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September 17, 2007

On October 10, 2007, in conjunction with the annual Fall UUP Retiree's Luncheon at Farmingdale State College, a reception will be held at 4:00 PM in Memorial Gallery, Hale Hall to open a special retiree's art exhibition. The exhibition will be held from October 1 to October 30, 2007. This show is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will include the works of former professors of the Department of Advertising Art and Design (now known as the Department of Visual Communications) representing original department members from 1956 through 1990. The artists featured are: Robert J. Lovell, Thomas D. Greenley, John Fitzgerald, Ralph De Soto, Richard Schlemmer, Albert Barker, Jean and Robert Newman, Robert Gladwish, Robert Fox, John Erdell and Russell Tuthill.

The Department of Advertising Art and Design was established in 1946 as part of the technical division of the former N.Y. State College of Agriculture at Farmingdale. Edward J. Roberts, born in Wales and a graduate of Cambridge University , was appointed chairman of both the AAD and business departments, and later served as Dean of the School of Business. Though not an artist, Professor Roberts designed an innovative curriculum of study for aspiring artists which remained significant for the next 30 years. He hired prominent faculty whose artistic abilities coupled with teaching skills and were able to develop a respected and highly successful curriculum of study that attracted thousands of students in the decades that followed.

The department continued to grow through the diligence and foresight of the succeeding Chairs: Richard Schlemmer, John Fitzgerald, Frank Pellegrini, William Steedle and the current chairman, Wayne Krush .

A hallmark of the Department of Visual Communications has been the ability of these chairs to attract outstanding teachers who inspire students to produce a high standard of excellence in their work. This is clearly evidenced by the quality of the current faculty members and the thousands of graduated who have gone on to successful careers as artists and teachers of art.

This exhibition reflects on the memories of the former professors who provided the foundation upon which the present curriculum was built.

For more information, contact Donna Onorato 631-420-2181 or donna.onorato@farmingdale.edu .