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SUNY Potsdam to Host First Art Exhibition of the Academic Year

09.07.17
photo of O'Dorisio sculpture work
Joel O’Dorisio’s art work featured at the Art Exhibition at the Gibson Gallery

The Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam is proud to host an exhibition of work by Joel O’Dorisio at the Gibson Gallery from Sept. 14 to Oct. 28 in SUNY Potsdam’s Brainerd Hall. His exhibition, “Abstractions of Nature,” will open on Thursday, Sept. 14 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. in the Gibson Gallery.

In addition to the art exhibition, O’Dorisio will be giving a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in Brainerd Hall 202.  Both the lecture and the installation will be free and open to the public. The art exhibition will be open during semester hours, Tuesday - Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m., as well as Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Samantha Dishaw, Daily Durham, Marla Jacobs and Emily Morton, all students in SUNY Potsdam’s museum studies class, will be assisting with the installation of O’Dorisio’s work. For more information, contact SUNY Potsdam Art Museum Director April Vasher-Dean: vasherak@potsdam.edu.

About the Artist:

Joel O’Dorisio has been a practicing artist and sculptor since 1988.  After receiving a B.F.A. from the Ohio State University in 1991, he earned his M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, N.Y.  He worked for various artists post-graduation, and in 1998 opened his own studio and gallery, Lost Angel Glass, in Corning, N.Y.  Fascinated by the beauty of trees and influenced by naturally beautiful landscapes and the gritty beauty of cities, O’Dorisio focuses his work on the connection between humanity and nature.  He calls his sculpture work a “quiet metaphor of the interaction of humanity and the natural world.”  He began teaching in 2005 and has since been the interim head of the glass area at Bowling Green State University and the acting coordinator of glass at the Ohio State University.

O’Dorisio’s teaching style places emphasis on helping students to accept any and all artistic challenges that they face in order to develop conceptual, technical, and professional prowess in their field.  He encourages students to focus on their own artistic limitations in order to find new and creative ways to overcome or bypass those limitations.  His main focus is on helping students prepare for overcoming obstacles that they face after graduation.  For more information about Joel O’Dorisio, visit: www.joelodo.com.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit www.potsdam.edu.

Media contact:

Jason Hunter, College Communications
(315) 267-2648