SUNY GENESEO’S LOCKHART ART GALLERY

FALL SEMESTER 2003 SHOWS

Lockhart Gallery, McClellan House, 26 Main Street, Geneseo

Regular gallery hours during the semester are from 2-5 p.m. daily (including weekends) and on Thursdays from 12-8 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving weekend). Times of opening receptions are included in the exhibit descriptions below. All shows and opening receptions are free and open to the public, except the Nov. 1 Gala Fund Raising Reception, as noted below.

For more information about exhibits and other events at the Lockhart Gallery, contact SUNY Geneseo Assistant Art Professor and Gallery Curator Mark DeNaci, by phone at (585) 245-5814, or by e-mail at denaci@geneseo.edu.

• Friday, Sept. 5-Friday, Oct. 10: "Artifacts of a Curious Mind: Photographic Experiments" by Mark Osterman; and "Landscapes" by Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman. Artists’ Gallery Talk (free and open to the public) on Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m.

This two-in-one show includes selections of works by Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman of Rochester, N.Y., internationally acclaimed photographers, scholars, and educators who have spearheaded the recent artistic revival of collodion and other historic photographic processes. Mark’s "Artifacts of a Curious Mind" are photographic and pre-photographic experiments during his years of research, and "Landscapes" is a special selection of both photographers’ award-winning landscapes.

Many of the earliest processes used to produce the works in "Artifacts of a Curious Mind" have not been used by any other contemporary photographers. The exhibit will include a silhouette, physionotrace, heliograph, physautotype, photogenic drawing, daguerreotype, calotype, albumen negative, crystallotype, albumen prints and collodion ambrotype. Not originally intended for display, these fascinating works share a uniquely mysterious and poetic, almost abstract quality.

Currently the photographic process historian for the Advanced Residency Conservation Program at George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., Mark has studied the wet-plate collodion process, doing primary research using original 19th century publications and equipment, since 1987. He is considered by many to be the foremost expert in wet-plate photography today.

A professional photographer and writer, France began learning the collodion process from Mark and making images in 1990. She has received the Lorrie A. Hoffman Memorial Award at the Prallsville Mills Art Exhibition and the Judge’s Choice Award at Philips’ Mill Photographic Exhibit, and recently had an exhibit of her new series of waxed salt prints from collodion negatives, titled "Sleep," at Howard Greenberg’s Gallery 292 in New York City. Mark will show his ambrotypes at Greenberg’s new 57th Street gallery in spring of 2004.

Venues for their recent exhibits, demonstrations and lectures have included private galleries, universities and other institutions in Tokushima, Japan; Boston, Mass.; Burgundy, France; and Florence, Italy. Their work is also in many collections, including the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y., the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., as well as private collectors in the New York City area and elsewhere.

Mark is a 1977 graduate of Kansas City Art Institute. From 1978 to 1999, Mark taught fine arts photography and graphic arts at the George School in Newtown, Pa.

France graduated from La Salle University, Philadelphia in 1981. As a writer and photographer, she has worked freelance for several publications in Bucks County, Pa. including the Morning Call. From 1994 to 1997, she served as a full-time editor of The Advance, in Newtown, Pa.

Additional information on the two photographers and their works is available on the worldwide web, at www.collodion.org.

• Saturday, Nov. 1-Friday, Dec. 5: "Collecting History: Highlights from the SUNY Geneseo Permanent Collection." Gala Fund Raising Reception (by reservation only, proceeds to benefit the Lockhart Gallery) on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 6-8 p.m. Contact Joan Bush, Geneseo Foundation, by phone at (585) 245-5518, or by e-mail at bush@geneseo.edu.

In "Collecting History: Highlights from the SUNY Geneseo Permanent Collection," the Lockhart Gallery will present a selection of works from the college’s permanent art collection (which has recently been moved to the McClellan House for permanent storage). The collection was built up over several decades and is largely the result of the dedication of the college’s former fine arts director, Bertha V.B. Lederer, and the generosity of alumni, emeriti faculty and the many student members of the Student Art Association over the years. The exhibition’s opening reception, on Nov. 1 (attendance by reservation only, by calling (585) 245-5518 or e-mailing bush@geneseo.edu) will be a gala fundraiser honoring Professor Emerita Lederer.

The collection’s centerpiece, John F. Kensett’s stunning 1858 painting, "Sunset on the Coast," is normally on display in the house of college President Christopher C. Dahl, and will be exhibited publicly for the first time in this show. Kensett is considered one of the foremost exemplars of the nineteenth-century American group of landscape painters known as "Luminists" for their subtly glowing treatment of light; he is also associated with one of the most well-known movements in the history of American art, the Hudson River School.

Other collection highlights that will be displayed in the upcoming exhibit include: a chair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; a group of French abstract paintings from the 1960s, known as the "School of Paris" collection; and the Lockhart Gallery’s most recent acquisition, a Works Program Administration (WPA) watercolor by David Fredenthal, donated by SUNY Geneseo Professor Emeritus of History Val Rabe, of Geneseo.

This is the third year of operation for the Lockhart Gallery, a college-community facility supported by the Geneseo Foundation and located in McClellan House, which is also home to the SUNY Geneseo Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. The work of restoring the college’s art collection and completing renovation of this historic building continues with support from private donations through the Foundation.

For more information on the long-term development of the gallery and its collection, and opportunities to participate in this college-community project, contact Geneseo Foundation Vice President Roxanne Johnston, by phone at (585) 245-5518, or by e-mail at johnstor@geneseo.edu.

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