The ninth “Monroe and Vicinity Biennial” is celebrating the accomplishments of four area artists through Oct. 7 at The College at Brockport, 180 Holley St.
Curated by Tim Massey, gallery director, the show features works by Meredith Davenport, Brian O’Neill, Katarina Riesing and Mark Snyder.
Davenport’s photographs have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times and on the cover of Newsweek magazine, as well as in the HBO documentary “Child Soldiers.” Her book, “Theater of War,” was published in 2014.
“One of my favorite photo assignments as a freshman at RIT was to go to a small town and photograph the daily life there,” Davenport said. “I went with two of my new friends from Photo Arts 1. It was such an adventure to go into this town and wander around meeting people. I couldn’t believe I was doing it, and I couldn’t believe that people were open to talking to me and my camera.”
O’Neill is a Greater Rochester muralist and painter, though he got his start in Long Island and New York City. He found success in oil realism with still life and figurative work as well as bold, loose abstract painting. His contemporary landscape work explores the natural world through the use of horizon, air, fire, water, texture and luminous metal gold and silver leaf.
“My responsibility as an artist is one that asks me to create not because I want to, but because I have to,” O’Neill said. “I am driven to make work that is at the highest level possible and depict beauty as I feel it to be, and describe that in a language that can be read by all people who view my work even if we have never met in person.”
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays-Fridays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. Parking is available at Tower Fine Arts Center. Call (585) 395-2805 for information.