NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University Dyson Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Closing Reception and Artists’ Talks

From funk to punk, swaths to sin: Pace University Dyson Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Closing Reception and Artists’ Talks: Tuesday, September 28, 5:00-7:00 pm. Peter Fingesten Gallery, 1 Pace Plaza (east of City Hall. Free and open to the public.

From funk to punk, swaths to sin: Pace University Dyson Artists-in-Residence Exhibition Closing Reception and Artists’ Talks: Tuesday, September 28, 5:00-7:00 pm. Peter Fingesten Gallery, 1 Pace Plaza (east of City Hall). Free and open to the public.

Finale of the Summer Artists in Residence Program and Exhibition presented by the Art Department and Dyson College of Pace University. The summer residency program, now in its fourth year, provides artists with the opportunity to create new work in the studios on the University’s lower Manhattan Campus.

This year, four artists were selected to participate in the 10-week program. Their work engages a diverse range of themes in a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, textiles, digital design and performance.

Harlem-based Xenobia Bailey is a fibers artist. For over a decade, she has been creating an epic project, Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk. Her installation in the Fingesten Gallery is a project in-process; a collage of photographs and text, crocheted wall pieces and bundles of handspun newspaper tacked on to the wall to function as an “inspiration station.”

Brazilian-born Priscila de Carvalho makes bright, large-scale painting-and-sculpture installations inspired by her native country. She constructs architectural landscapes in three dimensions with layers of various materials, imagery, and swaths of intense color. Her semi-abstract work captures the energy of a highly populated, impoverished, and sprawling urban environment.

Brooklyn-based artist Adam Schwartz recently came back to New York City after several years working and teaching in Los Angeles. His series of drawings and digital prints explore concepts of infinity and repetition, and random patterns, tapping sources that include Adobe default color palettes, straight-edge hardcore punk lyrics, and email spam.

Canadian-born performance artist Charmaine Wheatley works in performance as well as painting, drawing, sculpture and book-making. Her work questions the relationship between feminism, religion, sexuality and sin. Her work in the gallery includes a stack of printed propaganda booklets and a series of intimate drawings.

Contacts: Jennifer Schwarting, professor of art, phone 212-346-1894

Chris Cory, media relations, 212-346-1117, 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

Barbara Friedman Solo Exhibition at Fingesten Gallery opens Feb 23

The Peter Fingesten Gallery at Pace University presents a solo exhibition by Barbara Friedman, an award winning painter who most recently has had solo exhibitions at Michael Steinberg Fine Art (New York City) in 2009 and 2007; Van Brunt Gallery (Beacon, NY) and Ober Gallery (Kent, Connecticut), both in 2008; and Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art (New York City) in 2006.

New works by Barbara Friedman in solo exhibition at Fingesten Gallery February 23-March 18

Reception Tuesday, February 23, 5-7 pm

New Paintings

February 23- March 18, 2010

Reception Tuesday, February 23, 5-7 pm

Peter Fingesten Gallery at Pace University Downtown campus

1 Pace Plaza (East of City Hall, corner of Park Row and Spruce)

Pace University, New York, NY

Hours: Monday-Wednesday, Saturday, 12-4

New York, February 19, 2010 — The Peter Fingesten Gallery at Pace University presents a solo exhibition by Barbara Friedman, an award winning painter who most recently has had solo exhibitions at Michael Steinberg Fine Art (New York City) in 2009 and 2007; Van Brunt Gallery (Beacon, NY) and Ober Gallery (Kent, Connecticut), both in 2008; and Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art (New York City) in 2006.

An opening reception is Tuesday, February 23 at 5pm at the Fingesten Gallery, which is reached through the front entrance of Pace’s downtown Manhattan campus at 1 Pace Plaza, at the corner of Park Row and Spruce Street, just east of City Hall. The exhibition runs through March 18. The gallery is open from noon to 4 pm Monday through Wednesday, and Saturday.

Friedman is a professor of art at Pace University who has been teaching at the school since 1983. Her new work, an outgrowth of a recent sabbatical, stays true to her use of haunting colors and textures, in this case often showing ambiguous heads and torsos of people who appear to be timeless, placeless, and lost.

“Proust updated”

The art critic Lilly Wei has said that Friedman’s paintings are “Proust updated. Lovely, poetic, formally inventive….”

Friedman explains on Pace’s Fine Arts department website that in previous works she has painted “lost places that I re-discover through the paint. That means that I find these places through the process of painting itself.” Friedman goes on to say that these figurative paintings are “as much about time as they are about place. They examine the vagueness and ambiguity of appearances and the need to continually renegotiate one’s bearings.”

The current work began with portraits done as she thought they might appear to someone losing their eyesight, as her aging mother is – “recognizable, but also slipping away.”

Honors and reviews

Friedman has won a number of competitive awards and grants including residencies at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has twice been chosen for the annual “New American Paintings” publication (2007, 2010). Born in New York City, where she lives and works, she holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of California – Berkeley.

Earlier solo exhibitions include the Painting Center, Art Resources Transfer, Queens Museum, and White Columns (all New York City); Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Cleveland State University, Dana Wright Gallery in San Francisco, and the Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts in Roanoke, Virginia.

Reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Sun, The Irish Times, Newsday, Art in America, ARTS Magazine, Artweek, Westdeutsche Zeitung, and artcritical.com. Her website is at www.BarbaraFreidmanPaintings.com.

About Pace University

An increasing presence in the downtown Manhattan cultural scene, for 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Nov 18 – “Pictures & Poetry” – Schimmel Gallery – “An Evening of Frank O’Hara” – Photo Exhibit

“Pictures and Poetry” – Gallery opening of work by four celebrated photographers and evening of Frank O’Hara poetry at Pace University, NYC Downtown Campus, Schimmel Gallery. Book Signing and Q & A event takes place Wednesday, November 18, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.

MEDIA ADVISORY

“Pictures and Poetry” – Gallery opening of work by four celebrated photographers and evening of Frank O’Hara poetry

Pace University, NYC Downtown Campus, Schimmel Gallery

Wednesday, November 18, 5:00 -7:30 pm

Book Signing, Q & A, Refreshments, Free – Public Welcome

• Through the Lens – Black & white photography (31 images) featuring artists Sally Gall, Jerome Liebling, Caleb Cain Marcus and Jill Mathis. Collection donated by Nathan M. Perlmutter ‘71 and Rosalyn Perlmutter.

• Writing Worth Reading: An Evening of Frank O’Hara –Hettie Jones and Tony Towle offer personal anecdotes of the poet as they read from his work.

Why/Where: Season opening of The Gallery at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, New York City. Directions – http://www.pace.edu/pace/about-us/all-about-pace/directions-to-all-campuses/new-york-city-campus

When/What: Wednesday, November 18, 2009. 5:00 to 6:00 p.m: Wine and Cheese reception. 6:00 to 7:30 p.m: An Evening of Frank O’Hara with poetry readings by Hettie Jones and Tony Towle, followed by question & answer session, book signing (books by all three poets available for sale) and dessert reception (coffee and sweets).

After November 18, Exhibit Continues: Although the Frank O’Hara poetry reading is one night only, the 31-piece photography exhibit will be on display at the Schimmel Gallery through Wednesday, December 2. Public viewing schedule: Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Closed November 25 -29 for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Free admission.

Who’s Who – Poetry Reading

Frank O’Hara. O’Hara is one of the most beloved poets in modern times. During the 1950s and 1960s – until his death in a tragic accident at the age of 40 – he was a charismatic figure in the New York City cultural world. In addition to being an innovative and highly influential poet, he was an art critic and an important curator at the Museum of Modern Art. He also led an involved, hectic social life which continues to fascinate readers.

Hettie Jones. Jones married the then unpublished poet LeRoi Jones (now Amiri Baraka) in 1958. One of the few visible interracial couples at the time, the two were at the center of the downtown bohemian New York literary, jazz and art worlds. Her memoir How I Became Hettie Jones describes this period in her life and was listed by the New York Times in its Notable Books of the year. Her most recent poetry book, Doing 70, came out in 2007. She is the former Chair of the PEN Prison Writing Committee and currently a member of PEN’s Advisory Council.

Tony Towle. O’Hara was the mentor who changed his life. Since meeting O’Hara in 1962, Towle has published 12 books of poetry and a prose memoir and has received numerous awards, including the Gotham Book Mart Avant-Garde Poetry prize, an NEA Fellowship and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship. His book North (1970) was the third winner of the Frank O’Hara Award for Experimental Poetry. Like O’Hara, he has been involved in the art world, both as an art writer and as Administrative Assistant at the legendary printmaking center Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island, where he has worked with Larry Rivers, Robert Motherwell, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg and other prominent artists.

Who’s Who – Photographers

Sally Gall – Sally Gall gained national recognition for her landscape photography of formal gardens, serene seascapes and farmed topography taken throughout Europe. Void of people, Gall’s photographs embrace notions of romanticism, focusing on the simplicity and beauty that nature inspires. Her images are part of numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), The Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX) and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Pace’s exhibit will feature 13 of her landscapes, shot from 1980 to 1997. She lives in New York City.

Jerome Liebling – Liebling’s career as a photographer, filmmaker and teacher spans nearly 50 years. In the 1940s, he studied under Walter Rosenblum and Paul Strand, and joined New York’s famed Photo League. In collaboration with filmmaker Allen Downs, he has produced several award-winning documentaries, including Pow Wow, The Tree is Dead and The Old Men. Liebling has received numerous awards and grants, including two Guggenheim fellowships and a NEA Photographic Survey Grant. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC). Pace will display 10 images from Liebling, spanning the years 1947 to 1974.

Caleb Cain Marcus. Marcus’s photographs are the discovery of solitude found within the confines of urban life. They reflect the beauty in open space that was once filled with chaos … and at night has only darkness and silence. The photographs urge us to slow down, to look, experience and breathe. Three of Marcus’s images, all shot in India in 2005, will be displayed. He lives in New York City, where he is also a professional tango dancer and instructor.

Jill Mathis. After living in New York City for five years, four of which were spent as the full-time assistant to American art photographer Ralph Gibson, Mathis moved to Italy with husband, the sculptor, Valerio Tedeschi. Her work can be found in various collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Jewish Museum and the International Center of Photography. Five of Mathis’s photographs will be shown, created from 1996 to 2005. Roger Sayre, Curator. Sayre, a Professor of Fine Arts at Pace University, has curated over 70 exhibits, in addition to having solo and group shows of his own. His most recent was the David Poppie collaboration, “Remixed Media,” seen at Open Square Gallery (Holyoke, MA) in Spring 2009. Sayre’s art has been reviewed by The New York Times on several occasions (national and international editions), as well as by publications throughout the world.

About Poets@Pace: Sponsor of poetry part of the evening. Poets@Pace was created in 2008 under the sponsorship of Provost Geoffrey L. Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.) to make the University’s cultural arts more visible to students and the community. It is directed by Professor Charles North, Pace’s Poet-in-Residence and the 2008 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant winner who has published 10 books, won two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and four Fund for Poetry Awards.

Media RSVP: Samuella Becker, Pace University, Public Information, sbecker2@pace.edu or 212-346-1637 (office); 917-734-5172 (cell).

General Public RSVP: By November 16 to Galleries@Pace.edu

About Pace. For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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Pace University and AHRC NYC to host art and multimedia show, Thursday, December 20

An art and multimedia show hosted by Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and AHRC NYC will take place December 20, 2007.

MEDIA ADVISORY

December 4, 2007

Contacts: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu
James Lawler, D.P.S., Associate Professor, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, 212-346-1013, jlawler@pace.edu

PACE UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SYSTEMS STUDENTS TO HOST
ART AND MULTIMEDIA SHOW TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS
FOR AHRC NYC (ASSOCIATION FOR THE HELP OF RETARDED CHILDREN)

WHAT: An art and multimedia show hosted by Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and AHRC NYC (Association for the Help of Retarded Children).

AHRC NYC helps developmentally disabled children with daily tasks that would be difficult for them to do on their own, and integrates them into activities such as volunteering in other non-profit organizations. The children are also involved in the production of art, sculptures, and multimedia projects. A large sample of these projects will be on display and for sale at the event. Proceeds will benefit AHRC NYC.

Open to the public. Free refreshments and hot chocolate will be served. Raffle prizes will be awarded.

WHO: Students of the Pace course “Community Empowerment through Information Systems and Technologies” are helping AHRC NYC bring their Web intranet portal and resource room systems into the 21st century. The portal is expected to greatly benefit AHRC NYC instructors with lesson plans and attaining resources. The new prototypes will be on display at the event.

Members of AHRC NYC will attend the show. AHRC NYC director of curriculum development Darinka Vlahek, and Pace professor James Lawler and students will be available for interviews.

WHEN: Thursday, December 20, 2007, 12pm – 3pm

WHERE: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, (east of City hall, between Park Row and Gold Street), New York City. (Off of the 4,5,6,2,3,A,C Trains).

Web sites:
AHRC NYC http://www.ahrcnyc.org
Pace University http://www.pace.edu

MacDonald’s & Subritzky’s Politically-Charged “Lobby, Fold and Spin” Installations

From March 14 to May 5, two Australians, artists Fiona MacDonald and curator Ricky Subritzky, will collaborate on a series of three installations in New York City. Entitled “LOBBY, FOLD and SPIN,” the provocative installations are part of an international project that The Washington Post has called “charged” and “striking” and The Sydney Morning Herald has described as “subtle and beautiful.” The New York showing is a result of a collaboration between Pace and The University of Technology, Sydney, and the Daneyal Mahmood Gallery in Chelsea.

MEDIA ALERT

Pace University/University of Technology, Sydney
Global Art Collaboration
MacDonald’s & Subritzky’s Politically-Charged “Lobby, Fold and Spin” Installations Debut in New York City; Opening Reception Wednesday, March 14 at 6 PM at Pace University

OVERVIEW From March 14 to May 5, two Australians, artists Fiona MacDonald and curator Ricky Subritzky, will collaborate on a series of three installations in New York City. Entitled “LOBBY, FOLD and SPIN,” the provocative installations are part of an international project that The Washington Post has called “charged” and “striking” and The Sydney Morning Herald has described as “subtle and beautiful.” The New York showing is a result of a collaboration between Pace and The University of Technology, Sydney, and the Daneyal Mahmood Gallery in Chelsea.

LOBBY (March 14-May 5) – installed in the lobby of the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, America’s last Liberty Tree forms an immense mandala-like canopy circled by doves and hawks, while the surrounding space is completely wrapped with 900 yards of silk drapery depicting a kaleidoscopic crowd scene. In this installation, MacDonald and Subritzky contemplate relationships between citizens and governments, and the influential sway of lobby groups in the struggle between liberty and authority.

FOLD (March 14 – April 14) – installed at the Peter Fingestin Gallery at Pace University, MacDonald and Subritzky bring home the implications of the accumulation of property. This second installation immerses observers in intricate, insidious and repetitive patterns enfolding the heady mix of capitalism and militarism into domestic flows and architectures. In a disquieting tableau, a rocking chair and light shade merge in a wallpapered flurry of falling leaves and ascending warplanes. A drape repeats a “geophysical survey of lurid magnetic intensity data” overlaid with a crystalline motif of B-1B bombers. A grid of 50 paper shopping bags, a “bag-flag,” is silhouetted with birds of prey. And the last Liberty Tree flutters on a wall covered with US one dollar bills, and looks on a shadowy rug below.

SPIN (March 22 – April 21) – at the Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, a series of lamps are transformed into zoetropes; precursors to cinema, zoetropes use cylinders set in motion to animate still images. Riffing on the mendacity of political “spin,” and satirizing mass media’s problematic predilection for simplification, MacDonald & Subritzky animate imagery drawn from current affairs. As each trope spins erratically – a hand passes a buck; someone does a back flip; somebody else fans the flames; and the canopy of American’s last Liberty Tree spins in perpetuity.

LOBBY & FOLD OPENING RECEPTION – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2007, 6 – 8pm
Pace University
1 Pace Plaza (across from City Hall)
Lower Manhattan
Enter at Spruce Street (between Gold Street and Park Row)

EXHIBIT HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 PM (except during theater events at Pace, call 212-346-1715 to confirm weekly schedule).

ABOUT FIONA MACDONALD & RICKY SUBRITZKY: MacDonald & Subritzky first collaborated in 1995 at the Museum of Sydney, where they developed work now in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia. More recently, they worked together in 2005 on the Strangely Familiar exhibition in Sydney (http://oj.hss.uts.edu.au/strangelyfamiliar/strangelyfamiliar), and in 2006 on the Dream Home exhibition in Washington DC (http://www.hss.uts.edu.au/dreamhome). MacDonald’s visual art practice often explores entangled personal, aesthetic and historical storylines. She says she frequently uses modest materials and artisan techniques, including collage, weaving and silhouette, to create visual paradoxes that challenge essentialising narratives and imperialisms. Subritzky’s academic and curatorial practice deploys what he calls a ‘radical empiricism,’ bridging critical distance to engage with contemporary problems. Beyond ideology critique, he is interested in an actively experimental approach that creates new and productive associations between ideas, materials and texts.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS, PACE UNIVERSITY: page.cfm?doc_id=6928

ABOUT PACE UNIVERSITY: One hundred years old in 2006, Pace University is known for an outcome-oriented environment that prepares students to succeed in a wide-range of professions. Pace has facilities in downtown and midtown New York City and in Westchester County at Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and White Plains (a graduate center and law school). A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls approximately 13,500 students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Law School, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, and School of Education. www.pace.edu

DIRECTIONS TO PACE’S DOWNTOWN CAMPUS: page.cfm?doc_id=16157

MEDIA CONTACT: Samuella Becker, Pace University, 212-346-1637 and 917-734-5172, sbecker2@pace.edu Exhibit photos available upon request.

Art Exhibit Marks Pace Partnership with Renowned Art Academy in Italy

Art exhibit marks new international student exchange partnership, first Academy collaboration with an American university. The art exhibit is the inaugural event of a distinctive collaboration between Pace University and The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (the Academy that houses Michelangelo’s “David”). This relationship with Pace marks the first time the Academy has partnered with a university in the US. The exhibit features drawings and paintings from young artists from the Academy.

Contacts
Rosemary Mercedes, Pace University
212-346-1637, C: 914-424-3845, E: rmercedes@pace.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“THE MUGELLO” ARRIVES AT PACE UNIVERSITY FROM ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, FLORENCE, ITALY; December 8 – 20, 2005

Art exhibit marks new international student exchange partnership, first Academy collaboration with an American university

WHAT: Contemporary art exhibit, “In the Valley of the Masters – Inspiration from Tuscany’s Mugello”

WHEN: Opens Thursday, December 8, preview 3:30 – 5 p.m.; opening reception 5 – 7 p.m.; runs through December 20th;
Friday through Tuesday, 1 pm to 5 pm, Wednesday and Thursday, 4 pm to 8pm; Closed Monday, December 12 and Sunday December 18

WHERE: Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

The art exhibit is the inaugural event of a distinctive collaboration between Pace University and The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (the Academy that houses Michelangelo’s “David”). This relationship with Pace marks the first time the Academy has partnered with a university in the US. The exhibit features drawings and paintings from young artists from the Academy.

“We are honored to be the first American University to partner with Italy’s prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Florence,” says Beverly Kahn, Associate Provost for International programs at Pace University. “Pace is committed to creating opportunities for US and Italian students to obtain international perspectives and to learn from each other.”

“This is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure which will allow Florence’s Academy of Fine Arts to inaugurate a new international exchange program and collaboration between the students and teachers of Pace University and the Academy,” said Giuseppe Andreani, Director of the Academy of Fine Arts, who will be at the opening of the exhibit.

In summer 2006, Pace fine art students will spend a month in Tuscany with their Italian counterparts. They will participate in Drawing the Mugello, a four-year old art project from the School of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. As part of the program, students will live communally and draw from the rich surroundings of the “Mugello,” the valley north of Florence that has been a source of inspiration and creativity for centuries. Pace students will be hosted by the cities of San Piero a Sieve and Barberino de Mugello – the two cities in the Mugello Valley that have played an enormous role in the development and continuation of the project.

“The Mugello offers a still to-be-discovered countryside, set out before us like an ancient map drawn by paths and roads with tabernacles and cottages, villas and churches, castles and fortresses scattered all about according to some ancient order – indestructible witnesses to the history that made our civilization great,” Adirano Bimbi, Professor, Academy of Fine Arts.

At the end of the summer 2006 program, Pace and Italian students will present their work at a special exhibition at the Mugello. Later that fall, the Italian students will join their Pace counterparts in New York to exhibit their work at Pace University.

The inaugural exhibit on Thursday is made possible by:
•Comune di San Piero a Sieve
www.comune.san-piero-a-sieve.fi.it)

•Comune di Barberino di Mugello (www.comune.barberino-di-mugello.fi.it/)

•Comunità Montana del Mugello (www.cm-mugello.fi.it/)

•Academia di Belle Arti di Fr (www.accademia.firenze.it)

•Tuscan American Association (www.toscana-usa.org)

Downtown Art from Pace Program Finds Uptown Home at Rockefeller Location

Last summer, the Chilean-born artist Carolina Bermudez, a Queens resident, supervised a group of 8-12-year-old children in the Summer Arts program at Pace University’s downtown campus. The Rockefeller Brothers Foundation bought the children’s post 9/11 mural.

Contact
Tamra Plotnick, Director of Noncredit Adult and Continuing Education Programs
212-346-1692, cell 917.655.7577, tplotnick@pace.edu
or Christopher T. Cory, Executive Director of Public Information, Pace University
212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

ADVISORY
Editors: This could make a photo with caption, or a fuller story on how art helps kids and their future teachers make good.

ART BY DOWNTOWN KIDS WITH HISPANIC MENTORS
FINDS VERY UPTOWN LOCATION

WHEN: Monday, July 11
11:30 AM -12:30 PM

WHERE: Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, 427 Madison Avenue, 37th floor. Ask for Miriam Aòeses (212.812.4224).

WHAT: Last summer, the Chilean-born artist Carolina Bermudez, a Queens resident, supervised a group of 8-12-year-old children in the Summer Arts program at Pace University’s downtown campus. The students made a 5×10-foot mural showing post 9-11 New York City in bright colors. Bermudez was helped by Omar Granillo, a student in Pace’s school of education who lives in the Bronx and holds an educational fellowship funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation designed to encourage minority students to enter teaching. When the course ended he carefully folded the work, put it in his backpack, and carried it to an institute in Washington, DC for Rockefeller fellows. There, foundation representatives decided to have it professionally framed, at a cost that turned out to be nearly $4,000. It now covers much of the wall in the foundation’s conference room in midtown.

On Monday one of last summer’s student artists, Willa Rubin, a 12-year-old resident of Manhattan’s Battery Park City who is a returning student in this summer’s Pace arts program, plus Bermudez, Granillo and professor Patricia Brock, Granillo’s mentor at the Pace ed school, will visit the foundation for lunch and their first glimpse of their displayed masterpiece.

Media are welcome to cover.

Spirit of the Underground Railroad Photo Exhibit

February 14-19, in celebration of Black History Month, Pace University will exhibit photographs, mixed media works and research to celebrate the spirit of the Underground Railroad and the endurance of the African American settlers of Peekskill.

Contact:
Cara Halstead, Public Information Officer, Pace University
914-773-3312, Mobile: 914-906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD PHOTO EXHIBIT

A celebration of the Spirit of the Underground Railroad and the endurance of the African American settlers of Peekskill

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, FEBRUARY 11, 2005 — February 14-19, in celebration of Black History Month, Pace University will exhibit photographs, mixed media works and research to celebrate the spirit of the Underground Railroad and the endurance of the African American settlers of Peekskill.

In making this exhibition, the artist, Betsy Braun Lane, has harnessed history and technology, producing monochrome images both traditionally and digitally. This work has emerged through a year of historical research and each piece was guided by the oral histories passed down in the Peekskill region for more than two hundred years. As the first person to document these oral histories through a visual and written presentation, Lane used original documents and reference materials to correlate the oral traditions and trace the contributions of the African-American people as the Hudson Valley developed.

The pieces are presented as objects of the history and the struggle of the community. Within the community were freedom-seekers, conductors and supporters of the first unilateral humanitarian effort of this country’s history: the Underground Railroad. Their presence in Peekskill (then known as Cortlandt, an area that now encompasses communities along the Hudson including, Ossining, Croton and Bedford, all thriving industrial areas of the time), and their courage and determination to claim freedom and justice for all, shaped the area’s role in the Underground Railroad network.

“This exhibition is a tribute to those thousands whose names we do not know, but will honor by remembering, said Lane. “It is dedicated to the people who, today, tell the stories of the past and will not let them be forgotten.”

This event is sponsored by the Pace University Office of Diversity Programs and the Westchester Diversity Team.

Who: Betsy Braun Lane, artist. Learn more about the artist at www.betsybraunlane.com
What: Exhibit of photographs, mixed media works and research with artist receptions.
Where: Gottesman Room, Pleasantville Campus, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road.

When: Exhibit – February 14-19, 2005 9:00AM – 10:00PM daily.

Artist receptions – February 15, 3:00 – 4:00PM
and February 16, 12:00 – 1:00 PM*
*featuring Art Hightowers ABCs of Jazz Trio

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. www.pace.edu.

New Art Exhibition at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

This month, the cityscapes in a new art exhibition at Pace University’s downtown campus are especially poignant.

Contact
Christopher T. Cory, Director of Public Information, Pace University
212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

9/11 MEDIA ADVISORY
NOTE: Slides available

PAINTER WHO SUGGESTED WORLD TRADE CENTER
PROGRAM FOR ARTISTS
NOW SHOWING VIEWS FROM WTC TOWERS AND RECENT WORK
AT PACE UNIVERSITY’S MICHAEL SCHIMMEL CENTER FOR THE ARTS

New York, NY, September 8, 2004 – This month, the cityscapes in a new art exhibition at Pace University’s downtown campus are especially poignant.

They were painted from a vantage point in the World Trade Center.

Their creator is Carl Scorza, an artist who was the motivating force behind the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views Program that put artists’ studios in the Trade Center, and who worked there himself.

Scorza’s paintings and drawings are now in the Gallery at Pace’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, across from City Hall, through September 27. An artist’s reception will be held Tuesday, September 21, 2004 from 5 – 8pm.

Presented by the Pace’s department of Cultural Affairs, the show also includes landscapes and beach scenes from eastern Long Island, and Scorza’s most recent work, a series of ocean view sunsets.

Scorza is primarily a perceptual painter. He works from life, frequently on location outside, and draws much of his inspiration from nature in the plein air tradition made famous by the French Impressionists. He combines his passion for the natural environment with an abiding interest in the human figure and a respect for the geometry underlying classical painting. He says he has been drawn in recent years to painting beach scenes because of this desire to capture the human figure as part of the plein air experience.

“I love the dual challenges of painting the ever-changing natural environment and human beings moving in it,” Scorza said. A native New Yorker, the artist is a resident of Manhattan and East Hampton. He is a graduate of the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture and is represented by the Wallace Gallery in East Hampton.

The Gallery is open in conjunction with most performances at the Michael Schimmel Center. Please visit www.Pace.edu/culture for a list of performances. For additional viewing times, please call (917) 816-5619. The Gallery entrance is located on Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street.

Pace is a private university in the New York Metropolitan area with a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It is one of the ten founders of Project Pericles, developing education that encourages lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.

Pace University Digital Art Gallery to Present Exhibition Probing eBay

Can the ubiquitous eBay auction process actually handle out of the ordinary items like “blackness,” “unprofitable land,” a “26 month old banana,” and “invented but very real” communities?

Contact
Christopher T. Cory, Director of Public Information, Pace University
212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PACE UNIVERSITY DIGITAL ART GALLERY
TO PRESENT EXHIBITION PROBING eBAY

On line from May 6 to September 6, auctions of “items of questionable value”,
art services, and concepts like “blackness” will explore consumer culture

Several auctions to be started on opening night

New York, NY, April 23, 2004 — Can the ubiquitous eBay auction process actually handle out of the ordinary items like “blackness,” “unprofitable land,” a “26 month old banana,” and “invented but very real” communities?

This spring and summer may provide answers, as Pace University’s year-old Pace Digital Gallery mounts a three-month exhibition on line titled “eBay –Buy or Sell or Buy.” In it, artists and artist teams will post on eBay, or show what happened when they tried, conceptual and actual items ranging from “lifelong personal contempt” to the entire collection of their belongings. Other artists, stepping outside of eBay’s auction system, will show web-based art about eBay.

At www.pace.edu/digitalgallery, art-lovers and the merely curious will be invited to contemplate the results, many in real time, and what they reveal about “ideas of consumer culture, the market, ephemerality, exchange, intangibility, and things that cannot ostensibly be for sale.”

An opening reception with artists’ talks is scheduled for Thursday, May 6 at 6:45 pm in the Pace University Multipurpose Room at 1 Pace Plaza (entrance on Spruce St. near Gold St.). Computer screens will carry the online exhibition with links to the live auctions. Several auctions will be launched that evening.

Although a number of the artists live and work outside New York, almost all have agreed to be present. These are
Carlo Zanni – Milan, Italy
Peppermint and Nadir – New York, NY
Nicolás Dumit-Estévez – New York, NY
eteam – New York, NY
Pete Ippel – San Francisco., CA
K.D.Thornton – Troy, NY
Keith and Mendi Obadike
Sina Najafi – New York, NY

The other exhibitors are
John Freyer
Eryk Salvaggio

Their work straddles the genres of performance art, web design, net art, photograph and conceptual art. Cabinet magazine, for instance, will broadcast its standing invitation to readers to purchase deeds for plots of land in New Mexico the size of the magazine itself. Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir will sell photographs which, though unbelievable, attempt to prove that something unbelievable has in fact happened. Carlo Zanni will launch ‘Ebay Landscape,’ a digital image which changes live based on statistical and user data from the eBay website.

Other artists will document past eBay adventures. Keith Obadike auctioned his blackness online in 2001 in an auction scheduled to last from August 8 to18. After four days, eBay closed the auction due to the “inappropriateness” of the item. After 12 bids, his blackness had reached $152.50. John Freyer listed all his belongings on eBay, contacted the buyers, and attempted to visit his former belongings in their new homes, then published a book, “All My Life for Sale” to document the activities.

The curator of the exhibition is the Pace Digital Galley’s co-director Jillian McDonald, a professor of fine arts whose own digital art has been exhibited extensively in the US, Canada, and Europe.

The gallery is a joint project of Pace’s computer school, the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and its Fine Arts Department in Dyson College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. Www.pace.edu.