Prints on display in the Biblio Gallery

cayla-lockwood A collection of prints for the Microsoft Paint Print Exchange, a collaborative project coordinated by Cayla Lockwood, are featured in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Lockwood is a third year graduate student in Printmaking at SU.

Seventeen artists across the United States and Europe were asked to design an image primarily in Microsoft Paint. Works range from traditional woodcut to digital print. In addition to this exhibition, the prints were collated and sent as a set to each participant, and are exhibited online at

Artists include: Fredrick Arnold, Nicholaus Arnold, David Birkam, Caitlin Foley, hella trol buzy x peny gorig, Trevor Grabill, Alethea Hall, Heather Highfield, Baron D. Krupp, Kristen Leonard, Cayla Lockwood, Joe Maccarone, Sean Morrissey, J Norcross, Grace O’Meara, Sarah Pfohl, and Jason Weese.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website.


Works of Paper/Works on Paper exhibit in Bird Library

Paper Art: Works of Paper/Works on Paper is currently on view on the sphere4th floor, Bird Library. This display presents a sampling of materials from the Syracuse University Libraries related to the varied and creative ways paper has served as a mainstay in the visual arts, both as a support for the graphic arts and as a medium on its own. Several original works by Syracuse University Libraries’ staff members are included. The display will remain up through the spring 2014 semester.




Paintings by Edam Alvarado on display in the Biblio Gallery

Curtis - oil on canvasA collection of paintings by Edam Alvarado called With in is featured in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Alvarado is a sophomore painting major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at SU.

In reflecting on his work, Alvarado says:

The exhibition “With in” embraces the inner representation of three particular life stories. In the process of making figurative art, I started to have opposing ideas as to what is most important to depict about someone who has had an interesting life. I decided to try to understand these inspiring personalities and realized that what is most worthy of capturing is their perception of themselves. Their inner evaluations are most worthy of being shown because we could never know what this person has done in his life or what life has done to this person. It is through the abstraction of the background, the richness of the colors and the clean or dirty brush strokes we might understand how they feel about their lives and their life decisions.

The exhibit will be on display through March 2014.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website.

Libraries’ spring exhibition explores The Archive in Motion

AIM_lib-news-slider_200x200pxSyracuse University Libraries’ spring exhibition, The Archive in Motion, opened with a reception on Thursday, January 30 at 6 p.m. in the Special Collections gallery on Bird Library’s sixth floor.

The Archive in Motion is an exploration of movement through the materials held by the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries. Organized around a set of interlinked themes, the exhibition encompasses rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and original artworks spanning the fifteenth through twentieth centuries.

From Albert Einstein’s original handwritten research paper “On Rotationally Symmetric Stationary Gravitational Fields,” through stunning photographs of ballet dancers Paul Draper and George Skibine, to pochoir prints hand-painted by Native Americans, this exhibition not only explores the representation of movement, but it reveals the archive as something that is itself always in motion.

Preceding the reception at 5 p.m., Zeynep Çelik Alexander, an architectural historian and assistant professor in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at University of Toronto, presented the lecture, A Minor History of Non-Reading. The lecture was held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library.

Works by Sam Van Aken on display in Ortwine Gallery

zinia spiralAn exhibition of prints by VPA professor Sam Van Aken is currently on view in the Ortwine Gallery on the sixth floor of Bird Library. The exhibition is free and open to the public.  Regular exhibition hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

Sam Van Aken’s project entitled New Edens utilizes the process of grafting to literally and metaphorically alter plant life to create new hybridized forms of both art and nature. Included in this body of work is Grafted Seed Packets, where seed and flower packets have been cut, spliced, and altered to amalgamate species. The implications of Van Aken’s New Edens project include issues of genetic engineering, biodiversity versus food monoculture, and, ultimately, the symbiosis of humankind’s relation to nature.

Sharon Corwin has written in Currents 2 (Colby College Museum of Art):

There is a blatant sexuality to the hybrids, especially evident in the combination of an apple and a strawberry. And yet while Van Aken’s mutant fruit might elicit laughter, it is also quite horrifying in the context of our genetically modified world.

Combining sophisticated technology with traditional modes of art-making, Sam Van Aken’s projects cross boundaries between artistic genres, including performance, installation, video, photography, and sculpture. With each body of work, he selects practices and new perspectives that provide a kinesthetic perception of objects and a visceral charge.