Cathy & Jesse Marion Art Gallery Exhibition Calendar

Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery

Visiting Artist Program lectures take place in McEwen Hall, Room 209. Exhibition receptions are held in the lobby of Marion Art Gallery, Rockefeller Arts Center. Click here for a PDF of Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 VAP events.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule a group tour contact Barbara Räcker, Director, Marion Art Gallery at or 716-673-4897.

Exhibitions are made possible by the Fredonia College Foundation's Cathy and Jesse Marion Endowment Fund.

Fall 2018

Exploring Photography  
August 28 through October 7, 2018

Reception: Friday, September 7, 7 to 9 pm


Yousuf Karsh, Winston Churchill, 1941                             Ruth Bernhard, Torso with Hands, 1952

With 60 photographs from the collection of the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, this exhibition celebrates the range of photographic possibilities in terms of medium, genre, and style. Among the artists represented are: Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Ruth Bernhard, Darryl Curran, Judy Dater, Henry Gilpin, Suda House, Yousuf Karsh, Victor Landweber, Lisette Model, Robert Von Sternberg, Melanie Walker, and Edward Weston. Works date from 1930 to 2016, and mediums range from cyanotypes and gelatin silver prints to archival digital prints and ultrachrome images.


Visiting Artist Program Lecture
Ei Arakawa
Thursday, September 13, 8:30 pm

Ei A.

Ei Arakawa is a performance artist based in New York since 1998. His performances are created through collaborations with various people including contemporary artists and art historians. Arakawa invalidates the boundary between the performers and the audience by inviting the audience to participate in an improvisational manner, thus converting them from the role of passive viewers to active subjects of the performance. His intention is to liberate his works from the subjective framework of the self.


Visiting Artist Program Lecture
Melanie Walker
Thursday, September 27, 8:30 pm


Melanie Walker is an internationally recognized artist with experience in installation sculpture, photography and new forms. She combines photography with sculpture, electronics, puppetry, costumes and sound to create participatory environments that break down the traditional proscenium for viewers. She is a tenured professor of art and photography at the University of Colorado at Boulder and has received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1996.


Marvin Bjurlin: A Potter’s Path
October 16 through November 16, 2018

Reception: Friday, October 19, 7 to 9 pm

fish head

This exhibition includes series from 1968 to 2018 to celebrate Bjurlin’s 50 years as an artist and educator in Fredonia.


Visiting Artist Program Lecture
Mighty Oak Animation and Design Studio: Emily Collins and Michaela Olsen
Thursday, October 25, 8:30 pm

Mighty Oak

Since launching in 2015, the work of Mighty Oak (Emily Collins, Michaela Olsen, and Jess Peterson) work has received over 200 million views across platforms for clients like Netflix, HBO, Nick Jr., Airbnb, NBC, Conde Nast, Giphy, and The New York Times. By making art for brands and television networks, they are able to engage audiences in a way that typical commercials or videos cannot. They want their work to remove barriers, explain complex information, express emotions, and cut through the clutter.


Visiting Artist Program Lecture
Jennifer Ling Datchuck
Thursday, November 8, 8:30 pm


As the child of a Chinese immigrant and grandchild of Russian and Irish immigrants, the family histories of conflict Jennifer Ling Datchuck has inherited are a perpetual source for her work. She captures this conflict by exploring the emotive power of domestic objects and rituals that fix, organize, soothe, and beautify our lives. Trained in ceramics, her works often use a myriad of materials ranging from porcelain to fabric or embroidery.


Senior Show
November 30 through December 6, 2018

Reception: Friday, November 30, 7 to 9 pm


Visiting Artist Program Lecture
Coral Lambert
Thursday, December 6, 8:30 pm


Coral Penelope Lambert is internationally recognized for working in cast metal as well as producing large scale outdoor sculpture. She is currently Associate Professor of Sculpture at Alfred University where she has also directed the National Casting Center Foundry since 2007. Born and raised in the UK, she studied sculpture in the 1980s with Sir Anthony Caro and other leading figures in the field.


Spring 2019

Innovators and Activists: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships 
January 22 through March 10, 2019

Reception: Friday, February 1, 7 to 9 pm


Tony Oursler, #ISO, 2015

Artwork by: Elia Alba, Ida Applebroog, Daywoud Bey, Sanford Biggers, Wendell Castle, Tara Donovan, Carroll Dunham, Chitra Ganesh, Guerilla Girls, Barbara Kruger, Marilyn Minter, Christian Marclay, Lori Nix, Tony Oursler, Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, Shinique Smith, Carmelita Tropicana, and Fred Wilson.


Visiting Artist Program Lecture
Jonathan Katz
Thursday, February 21, 8:30 pm


Jonathan Katz is a pioneering academic and gay activist who works at the intersection of art history and queer history. His recent work includes co-curating Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Art, an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery that broke ground by focusing on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) issues. Katz directs the University of Buffalo's PhD program in visual studies.


Visiting Artist Program Lecture
Dread Scott
Thursday, February 28, 8:30 pm

I am not a man  

For almost three decades performance artist Dread Scott has relentlessly interrogated issues of ideology and power, often in terms of how they are experienced through the prisms of nationalism, race, and violence. His work also highlights the historical struggles toward justice and equality.


Department of Visual Arts and New Media Faculty Exhibition
March 22 through April 14, 2019

Reception: Friday, March 22, 7 to 9 pm

Liz Lee

Liz Lee, Collapse Series, 2018

Alberto Rey

Alberto Rey, Glaucous Macaw, 2018
Darling Tenderloins          
Jill Johnston, Darling Tenderloins, 2018

New work by current VANM faculty: Ray Bonilla, Bob Booth, Tricia Butski, Jason Dilworth, Debra Eck, Patrick Foran, Tim Frerichs, Phil Hastings, Jill Johnston, Liz Lee, Stephen Komp, Alberto Rey, Hide Sadohara, and Peter Tucker.


Visiting Artist Program Lecture
Ed Luce
Thursday, March 28, 8:30 pm


Fredonia alumnus Ed Luce is a cartoonist best known for his indie comic series Wuvable Oaf. The series focuses on Oaf Jadwiga, a bearish gay ex-wrestler looking for love.


Senior Show I
April 19 through 25, 2019

Reception: Friday, April 19, 7 to 9 pm


Senior Show II
May 3 through 9, 2019

Reception: Friday, May 3, 7 to 9 pm





Gallery Hours
Marion Art Gallery: 
Mon, Closed
Tues-Thurs, 12-4 pm
Fri & Sat, 12-6 pm
Sun, 12-4 pm

Emmitt Christian Gallery: 
Mon-Fri, 8 am-8 pm

Barbara Räcker, Gallery Director

Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery

Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-4897