Roots in the Finger Lakes: A Mosaic Mural Project

April 15th, 2013 Posted in College News & Events

Mosiac 12The CCC Auburn campus is about to get a mosaic art installation. Alumni and members of the community are invited to participate or observe.

Art instructor Melissa Johnson and Professor Tom Casella received a Daniel C. Labeille Grant, administered by the Cayuga Community College Foundation. They were looking for a way to add to the launch and energy of the new School of Media Arts (SOMA). The grant is designed to bring an artist in residence to campus so students can benefit from discussions and lecture demonstrations with and by the visiting artist. This mosaic mural will create a focal point on the cement wall outside the window in the link between the main and tech buildings on the ground floor.

A group consisting of faculty and students of the CCC Studio Art and Design Program and CCC Art Club was formed. Jennifer Gandee, visiting artist and longtime adjunct in the art program is overseeing the project. The group began to think about a theme and decided to depict the various layers of earth behind the wall. They also thought that the image should include representation of the Finger Lakes. During the creative process, they discussed tree root systems, fossils, textures and colors. They realized how much the Finger Lakes look like tree roots, and the image was developed.

Mosiac 7The idea behind the project is to involve students and the larger community from design to installation. The artists will be working on the pieces Sundays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Art Studio, room M247 on CCC’s Auburn campus, April 14-18. Installation is scheduled for April 28 and May 5.

Interested persons can park in back of the College and enter through the main rear entrance. Individuals are welcome but not required to bring items needed for the project, including buckets, sponges, heavy-duty disposable gloves and paper respirator masks.

Daniel Labeille was a professor of theatre at the College from 1966 to 1983. Additionally, he was founding executive director of the Cayuga Community College Foundation from 1982 until his retirement in 1996.

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