Student Connections

Metro Center Hudson Gallery Show Presents Artists of 2012 with Opening Reception on April 26

By Betty Wilde-Biasiny, mentor, Metropolitan Center

April 18, 2012

"Aftermath" by Marvenia KnightThe opening of the annual art exhibit featuring students graduating from the Metropolitan Center is set for April 26, 6-8 p.m., at 325 Hudson St., third floor, New York City.
(At left, digital photograph, "Aftermath" by Marvenia Knight, 2011)

The Hudson Gallery show, which represents the graduating class of 2012, signifies how far the student body has come to achieving goals of pursuing academic degrees and artistic endeavors. This exhibition shows students and alumni what talent is drawn forth in the different mediums of photography, painting and printmaking.

Featured artists are Steven P. Harris, Vanessa Moore, Alice Klugherz, Allison J. Sommers, Cordell Price II, William Saunders, Thatcher Keats, Teisha Shaw, Bianco Russo, Marvenia Knight, Mary Perillo, Taylor Hudnell and Chris Di Lillo.

Students in the show represent the three locations of the Metropolitan Center. Each has designed a degree program in the visual arts and/or show substantial involvement in the visual arts coming from a variety of disciplines. Their work in the show has been produced in either a study group or independent study within the last year. This year's curator is Bridget Benson '11 along with Alejandra Delfin as the exhibit registrar and Jon Davis '11 on installation.Archival pigment print by Alison Summers

"This annual tradition features students graduating from the Metropolitan Center in anticipation of either the bachelor's or associate degree. In addition to student participation, the venue features an alum or student curator who has emerged as an individual whose passion and dedication to SUNY Empire State College, its mission and students has been identified as a curator," says Betty Wilde-Biasiny, associate professor and co-curator for the project.
(Archival pigment print, at right, by Alison J. Summers, 2012)

Also represented is the work of adjunct mentors Carol Warner, Richard Garet, Iona Kleinhaut, Lisa Mackie, Ana Garces-Kiley and art historian/artist Jim Bergeson, "whose contributions have proven essential in preparing students for both graduate studies and careers in the arts and other fields," says Wilde-Biasiny. She also offered special thanks to Raul Manzano, faculty mentor in Brooklyn, who worked with many of these students, and to colleagues Russel Siller and Ruth Losack, who have worked with Staten Island's Chris Di Lillo.

"CroptileCain SR Ultraneg" by Cordell PriceBenson notes that many of the individuals in the exhibition held full-time jobs as students "and still persevered towards their goal to finish their education, demonstrating a sentiment of keeping one’s eye on the ball and following your heart. The artistic community has an ample choice of diversity and richness that comes from Empire State College. It reveals talents that the students can draw from that will enable them to go out into the professional world with confidence and clarity."
(At left, archival pigment print, "CroptileCain SR Ultraneg" by Cordell Price II, 2012)

Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend.

For more information, contact Tara Maldonado at 212-647-7800 or Tara.Maldonado@esc.edu.

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Article Contributors
  • Danielle Benedict
  • Helen Edelman
  • Justin Giordano
  • David Henahan
  • Susan LeClair
  • Tom Mackey
  • Mark Miyake
  • Vickie Moller
  • Sarah Morehouse
  • Rhianna Rogers
  • Pat Ryan
  • Jandet Shideler
  • Betty Wilde-Biasiny