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This portrait series by Buffalo-area artist Gary L. Wolfe, painted over a two-year period, featured homeless people who Wolfe connected with in order to raise public awareness of the plight of the homeless. He sought to portray those whose dignity is evident in spite of their assumed powerlessness and vulnerability. Wolfe and Karen Carman of the Matt Urban Hope Center in Buffalo gave a gallery talk about the portrait series and the problems surrounding the homeless. They were jointed by a few of the people who sat for portraits with the artist.
Photographs of ancient cave churches were featured in this exhibition of works by world renowned fine art photographer Barbara Luisi. While searching for ancient olive trees in the Italian South of Apulia, Luisi came across spiritual and sacred places, including cave churches dating back to 1000 a.c. The exhibition opened with an artist's talk.
This exhibition featured a collection of photographs by Zola Cao, a Chinese photographer and writer, whose work reflects his deep love for the Chinese people's daily lives. With a background in medicine, the Chinese army and later in business management, Cao began to develop his creative side by combining photography and writing. Cao was the 2017 Lenna Visiting Professor at St. Bonaventure. The exhibition included an artist's talk.
This exhibition featured the work of several Inuit artists from the Baffin Island area in Nunavut, Canada. Incorporating different mediums, the exhibition explored how the materials used by the artists and the content of their work is shaped by the environment and culture of the Inuit. The exhibition was curated by Gwendolyn Brown, a dual American-Canadian citizen and a student at Ontario College of Art & Design.
This exhibition featured some never-before-seen works by Thomas Merton and Robert Lax, devoted friends and world renowned writers. The two met in 1935 at Columbia University, where they wrote for the student humor magazine. Lax, an Olean native, brought Merton to his family's cottage outside Olean, where they spent the summers of 1939 and 1940. After graduating from Columbia, Merton taught English at St. Bonaventure (1940-1941), while Lax went to work for the New Yorker magazine. Merton (1915 – 1968) became a well-known Catholic writer, theologian and mystic, poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. Lax (1915 — 2000) taught English at the University of North Carolina, then set off to find a simpler life. After writing for The New Yorker, he was poetry editor at Time magazine, had a stint as a Hollywood scriptwriter, and even traveled with a circus as a juggler. He would eventually land on the Greek island of Patmos, living out the rest of his life writing poetry as he sought a life of simplicity, humility and grace.
A collection of artifacts from members of the 154th Regiment on loan from Mark Dunkleman, regimental historian. The 154th New York was one of hundreds of Union army regiments raised in the North in the summer of 1862 in response to President Lincoln’s call for volunteers. The regiment was gathered from men of Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties and saw many civil war battles including Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Atlanta.
Honoring Visiting Master Barbara Luisi.
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