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  Kimberly A. Ames Rachel A. Barde Andrea K. Becker Scott D. Bigelow Sean M. Cayea Ryan C. Collette Jeremiah J. Cross
Patricia S. Detweiler Anthony G. Fitzsimmons Naresh D. Francois Gerald M. Gardner Elizabeth Grades Christina A. Hasel Gregory J. Hines
Brent R. Johnson Henrietta F. Keith Benjamin P. Plante Graeme J. Richardson William M. Ruller Samantha A. Schantz Vincent R. Schunk
Barbara L. Wheeler Robert V. Ziemba Jessica A. Denaro Ashley R. Hudson Whitney K. Kuriger Natsuki Takiguchi 
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Dennis Costanzo
Chair, Art Department

The Senior Art Exhibition is a highlight of the academic year and a culminating event for the students in the show. In its broadest sense, it is the culmination of their undergraduate studies, reflecting both the skills of their training as young artists, and the knowledge and insights derived from a comprehensive liberal arts education at the college.

More specifically, the exhibition is the result of a year of intense preparation. During the fall semester, students receive training in museum studies and gallery display, and they submit portfolios of their work for faculty review. In the spring the exhibition itself is planned, organized, and presented by the students, including the production of a splendid catalogue. Throughout this yearlong process the students interact and collaborate with each other, the faculty, and the Museum Director and staff.

The result of this process is an exhibition that is diverse in media, technique, style, and content, but consistent in its high level of quality. This year’s exhibition represents all areas of artistic concentration offered by the Art Department: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, and graphic design. It also includes students from both the B.A. and B.F.A. studio art degree programs, and students from the B.A. art history program have contributed to the show’s planning and catalogue. It is a comprehensive exhibition resulting from a collaborative process, but its impressive quality is largely the result of many individual accomplishments. The long hours in the studio involving hard work, skill, and dedication, are clearly on display here. These students are to be congratulated for their individual achievements as artists, as well as for the impressive collective achievement of the exhibition itself.

The art faculty is pleased to sponsor the students in this year’s Senior Exhibition. We thank the Museum Director and staff for their many contributions to this fine show, and we welcome the college community and all other visitors to enjoy the rich aesthetic experience that the students are offering us.
Edward R. Brohel
Director, Plattsburgh State Art Museum

While exploring the possibilities of their own sensitivity and opening various aspects of their persona, the Seniors in this exhibition demonstrate the variety of mediums and styles which are taught at Plattsburgh State. Importantly, they exhibit the degree of accomplishment and individualism which students can attain at the University.

The exhibition process is part of the learning experience. With instruction from the Faculty, Director, and Museum Staff, they learn to present their work properly and most effectively. They produce their own invitation and catalogue, assist in the conceptualization presentation and installation of the exhibit in the gallery, and speak about their work at the opening of the show while hosting a reception for their guests.

Many art majors continue on to graduate studies and careers in professional art fields. The exhibition displays the foundation of those developments while also showing art used as a tool for the psychological and emotional growth, and maturation of individuals. Hopefully, the students’ educational experience becomes a physical and spiritual context in which they can learn to lead creative and rewarding lives on a healthy planet. Each year, the Senior Exhibition becomes an important punctuation in our students’ careers. It usually focuses and concentrates their efforts into a clear and generous body of work, the aspirations of which have been developing over the years. The Plattsburgh State Art Museum takes great pride in being an integral part of our students’ creative growth and helping support the accomplishments achieved during their study with the Art Department.

It is a unique venture, which continues to be a learning experience for all. Congratulations and continued growth to our students.

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