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Carol adds author to her resume

The Provost’s annual celebration honors faculty and staff from throughout the University who have authored a book, or recording, or its equivalent, within the past year. Honorees may be members of the tenured, tenure-track, clinical, adjunct, or part-time faculty, or staff.  Book copies are available for sale, and authors speak about their work. The celebration will be held today, December 10 at 3:30 in the Rush Rees Library on the University of Rochester River Campus.

A Sketchbook of Cortona

We are proud to announce that Carol Acquilano’s A Sketchbook of Cortona will be featured at the University event today. The book features reproductions of 53 watercolors and drawings from Carol’s trip to Italy.

“Carol Acquilano paints the landscape in and around her native city of Rochester, New York. Her favorite place to paint, however, is in Italy, where she feels the connection to her ancestral roots. Also a printmaker, Carol has exhibited her work in Boston, Ithaca, Chicago, Philadelphia, Rochester, and Cortona, Italy.” ~ Daniel Smith

Copies are also available at The Gallery Store at MAG, and at Studio3C,  in the Anderson Alley Arts building.

Our Faces Poster

Carol Yost of our Education Department shared a note that she received from a Gates Chili teacher. Her class had recently joined us at MAG for a tour.

The teacher shared this drawing done by a young student, 5 years old. She was inspired by one of the faces on our MAG poster (cut out and shown below). It’s an example of one of the many uses teachers have found for these posters in their classroom.

MAG art and drawing

All teachers get a ‘Faces Poster’ when they come to MAG for school tours or teacher in-service workshops, and all posters include a number of curriculum-connected activities for the classroom. Here are a couple examples of the suggested related activities that can be used to bring MAG back into the classroom.

Empathetic Journaling:  Ask students to select an image from the poster. Have students imagine in writing what the person might be feeling, and what he or she may be thinking about. Ask them to write about a time when they felt the same way.

Curate a Collection: Cut apart the poster to make a set of portraiture cards. Lead students in playing a game where they sort the cards into a variety of categories.

Poetry: Have students select a work of art from the poster and use as many adjectives as they can to describe it. Ask students to create a poem with those words using 140 characters, the number Twitter allows. Then have students read their poems out loud and see if their classmates can guess which image inspired each poem.

The Gallery has a fantastic Education Department – which may be one of our best kept secrets. You can book a school tour, download lesson plans & classroom activities, and borrow materials from our Teacher Resource Center. Now you know.

Boundless Creativity – The 2014 Children’s Show

Children’s artwork is absolutely uplifting. Whether it is the art of your own child or a child you’ve never met before, there’s something special about seeing the creative efforts of a young mind. The Fall 2014 Children’s Show, currently on view in the Burne Gallery, highlights the impressive work from the fall kid’s classes in the Creative Workshop. After observing the students and their progress over the past few months, I must say that I am proud of each and every student who chose to display their work in the show! What a treat it has been for me to collect and display the beautiful pieces from each of the classes.

pear by James P.

“Pear” by James P.

One piece that always catches my eye is Pear by James P, a student in Johnny Lee Smith’s class, Drawing Better. The lively, complementary colors in this painting seem to be vibrating off of the wall. As I was preparing to hang this work, James and his dad happened to walk by. After meeting James, who is modest, I was surprised to learn that he’d produced one of the most daringly bold pieces in the show! I suppose this is a testament to the power of the arts as a vehicle for personal expression.

"fish" by Wendy B.

“Rainbow Fish” by Wendy B.

An exciting moment for parents and teachers is when a child sees their name on the wall of the gallery for the first time. Some are ecstatic and yell to their parents “Mom, Mom, look! It’s me!” Others are bashful, but proud of their work. I remember Wendy B. seeing her Rainbow Fish for the first time. The young artist, only 5 years old, created a charming underwater scene for her Rainbow Fish with sand and seashells. Wendy’s dad prompted her by asking, “Who made that? Whose name is on the label?” Wendy just shyly beamed, proud of her work.

The Clay-Ville Express

“The Clay-Ville Express”

“The Clay-Ville Express” train has certainly been a crowd favorite. Each student in Linda DelMonte’s class, Clay Creations for 7-9 year olds, created a car for the train. Each student named their car and decorated it accordingly. This photo highlights Joseph’s Engine, Ava’s Glitter Express, and De’Neri’s Red Caboose. Complete with a train track and a sign, all 9 students are proud of their collaborative piece.

It is easy to understand why all the adults are so taken with the kid’s art. A child’s free-flowing creativity is something that artists in any field admire. This show is a celebration of the art created by all of the talented kids who come to the Creative Workshop every Saturday. Their work is truly inspiring – if you can, drop by and take a look at what they’ve created! This exhibit will be on view until November 22nd. Also, be sure to stop by for our Open House on December 6, 11-4 pm | FREE!

Fall 2014 Brochure

Submitted by Allison Rich, Creative Workshop intern.

Celebrating our El Greco – 400 years after his death

El GrecoDomenikos Theotocopoulos
Spanish, ca. 1541 – 1614

The Apparition of the Virgin to St. Hyacinth, ca. 1605 – 1610

El Greco (“The Greek”) is the popular name of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, an artist born in Crete but who lived and studied in Venice and Rome. In 1575, he moved to Toledo, Spain, the center of the Catholic Church’s Counter-Reformation activities. During his career, El Greco developed a unique and dramatically spiritual style of painting that is often considered the forerunner of Baroque art.

In this painting, El Greco expresses spiritual drama by his distinctive use of line, light and color. St. Hyacinth kneels in awed wonder before a mystical vision of the Virgin and Child. The scene takes place in a church interior with pillars and a patterned floor; a shadowy, monochrome figure or statue of a bishop, identifiable by his hooked staff, stands behind the enraptured saint.

According to Christian legend, Hyacinth, a Polish Dominican priest who lived from 1185-1287, witnessed a miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary on the feast day of her Assumption—the day she was “taken up body and soul into heavenly glory.” In 1594, shortly before El Greco painted this work, Hyacinth was granted sainthood by Pope Clement VIII.

Listen to “400 Years After Death, El Greco Receives Celebration He Sought”  via NPR, Morning Edition.


Creative Workshop student profile – Leonard Polizzi with Lena

Len and Lena Pollozi

Len Polizzi with Lena

“I’ve been a member of the MAG for two years now and with each passing month I keep seeing the value of membership grow and expand. Besides having a great collection and superb exhibits the greatest value has been exposing my grandchildren to all of the beauty of art both as observers and participants in the world of art. One of the things that has enhanced the world of art and all of it’s forms has been the Creative Workshops. By allowing young minds to explore and experience art on many levels we allow them to grow as creative and intuitive young people. No price can be put on that. The classes and a fantastic group of educators and mentors have made my grandchildren’s experience priceless. Thanks a million!”
~ Leonard Polizzi

Jeong Jue Lee, a product of the School for American Crafts

Returning to the Fine Craft Show from North Carolina is Jeong Ju Lee, another product of the RIT School for American Crafts.

Chrysalis by Jeong Ju Lee

Chrysalis by Jeong Ju Lee

She has been in many prestigious fine craft shows including the Smithsonian and others too numerous to list. She also was a NICHE Award Finalist in the Home Furnishing, Lamp/Lighting category. She is passionate about the possibilities of what is acceptable as a piece of jewelry. She sees her jewelry as wearable sculpture.

Sand Dune Crest

Sand Dune Crest by Jeong Ju Lee


Come see her at MAG’s Fine Craft Show on October 24-26 and in the meantime check out her website to see not only her jewelry but her beautiful lamps.

Friday night is Opening Night Preview*. At this evening’s event, mingle with the artists and have first opportunity to purchase their work before the show opens to the public. View the Student Honors Show, featuring current students from RIT’s School for American Crafts. Enjoy live jazz, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. While you’re here, sample spirits provided by Rochester’s own Black Button Distilling, including vodka, gin, moonshine and Apple Pie Moonshine.

*For Opening Party tickets contact the Gallery Council office (585-276-8910).

Fine Craft Show & Sale

Don’t miss the Fine Craft Show & Sale at the Memorial Art Gallery this weekend. Take the very unique opportunity to attend the preview party Friday evening, October 24 at 7:00. Tickets are available by calling 585.276.8910.

Christina Brinkman (shown below) currently has her work on view at the Memorial Art Gallery. The Fine Craft Show offers you the opportunity to purchase work directly from the craftsperson.

Christina Brinkman brinkman2 Brinkman3

Christina Brinkman’s work is new to this show and shouldn’t be missed. She is a product of RIT and had a highly successful career as a printmaker and painter. After the sale of her card company she turned her sights back to the fine arts creating beautiful porcelain vessels and sculpture. To get more than just a glimpse of her work, visit her website.

Echoes of the Middle Ages

Echoes of the Middle Ages

The installation of the video program “Echoes of the Middle Ages” is now complete and available in the Medieval Gallery at the Memorial Art Gallery. It was designed it to reflect the close relationships between the art and music of the European Middle Ages, and, in terms of the gallery, to provide a musical and historical context for the art on exhibit.


Leaf from an Antiphonary: Music for the Office of Matins, 1400-1499

In 2013, Michael Anderson, Associate Professor of Music at Eastman School of Music, and MAG were awarded a grant by the University Provost for a collaborative, multi-layered project called “Medieval Sights and Sounds.” The project included new recordings of previously un-recorded medieval music, a special concert, lectures, and an interactive video kiosk about medieval music and art.

We hope you enjoy this special addition to the medieval gallery. Click this link to browse more works from our online collection in the Medieval Gallery.

Nancy Norwood
Curator of European Art


Beautiful Colorful Things

As summer turns into fall the leaves change and nature gives us a beautiful display of warm colors. When I look at the artwork hanging in the Burne Gallery, I am reminded of the splendid colors that nature likes to show us.

Walk into the Gallery for the Teen and Adult Student Art Show, and one is taken back by the landscape paintings. Doug Doonan’s Fiery Autumn reminds me of the leaves that crunched under my feet on my walk to the Memorial Art Gallery. It’s vibrant colors does homage to the warm colors and cool air of autumn.

Doug Doonan “Fiery Autumn”

Doug Doonan “Fiery Autumn”

Travel further into the Gallery and see Carolyn Lobkowicz’s Runaway Stripes painting. The juicy fruit on a table cloth in the sunlight warms the memories of a summer that just ended. In Peggi Fournier’s watercolor Trillium, the softness of the white flower foretells of life to come in James Pugliese’s barren Garden Pot posted nearby. Philip Wilkinson’s sculpture Black Forest, near the main desk of the Creative Workshop, teases the viewer with the cold of the winter months with its cold metallic looking ceramic base and then barren wood branch on top.


Lobkowicz Carolyn - Runaway Stripes

Carolyn Lobkowicz “Runaway Stripes”

Peggi Fournier "Trillium"

Peggi Fournier “Trillium”

Philip Wilkinson’s sculpture “Black Forest”,

Philip Wilkinson “Black Forest”

At the end of my journey through the Gallery I noticed the drippings on the sides of Eilleen Thomas’ and Linda Friedman’s ceramic Pitcher and Covered Jar. These drips could be the pitter patter of spring rain or the chilling rain of fall.

Eilleen Thomas - Pitcher and Linda Friedman - Covered Jar

Eilleen Thomas “Pitcher” and Linda Friedman “Covered Jar”

There are vibrant colorful artworks throughout the gallery and it perfectly reflects the changing colors of the seasons, outside.  We hope you’ll enjoy this harvest before it turns a little colder and we display children’s artwork.

Alyssa Hickey, Burne Gallery Intern

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day

Submitted by Henry Padron
The Family Day at the MAG during Hispanic Heritage Month is a perfect opportunity for anyone to come take a walk with us as we celebrate our culture, language, and arts. You will experience exhibits from each of the countries of Latin America; this year the country of focus is Spain. One will make hands-on crafts which involve the family, attend a performance in the auditorium, and listen to children and youth as they perform cultural and folkloric songs and dances. As you stroll throughout the salons in the gallery you will hear the accents which distinguish each of the countries. See the dress that makes each of us unique as a fashion statement. Or perhaps, you will sample a delicacy in harmonic form coming from the Flamenco guitarist.

Celebrate Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day

I grew up with Spanish as the first language spoken in my home.  My mother, Margarita Morales de Padron, was always using sayings to give me advice. I was amazed at how many she had stored waiting for the perfect moment to express it. One that I heard repeatedly was “El amigo es como un dólar en el bolsillo.” “Friends are like a dollar in your pocket.” Another was; ”Dime con quién andas y te diré quien tu eres.” “You are who you walk with.” It is this one that I want to elaborate on…

You will notice, while strolling, that many families are present because this is an important aspect of the day. We want and need to keep our language arts and culture alive. Here you will see a young dad dancing with his daughter, there will be a grandmother explaining something to a grandchild. Smiles and hugs will be occurring everywhere as friends revel in the moment. It’s truly a family affair. These moments are cherished and become part of the local Latino tradition!

It is positive, healthy, powerful, and we thank the Memorial Art Gallery for taking the walk, on this day, with us!

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day
Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
Sunday, October 5, 2014
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM