Western New York Collects: Nancy Dwyer
Venue: Castellani Art Museum
Address: 5795 Lewiston Road
City: Lewiston, NY 14109 USA
Brief-description: featuring artworks owned by local collectors and museums. through Feb. 4.
Event url: www.castellaniartmuseum.org.
Price text: Free.
About: The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University announces a new exhibition in its ongoing series: Western New York Collects. On view August 21, 2017 – February 4, 2018, Western New York Collects: Nancy Dwyer is the fourth in a series of exhibitions that highlights the work of a diverse range of visual artists with Western New York (WNY) connections who have gained significant national and international recognition. An opening reception will be held Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Nancy Dwyer attended the State University of New York at New Paltz and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University at Buffalo in 1976. Her first solo WNY exhibition was at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in 1977, an artist-run, alternative art space in Buffalo, NY where she was one of the founders. Dwyer has been exhibiting her image and text based sculptures, paintings and multimedia installations worldwide for over twenty five years. Her work, much of which is characterized by its wry presentation and manipulation of language, has been shown at major museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; MOCA Los Angeles, CA; the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, TX; the Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna, Austria; and the The Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand. This exhibition consists of Dwyer’s paintings, sculptures, prints and editioned works - dating from 1977 to 1997 - that have been selected from public and private collections in WNY. The Western New York Collects exhibition series has become an important means of uniting the public institution platform with significant WNY collectors. Furthermore, this ongoing series is an effort to honor the role that local collectors play in creating and maintaining an enduring artistic legacy for our region. We hope this series reveals the varied, but always vital, relationships between artists and collectors. Every collector holds unique insights, history and provenance regarding