September 10, 2012

SUNY Empire State College Student Art Hangs in Gov. Cuomo’s DC Office

Marvenia Knight's Baisley Park hangs in Governor Cuomo's Washington DC office

"Baisley Park" by Marvenia Knight

‌(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Sept. 12, 2012) Two works of fine art by SUNY Empire State students, "Baisley Park" by Marvenia Knight and "Sweet Chariot" by Cordell Price II, now hang in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Washington, D.C. office.

Cordell Price III's Sweet Chariot 2 now hangs in Governor Cuomo's Washington DC office

"Sweet Chariot" by Cordell Price II

‌These are two of 14 pieces that were selected for display as representative of students’ work throughout the 64-campus SUNY system.

“As visitors from across the country and around the world enter our Washington, DC office, they will be greeted with a visual display that embodies the excellence and creativity of our state and the promise of a new generation of New Yorkers, all of whom are getting a world-class education through our renowned SUNY system,” said Cuomo. “I commend these outstanding SUNY students for their hard work and am honored to display their artwork in my office.”

“The 64 campuses of SUNY are home to many talented artists, whose work has flourished among our dedicated arts faculty and top-rated academic programs in the arts,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Gov. Cuomo’s decision to showcase art created by our students is a testament to its quality and we are delighted and proud to have it on display in our nation’s capital.”

“The entire college community takes pride in having the art of two of our students selected for display in Governor Cuomo’s office in our nation’s capital,” said college Acting President Meg Benke. “Student and faculty art work is on display throughout the college’s 35 locations in the state and the college frequently holds shows, exhibitions and receptions that showcase the college’s extraordinary talent. My congratulations go to Marvenia and Cordell.”

“I am delighted that "Baisley Park" will be displayed in Cuomo’s Washington, DC office,” said Knight. “It is also gratifying to know that visitors from around the world will be able to view our art work.  I think that the governor has given all of us a great opportunity.”

“Sure it's great to hang my work anywhere, but to show my work at Governor Cuomo's D.C. office presented itself as a truly unique opportunity to grow an audience for my creativity this early in my artistic career,” said Price. “To have been selected from such a large field of talented artists is an honor, a privilege and a testament to the mentors that helped me grow at SUNY Empire State College.”

Price's work was printed on both the Metro Epson printer and at the Lisa Mackie etching atelier. Knight studied digital printmaking with Carol Wamerin and painting with Associate Professor Betty Wilde-Biasiny, at the Metropolitan Center.

Explained Wilde-Biasiny, "The exhibition is the culmination of a process whereby students learn how to present and show their work in the All SUNY shows organized by Professor Joe Hildreth of SUNY Postsdam. The ESC pieces were culled from the Graduating Student Show 2012 at Metro-Hudson this past spring. They attest to the unique work being created with adjunct mentors such as Lisa Mackie, at her own etching atelier, and Carol Warner and Richard Garet, at Metro-Hudson's digital printmaking workshop.  It is a community effort strongly encouraged by Metropolitan Center Dean Cynthia Ward, who makes sure there is support for this both from within her own budget and in terms of moral support."

Wilde-Biasiny has been the curator for the All SUNY selection from Metro for more than a decade, and Professor Joe Hildreth is the curator of the overall exhibition.

"What is significant is that Joe's effort has led to this gem of a show and his work and efforts, along with SUNY professors' statewide, are responsible for getting the student work to Albany, then to the Best of SUNY show, and ultimately to special shows like this one," Wilde-Biasiny added.

A photo gallery of the art chosen to hang in the Governor’s office can be viewed online via Generation SUNY’s Facebook page. Students and works included are:

  • Madeline Bialke, SUNY Plattsburgh, Still Water
  • Stephanie Gamboa, SUNY Oswego, Washington, DC
  • Malcolm Hope, Orange County Community College, George Washington
  • Marvenia Knight, Empire State College, Baisley Park
  • Anthony Kondyra, Farmingdale State College, Babylon Docks
  • Jennifer Murphy, Rockland Community College, Untitled
  • Reid Parsekian, Rockland Community College, Montage
  • Javere Pinnock, SUNY Old Westbury, Long Island Nocturne
  • Cordell Price, Empire State College, Sweet Chariot
  • Ryan Schultz, SUNY Oswego, Night Light & Graffiti (two works)
  • Heather Swenson, Purchase College, Slipping Out & Elephant Tree (two works)
  • Okamoto Takashi, Rockland Community College, Shatter


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