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Journeys to Individual Voices: Caribbean Artists in America

Journeys to Individual Voices Caribbean Artists in America Artists: Juan Cruz and Abisay Puentes Opening Reception Saturday April 6, 4 – 7 pm Journeys to Individual Voices is the art and stories of two artists of differing Caribbean nations, their artistic journeys and life experiences, and how each share a closeness in friendship. An understanding of how they arrived at their individual artistic voices after their journeys to the USA. Both live with choices and freedoms of self-expression. Each has learned from formal education and teaching masters. Each has learned from their struggles, explorations, and challenges in the world and themselves becoming the artist they wanted to be. The gradual growth from representational realism in Juan Cruz’s drawings and paintings speak in a highly individualized voice of abstraction of people and events in life around him. Abisay Puentes speaks in a personal style of realistic representation about the abstract non-tangible ways of human cruelty one to another, and the struggles to understand such conditions. Juan Alberto Cruz, of Puerto Rico and the USA, settled permanently in Syracuse and now lives and works as a full time artist. He also serves in the development and advancement of the Syracuse ‘near Westside’ neighborhood. Abisay Puentes immigrated to Syracuse from Cuba as a political refugee and works as a full-time artist. Both create powerful images rich in personal visual language where elements shape and colorize their concerns and understanding of our shared human condition. For as much as they share in life, their works stand uniquely, their own—as compliment and in contrast. The growth over time of each is shared in their paintings as individual works, series, and new directions with dimension, sound and careful orchestrations. The artists emotions and passions are captured and felt by viewers drawn into the rich colors and shapes on canvas. Immigration opened doors for both for unrestricted personal expression and a place to be at home and grow. Barrett Gallery is located in the lower level of the Library Concourse, central to campus.
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Specimen-based Ornithology at the New York State Museum

Kirchman will provide an overview of the NYSM ornithology collection, comprising nearly 20,000 specimens, and will highlight some of the ways the collection is used in his own research and by researchers and educators across the country. In the second half of the talk Kirchman will present preliminary analyses from an ongoing study he is conducting on the evolution of species ranges in the face of climate change. This example of specimen-based ornithology examines the range dynamics and morphological evolution of Red-bellied Woodpeckers over the last 150 years. The Asa Gray Seminar Series is sponsored by the Asa Gray Biological Society, and is the longest running seminar series at Utica College. Scientists are invited from throughout the region to present seminars on their ongoing research. All lectures are held in Donahue Auditorium, Gordon Science Center, at 4:00 p.m. An informal reception immediately follows. Call (315) 792-3028 for more information.