Dowd Gallery Presents Student Select 2022


Student Select 2022, an exhibition featuring artwork created by 30 SUNY Cortland students, runs through Saturday, May 14 at the Dowd Gallery at the Dowd Fine Arts Center.

“The work that was selected demonstrated successful use of their media to convey a message beyond the literal through a variety of strategies,” said Jack Elliott, the professional artist invited to be this year’s juror by the student-run Art Exhibition Association, which organized and sponsored the exhibition.

Alyssa Cusimano, “Burn Out”, 2022, oil on canvas.

This year’s exhibition, which opened on Monday, April 25, will include an opening reception and awards ceremony from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 at the Dowd Gallery.

Organized and sponsored by the Art Exhibition Association, the event will also include faculty and staff from the Department of Art and Art History and Elliott. Refreshments will be served by Cortland Auxiliary Services and M&D Deli and prizes awarded by the Art Exhibition Association.

Gallery hours, at the Dowd Center at the corner of Graham Avenue and Prospect Terrace, are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome.

The exhibit will remain open on graduation day, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Julia Darling, “Watering”, 2022, sandstone.

Elliott, a practicing artist and associate professor in the Department of Environmental Design and Analysis at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology. His own work was featured last fall in a solo exhibition at the Dowd Gallery.

On April 20, Elliott selected 63 works by 30 artists representing ceramics, digital illustration, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, fibers, graphics, sculpture and video.

After careful consideration, the invited jury chose three students as winners of the Student Select 2022 exhibition. Two honorable mentions were also selected.

    • The first prize went to a junior Alyssa Cusimano, a BFA/studio art major, for her oil painting titled “Burned Out.” Elliott chose the piece for its outstanding depiction of mental and physical exhaustion as a commentary on general psychological state after COVID-19 for students and the general public.
    • Senior Mathematics Major julia darling received second prize for his sculptural rendition of a teapot constructed from stoneware clay, titled “Watering”. The object was selected for its spatial qualities with its architectural details and its overall composition. “Its cubist repetition of rectangular shapes gives it an energy and strength that transcends its utilitarian value,” Elliott added.
    • Brianna Cancilla, a senior graphic design major, won third prize with a digital collage, “Blinded Youth.” Elliott noted that the student “used a surreal photomontage to express a sense of uncertainty in the face of exuberance and promise”.
    • Honorable Mentions, selected by Dowd Gallery Director Jaroslava Prihodova, were awarded to two students for their dedication to their artistic practice and their production of consistently strong work. Jacob Robinsona senior BFA student with a double major in Studio Art and New Media Communication, and Angela Tillapaugha junior non-traditional graphic design student.

Students whose work is also featured in this year’s Student Select 2022 exhibition are:

  • Vanessa Leon Basurto
  • Sherron Brown
  • Lily Byrne
  • Emilie Camp
  • Gabriel Carrher
  • Nina Carnazza
  • Catherine DeMarinis
  • Shannon Delaney
  • Sierra Dell
  • Natalie Dokic
  • Emma Fryer
  • Dana Garrison
  • Sophie Genao
  • Sarah Goldberg
  • Ella Gorrel
  • Megan Room
  • Shannon Hayes
  • Douglas Keating
  • Katherine Kressner
  • Catherine Miller
  • Patroness Tatiana
  • Anna Schrauth
  • Cesilia Tucker
  • Ariele Vance
  • White Noah

The annual exhibition, historically presented at the Dowd Gallery, offers attendees the opportunity to learn about formal presentation while sharing their creations with the campus community in a gallery setting, Prihodova said.

Brianna Cancilla, “Blind Youth”, 2019, digital collage.

“The Dowd Gallery is delighted to host a fully accessible showcase of student art produced across disciplines and majors after a few previous performances affected by the global pandemic,” she said.

“On campus, students from other majors and concentrations come together to show tangible results not only from courses focused on art and design, but also from students’ personal creative pursuits outside of the classroom,” said she declared.

For more information, to inquire about an appointment, viewing, or additional images, contact Prihodova at 607-753-4216. Visit the Dowd Gallery website for more details on exhibiting artists, other programs, safety protocols or group tours.

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