Contemporary exhibit of 12 artists from around country on display at SUNY Potsdam
Friday, March 8, 2013 - 11:57 am

POTSDAM -- The art museum at SUNY Potsdam will showcase contemporary works in an exhibit curated by an alumnus called “Unconventional Narrative: The Triumph of the Witch.”

The exhibition will remain open until Saturday, April 6.

The curator of the exhibit, Joseph Leroux, is a recent SUNY Potsdam graduate.

“As curator, I have imagined and set forth a blueprint to make these works interact in the most imaginative and considerate ways possible,” said Leroux.

“Unconventional Narrative: The Triumph of the Witch” brings together works from 12 American artists from across the country. The title was inspired by C.S. Lewis’s novel, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

“This exhibition, similar to the book, has the ability to see space as a malleable construction that is dependent on the viewer’s imaginative capacity. Lewis leads us to believe that four children passed through a wardrobe, exiting one seemingly real space and entering into an alternate space that is comprised of intersecting reconstructions from the world they left,” Leroux said. “The gallery is a similar space; artists are able to utilize what they see, whether in film, music, literature, or life, and create works that are manipulations of their experiences in our shared world.”

Joseph Leroux is from Newton Falls. He graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor of fine arts degree, and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master of fine arts degree. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the fine arts department at the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

Some of Leroux’s many honors include the 2006 Jurors Award from the North Country Regional Juried Art Exhibition, the 2006 Artists Choice Award from the New York State Snow Sculpting Championships and the 2005 Roland Gibson Gallery Memorial Award from the Adirondack Annual Juried Art Exhibition. He was also honored repeatedly for his works in the annual Gibson Gallery Art Attack Exhibition, earning the 2004 President’s Award, the 2005 Dean’s Award, the 2005 Sculpture award and the 2006 Sculpture Award.

Leroux’s other exhibitions include “Sweeping up the Mess,” Des Moines, Iowa, 2011; a group show at the Cleveland State University Art Gallery, 2011’ a solo show at the Abington Art Center, 2011; the Faculty Triennial Exhibition at Goldie Paley Gallery, Philadelphia, Penn., 2010.