Union Gallery

Gallery Address:
College Union, Main Floor
One Campus Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
Gallery Hours:
Tues-Sun. 11am-5pm
Thurs. 11-9pm or by appointment

Gallery Director:
Bill Murphy

bmurphy@wagner.edu
718-390-3152

 

Current and Upcoming Exhibits...........

NICK SAVIDES “NYCITYSCAPES” EXHIBIT

The Union Gallery at Wagner College will present a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Brooklyn artist Nick Savides. The exhibition will be on display from November 12, 2018 through January 12, 2019. There will be an opening reception, free to the public, on November 18, 2-4 pm.

The paintings in this show are set in New York City – in neighborhoods such as Tribeca, SoHo, and NoHo, as well as Central Park. They are portrayed with a blend of realism and subtle surrealism that creates a unique vision of the city. One of the recurrent themes in this show is the depiction of the figure and faces on billboards, anthropomorphizing the city itself. Using the effects of light and space, they blend the everyday and the extraordinary, the dynamic and the serene. As Val Schaffner writes, “Beyond the carefully rendered beauty, complexity, and calm of his art, there is mystery: a sense of something about to be discovered.”

Mr. Savides started painting as a young child, learning from his mother, who was also a painter. Later, he studied under New York figurative painter Paul Georges at Brandeis University. Since his first solo show in 1980, he has exhibited in many group and solo shows in New York City, as well as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Long Island, Upstate New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, and Toronto. His work is included in numerous private and public collections and was featured on June Middleton’s cable show “Minding Your Business.” Twice published by Nabi Press, he had a retrospective of his work at the Berkeley College Gallery in 2012, was selected for the cover of the 2015 William & Mary Review, and has recently been published in Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 41, and John Natsoulas Press’s 2018 10th Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century.

His work can be seen at nicksavides.com and UGallery.com .

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 11 AM – 9 PM, or by appointment.

The Union Gallery at Wagner College is located on the Main Floor at One Campus Road, Staten Island, NY.

The College offers free shuttle service from the ferry to the campus 7 days a week. Visit wagner.edu for more info and for driving directions.

Previous Exhibits.........

GATHERING LIGHT: A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Susan M. Blubaugh

The Union Gallery at Wagner College will present a solo exhibition of paintings by Susan M. Blubaugh. Most works in the exhibit, Gathering Light, are landscape paintings of Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon County, NJ and will include studio paintings corresponding with the plein air studies that inspired and informed the larger works.

The focus of Susan’s work is the continual study of the subtle changes in light, time of day, and season, and she often returns to the same location, recording the shifts in the atmosphere and emotion of a particular subject.

Susan has been painting and exhibiting her landscapes, still life paintings and the occasional portrait in Bucks County, PA and Hunterdon County, NJ since 2001. She started her career as a painter and illustrator in New York City where she studied at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design with painters Isaac Soyer, Harvey Dinnerstein, Burton Silverman, Hilary Holmes and Curt Hanson, who said about Susan’s work: “Her love of painting directly from nature has stayed with her since I encountered her painting in Central Park in the 1980’s. Her drawing ability is impeccable and the paintings always reflect a freshness only gotten by firsthand observations. Many artists have shorthand methods that produce flashy effects that often hide their lack of ability. With Susan, I always see a patient seeking of visual truth that is imbued with the excitement of honest discovery.”

Susan has dedicated this exhibit to the memory of Curt Hanson, her friend and mentor who passed away recently after a short illness.

More of her work can be seen on Instagram and at  www.susanblubaugh.com

 

There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, January 27 from 2 - 5 PM and the exhibit will continue through March 31st.

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM, Thursday 11 AM – 9 PM or by appointment.

The Union Gallery at Wagner College is located on the Main Floor at One Campus Road, Staten Island, NY.

The College offers free shuttle service from the ferry to the campus 7 days a week. Visit wagner.edu for more info and for driving directions.

 

“Myths and Tales.”  Nov. 8 until Jan. 13.

Colman Rutkin has lived on Staten Island for more than 30 years since moving here from Manhattan. This is his second solo show; the first, held in 2013 at the Staten Island Museum, was titled “A Visual Journey” and included oil paintings, prints and watercolors.

 

For more about the artist, visit his website @http://colmanrutkin.com/

 

Kirsten Flaherty September 2017 show

 

scott lobaido

Staten Island, N.Y. — Artist Scott LoBaido, best known for his American flag portraits on display across the nation, will be featured in an exhibition in Wagner College Gallery throughout the month of March.

The exhibition, titled "Self Portraits", consists of three 4 1/2' by 9' pieces, one for each wall of the gallery. The pieces are all untitled.

"They are older pieces," says LoBaido. "They are surreal, with some patriotic influences. I prefer the audience to see what they want and try to figure out the artist's intentions; hence, they are untitled, with no explanation."  The exhibition runs from Sunday, March 6, through Saturday, April 2.

The Wagner College Gallery, located in the Union building, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. For more information, phone the Wagner College Art Department at 718-390-3192, or email gallery director Bill Murphy at bmurphy@wagner.edu.

About the Artist

LoBaido, who was voted "Best Artist (Paint/Sculpture/Ink)" in SILive's 2015 Best of Staten Island Poll, is best known for his American flag paintings, which are on display on structures all across Staten Island.

Last year, he went on tour to all fifty states, painting his trademark flags on patriotic buildings in each state.

His "Empty Chairs" Driftwood Memorials, a tribute to victims of Hurricane Sandy, were on display last Fall in Midland Beach.

Click on the gallery above the view the pieces on display in the exhibition, and some of his other artwork. For more information about Scott LoBaido, visit his website.