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Utica Unit’s Crystal Scriber Gallery Holds Senior Art Exhibit for Dawn H. Farrar

By Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, Central New York Center

March 20, 2012

"Concerts" by Dawn H. Farrar

(Above, "Concerts', by Dawn H. Farrar)

The Crystal Scriber Art Gallery at the Utica Unit was the venue for the opening reception for Dawn H. Farrar’s senior exhibition last month. More than 30 people attended. Farrar graduated with a B.A. in fine art. In her artist statement, she credits her formal studies with teaching her the value of incorporating the figure, objects and landscapes into her work.

Farrar noted, "I had a wonderful time holding my first solo exhibition, ‘Expression in Representation,'in the Crystal Scriber Art Gallery as part of my senior exhibition course at SUNY Empire State College. It was truly an invigorating experience. Additionally, I know this course and exhibition, along with my degree in fine arts, has given me a solid foundation for my career in the world of art."

Roselyn Dow,Dawn H. Farrar,Alan StankiewiczAlan Stankiewicz, the arts mentor who worked with Farrar, (pictured with Farrar, center, and her mentor Roselyn Dow), added, "Dawn Farrar's work shows a strong commitment to the process of painting. She has worked hard in revealing the anatomy of a painting by layering aggressive brush strokes and vibrant colors in constructing canvases using common objects as narratives. Her confidence is accessible to the viewer in her one-person show now in the Utica Unit of Empire State College, Ms. Farrar has created the foundation to participate in the art's community here in Central New York."

More photos of the opening can be viewed on Facebook.

The Crystal Scriber Art Gallery is named after the late Professor Crystal Scriber who joined the college in 1977 and had been a mentor and tenured full professor with the Utica Unit of SUNY Empire State College. Her main areas of educational interest were in the fine arts and literature. She held a B.S. from SUNY New Paltz, 30 graduate hours in literature from Penn State University, and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University.