October 10, 2013

Fiesta Americana

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, SUNY Empire State College will present Fiesta Americana, a multimedia exhibit showcasing the work of current students and alumni.

The opening reception is Thursday, Oct. 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the college’s Metropolitan New York Center Livingston Gallery, sixth floor, 177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn. Raúl Manzano, college faculty mentor and gallery coordinator, is the curator of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display from Oct.10 through Dec. 19, Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is free.

About the Artists

Joseph Colon – Current Metropolitan Center Student

Joseph Colon celebrates New York and its residents with images of subway riders from the 1990s. These print portraits evoke a time not yet disturbed by the computer age. They capture a moment of human interaction and a glimpse into an era of constant flux amidst the panorama of this great city.

Daisy Ferrer – Current Metropolitan Center Student

As a Dominican immigrant celebrating her heritage, Daisy Ferrer’s colorful landscape paintings, streets and traditional vendors depict a blend of Spanish, African and Native Tainos. These distinct cultures still drive social identity in the Dominican community in the United States today.

Maria Fillad – 2005 Graduate of the Metropolitan Center

An Argentinian artist, Maria Fillad ‘05 is fascinated with music. Her intuitive paintings of dancers and musicians reflect her passion for life and creativity.

Venesa Gomez – Current Metropolitan Center Student

Inspired by tropical nature from her Colombian and Puerto Rican upbringing, Venesa Gomez explores her intuition and experimental work to recreate the rich browns and lush greens of the earth and its mountains, the shimmering blue-greens of the ocean, and the vivid, bold, bright colors in her digital printmaking composites.

Gabriel Rivera – Current Metropolitan Center Student

Through figurative imagery in his painting “El Mercado,” self-taught artist Gabriel Rivera depicts Mexican indigenous traditions and European influences by means of religious symbols.

Nicole Velez – Current Metropolitan Center Student

Nicole Velez is a second-generation Puerto Rican and first-generation New York-born Puerto Rican. Her heritage and culture is embedded in the fabric of her motifs creating novelties out of stereotypes through photographs of future generations.

For additional information, see the college news release.

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