Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall to showcase the art collection of Sylvia Wyckoff

Summer Art Series to Feature “Paintings from the Pink House”

— The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host “Paintings from the Pink House: The Collection of Sylvia Wyckoff” on weekends, June 13 through Aug. 3. The exhibition will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Sylvia Wyckoff's paintings embrace color and natural form in a vibrant, personal way. “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,” according to artist and Cazenovia College Professor of Art Corky Goss.

In addition, the 2014 Summer Art Series exhibit will include significant artwork 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,” Goss said.

Sylvia Spencer Wyckoff (1915-2010) grew up on a farm near Richfield Springs. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1937 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1944. Wyckoff taught school in Homer and Cobleskill before joining the faculty of Syracuse University in 1942, where she taught in the School of Art for almost 40 years. She 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.

Wyckoff was a dear friend to many associated with Cazenovia College. It was in October 2000 when Cazenovia College moved her home from its original location on Seminary Street to a lot the college owned on Liberty Street, where Wyckoff 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), Wyckoff also donated two stained glass windows that will forever be part of Cazenovia College’s art and design building.

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