Past several months, our students, the members of SUNY Cortland campus, and the world at large were facing many challenges and hardships. As we all felt disoriented and experienced a loss of community, the Dowd Gallery wanted to remedy the consequence of the COBVID 19 in a small way. The Art from Isolation virtual exhibition offers to SUNY Cortland students a creative release in the time of uncertainty and social separation.
The diversity of submissions, from drawings, ceramics, paintings, and photography, is a testament to unwavering creativity, inspiration, and empathy that art provides in times of distress. So far, we received over 70 images of artworks from more than 31 students with different concentrations from Criminology, Studio Arts, and English to Business Economics.
The virtual exhibition was established in direct response to the campus lockdown and the cancelation of physical shows, including the Student Select '20. This is the first rendition of this project that functions as a platform for creative expression in the visual arts field. The collection of images will be posted on the Dowd Gallery website and social media on June 5, at 4 p.m. as a part of the First Friday, an event organized by the Cultural Council of Cortland County.
The hope is to add to the slide show over the upcoming months and keep the call for entry open for students and their visual projects until the beginning of the fall semester. We feel that it is crucial to stay connected and show support for our students even when the school is not in session. The virtual exhibition will remain a permanent fixture in the annual Dowd Gallery's program going forward.