Photo by Abby Del Vecchio
By Abby Del Vecchio
Located in the heart of the Stony Brook University Staller Center for the Arts, resides the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery. Formally the Stony Brook University Art Gallery, the Zuccaire gallery opened in 1975 celebrating artists from students and faculty members, to outside artists ever since.
In 2013, the Stony Brook University Art Gallery was renamed to the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery in appreciation for the generosity of Paul’s daughter, Alice Zuccaire and the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. The endowment helps with operating costs and helps for future resources.
“The mission of the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation is to perpetuate the memory and the spirit of Paul W. Zuccaire by the encouragement, promotion and support of the arts, education, health, humanitarian and other related activities through grants to not-for-profit institutions and organizations,” according to the gallery’s website. “The Foundation was established in 1999 by Estelle Zuccaire in loving memory of her husband.” The gallery features exhibitions from professional artists, as well as student artists, both undergraduate and graduate. Distinguished faculty members in Stony Brook’s Art Department also have had work featured in the gallery.
“We have four to six exhibitions per year,” Gallery Director and Curator, Karen Levitov said in an email. “In the fall, we feature work by professional artists, including solo and group exhibitions. In the spring, we have two student shows, a graduate student Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition and a Senior Show, a juried exhibition of work by senior art majors and minors. We are also adding in a summer exhibition and a winter exhibition. This year’s winter exhibition, Earfest, is a sound-art exhibition in collaboration with the Music Department.”
During the upcoming Spring 2016 semester, the gallery will feature Earfest, Exhibit and Performance. According to Stony Brook University’s website, the exhibition will feature performances that present sound artworks as installations. The exhibition will run from Monday Feb. 1 to Saturday Feb. 6, 2016 and will have sound and video exhibits playing throughout the week.
On Thursday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m., a curated concert will be presented by the Stony Brook Computer Music Studios. This event, like the rest of the gallery’s exhibits, are free to the public.
The professional artist exhibitions have brought some of the most celebrated artists to Stony Brook University campus including, Yoko Ono, Larry Rivers, Elizabeth Murray, Philip Pearlstein and Kate Gilmore.
The gallery is located on the first floor of the Staller Center for the Arts. The gallery focuses on contemporary art and curated student works and is always free and open to the public.
The gallery’s latest exhibit, Isabel Manalo: “Skin Codes,” debuted Nov. 7, 2015 and will run until Dec. 12, 2015. Manalo uses her Filipino-American heritage as inspiration for her artwork, which address ideas of “power and identity as defined by race, ethnicity, geography and class,” according to an interview she did with Levitov.
“‘Skin Codes’ is a body of work I began developing that is inspired by the ancient art of Filipino Tattooing,” Manalo said in an email. “The canvases were made with the idea of the canvas as skin and the codes and motifs presented on the canvas as way to create the pattern and symbolism.” Manalo combines painting with photography, drawing, sewing and writing as well as visual clues and coding.