According to gallery director Tim Massey, the permanent Gallery collection at the Tower Fine Arts Center, 180 Holley St., Brockport, houses examples of works in various media by regional and national artists, as well as former faculty and alumni of The College at Brockport Department of Art.
Some of these works will be displayed in the “Selections from the Permanent Collection” exhibit from Oct. 23 to Nov. 18. A reception will celebrate the free exhibition at 4 p.m. on Nov. 2.
“Praying Girl,” an etching by Kathe Kollwitz, dates back to 1892, making it one of the oldest pieces in the collection. The German artist was drawn to the plight of peasants and inspired by a drama recounting the Silesian weavers’ revolution.
Later in life, Kollwitz became enamored of communism, much to the Gestapo’s wrath. She died three months before the end of World War II. Several museums and galleries in Europe are dedicated to her work.
“Organic Structure” by Jack Wolsky takes its inspiration from the Erie Canal. Wolsky, a professor emeritus at the College, taught for several years in a building that straddled the Canal. His works can be found in museums throughout the Northeast, as well as in private collections.
Wolsky recently received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.
Rounding out the exhibition will be at least one selection from E.E. Cummings. James Sibley Watson Jr., a Harvard classmate of the 20th-century American poet and publisher of his early works, donated 72 paintings to the College in the 1970s. The art was stored in a closet and rediscovered three decades later.
The exhibition will feature works by Stephanie Cusenz, Hugo Fisher and Saul Steinberg.
The Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays-Fridays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Call (585) 395-2805 for information.