SUNY Oneonta will host a group exhibition featuring New York state indigenous peoples’ art in celebration of the inauguration of college President Barbara Jean Morris.
“The Land on Which We Gather” is an exhibit of more than 40 works, featuring oil, acrylic, watercolor and gouache paintings; stone sculpture; photography; mixed-media sculpture; beadwork; and video.
The exhibit will run from Sept. 3 to Oct. 18 in the college’s Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, inside the Fine Arts Center.
A public opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, and will include an artist gallery talk at 5:45 p.m.
Refreshments will be available and music will be performed by the SUNY Oneonta Jazz Ensemble.
This exhibit is being held in conjunction with Morris’ inauguration, which will take place Oct. 5.
According to the media release, “As a leader who is deeply committed to diversity, Dr. Morris chose the exhibit as part of her celebration to allow the campus and community to experience the varied work created by the indigenous peoples of New York.”
Featured artists include Eric Gansworth, G. Peter Jemison, Jolene Rickard, Luanne Redeye, Melanie Hope, Peter B. Jones, Tom Huff and non-native artists Beatrice Glow and Alexandre Girardeau, in collaboration with Brent Stonefish, culture bearer of the Lenape Nation.
In addition, Colette Lemmon, curator of exhibitions at the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, helped with consultation on the exhibit and the museum loaned several pieces of artwork.