College of Santa Fe Professor Impresses with Steady Exhibition Season

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Professor and artist Gerry Snyder exhibits at EVO Gallery and New Mexico Museum of Art

“The Surreal Life” exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, N.M., will feature the compositions of Gerry Snyder and another artist through Jan. 31. Snyder’s work also will be highlighted by the EVO Gallery in a solo exhibition, “Free At Last,” that will feature his new installation-based painting.

Snyder, a professor at the College of Santa Fe, is known for his beautifully crafted paintings with Renaissance-inspired backdrops that feature amorphous, balloon-like cartoon shapes. The figures in Snyder’s paintings have an unruly organic quality that suggests Darwinian principles run amok.

“I would describe my work as surrealist in nature, presenting a place that seems familiar and yet is odd and unknowable,” said Snyder. “The familiar place is that of beautifully painted landscapes and the odd is being peopled by what I call pre-Genesis creatures that have human, animal and flora characteristics.”

“The Surreal Life” sets up a dialogue between the work of two artists, Snyder and Marco Rosichelli, who share a desire to create alternative universes both familiar and strange. According to the New Mexico Museum of Art description of the exhibit, “Life as we know it includes shapes known, locations mapped and landscapes photographed. But just beneath this logical surface of expected reality exist amorphous forms, uncharted territory and unknown places.” Admission to the exhibition is free.

Listed as one of the top five contemporary galleries in Santa Fe, EVO Gallery will feature Snyder in a solo exhibition in January. The show, “Free At Last,” will feature Snyder’s new installation-based painting and will open in early 2010.

“I believe that it is crucial for students to work with artists who have successfully navigated the competitive waters of the professional art world,” Snyder said. “It is a demanding arena and one that requires knowledge, skill and determination, and it is imperative that students study with someone who has been there.”

“Gerry’s latest work is both impressive and inspiring, and I am so proud of his latest exhibit,” said Linda Swanson, chair of Art Department at the College of Santa Fe. “Gerry exemplifies the commitment of College of Santa Fe faculty members to pursue their passion and their respective craft, which benefits both the community and our students.”

Snyder, an art professor at the College of Santa Fe, is a practicing artist whose work is included in museum collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the de Young Museum of San Francisco and the New Mexico Museum of Art, as well as in numerous private collections around the world.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF SANTA FE
The College of Santa Fe is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Programs at the 150-year old college combine practical experience with core theory, empowering students to develop a thorough understanding of their professional aspirations in creative writing, theater, art, graphic design, moving image arts (film making), photography, business and education. This approach, a key part of the college’s interdisciplinary curriculum, helps students become well-rounded, creative problem-solving professionals. The location of the college, in the city of Santa Fe, allows students to pursue their education in an environment where art is central to the community. The College of Santa Fe is a member of Laureate International Universities, a world-wide network of online and campus-based institutions that emphasize quality higher education that is innovative, international, and connected to the demands of a global marketplace. For more information about the College of Santa Fe, visit http://www.csf.edu.

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