With this exhibition we officially welcome the Art Department’s newest faculty members, and celebrate their professional artistic skills and achievements.
Their excellence as teachers is already well established. Their productivity as creative artists is central to that excellence, and is superbly represented in this show.
These four artists have joined our faculty over a period of five years. Norman Taber has been with us since 2000, teaching in the area of graphic design. His work as
both a commercial artist and a fine artist includes book illustration, poster design, and innovatively mixed media images. David Powell came to Plattsburgh the following year, after a long career as a professional graphic designer. His favorite medium is collage, in which digital and traditional techniques are combined to present thought-provoking messages. Sue Lezon was an archeological photographer in the Middle East for many years before joining us in 2003. Her extensive experience in Egypt has provided a rich source of imagery for her evocative black and white photographs. Drew Goerlitz is our newest
colleague, and is currently in his first year with us. A former student of Don Osborn, Drew completed a prestigious residency in Switzerland before joining us. He makes steel constructed sculptures that incorporate various unexpected materials and ideas, often on a large scale.
Altogether the works of these four artists present an
exhibition that reflects the very high standards of skill and creativity that have made them such valuable
additions to our college.
Dennis Costanzo, Chairperson
How does an Art Department respond to the new—which is coming from all directions… and yet establish a continuum with its own basic values. This dialogue is certainly evident in the curriculum, with visiting artists and in-classroom production. It also becomes a critical question in the choice of new faculty—the permanent and most formative parts of the educational enterprise.
This exhibition provides the answers if we can read
the past and through the present and divine the future. It clarifies the values and qualities of the art of former faculty members and either continues or abandons them, according to the aspirations and judgments of today.
A subtle and carefully-nuanced program of study interacting on many levels has developed at Plattsburgh in the Art Department. Some of the reasons for this are apparent in this exhibition.
Edward R. Brohel, Director
Plattsburgh State Art Museum