Events, Spring 2014

    Hard-Edge Abstraction: Paintings and Works on Paper

    • Lecture by Matthew Deleget, Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00 p.m., in Griffiths 123

    Matthew Deleget is an abstract painter, curator, and arts worker. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in the US, Europe, and Australasia.

    In 2003, Deleget founded MINUS SPACE (, a platform for reductive art based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2006, he has organized more than 40 solo and group exhibitions at both MINUS SPACE’s gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn, as well as other collaborating venues on the national and international levels.

    Deleget holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA in Art and German from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN.

    • Gallery discussion with Ben Grant, Tuesday, February 11, at 4:30 p.m.

    Ben Grant received his MFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. His abstractions of brightly colored patterns take form in modular relief paintings, which have been exhibited most recently at Tory Folliard Gallery. Upcoming projects include exhibitions at the Delafield Arts Center and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

    Strange Tales from Liaozhai:
    Selected Illustrations

    • Book celebration and reading by Sidney L. Sondergard, Friday, February 14, at 4:00 p.m., in the gallery, with reception to follow

    Sidney L. Sondergard has produced the first complete English translation of Pu Songling’s Strange Tales from Liaozhai, a collection of classical Chinese tales in which readers will encounter supernatural creatures, natural disasters, magical aspects of Buddhist and Daoist spirituality, and a wide range of Chinese folklore. Sondergard's annotations clarify unfamiliar references and cultural allusions, and the introductory essays he has written for each volume give readers a variety of perspectives on Pu’s art and on the traditional and cultural contexts reflected in these uncanny tales.

    Sondergard joined St. Lawrence as a faculty member in 1986. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. A 1997 Frank P. Piskor Faculty Lecturer on campus, Sondergard is the author of Sharpening Her Pen: Strategies of Rhetorical Violence by Early Modern English Women Writers (2002), co-translator of the 2002 book The Cabala of Pegasus: An Annotated Translation of Giordano Bruno's Cabala del Cavallo Pegaseo, and co-author with Thomas L. Berger of An Index of Characters in Early Modern English Drama: Printed Plays, 1500-1660 (1998; 2006).

    Book celebrations are organized by the Faculty Development Committee and supported by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

    Cellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary

    Photo Requests from Solitary - and - Milk Not Jails

    • Lecture by Five Omar Mualimm-ak, Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m., Griffiths Arts Center 123
    • Lecture by exhibition curator Phyllis Kornfeld, Tuesday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m., in Griffiths 123
    • Gallery Prison Slam Open Expression Event, a student-organized symposium, Thursday, March 27, at 6:00 p.m., in the gallery

    Come share your thoughts about exhibit/prison reform events so far or ask questions. Share a poem, letter, song, performance, experience, hopes, fears or frustration or sit and listen. Let’s create a safe inclusive space for conversation and expression. Refreshments will be served.

    • "How do we talk about prisons in New York State?" town hall meeting with Natasha Haverty, journalist and assistant producer of NCPR's Prison Time media project, and Lauren Melodia, director of Milk Not Jails. Introduction by Savannah Crowley '14, and moderated by Dr. Mary Jane Smith, history department. Thursday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m., Noble Center Room 109.

    Senior Year Experience Exhibition

    • Student remarks and opening reception, Friday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m., in the gallery

    Engaging Africa: Through Kenya to the Continent

    • Alumni reception, Saturday, May 31, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., in the gallery



    Poetry for Peace

    Readings are in the gallery on Mondays, begining at 4:30 p.m.

    • January 27
    • February 17
    • April 7

    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. 

    Be sure to check out the Poetry for Peace blog!