Retrospective work by deceased art faculty member to open Tyler Art Gallery season

“Al Bremmer: A Retrospective,” featuring the work of the late art professor emeritus SUNY Oswego, will kick off the college’s Tyler Art Gallery season.

The exhibition will run from September 9 to October 9, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 16. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

The exhibition showcases Bremmer’s multimedia work, which has evolved from an essentially linear, polychromatic and modernist point of view to merge with a more organic approach.

“Although I have had an interest in the environment and nature for many years, any specific or implicit reference to nature as a source of images is obscured by an interest in modernism and the formal elements of painting. “, Bremmer said in a previous statement from the artist. on his works. “Each individual must bring their own experience and interest to this work. Nonetheless, I hope viewers respond to the sense of movement and visual energy of the surface, as well as the intricate sense of order, which serves as the catalyst for a comprehensive statement.

Interests in abstract expressionism, minimalism, formalism, gestural figure drawing, and calligraphy influenced these pieces.

Bremmer, who died in 2021, was a well-known upstate New York artist whose paintings have been exhibited in numerous regional and national exhibitions. He taught painting and drawing at SUNY Oswego for 35 years and served as head of the art department until his retirement in 1995.

His paintings have graced exhibitions such as the Washington and Jefferson National Painting Exhibition in Washington, Pennsylvania; the National Mid-Year Exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; the Everson Biennial at the Everson Museum in Syracuse; the Westmoreland Art Nationals in Youngwood, Pennsylvania, and the Bradley Print and Drawing Exhibition at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois.

With B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Missouri and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, his mixed media paintings have received numerous awards, including the Nelson A. Rockefeller Purchase Award at the New York State Exhibition, the Purchase Award at the Dulin National Exhibition in Knoxville, and the Special Painting Prize at the Butler National Painting Exhibition in Youngstown. His works are part of numerous public and private collections, including the SUNY Chancellor’s residence in Albany.

When hosting exhibitions, the Tyler Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, or by appointment. To schedule an appointment, request accommodations to attend, or for more information, call 315-312-4581 or email

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