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Quick Center Exhibitions


With five inviting, spacious galleries as well as hanging spaces in its architecturally unique atrium and mezzanine, the Quick Center offers a rich and varied collection of interesting and important works. In addition to ongoing exhibitions from its own world-class collection of art and historical artifacts, the QCA annually presents a rotating series of featured exhibitions.

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Featured Exhibitions


NOT The Red Button: An Interactive Installation

Artist: Abraham Ferraro
Location: Front Gallery
Dates: Ongoing through April 30

Not the Red Button installation at the Quick CenterPart of the artist's Light Switch series, NOT the Red Button is an interactive installation that allows the viewer to activate the art, thereby making the ART or, in some cases, declaring it to be NOT ART.  The installation happily abounds with irony and sarcasm because making art is anything but flipping a switch…except in this case.
 
Ferraro is a graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia (BFA) and the State University of New York at Albany (MA & MFA). He has exhibited extensively across New York as well as internationally and nationally, with 22 solo performance/exhibitions at galleries such as Artists Space in New York City, Rochester (N.Y.) Contemporary Arts Center, and The Gallery at Penn College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Exploring Asia Through the University Art Collection

Artist: Works from the collection of Col. Michael Friedsam
Location: Marianne Letro Laine Gallery
Dates: Ongoing

Asian art on display at the Quick Center
This new exhibition of the university’s Asian art builds on the previous installation in this gallery: the traditions and history surrounding the beautiful Japanese kimono. This exhibition  also features Japanese kimonos, as well as the Asian art collection given by Col. Michael Friedsam.
 
The collection is on display, almost in its entirety, in a room created to replicate the Chinese Room in Friedsam's home (photo right) in the early part of the 20th century.  Friedsam, for whom the university library is named, was a philanthropist and art connoisseur known for his involvement in civic, social and educational endeavors. Many pieces of his personal art collection were donated to the university. 
 
Also on display are the ancient Asian works gifted to St. Bonaventure University by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation.

25 Years of Giving: Celebrating the University Collection

Location: Paul E. Beltz Gallery
Dates: Ongoing

Two paintings from the University Art Collection
The Quick Center marks the 25th anniversary of its opening this year and to  celebrate this milestone we're featuring an exhibition of works given to the University Art Collection over that time.
 
The collection includes works of art across a wide span of history including paintings, sculpture, pottery and porcelain, works on paper, photographs, and a unique and diverse crèche collection. There is also an  impressive collection of nonWestern art, including Japanese wooden Nio guardian figures, a bronze Thai Buddha, several Chinese export porcelain vases, along with dozens of smaller wood, ivory, and jade carvings from China and Japan.

 

Ongoing Exhibitions

• Exploring Asia

Location: Marianne Letro Laine Gallery
Featuring the university’s Asian art collection including a gift of the Col. Michael Friedsam Foundation in the early part of the 20th century. The Friedsam Asian collection numbering over 450 pieces, much of which is exhibited in the gallery, were collected between 1875 and 1925.  Also on display in the gallery are six pieces of ancient asian art given to the University art collection by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation.

• European & American Paintings

Location: Dresser Foundation Gallery 
Featuring an impressive collection of paintings from many of the masters throughout art history, including artists from the Dutch School, such as Jan Wyannts, the Workshop of Rembrandt and Victoors; European masters, such as Millet, Ruebens and Tiepolo; and American artists like Robinson, Inness and Lawson.  

• Modern & Contemporary Art

Location: Paul W. Beltz Gallery
Featuring many of the gifts to the University Art Collection since the building of the Quick Center for the Arts in 1995, including traditional works, such as a group of John Rogers sculptures, to works by abstract expressionists.