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Dowd Gallery Opens Student Select Exhibit


SUNY Cortland’s student artists will soon have their own accomplishments recognized in the “Student Select 2019” exhibition, which opens on Thursday, April 25.

The annual art display kicks off with an opening reception and awards presentation from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Dowd Gallery, Dowd Fine Arts Center. The exhibition closes on graduation day, Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by the Art Exhibition Association, the show and programs are all free and open to the public.

The gallery will be open while the exhibition runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. The gallery is closed Saturday and Sunday except on May 18.


Reagan Mayer's "Dew, 2018," made of welded steel, captured Second Prize. Above left is a detail from the First Prize piece by Darien Fernandez, "Feed the Animals 1, 2018," made of oil on canvas.

The “Student Select 2019” juror is Holland Houdek, a practicing artist, assistant professor in professional practice and art gallery director at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. She chose 68 different works from 31 student artists to be exhibited. The works vary from sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, fibers, book making, graphic design and video production.

“Student Select 2019” provides students with a venue to exhibit the works they have completed in their art classes and in the studio. Art majors and non-majors alike are given a shot at having their accomplishments on display.

“The annual exhibition presented in the Dowd Gallery offers students a place to share their work with the audience in a professional environment,” said Jaroslava Prihodova, interim gallery director. “The three-week event provides an opportunity to showcase tangible outcomes not only from art and design focused classes but also from students’ own personal creative activity outside of classrooms.”

After careful consideration, Houdek selected three students as winners of the Student Select 2019 exhibition.

  • First Prize went to Darien Fernandez of West Burlington, N.Y., a senior Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) major with a concentration in painting. His oil painting, titled “Feed the Animals 1, 2018,” and other of his works accepted in the show were recognized for the high technical ability Fernandez demonstrated in various media.
  • Second Prize went to “Dew, 2018,” a welded steel wall object constructed by Reagan Mayer of Farmington, N.Y., a junior criminology major with a studio art minor.
  • Third Prize was awarded to Maryam Adib of Ithaca, N.Y., a junior BFA major who is concentrating in painting. Adib was chosen for her mixed media painting, “The Individual v. The Collective, 2018.”
    Maryam Adib won Third Prize for her mixed media piece, "The Individual v. The Collective, 2018."

  “The diverse selection of art produced by art majors, non-traditional students and non-art majors alike demonstrates their creativity, acquired skills and enthusiasm, and also honors the quality and dedication of the faculty at SUNY Cortland,” Prihodova said.

This year’s exhibition also features work from the following students: Kasey Berbary, Anna Brasted, Nicole Bravo, Kelly Brown, Steve Buscemi, Zaccharie Charvolin, Taylor Cook, Kali Cornwell, Sierra Dell, Alex Gentner, Mackenzie Green, Kaitlyn Hession, Kayla Hinkle, Megan Howland, Courtney Maurin, Ryan McCarthy, Royal McDonnell, Jillian McEvoy, Abigail Monson, Mike Morris, Megan O’Brien, Sydney Palmer Bishop, Waylon Partridge, Rafael Mejia Perez, Samantha Reali, Shane Reilly, Erin Schiano and Theresa Valletta.

For more information, contact Prihodova at 607-753-4216.