Cazenovia College Art Gallery Begins Fall Semester with Multimedia Group Show – Eagle News Online

CAZENOVIA — The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall at 6 Sullivan St., will kick off the fall semester by presenting “Deep Roots & Many Moons,” an exhibition showcasing the work of four female artists exhibiting across international.

Featured artists are photographer Beth Bischoff (, ceramists Jo Buffalo and Margie Hughto ( and painter Sarah McCoubrey (

“I like to bring a variety of artists into group shows that display a range of creative output on a similar theme,” said art gallery director Jennifer Pepper, MFA. “Deep Roots & Many Moons is about time, as well as our relationship with nature, through a variety of media . . . It’s rare for a solo show to take place [in the gallery]only because I want to bring as much artistic quality and design to our gallery program as the campus and community can see.

According to Pepper, all four exhibitors are based in New York State.

Bischoff lives in New Paltz, Buffalo lives in Syracuse and is a professor emeritus at Cazenovia College, Hughto lives in Jamesville and is a professor at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University (SU), and McCoubrey lives in Syracuse and is also a professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at SU.

On view from September 8 to October 6 and accompanied by a 60-page color catalog, the exhibition will include digitized black-and-white film, porcelain and other clay bodies, as well as paint and graphite. on canvas and found papers.

“As the title of the exhibition suggests, each artist establishes extraordinary connections that travel through time and space and that testify to the complexity of our existence and our humanity, cradled by the Earth itself”, wrote Pepper in the introductory text of the exhibition. “Explorations and excavations made by artists illustrate a sense of curiosity about the past and their relevance to the present. . . The artists exhibit a sense of exploration that is conscious and engaging, masterfully orchestrating their storytelling. »

In Bischoff’s artist statement, the photographer said her images of humans fused with ancient trees suggest an intimate and powerful connection to the world.

“There is a majesty revealed in an image of these trees and a mystical union of tree roots and flowing earth outlines,” she wrote.

Bischoff has described his photographs as painterly in style and suggestive rather than literal, inspiring both romance and introspection.

She also recalled the time she spent in 2012 roaming the ruins of Yucatán, Mexico.

“I couldn’t help but feel what it was like to have lived in the villages at that time,” she said. “They built temples and cities housing thousands of people until they fell due to overcrowding and soil depletion, resulting in the destruction of the ecology. I feel there is a comparison with what is happening in our world now.

In Buffalo’s statement, she said her artwork over the past 56 years has been fueled by her interest in stories and science, and her pieces explore a narrative tied to an event, myth, or phenomenon.

“Sometimes the work is about the forms of nature,” wrote the ceramist. “The structure of the work is somewhere between two-dimensional and three-dimensional. I like the in-between. Form and surface make history.

By approaching the subject in an unconventional way, Buffalo explained, his hope is to encourage viewers to embark on their own exploration.

“The work is consistent with life: imperfect, unexpected, sometimes funny, sometimes confusing,” she writes. “I still hope it’s beautiful.”

Hughto said his ceramic sculptures have always been inspired by the layers of earth, nature and time, and noted that although some of his works are freestanding, most pieces face the wall.

His most recent work, “Excavation Series” (2016-2021), is inspired by archaeological dig sites and landfills, which Hughto described as “bodies of evidence that mark human activity and the passage of time”. .

The artist created the series featured in Deep Roots & Many Moons by press molding or casting household items, discarded technologies, and objects from nature, then arranging them into sculptural collages.

“In some ways, a tension exists between beauty and the serious subject matter of waste and remnants,” Hughto said. “I try to do work that transforms obsolescence and human debris into a provocative spectacle.”

McCoubrey’s artist statement reveals that she works in an intuitive way that meanders and weaves together her interests in painting, drawing, landscape, history and feminist issues.

Her recent work, she said, has included traditional (mostly Dutch) maritime painting images of the sea with merchants and warships under sail.

“These paintings are often about national power, trade and war,” McCoubrey wrote. “My work also goes in another direction. The lace patterns made in the lowlands come to redescribe the Dutch sailboats on the sea. My ships with lace sails which cannot hold back the wind, travel on lace waves which cannot hold back water.

Deep Roots & Many Moons will debut on Thursday, September 8, from 4-6 p.m., with a series of artist talks followed by an open reception.

Located at the corner of Sullivan and Seminary Streets in Cazenovia, the Cazenovia College Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 2-6 p.m. All exhibitions and receptions at the gallery are free, open to the public and handicapped accessible.

To learn more about the Reisman Hall Art Gallery, visit or contact Pepper at [email protected]

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