Award-Winning Art Faculty Exhibit at Genesee Community College

Two award-winning faculty members from Genesee Community College’s art department are exhibiting their work at the College, March 1 - 30, 2007. An opening reception will be held on March 1, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in the Lobby Arts Gallery of the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Moi Dugan, Instructor of Ceramics and 3D Design, and Heath Bartel, Instructor of Fine Arts, are the featured artists.

Moi Dugan creates wheel thrown and hand built ceramic serving pieces, sculptural vases and garden art. Both painter and potter, Dugan embellishes the simplest of functional forms with layers of color, carving, and sgraffito to create the fluidity of a wet painting on pottery. When the initial painting is complete, a variety of tools are used to carve into and accentuate the design. This sgraffito technique adds a textured layer to each piece that creates an enrichment of the senses.

Visually exciting as decorative and functional pieces of art, these are durable enough to withstand everyday use, but can make their place in an elegant setting. Dugan’s work has received numerous awards, including the previous two Merit Awards at Arts in the Gardens in Canandaigua, NY, and 1st Place Ceramics at the 2005 Corn Hill Arts Festival in Rochester, NY. Moi, a resident of Penfield, NY, holds an M.F.A. in Ceramics & Ceramic Sculpture from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is excited to be showing her work at Genesee Community College, where she has been teaching for the past year.

“Maintaining balance between family, teaching full time, and making my own work has been a welcome challenge this year,” Dugan said. “I’m looking forward to sharing this exhibition with Heath and showing the community what we do when we’re outside of Genesee Community College.”

Heath Bartel’s artwork incorporates the structures, textures, and biological forms of the unseen world. He looks at images taken from electron microscopes, space probes and satellites, deep-sea submersibles, and other technology and uses these images as inspiration for his paintings. His work fuses art and nature with technology in a way he hopes will speak to those living in the 21st century world.

Bartel, a Batavia, NY, native, received his M.F.A. from the University at Buffalo in 1998. Upon completion of his new studio in 2002 he began his current body of work known as the 21st Century Landscapes. This work has been shown in group shows in Portland, OR, Norman, OK, Amherst, NY, and Niagara Falls, NY. Two solo shows of this work were scheduled in 2006 in Nashville and New York City. He began teaching at Genesee Community College in May 2006.

“I try to employ the principles in my work that I encourage my students to utilize,” Bartel said. “Art should communicate an idea and explore a concept. Good art raises questions, investigates the world around it, and shows the artist’s unique approach to problem solving. Above all, creating art must be fun and bring you joy if you’re going to do it the rest of your life.”

Further information and color imagery of each artist’s work can be viewed on their respective websites are:

Moi Dugan: http://www.moipots.com/
Heath Bartel: http://www.heathbartel.com/

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Editor’s note: A photograph of Moi Dugan and Heath Bartel is located at the following Internet address: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/DuganBartel.jpg

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