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Art is in the Air

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Throughout the campuses of Stony Brook University, art is everywhere. Paintings, sculptures, photographs and multimedia installations are featured in the University’s many galleries. The community is always welcome.

Art Among Science

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The “Iconic Wall” in the Simons Center was engraved in limestone with key mathematical equations and diagrams.

The gallery in the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is open to the public Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. It features installations from artists around the world. For more information on the next gallery show or to be added to the Center’s mailing list visit

This September, The Simons Center Gallery will present a solo exhibition of work by Manfred Mohr, an internationally acclaimed pioneer of digital art. This exhibition is honored to feature Mohr’s early digital drawings produced at Brookhaven National Laboratory by Dr. Peter Kemmey in 1969. The gallery will show several of these early works produced at Brookhaven Lab alongside newer work. The exhibit runs from September 10 through November 12. Manfred Mohr will be speaking at the opening of the exhibit on Thursday, September 10, at 4 pm.

The Simons Center features art not just in the gallery, but all around the building, inside and out. Outside the entrance to the Center is the Umbilic Torus, a sculpture by artist Helaman Ferguson, which represents a fusion of mathematics and art. Inside the lobby, one wall features the work of Toby Buonagurio, professor of art at Stony Brook University. The artwork is titled “Earth, Air, Fire, Water” and is composed of 11 enormous, unique, hand-made, glazed and lustered sculptural relief ceramic butterflies. Also on display in the Center’s lobby is the “Iconic Wall.” The wall was engraved in limestone with key mathematical equations and diagrams.

Student Perspectives
In the Student Activities Center (SAC) Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the SAC, is a place where students can directly participate in creative, artistic and community projects. Students are encouraged to submit work for various art shows and actively engage with gallery events, music performances, lectures and presentations. It’s a showcase for the talented campus community. Visit the website for details and gallery hours.

Professor Toby Buonagurio’s “Neon Auroras: Sapphire Ruby” will be on display in the Zuccaire Gallery.

Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Staller
The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, located in the Staller Center for the Arts, has been presenting dynamic professional and student exhibitions since 1975. Under the direction of Karen Levitov, the gallery is continuing to bring new artists to Stony Brook.

Gallery hours during the exhibitions are Tuesday to Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm; Saturday, 7 pm to 9 pm. It is also open one hour before and during intermission of most Staller Center performances.

Upcoming Shows
Faculty Exhibition: Tuesday, September 15, to Saturday, October 24
Presenting new work by members of Stony Brook University’s distinguished Department of Art, the 2015 Faculty Exhibition will include painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital media. A reception will be held on Wednesday, October 7, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Isabel Manalo: Skin Codes: Saturday, November 7, to Saturday, December 12
Berlin- and Washington DC-based artist Isabel Manalo creates work that explores transitional place and time through painted, collaged and sewn imagery of geography, language and imagination, often related to her Filipino heritage. For the Zuccaire Gallery, she is creating a new body of work based on traditional Filipino tattooing. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 7, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

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Professor Martin Levine’s Tribute Tower will be on display during the Zuccaire Gallery’s Faculty Exhibition.

Earfest: Monday, February 1, to Saturday, February 6
In a special collaboration, the Stony Brook Computer Music Studios will present sound art works as installations and a concert. The Zuccaire Gallery will host sound and video exhibitions during the week, and special performances with an immersive sound system at an evening concert on February 4 at 8 pm.

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Tuesday, March 22, to Thursday, April 9
The MFA Thesis Exhibition presents new work by Stony Brook University’s graduating Master of Fine Arts students. The exhibition features painting, sculpture, video and mixed-media installation by five students and is accompanied by an illustrated catalog.

Senior Show 2016: Saturday, April 30, to Friday, May 20
The juried Senior Show 2016 — an annual exhibition of works by Stony Brook University senior art majors and minors — includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, digital media, mixed-media installations and works on paper. Faculty members of Stony Brook’s Department of Art select from among the best work of this year’s graduating class.

For information on the Zuccaire Gallery, please call (631) 632-7240, email or visit the Gallery on Twitter @ZuccaireGallery.

The Charles B. Wang Center
Art is a daily part of life at the Charles B. Wang Center. For details on the many offerings at the Center, please visit the website.

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