Art Attack Returns to Gibson Gallery with Juried Student Show


SUNY Potsdam student Danielle Weires’s digital print, “Wolf,” will be displayed in the 2010 “Art Attack” exhibit.

Dozens of works by SUNY Potsdam students will be exhibited in the College’s Gibson Gallery for “Art Attack,” the annual juried all-student exhibition that will run from the end of the month until Saturday, Dec. 4. The opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“Art Attack,” a SUNY Potsdam tradition for more than 25 years, features artwork ranging from photographs and computer graphics to paintings, sculpture and ceramics.

The exhibition’s goal is to acknowledge the accomplishments of the College’s student-artists and to offer them concrete encouragement as they pursue their studies. All students on the SUNY Potsdam campus were invited to enter works in “Art Attack” for consideration by a professional artist-juror.

This year’s juror is Matthew Burnett, co-director of the Graphic and Multimedia Design Program at SUNY Canton. In addition to choosing the artwork for the exhibition, Burnett will also award five distinct prizes for the 2010 “Art Attack” show. These include the $100 Art Department Award, $50 President’s Award, $50 Dean’s Award, $50 Provost’s Award and a $25 College Store gift certification from Potsdam Auxiliary and College Educational Services (PACES).

Burnett received his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in 2006 in new media and cultural theory from the Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine. Burnett has shown his works all over the Northeast. His most recent exhibition, “Clusterphobic,” opened this past summer in Saranac Lake, N.Y.

The Gibson Gallery is the art museum at SUNY Potsdam and serves as the center for visual arts at the College through the collection, exhibition and interpretation of quality works of art. The museum’s collection includes significant works from the 20th and 21st centuries as well as earlier pieces. The Gibson Gallery’s mission is to make direct experience of the visual arts accessible to students, faculty, staff and alumni of the College, as well as to residents of Northern New York.

Admission to the Gibson Gallery, located at Brainerd Hall, is free and the art museum is open to the public from noon until 5 p.m. on Monday and Friday, from noon until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit or call the gallery at (315) 267-3290.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, the State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 100 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.