Art Gallery Shows off York Talent

The York College Art Gallery has been busy place recently.

Art Professors such as Nina Buxenbaum (painting), Lisa Mackie (printmaking), Sally Boon-Matthews (Photography), Jeffrey Prince (sculpture), Nicole Awai (Painting), Danielle Abrams (Drawing), Carlos Sandoval DeLeon (Sculpture), all led their students to create an impressive showcase for themselves, their department and the college.

“The submissions go through a juried process by a group/or individual professor in our department,” said Professor Awai. “We do this to give the students a real-world art experience of a curated show. The drawing and painting classes in the Fine Arts Department require a significant commitment by the students. Drawing and painting are global skills that require thoughtful and consistent practice.”

The show exhibit also included jewelry, figurines and graphic art. Some participants are art majors, while others such as Jamal Othman, who just completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in December, simply enjoy the creative process. As an engineering student in his homeland of Palestine, he was used to creating objects that served the dual purpose of form and function. And it was this background that led him to create a functional floor lamp illuminated with the application of colored plastic cups and Christmas tree lights for a shade.

Hilma De Sousa, an inter-disciplinary major, created a photography sculpture in her Photography 5 class under the guidance of Professor Sally Boon-Matthews, inserting the black and white images of homeless participants rummaging for recyclables, into Starbucks and pasta sauce bottle caps then applied them to a dress form.

"Professor Boon-Matthews wanted us to use photography display in a different format," said De Souza. The participants are all homeless."

But it wasn’t all paintings and literal sculptures at this opening. Katrina Trisha Moise, Anthropology major, presented her "sculpture" for Professor Sandoval DeLeon's class, live in the form of creative dance movements. Moise's fusion of modern, jazz and ballet movements made for a graceful performance that encompassed the entire free space of the gallery floor and served as the event’s live entertainment.

"I am fascinated by sculpture and I wanted to incorporate that into my performance," said Moise. "This was my final project and Professor Sandoval DeLeon said ‘don’t make it complicated, make it flow."

And flow it did.

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