3-D Designer/Sculptor Kicks Off Memorial Gallery Fall Series on September 15
(Long Island, NY) Native Long Islander Kevin O’Callaghan – internationally acclaimed 3-D designer, sculptor and educator – will open the fall season at Farmingdale State College’s Memorial Gallery with MONUMENTAL: The Reimagined World of Kevin O’Callaghan, an exhibition of his iconic work beginning Tuesday, September 15 and running through Sunday, November 8. O’Callaghan, who grew up in Baldwin, is known for his large-scale sculptures inspired by every nook and cranny of pop culture. He will discuss his work at the college on Tuesday, October 13.
Kevin O’Callaghan -The Yugo Project – Accordion. Photo Credit: Tia Magallon.
The Memorial Gallery is located in Hale Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. O’Callaghan’s lecture – also free to the public – will be held in Gleeson Hall Room 104 on Tuesday, October 13, 3:05 – 4:20 p.m. A reception for the artist is scheduled for 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Hale Hall.
O’Callaghan is founder and chairman of the 3-D design program at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts. This year Graphis, an international publisher of communication design books, is honoring him as Master of Education.He owns a Distinguished Teacher Award, and several times has won the Art Directors Club Platinum Teacher Award. The Art Directors Club enshrined him in its Hall of Fame in 2012.
Kevin O’Callaghan -The Turn Of A Century Carousel. Photo Credit: Myko Photography.
O’Callaghan became an international sensation for Yugo Next, an O’Callaghan-student collaboration that featured 29 much-maligned Yugo automobilesreconfigured into gigantic functional objects such as toasters, showers, and pianos. More than two million people toured the exhibition, which was covered by more than 400 U.S. and international publications. The National Endowment for the Arts named it “One of the greatest examples of public art.” He is highly regarded as a conceptualist, having created pieces for clients such as MTV, Toyota, Warner Brothers records, Nickelodeon, and the History Channel. He is active in TV and film, and has worked on more than 150 music videos.
Kevin O’Callaghan – Pastrami Sandwich. Photo Credit: Myko Photography.
His Art is…Healingposter –a tribute to the heroes of 9/11 – can be found in the Library of Congress. His book, MONUMENTAL (Abrams Books, 2010),contains hundreds of images of his work.
Department of Visual Communications
Farmingdale State College’s Department of Visual Communications offers a bachelor’s degree in Art and Graphic Design, which develops skills that transcend traditional delivery platforms and focuses on emerging technologies essential to web, mobile, and social media. This prepares them for employment in a field that is both expressive and innovative. Graduates will have the ability to generate solutions and effectively communicate ideas to collaborators, clients, and audiences.The department invites top artists throughout the visual communications community to lecture and exhibit in the Memorial Gallery, which is free and open to the public.
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