For Immediate Release—Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Galleries to Exhibit the Work of Arts Professor Michael Teres

GENESEO, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo will host an intriguing retrospective photography exhibit titled "Michael Teres: 40 Years of Excellence." This exhibit, to be showcased at the Lockhart, Lederer and Milne Library galleries, is the first to span three different locations at the college.

The exhibit opens Thursday, April 19, and will run through May 10. The exhibit is free and open to the public at all three galleries. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Lockhart and Lederer galleries.

Teres, professor of art at Geneseo, has been instructing students at the college for 40 years. He earned his bachelor's degree in art from Hunter College in New York City in 1962, his master's degree in art from the University of Iowa in 1965 and his master of fine arts degree in art from the University of Iowa in 1966. Teres' photographs are featured in 14 major collections, including the Houston Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Teres' work also is featured in several books, including "Black and White Photography: An International Collection," by James Leciana. His work, which has received numerous awards and honors, is published in various catalogs. He also has written about photography, and has been published in various books and journals. 

"Michael Teres: 40 Years of Excellence" will feature works from different stages of Teres' 40-year career in photography. The exhibit begins with a few figurative student pieces from 1966, when Teres was strictly working in black and white, dip and dunk photography. Following the student pieces, Teres shows a combination of figure and landscape photographs which experiment with the process of photography as well as the image product. The exhibit then moves to digital and computer photography, featuring photographs that suggest alternate realities based on the manipulation of light and color.

"In 1966, I commented that I photograph what I see. Now, I photograph what I cannot see," says Teres. "There will obviously be a change in my style and development, but also in the process, technology and the evolution of my subject over my career."

The Lockhart Gallery is located in the McClellan House at 26 Main St. in Geneseo.  Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from noon-4 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

The Lederer Gallery is located in 203 Brodie Hall. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Sundays-Wednesdays and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Milne Library's gallery is open during the library's hours, 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Mondays through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Sundays.

For more information on the Lockhart Gallery, call (585) 245-5779 or visit For more information on the Lederer Gallery, call (585) 245-5814. For more information on Milne Library, visit

Editor's Note: Michael Teres' digital photography, including this 2005 piece, titled Dinner Table, is on display at SUNY Geneseo.


Written by Joe Mignano, public relations intern in the Office of Communications and Publications.