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Alfred University to open new student run gallery

"PUSH," a juried exhibition of work of students in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University (AU), will inaugurate the new Robert C. Turner Gallery in the McGee Pavilion in Harder Hall on the AU campus.

The opening reception is 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the gallery. The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 18. The gallery will be open from 3-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

This fall, Leslie Bellavance, dean of the School of Art & Design; visiting faculty member Kevin Duffy and MFA graduate students Christopher Taylor and Seung-Won Lee worked with 17 students to establish the format and mission for the new gallery space in a course entitled "Inventing the Student Run Gallery."

Students developed the mission and vision for the new gallery, which will be operated under the auspices of the School of Art & Design and will serve as a forum for the professional and experimental display of student artwork organized by students or faculty in the school under the direction of the student leadership, Bellavance explained.

In keeping with the educational goals of the School of Art & Design, the Robert C. Turner Gallery seeks to provide a forum for current, innovative and relevant ideas in art; to facilitate non-curricular as well as curricular learning; to establish local, regional and global connections; and to maintain a student run professional gallery space driven by creative and conceptual freedom.

"The students have taken up the challenge of reestablishing a student-run gallery in the new space with great enthusiasm and thoughtfulness," said Bellavance. "It has been a pleasure working with them."

"PUSH" includes the work of 25 students from the BFA program in the School of Art & Design. The exhibition features work in a variety of media.

Construction of the McGee Pavilion began in April 2010 and was completed this fall. The lower level of the Harder Hall addition houses flexible ceramic spaces and studios. The second level is devoted to the new sonic arts, video and interaction arts studios. The third and fourth floors comprise the Robert C. Turner Gallery and a "black box" interactive space for electronic media.

A formal opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting for the McGee Pavilion are being scheduled for April 2012 when the building will be in full use and visitors can see students working in the new studios and an exhibition in place in the gallery.

The new Robert C. Turner Gallery replaces an area that was demolished to make way for the addition. It honors the memory of Robert C. Turner, a ceramic artist, Alfred University alumnus and long-time member of the School of Art & Design faculty.

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