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ARTSwego at SUNY Oswego Welcomes its Inaugural Artist-in-Residence

ARTSwego is thrilled to welcome artist Ellen M. Blalock of Syracuse, NY as SUNY Oswego's first Artist-in-residence. A narrative artist and documentarian, Blalock works in photography, video, drawing, fiber and installation. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States in museums, galleries and non-traditional places to bring her art to the people. She has a master of fine arts from Syracuse University and a bachelor of fine arts from Temple University.

About the Project: ...While Black 
. . .While Black is a site base installation using photographs, quilts and words that uses the bird as a metaphor to confirm, to remember and to honor stories and truths of the African diaspora with focus on the African American experience. This project is designed in stages to build the imagery of representation, the bird as metaphor, to embody past, present and future to portray Black bodies.

Residency Activities

Community Quilt Workshops
Friday, Sept 17th 11am -2pm
Friday, Sept 24 11 am-2pm
Tyler 213, Open to all, Registration required  
Come join Ellen M. Blalock and have fun making a quilt square for the community quilt project that will be part of the exhibition . . .While Black. We need your help, from beginners to advance quilters. You don’t need to know how to sew. These workshops are open to the college community and the community at large. All materials will be provided and you can bring your own fabric. You may have a garment you want to cut up — bring it! If you are going to bring fabric pieces, you can bring any size, even down to 4 by 6 inches. You are welcomed to bring your own scissors and other sewing notions. The work is appliqué. The pieces will be glued, ironed or sewn together. Everyone will be given a numbered square (12” by 12”) to design while following the pattern.