The Daily Star
---- — Voice! 9, the ninth annual juried art exhibition of work by artists with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from across New York will open with a free, public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at the State University College at Oneonta.
During the reception, which will include music, refreshments and art for sale, $1,400 in prize money will be awarded and visitors will have the opportunity to cast a vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award.
Presented by The Arc Otsego, Voice! “demonstrates the power of art to transcend disability and stereotypes to reveal common ground and celebrate unique abilities,” according to a media release. This year’s exhibit features more than 70 works by more than 60 artists representing 18 counties. The eclectic exhibition addresses a variety of subjects expressed through drawing, painting, sculpture, fabric arts, photography, collage and mixed media. In addition, for the first time, viewers can access a live stream from the opening reception from a link on The Arc Otsego’s website at www.arcotsego.org.
“We knew that many of the participating artists come from very far away and are often not able to travel the long distances to the exhibit. We wanted to make sure they had the opportunity to experience the exhibit and the opening reception. The idea of the live stream was born,” Arc Otsego Community Relations Director Lynne Sessions said in the release.
The 2013 exhibit poster image, “Old Truck in the Field,” was painted by Shannon Meers, who studies at Creative Endeavors Art Center in Ballston Spa. She paints, does printmaking and creates collages and has exhibited work throughout the Saratoga area. According to Sessions, Meers’ work was chosen as the 2013 cover art for Voice! because “in addition to the beautiful color palette, Shannon’s work perfectly evokes nostalgic feelings for summers past in rural upstate New York.”
Jurors are Doug Hallberg and Rhea Nowak.
Hallberg is an artist specializing in stained glass fabrication and design. He holds an Master of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and recently retired from Edmeston Central School, where he taught for the past 16 years. In addition to commissioned work, Hallberg owns and directs Carriage House Art Studio in Oneonta.
Nowak joined the SUNY Oneonta Art Department faculty in 2007 where she teaches foundations and printmaking. She has exhibited prints, mixed media drawings and books nationally and internationally in juried and solo shows. Nowack received her Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College in printmaking and painting, an Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut in printmaking and drawing, and a master printer certificate from Il Bisonte, an international school of printmaking in Florence, Italy.
Gallery hours for Voice! are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The exhibit will closes at noon Aug. 2.
For more information about Voice!, call 432-8595 or visit www.arcotsego.org.