Fall 2015 Exhibitions and Events


It’s Fine

August 12 – October 17, 2015

SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus

Reception: 3rd Friday, August 21, 5 – 7pm

Artists Lecture: Thursday, September 10, 5:30pm – Downtown Campus

It’s Fine is the collaborative project of Sarah O’Malley, Cory Parks, Andy Smith, and Luke Sohl, all graduates of the Salisbury University Graphic Design program. In an experiment of pushing boundaries, asking questions, and getting hands dirty, It’s Fine blurs the dividing line between “graphic” and “fine” art, arguing that the heart of each discipline pumps the same blood of process and passion, and driving the audience to challenge and redefine their understanding of graphic design.

THE GREAT AMERICAN LANDSCAPE: Photographs of Ansel Adams, George Alexander Grant, Elliot Porter and the National Park Service

August 12 – October 10, 2015

SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus

Reception & Book Signing with Ren & Helen Davis: 3rd Friday, September 18, 5 – 7pm

This exhibition celebrates the timeless natural beauty of our great American landscapes. It combines works from our permanent collection of early 20th century nature photography, with a digital exhibition of the work of George Alexander Grant. It is held in conjunction with the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service and the release of Ren and Helen Davis’ new book, Landscapes for the People, George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service.

*For more information about Ren and Helen Davis’ residency at SU, see page ____. [This should point to Cultural Affairs’ listing.]

The Luminous Surface

Curated by David Linton

August 24 – October 31, 2015

University Gallery & The Electronic Gallery

Fulton Hall 109 & TETC 128

Reception with the Curator: Wednesday, September 23, University Gallery 5-7pm

Live event with exhibition artists: Wednesday September 30, TETC 317, 5:30pm

Talk/Panel Discussion: Thursday, October 1, 5:30pm in Fulton 111
The Luminous Surface will include 34 self-illuminating works by 40 Contemporary Artists working with Light, Sound & Video in physical space. Curator, David Linton has assembled a broad survey of works addressing the subject, object, and temporal processes of “the luminous” as they perceptually and cognitively intersect the representational planes of mediated human experience.

DUSTY FUNK! An Afro-Future Space Opera

October 16 – November 7, 2015

SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus

Reception: 3rd Friday, October 16, 5 – 7pm

Artist Talk: Thursday, October 29, 5:30pm – Downtown Campus

DUSTY FUNK! An Afro-Future Space Opera, is a solo exhibition by local artist David Brame. Using poetry, prose, comic books and mixed media Brame highlights, celebrates and contests the category of “other.” His daily experiences mirror that of many groups of people. With an intersecting identity that is constantly called into question as black, mixed race, working class, gay, straight, artist, creator, he is often implicitly or overtly asked to justify my existence as a person who occupies such identities. His work seeks to start a conversation about the implications of constantly being “othered” and how this plays out in the daily interactions with the so called western ideological majority and authoritarian figures.

The Book of Everyday Instruction

Chapter Two: Things I’ve seen people do lately

October 22 – December 18, 2015

SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus

Artist Talk with Chloe Bass:  Thursday October 22, 5:30 pm – Downtown Campus

Reception: Thursday, October 22, 6:30 – 8 pm

The Book of Everyday Instruction is a project by New York artist, Chloe Bass, exploring one-on-one social interaction. Chapter Two: Things I’ve seen people do lately, explores the dynamics of voyeurism: what does it mean to be a duo when only one person (the watcher) knows that the pairing exists? Part observation-based text installation, part video peephole, this exhibit demonstrates the poetics of how we come together accidentally.

Lecture by Vito Acconci

Thursday, November 5, 5:30 pm

Perdue 153

Vito Acconci, Bronx-born and Brooklyn-based architect, landscape architect and installation artist, will give a free public lecture, “Too Close to See: Not Viewers but Users.” Acconci received his B.A. in literature from Holy Cross College and M.F.A. in literature and poetry from the University of Iowa. In the late 60s and early 70s, his first artwork used performance, photos, film, audio and video as instruments of analysis, turning exhibition-space into a community meeting-place. In the mid-80s the work crossed over into architecture, landscape and industrial design, and in 1988 he started Acconci Studio, a theoretical design and building firm that designs projects for public spaces.

The International Herbert Marcuse Society’s Biennial Conference Exhibition

November 13, 2015

SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus

Reception: Friday, November 13, 7 – 9pm

The International Herbert Marcuse Society’s biennial conference will be held at Salisbury University on November 12-14, 2015. The theme of the conference is, “Praxis and Critique: Liberation, Pedagogy, and the University.” The conference will focus on the role of critical theory across disciplines in higher education and the SU Art Galleries will be exhibiting works of art and creative projects accepted to the conference as well as prints by Antje Wichtrey.

53rd Semi-Annual Senior Exhibitions

University Gallery

Graphic Design

November 13 – 24, 2015

Awards Reception: Friday, November 20, 5 – 7pm

Fine Arts

December 4 – 15, 2015

Awards Reception: Friday, December 11, 5 – 7pm

New Media Student Exhibition

November 13 – December 11, 2015

The Electronic Gallery

Graphic Designer Steve Mackley Lecture

November 19, 2015

Fulton Hall 111, 5:30 p.m.

MacKley is the user experience (UX) design director at Beaconfire RedEngine. His experience blends the art and science of graphic design, seeking balance between the two. Prior, he worked as an associate creative director for Walgreens, as well as UX design lead at Crate and Barrel. Mackley is active in the design community with memberships in UXPA, TDC and AIGA – having served as a mentor leader for AIGA’s mentorship program. He also is passionate about typography and font design, and is endlessly doodling letterforms during meetings. He will serve as the judge of the fall 2015 Senior Graphic Design Awards.


November 20 – December 18, 2015

SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus

Reception: 3rd Friday, November 20, 5 – 7pm

The exhibition, DarkGlass, is a solo exhibition by Alice Pixley Young that centers on themes the forest and the domestic as iconic spaces where we project the fears and beliefs of our collective unconscious. In her artwork she recalls historical instruments of viewing: peepholes, hand mirrors, picture frames and the Claude Glass, a black tinted mirror used by the 19th century Hudson River School artists as a framing device to create idealized, “picturesque” landscapes. Through her sculptural installations Young uses the forest and the domestic space as characters in her narratives: they become a presence both soothing and alarming, nostalgic and cryptic within the uneasy, staged realities they exist in.

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