Genesee Art Students Explore Griffis Sculpture Park

Students in Mary Lyn Nutting’s 3-D Design course at Genesee’s Arcade campus center this summer had the opportunity to experience art up close at the Griffis Sculpture Park in Ashford Hollow, NY, approximately 45 minutes south of Buffalo. The park features a collection of strange, surrealistic sculptures set among a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills, ponds, and forests. Students were able to examine more than 250 works of art created by over 100 artists.

The sculptures are cast in bronze, welded steel, aluminum, and wood, and are arranged in twelve groups based on theme. These groups include various oversized animals and insects or sets such as castles or submarines.

“Our local area provides a wealth of opportunities for students to explore and learn from,” said Dr. Deborah DiNoto, Associate Dean of Instruction at Genesee’s Arcade campus. “Active, enthusiastic faculty such as Mary Lyn are why Genesee students value their education here. The opportunities that faculty share with them support their future success.”

Park goers are encouraged to interact with the sculptures – touch them, photograph them, even climb on them as they would a jungle gym. Because the sculptures are not confined to a gallery, light shifting over them during the day gives a different affect to viewers over the course of a visit.

Mary Lyn Nutting’s students were able to appreciate this quality, along with the technical and aesthetic features, during their trip.

“We had a terrific day at Griffis Sculpture Park,” Nutting said. “The students had a wonderful experience and learned a lot about 3-D design. And our guide turned out to be a 2001 Genesee graduate, who was very knowledgeable and full of energy. That was great for the students to see as well.”

For more information contact the Arcade campus center at 585-492-5265.