OCC Students Shine at “Best of SUNY” Art Exhibit

OCC student Renee Thompson with her work titled "See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil" in the New York State Museum in Albany.

OCC student Renee Thompson with her work titled “See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil” in the New York State Museum in Albany.

Onondaga Community College is well represented in the Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition. The annual event highlights work by student artists across the SUNY system. The work is showcased at the New York State Museum in Albany.

"Fruits of New York" by OCC student Alyssa Caldwell

“Fruits of New York” by OCC student Alyssa Caldwell

The work of three OCC students is part of the exhibit:

  • Alyssa Caldwell          East Syracuse Minoa HS, Class of 2014
  • Daniel Ryan                Liverpool HS, Class of 1997
  • Renee Thomson         A Beka Academy (Pensacola, FL), Class of 2010

Usually students have only one work of art selected but judges selected two of Alyssa Caldwell’s. One was ceramic, the other utilized pastel, paint and ink. “All of my Art professors were really excited my work was chosen out of hundreds of pieces from across the state,” said Caldwell. She earned her Art degree in May and plans to transfer to SUNY Oswego and pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Renee Thompson traveled to the New York State Museum to see her work on display. “It was the strangest feeling seeing my artwork in a museum,” Thompson said. “I had to keep pinching myself because it felt like a dream. I couldn’t be more thankful for the experience.”

OCC Student Daniel Ryan's art work titled "Straight Curves" is part of the "Best of SUNY" Student Art Exhibition in Albany.

“Straight Curves” by OCC Student Daniel Ryan.

“It was very exciting to have my piece chosen for the Best of SUNY Art Exhibit,” added Daniel Ryan. He earned an Art degree from OCC and now attends Syracuse University.

“The Best of SUNY exhibit highlights the impressive artistic talents of students from throughout our university system and serves as an inspiration not only to SUNY’s administration, faculty, and staff but to all those who visit the New York State Museum,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “Again this year, I am in awe of the student works selected for this summer’s exhibit. Congratulations to the award winners and to all of the students with work on display.”

Artwork featured at the Best of SUNY exhibit is chosen by art departments across SUNY’s 64 campuses. The traditional areas of drawing, ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking are included, as well as mixed media, photography sculpture and digitally produced works.

The Best of SUNY exhibit is on-display throughout the summer at the New York State Museum on Madison Avenue in Albany . You can learn more about the museum and its hours of operation here.

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