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Syracuse University Art Museum Introduces Art @ Home, Series of Dynamic Virtual Artist Talks
The Syracuse University Art Museum is launching a series of virtual conversations, Art @ Home, connecting contemporary artists and their work to friends and alumni of Syracuse University.
The virtual sessions—moderated by museum curatorial staff and faculty from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)—enable the audience to listen to innovative and diverse visual artists discussing stimulating issues in culture today, including how the current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic have affected their art careers and message. Chosen for their creative brilliance and fresh perspectives, the speakers will share their vision, working process and insights on the societal, cultural and thematic trends they represent.
The first session, “Unfinished Journeys,” features Vanja Malloy, director of the museum, interviewing Helen Zughaib ’81. It’s Thursday, Aug. 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. ET. The event is free but registration is required at cc.syr.edu/artathome.
- Jave Yoshimoto G’12 (Tuesday, Aug. 11, 4 to 5 p.m. ET)
- Richard Pasquarelli ’90 (Tuesday, Aug. 18, 4 to 5 p.m. ET)
- Deborah Roberts G’14 (Thursday, Aug. 20, 4 to 5 p.m. ET)
The series is a collaboration of the Syracuse University Art Museum, VPA and the Office of Alumni Engagement in NYC.
About the artists
Helen Zughaib ’81 was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art at Syracuse University. She paints primarily in gouache and ink on board and canvas. More recently, she has worked with wood, shoes and cloth and mixed media installations. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including at the White House.
Jave Yoshimoto G’12 was born in Japan to Chinese parents, immigrating to the United States at a young age. Yoshimoto received his M.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University. He served as an artist-in-residence at various artist colonies across the United States. His work has appeared in multiple publications, and he has exhibited internationally. Among his honors, Yoshimoto received a letter of recognition from the United Nations and was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2015. He is currently an assistant professor of arts and foundations coordinator at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Richard Pasquarelli ’90 has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in museums, galleries and art fairs throughout the United States and Europe. His work is represented globally in many public and private collections. His selected residencies and awards include The Cleveland Museum of Art/Print Club of Cleveland Annual Presentation Print commission for 2017, MASS MoCA, The Ragdale Foundation, The Bronx Museum of the Arts and multiple public installations for the city of New York.
Deborah Roberts G’14 is a mixed media artist whose work challenges the notion of ideal beauty. Her work has been exhibited internationally across the United States and Europe. Roberts’ pieces are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs. Roberts is recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2016) and a Ginsburg-Klaus Award Fellowship (2014).
For information on upcoming virtual programs such as gallery talks with the curators of virtual exhibitions and close looking object sessions with museum staff examining artworks from the permanent collection, as well as additional virtual exhibitions and activities, visit museum.syr.edu and follow @SUArtMuseum on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.