Marion Art Gallery hosts artist talk, reception

Doug Osborne-Coy
photograph by B. Proud

“Jonah and Deejay with Daughter Anuhea, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2017,” from the series “Transcending Love,” archival pigment print by artist B. Proud is among the works featured in the current exhibition “Not Gay.”

The Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia will host a talk with artist B. Proud on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. Proud is one of the artists featured in the gallery’s current exhibition “Not Gay.”

Proud will talk about her “Transcending Love” photographs, which are featured in the Fredonia exhibition.

Proud, née Barbara Proud, is an award-winning photographer who divides her time between commercial assignments, fine art projects, documentary projects and teaching at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in many public and private collections.

Living in Europe for seven years fueled a lifelong passion for food, wine and travel. She is also an LGBTQ+ advocate.

The season-opening exhibition includes 61 black and white and color photographs, two films, and two videos by 20 emerging to preeminent artists. In addition to Proud, participating artists are: Laura Aguilar, Kenneth Anger (1927-2023), Amos Badertscher (1936-2023), Sophie Barbasch, Samatha Box, Maxine Brackbill, Shia Conlon, David De Lira, Jess T. Dugan, John Edmonds, Devin Fenimore, Clifford Prince King, Emily Lucid, Zanele Muholi, Rory Mulligan, June T. Sanders, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Del LaGrace Volcano and Ajamu X.

The public will also have the opportunity to meet exhibition curators Jonathan David Katz and Ryan Patrick Krueger at a reception in the gallery lobby on Friday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Dr. Katz will also give a lecture about the exhibition at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8 in McEwen Hall Room 209. 

The lecture, gallery talk, reception, and exhibition are free and open to the public. The exhibition catalog will be available online.

“Not Gay” is supported by the Fredonia College Foundation’s Carnahan Jackson Fund for the Humanities and Cathy and Jesse Marion Endowment Fund, as well as the Friends of Rockefeller Arts Center.

Marion Art Gallery is located on the main level of Rockefeller Arts Center on the Fredonia campus. Hours are: Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are extended during Alumni Weekend and open house events and by appointment. For more information about the exhibition or to schedule a group tour, contact Director Barbara Räcker via email or call (716) 673-4897.

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