SUNY Potsdam Professor of Art Marc Leuthold is exhibiting sculptures in New York City in an ongoing exhibition at the George Billis Gallery.
George Billis Gallery is located in Chelsea at 521 West 26th St. The gallery was founded in 1995 and is the twelfth oldest in this premier NYC gallery district. Billis is primarily a painting gallery, and this is its first time exhibiting ceramics.
“Ceramics is not widely accepted in the art world as a fine arts medium so it is exciting to be showing artwork at this established painting gallery,” Leuthold said. “I’m particularly pleased to be exhibiting several ‘ceramic drawings’ that I made in response to the artwork of mixed media artist Dawn Clements of Brooklyn. The ceramic drawings are actually part of carved fluted ceramic wheels. These drawings depict a contour drawing of Clements’ artwork. The contour image is created by carving ‘thorns,’ or points, within the fluted matrix of the ceramic wheel. These points operate similarly to connect-the-dots drawings in children’s game books.”
Leuthold heads and runs the ceramics program within the art department at SUNY Potsdam, which he has revitalized since arriving in 1997. Leuthold brought in grant money from the Windgate Foundation and the Morse G. Dial Foundation to replace old equipment and revitalize the aging facility. He teaches traditional and avant-garde techniques, and emphasizes students’ opportunity to discover their personal artistic voice in their artwork. Many students have gone on to become exceptional teachers and artists in the region and beyond. Leuthold feels that maintaining an active personal studio practice is an effective way to serve as a role model for college-level students.
The exhibit at George Billis Gallery, 521 West 26th Street, B1, runs from Oct. 16 to Nov. 17. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.
More information about Leuthold’s work can be found at www.marcleuthold.com and at www.georgebillis.com.
Art students at SUNY Potsdam live, create and study in a unique art environment within the context of a stimulating liberal arts tradition. To find out more about fine arts at the College, visit www.potsdam.edu/about/artscampus/finearts.