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Back to School: Art in the Colleges and Universities

Above and Below: Work from Intersecting Currents, an exhibit at Daemen College of artwork by students and faculty at South China University of Technology, opening Steptember 9.

Intersecting Currents, a show of works by students and faculty members of the South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, opens at Daemen College September 9, running through September 30. The exhibit is related to an ongoing cultural exchange program between Daemen and SCUT. A contingent of Chinese art and graphic design students from SCUT has been attending Daemen since the fall of last year.

Horsplay, a slightly zany-sounding exhibit put together by UB alumnus Bill Maynes, featuring artwork of 11 other UB alumni, opens September 8 at the Center for the Arts Gallery. The premise seems to be a current day voyage to some of the locales Gulliver visited in his famous travels back in the 18th century, well before GPS. Also opening September 8 but at the Anderson Gallery is a UB Department of Visual Studies faculty exhibition titled Visual Epistemologies. Epistemology—this is for freshmen, since Epistemology is a sophomore course, or was when I had to take it—is about the problem of knowledge. How do we know what we know is true. Still a problem, somehow.

Opening September 16 at the Center for the Arts Gallery is an exhibit related to UB’s cultural exchange program with China—with the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, in this case. On display will be collaborative works by UB Department of Visual Studies students and advanced students and faculty from CAFA. The exhibit will later go to Beijing for display there. Opening September 16 at the Anderson Gallery is an exhibit called Saigon Diary, by video artist Dinh Q. Lê. As Vietnam rapidly moves away from socialism toward capitalism, one of the big issues that arises is the disposal of enormous amounts of trash. Lê documented the activities of twelve “recycling women,” who travel about the city collecting waste materials.

At Villa Maria College, an exhibit of paintings by Timothy Frerichs, entitled New Grange, will open September 23 and run until October 28. After that, an exhibit of paintings by Eduardo Cunha will open November 11 and continue until December 9.

At Canisius College, an exhibit of select artworks from the collection of Professor Emeritus James (and Rita) McGoldrick opened August 26 and will continue through October 14. And an alumni photography exhibit—a juried show of the work of former art students now active as photographers—is scheduled for October 21 to December 9. Opening January 13 is an exhibit of the work of three studio art faculty, David Miller, Christine Walsh, and Tom Wolf.

And tonight, September 1, from 5:30 to 7, the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will open its exhibition Artists View the Falls: 300 Years of Niagara Falls Imagery at its satellite gallery in the Niagara Falls Convention Center, 101 Old Falls Street, downtown Niagara Falls.

> by Jack Foran

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