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The sculpture "Three Horns" and other works by Matthew Zupnick are on display at the Rosefsky Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Alumnus returns for art exhibition
March 12, 2014Tweet
“Don’t give up” is one of the lessons alumnus and artist Matthew Zupnick said he learned during his undergraduate years at Binghamton University.
Today, Zupnick has his own advice for young aspiring artists at Binghamton University: “Make what you want to make. Be honest, work hard and believe in yourself.”
Zupnick, who received a bachelor’s degree in art in 1983, is showcasing his sculptures in an exhibition called “Something Between,” hosted by the University Art Museum at the Rosefsky Gallery in the Fine Arts Building.
“It’s really nice to visit the Art Department again,” said Zupnick at the exhibition’s opening reception on March 7. “It was so important in helping me to develop the foundations that allowed me not only to make the art that I make, but also to help me land the teaching position I managed to get.”
The last time Zupnick displayed his sculptures at Binghamton University, he said, was around 20 years ago, when he showed work from his master’s degree program at SUNY Albany for his MFA in sculpture. He is now a professor of sculpture at the University of Central Missouri. Earlier in his career, Zupnick worked for the Binghamton University Art Museum as a technical coordinator and registrar, and for the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan as a technician and handler.
In the artist’s statement posted at the entrance of the gallery, Zupnick writes that the various sculptures in the exhibition are allegorical in nature, as they have a literary sense to them, and they are primarily made from traditional materials such as bronze, steel and wood.
Zupnick said he is most excited about “reconnecting and sharing the work with the University community and the community at large.”
“That’s part of the reason I make (artwork),” he said. “I don’t think it functions sitting in a closet. It’s nice to get it out and have the possibility of people responding to it and enjoying it.”
Zupnick said he learned “the foundations of how to make work, and how to communicate about the work” at Binghamton University.
“It’s not just about the artwork,” Zupnick said. “I think it was the variety of courses that I had taken outside of the arts, too, which gave me a larger view or larger scope of the world. I think that was important for me as an artist. All the courses I took helped give me a mind that made me flexible.”
“Something Between” can be viewed at the Rosefsky Gallery (FA-258) from noon-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays until March 26.
For more information about Zupnick and his work, visit http://faculty.ucmo.edu/zupnick .