Three Student Artists from Metro to Participate in Best of SUNY Show this Spring

By Betty Wilde-Biasiny, mentor, Metropolitan Center

February 7, 2012

Cordell PriceThree Metropolitan Center students -- Cordell Price (at left), Melissa Stanley (below right) and Steven P. Harris -- have been selected to exhibit their work in the Best of SUNY Show slated for the Albany State Museum this spring, a biannual event organized by Professor Joe Hildreth, SUNY Potsdam.

The SUNY Empire State College students, selected from more than 200 student participants from SUNY campuses across the state, will move to the next tier of competition at the Albany State Museum to compete for cash awards and coveted recognition.

The honor follows their initial participation in the SUNY Art Student Exhibition at Central Administration in the Fall of 2011, which was highlighted by an address by Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.Melissa Stanley

“The opportunity to compete on this level is very rewarding for students and their professors. It also is representative of the results of the visual arts opportunities at the Metro Center, which provide students with workshop facilities, contact with professional artists and a community of practice that helps them to support each other,” says Professor Betty Wilde-Biasiny, who organized the group of 10 students who were selected for the first exhibition. “Everyone pitched in to frame and present their work, and did so in a very professional manner.”

“As if it weren’t enough of an honor to be selected for the SUNY Art Student Exhibition, I am thrilled to have been chosen for the Best of SUNY Student Art Show at the New York State Museum this spring,” says artist Price. “”SOHO Safari 7 11” is an image I photographed while a student of the photojournalism residency with mentors Mel Rosenthal and Andrea Callard. I decided to use the photograph for the SUNY Student Art Exhibition because, after compiling a family photo journal, the discovery of a different picture of mine that captured a day perfectly could no longer be ignored.”

Price printed the photograph on an archival pigment printer that is part of the Metro Digital Atelier.

Stanley is a ceramic artist who expanded her art forms while at SUNY Empire State College in an off-site workshop with Soho artist Iona Kleinhaut, “The Painterly Print.”

She describes the production of the winning print: “The technique I used was a torn-paper resist using layers of paper and rolling inks. I had seen a similar technique using cut paper on clay at the ceramic studio I attend, but had not tried it until I did the prints in Iona’s workshop. I originally tore the paper as I was experimenting but ended up really liking the line it created. I have since used this technique on some hand-thrown plates.”

Harris is a fine-art photographer with experience in all facets of photography. While at SUNY Empire State College, he enhanced his printmaking knowledge and made small editions of many of his photographs of the Brooklyn waterfront and other projects. His winning print this year consisted of a grid of nine small square formatted color images, matted and framed together as a commemoration of the day of 9/11.

“His sensitive documents of the everyday activities of life going about ‘normally’ is a tribute to the human spirit and how life does continue and move on,” comments Wilde-Biasiny.

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