Summer Art Series

Event Date(s): 
Friday, June 13, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, August 3, 2014 (All day)
Art Gallery in Reisman Hall
Summer Art Series 2014 - Paintings from the Pink HouseThe Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host "Paintings from the Pink House: The Collection of Sylvia Wyckoff" on weekends, June 13 through August 3, 2014.  The exhibition will be open Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sylvia Wyckoff's paintings embrace color and natural form in a vibrant, personal way.  According to artist and Cazenovia College Professor of Art Corky Goss, "The forces and flow of nature seem distilled in her work, becoming a unique visual vocabulary that resonates in a gentle yet confident compositional exploration."

In addition, the 2014 Summer Art Series exhibit will include significant art work by others that became a part of Sylvia Wyckoff's everyday life (e.g., the art Sylvia lived with).  Also on display will be her ephemera and other aspects of her creative process, from sketches to art tools and equipment.  "In this way we hope to offer the public a very personal portrait of this beloved artist, educator, and Cazenovia friend and neighbor," adds Goss.

Cazenovia College's 2014 Summer Art Series provides an opportunity for the College to share the art and life of Sylvia Wyckoff with the wider Central New York Region. Much of the work in the "Paintings from the Pink House" exhibit will be for sale in support of future Summer Gallery programming.  The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall, 6 Sullivan St., is on the corner of Sullivan and Seminary streets in Cazenovia. All exhibitions are free and open to the public, and the gallery is handicapped accessible.

Sylvia was a dear friend to many associated with Cazenovia College.  It was in October 2000 when Cazenovia College moved Sylvia Wyckoff's home from its original location on Seminary Street to a lot the College owned on Liberty Street, where Sylvia delighted in the sunny views from her windows and a yard with enough room for a flower garden.  In addition to freeing the land on which her home once stood (where Reisman Hall currently stands), Sylvia also donated two stained glass windows that will forever be part of Cazenovia College's art and design building.

Sylvia Spencer Wyckoff (1915-2010) grew up on a farm near Richfield Springs, N.Y.  She earned a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1937 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1944.  Sylvia taught school in Homer and Cobleskill, N.Y., before joining the faculty of Syracuse University in 1942, where she taught in the School of Art for almost 40 years.  Sylvia moved from Syracuse to Cazenovia in 1975 and, for over 20 years, was a dispatcher for CAVAC.  She was one of the founders of the Cazenovia Watercolor Society in 1980.

For more information about "Paintings from the Pink House," contact Summer Art Series Committee member Joan Brooks at

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