SUNY Cortland's Dowd Fine Arts Gallery summer exhibition, running from June 4-July 20, includes color and black and white photographs by artists from New York City, Ithaca, and Cortland respectively.
The exhibition, titled "People, Places and Things: Photographs by Ann Chwatsky, Andrew Gillis and Tom Haskell," will feature a gallery talk and opening reception at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5.
The exhibition and gallery talk and opening are free and open to the public. Summer gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. From Ann Chwatsky's intimate portraits of the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake to Tom Haskell's documentary photographs of cultures around the world to Andrew Gillis's abstract compositions of nature, "People, Places and Things" offers poetic chronicles of humanity and the individual's sense of place in manmade and natural environments.
Chwatsky, a photographer and educator, currently teaches at New York University, where she coordinates the Art and Media Program in the School of Education's Department of Art and Art Professions. She co-leads the university's Photography As Art China and Korea Programs. From 1987-97 she directed the Master Workshop in Art at Southampton College of Long Island University. Chwatsky has been a visiting artist at universities across the globe, including: New School in New York City, Oklahoma State University, University of Patagonia in Argentina and universities in Moscow, Kiev; Beijing, China; and Seoul, South Korea.
Chwatsky's photographs have been exhibited widely at galleries and museums in New York City, the Hamptons, Texas, California, Argentina, London, Prague, Russia and China. Her commercial assignments have been published in Newsweek, Newsday, New York Times, Esquire and Glamour. Awards include the Leica Award, the Kodak Photographers Award, a Polaroid Grant, and an Eastman Foundation Grant. In 1986, her photographs of the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake, Maine, were published in the Simon and Schuster book, The Four Seasons of Shaker Life.
Gillis is a native of Ithaca, N.Y., and a 1976 graduate of Cornell University. A photographer for more than 30 years, he has shown his work widely in New York State and northern Pennsylvania. Venues include the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, N.Y.; Artifice Gallery in Syracuse, N.Y.; Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.; and the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, N.Y.
He directed the White Apple Gallery in Ithaca for most of its 11-year history and was one of three co-founders of State of the Art Gallery. He also co-founded the Greater Ithaca Art Trail in 1999.
Gillis's work is in the collections of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Borg Warner Inc., Park Communications Inc., Tompkins Trust Company, and numerous private collections. Among his awards are the Daniel A. Driscoll Award for Excellence in Photography from the Arnot Art Museum and a Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County project grant.
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