) shows.

PHOTO: Roger MartinRoger Martin

Roger Martin has been creating wildlife sculpture in various mediums for over 30 years. Starting his career as an assistant curator of exhibits at the Schiele Museum of Natural History, Martin has traveled the world, studying animals in the wild. Having an in-depth knowledge of anatomy gives Martin the ability to instill power and agility into a subject, as well as a glimpse into its spirit. Martin’s work has been in exhibitions throughout the United States, including the National Sculpture Society, Brookgreen Gardens (Murrells Inlet, S.C.) and The Society of Animal Artists. Martin is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society and has received numerous awards, most recently the John Spring Art Founder Award. Roger is a lifetime resident of North Carolina. His studio and gallery are located in historic downtown Albemarle near the Uwharrie National Forest.

PHOTO: Pokey ParkPokey Park

Pokey Park’s work captures the whimsical energy from not only her time growing up in coastal Georgia, but her time spent traveling the world. Nature has had an immense impact on not only her personal life but also her artistic creativity. During her career, Park has realized the essences of life and recreated them in her bronze sculptures. Her sculptures vary in magnitude, ranging from small works of art to full-scale replicas. Park earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Georgia and went on to teach while living on the East Coast. Currently, Park is dividing her time between Tucson, Ariz., and Colorado. “My inspirations are from myths and cultural symbols repeated throughout history connecting disparate people. My style reflects my belief that life needs to be celebrated with whimsy and attitude. I look for the underlying joy in the world to express in my sculpture.”

PHOTO: Christopher SmithChristopher Smith

Christopher Smith studied sculpture and anatomy at the University of Michigan. An accomplished sculptor, Smith currently works out of his personal studio in Philadelphia, Pa. The human figure has consistently been an inspiration to Smith throughout his profession. Over his long career, Smith has worked in various industries, sculpting for film, public monuments, religious buildings, corporate art and the art gift market. Smith was awarded the bronze medal at the National Sculpture Society’s 70th Annual Exhibit in 2003, but more recently has received the Lillian Heller Curator’s Award in 2010. Smith is currently a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society.

PHOTO: David TurnerDavid Turner

David Turner was born, raised and now resides on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, a wildlife-rich peninsula sandwiched between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean where his life-long study of wildlife began. Turner holds a degree in biology from the College of William & Mary. He and his father own and manage Turner Sculpture, which has served since 1983 as their studios, bronze foundry and gallery. Turner has created more than 250 bronzes featured in the Turner Sculpture Gallery (and museums and homes around the world), and 60 large public-commissioned sculptures including works for the National Zoo, Brookgreen Gardens and Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland. David is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and the National Sculpture Society.

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