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Five Purchase College Students in “Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition” May 4-Sept. 1

Date Released: 5/12/2008

Artwork created by five students from the Purchase College School of Art+Design is featured in the annual “Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition” on view at the New York State Museum in Albany, N.Y. May 4-September 1. An artist’s reception will be held on June 10.

Alec Spangler, who will graduate with a master of fine arts degree this month, draws on memory and daydreams to develop virtual environments in his paintings and drawings. He reconfigures landscape and architecture according to imagined or misremembered rules of use—value, symbolism and physics.  He has two pieces in the exhibition, Coup de Coop and Trackpad.

Patricia Gaeta, a painting and printmaking major, will graduate this month with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Her piece is entitled Monday. She recently received the 2008 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Last fall, her work was highlighted at the School of the Arts Gala in New York City, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of Purchase College.

Luke Chase is a senior majoring in photography. His piece, Untitled, is a 20” X 24” C-Print.

Kevin Knoerzer is a junior majoring in painting and drawing. His piece, Untitled, is oil on canvas.

Jennifer Bakalar is a junior majoring in painting and drawing. Her piece, entitled Portrait #1, is oil on canvas. Last year she received $1,000 as one of three Best of Show winners in the 2007 “Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition.”

The sixth annual exhibition is a juried show featuring more than 60 works of art selected from more than 200 pieces and provides a wider audience for the talents of SUNY’s most gifted student artists.  The works for the fall 2007 and spring 2008 shows were chosen by individual art departments across SUNY’s 64 campuses. The traditional areas of drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture are enhanced by the addition of digital imaging and mixed media installations.

Three student artists in the exhibition will receive “Best in Show” awards of $1,000. “Honorable Mention” awards of $500 will be given to three additional students.