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Twelve Years: The Finest of Fine Arts, 1996-2009

April 30 - June 2, 2009

viggo mortensen photograph

Viggo Mortensen '80, Blue #4, 1998, archival pigment print,
gift of the artist, SLU 2003.13.3


In honor of President Daniel F. Sullivan and Ann H. Sullivan, the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery is pleased to present Twelve Years: The Finest of Fine Arts, 1996-2009. The exhibition includes works in a variety of media by St. Lawrence University students, faculty, and alumni.

The fine arts department and the gallery have chosen to showcase the “best of the best” as a tribute to the Sullivans. Through new construction and renovations of art studios, performance halls, rehearsal rooms, and the Newell Center for Arts Technology, as well as sustained support for student fellowships in the arts, Dan's commitment to enhancing the arts curriculum at St. Lawrence marks the importance of creativity in a liberal arts education.

St. Lawrence fine arts faculty—of national and international stature—play an important role in determining the gallery's annual schedule. Their recommendations for exhibitions and educational programs provide diverse opportunities for students to interact with artists from around the globe. As a result, students are able to participate actively in arts activities and events on a first-hand basis.

The exhibition also includes works of art donated by alumni to the University's Permanent Collection, pieces that are utilized regularly in courses from departments and programs across campus to enhance teaching and research. The Collection, now numbering over 7,000 art objects and artifacts, is defined in large part thanks to the enthusiastic support of alumni through the years.

Students, faculty, and alumni—near and far—embody the abiding creative spirit of the St. Lawrence community.

Studio art within a liberal arts context melds theory and practice in a unique way. Students bring ideas and concepts from a variety of fields of study to their studio practice, adding a conceptual depth to their artwork. It’s usually not a question of what to make artwork about, but how to most effectively embed the vast number of ideas they have absorbed from a variety of courses into their studio projects.

-Kasarian Dane, assistant professor