Events, Spring 2011

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Microphotograph by Wilson A. Bentley

    "Marvel of the Snow Gems": Microphotographs of Snow and Ice Crystals by Wilson A. Bentley

    • Wednesday, February 16, at 4:30 p.m., in Griffiths 123

      To Know Snow: A Sense of Wonder and the Science of Snow in an Age of Environmental Change, lecture by Steve Alexander, M.S., former assistant director of the Adirondack semester and instructor, First Year Program, SLU

      "What magic is there in the rule of six that compels the snowflake to conform so rigidly to its laws?" Beauty in the form and diversity of snow crystals captured the imagination of Wilson A. Bentley and instilled a sense of wonder, for each and every snowflake tells a story of its journey from the sky. From a scientific examination on the molecular level to artistic inspiration, interpretation, and representation, there are many ways to know snow. By exploring these diverse ways of knowing snow I hope to illustrate how together they may help us to both better understand and more fully engage with environmental change.


    Nipirasait: Many Voices
    Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset

    • Monday, February 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Griffiths 123

      "Sometimes the pencil is stronger than I am": The Drawings of Shuvinai Ashoona
      , lecture by Sandra Dyck, Curator, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

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      Suvinai (Shuvinai) Ashoona,
      Aujaqsiut Tupiq (Summer Tent), 2009

      Curator at the Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario, since 2005, Sandra Dyck has an M.A. in Canadian art history from Carleton University. She recently edited "Sanattiaqsimajut: Inuit Art from the Carleton University Art Gallery Collection," which featured the work of 34 writers on Inuit art and was awarded first prize in the American Association of Museums' 2009 Museum Publications Design Competition. She has won two Curatorial Writing Awards from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries - in 2010 for "Michèle Provost: Selling Out" and in 2009 for "A Pilgrim's Progress: The Life and Art of Gerald Trottier." She also contributed essays to "Around and About Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-Century Culture," published by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 2008, and "Edwin Holgate," published by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2005.

    The Art of Travel: Beauty in Details
    Photographs by Veronika Horváthová '12

    • Friday, March 25, at 6:00 p.m., gallery reception for the artist
      • Paris, France
        Veronika Horváthová, Paris, France

      Veronika Horváthová '12 is a government major at St. Lawrence. She graduated from United World College before attending SLU, and this semester has been studying foreign policy at American University in Washington, D.C. After graduation, she intends to study international relations and become a foreign service officer for Slovakia. For Veronika, this exhibition is a “little dream come true,” and she hopes it will inspire other students to pursue their creative ideas even when not strictly within their major field of study.

    Two-Point Perspective
    New Work by Peter Nelson

    • Tuesday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m., artist's talk in the gallery, with reception to follow

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      Peter Nelson, Noon Ball, 2011

      Peter Nelson, visiting professor of photography and digital media at St. Lawrence University, works in photography, video, audio, and performance. Previous works include Former Best Friends Forever, Four Guys from My Part-time Job, On Dying and Middle Aged Men, among others. Please visit


    Annual Student Art Exhibition

    • Friday April 29, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., opening reception, with induction of new members in the Fine Arts Honor Society at 5:45 p.m.


    Poetry for Peace
    Readings are at 4:30 p.m., in the gallery

    • February 2, "Poetry of the North Country," featuring local poets
    • April 6, "Ars Poetica," poems about the art of poetry, in honor of National Poetry Month
    • May 4, "Last Words," poems about endings (and new beginnings) to celebrate the end of the semester

      Please come to read a poem you've written, a poem by a favorite poet, or just to listen to poems on a different theme. And bring your friends! You are welcome to read poems in languages other than English, but you should provide an English translation as well. Because we believe the empathetic community created by sharing ANY kind of poetry can lead to peace and social justice, we welcome all poems, not just those that touch directly on those themes.  Poetry for Peace readings are eligible for the First Year Cup.