April Show – SUNY Upstate Art Club



SUNY Upstate Art Club


The SUNY Upstate Art Club is a new club that was officially recognized by the CAGB in Fall 2013. The club is open to students of all colleges, and our goal is to foster an environment of creativity amidst everyone’s pursuit of higher education. To this end, we are actively working on securing an art room for student use, finding new ways to showcase student artwork (like this show in the library, huzzah!), and getting together for activities like figure or still life drawing. Regardless of whether art is a profession or “just” a hobby for members, it is an important part of our lives that we are happy to share with the campus.

To learn more about the club contact Karen Howard at howardka@upstate.edu


Artist Statements

Dipmoy Nath

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

― Dorothea Lange

The most interesting thing I like about photography is the fact that it captures a moment which is never going to come back, ever. And though it’s a still photograph about a subject, it is dynamic because each viewer perceives it differently. May be that is the most important aspect of this form of art which has attracted me for years now, and even with the busy schedule of my graduate work I try my best to find time for this passion of mine. I have been attracted to photography long before I had a camera. I loved the fact that one can put so many human emotions in one frame. My love for photography grew as I started realizing what I can do with that small miraculous object. After so many years and so many clicks, the hunger to take a good picture still grows steadily. My goal is to take my best picture and I keep telling myself that it is going to happen tomorrow. That is how I keep myself motivated. I believe each picture has a story of its own which I have tried to depict in the collection of the pictures I have presented here.


Dawn Lammert

At this point in time, with budgets constantly being squeezed or not expanded to meet current needs, the study of the arts in public schools is being sacrificed in order to teach to standardized tests.  For me, traditional art classes as well as music classes were always an integral part of my education and a natural presence in the curriculum.  I never thought to question or worry about the arts’ endangerment or even extinction.  I remember the excitement of going to the county courthouse to see my art-class work on display.  Each year I would look forward to using the media and attempting the projects of the class ahead of me.  In high school I chose to focus on drawing and painting.  I was always met with support and enthusiasm from teachers and the community.

Unfortunately, with undergraduate, graduate, and now medical school, the arts have been reduced to hobbies, and finished products had become a thing of the past.  And, sometime during my hiatus from the arts, they became a sacrificial target, and I, in my absence, an accidental accomplice to this trend.  Joining the Upstate Art Club has been a welcome reminder to take time during my busy week to appreciate art – playing the piano, painting, sketching, attending the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music concerts, and more.  There is something almost trance-like to painting in that I can be completely engrossed and focused on the next stroke and yet so removed from the noises and bustle of life around me. It is cliché to describe art as an “escape,” but I chose to work on a piece from a moment last spring that, for me, embodies the feeling of true relaxation and contentment.


Steve Reinheimer

Steve Reinheimer is a third year med student. In his forties he had congenital cataracts removed. After the second surgery he discovered 3D vision for the first time in his life. This modern medical miracle not only improved his ability to see physically, but changed his vision of the world and his place in it. Med School is one manifestation, another is his art. He has found in photography a way to share some of his new ways of seeing the world and his new vision of the people in it.

Work featured with poetry by: Elise Von Holten

A home designer, spiritual teacher, poet and mystic, Elise Von Holten has been a keen observer of life and writing her views for many years. Her work covers the vast arena of chronic debilitating pain, the antics of synesthesia, and the joys of dyslexia… She experiences doG on a daily basis and has the witnesses to prove it. Not a bad repertoire for the roller coaster ride called life.



Mani Yahyavi-Tajabadi

Painting and sculpting are mediums through which I explore the mythos of human conception and assert my aesthetic attitudes towards life. Human life and its journey is a regular subject of my paintings. My art matured as I began to realize the unity beneath the multitude of life’s expressions. I explore and attempt to depict the complex layers of life’s journey through abstract and surreal figurative forms. Both ceramics and oil paints require patience and thought of purpose and I have gained a depth of thought contemplating upon my subject.

For as long as I remember, I have sought to understand the prime connection between the exterior world and my internal states. I began painting at an early age and slowly came to understand the importance of art for society. For me, painting is an expression of internal ideas and emotions and a manifestation of my ability and desire to seek answers to the “why” through contemplation, in addition to the “how” and “what” through science and logic. With abstract representation, I can illustrate otherwise elusive connections between objects and ideas. This creative perspective is one of my most cherished tools with applications beyond painting, in medicine, science and health development.

At UC Berkeley I completed bachelors in both Molecular & Cellular Biology as well as Studio Art. I’ve had the privilege of studying ceramics with Richard Shaw and painting with Craig Nagasawa and many other talented artists, as well as continual support and inspiration from my father who is an incredibly talented painter. After graduating from UC Berkeley, I held an art studio within the largest artist community in SF at Hunter’s Point for two years, and exhibited at Galleries in Berkeley, Oakland and SF.


Karen Howard

My name is Karen KEZ Howard, and I make comics. When most people think of comics, some of the first things that come to mind are 1) newspaper comics, 2) funny comics, or 3) superhero comics. However, the medium of “comics” can refer to lots of styles of art, any genre of story, and any composition that includes sequential (time passes within a page) art. Specifically, I make long form graphic novels, which are basically illustrated novels. I love comics because they are a union of two of my favorite things: pictures and words. And I love graphic novels specifically because I like a juicy, long story, and I equally enjoy the visual portrayal of that story. So of course, I had to make my own and I started my first graphic novel as a webcomic (a comic viewed online) in 2004. Then, against my better judgment, I started another in 2011. They’re both very different works! The first one is a fantasy story that’s actually a comic version of a novel that I wrote. It is drawn as a full-page, full-color story, with lush backgrounds and scenery. The second is a post-apocalyptic, alternate Earth story, and it’s drawn in a strip format in a much simpler, grittier style. Both comics are hundreds of pages long, and they’re free to read online! I also dabble in scientific illustration, and when I get really, really bored, I sketch. All the sketches shown here were done during class. Shh, don’t tell my teachers.

Helen Yuan

My name is Helen Yuan and I am currently a second year medical student.  Since I can remember, art has been a significant part of my life, serving as a means of expression. I am an observer who seeks out the details in life and conveys it through my work. My work is very personal, inspired by everyday experiences and the people I love. I especially enjoy painting and working with color. My style of artwork can be described as realistic. The practice of medicine is also an art, and my goal is to be an amazing physician in order to help people in need.

Gina Micaroni

My name is Gina. I am a second year DPT student. I work mainly with graphite and focus on reproducing human character and form. And of course, I also appreciate a good Disney drawing (but honestly who doesn’t? ;). My drive to draw comes from many sources, largely music, human form, and — especially in graduate school — stress! Most of all, I enjoy the challenge of creating art. The pieces displayed here represent both finished projects and works – in – progress. In both cases, I hope to demonstrate my technique in capturing human emotion, relieving school stress, and just having fun.

Samantha Benn

Sketching is what really gets me to create something, sometimes the pencil just seems to take control of my hand, but my favorite things to draw are faces and people. I find them to be challenging to make them seem alive and right there, and I love a good challenge.

I like to create because it lets what comes from my mind to paper. When drawing things or people it poses a challenge and when I successfully complete a work I feel a sense of pride. I’m a perfectionist, so I don’t stop until it is just how I want it or envisioned it.

When I draw or paint I seek an outlet, it is the only way I can let go and completely get into it and not think of anything else. My sketchbook is me.

Art is my hobby. I do it to fill my spare time and recently I have been doing commission work for tattoos and personal, decorative art. I hope to continue to create art an sell some on the side as a hobby. I make art to make myself and others happy!

Chandrav De                        

Growing up listening to Dylan, Clapton, Beatles, Pink Floyd and many others; the world of music and the musicians fascinated me. They were an integral part of my life.  I listened to them on my ‘Walkman’ whenever and wherever but I wanted something more, something unique and more personal.

I was (and still am!) always on the look out to buy any t-shirts of my music idols. But growing up during 90s in India, it was next to impossible to find them due to unavailability or to the astounding price. I found the solution when I drifted from paper art to fabric art.

I started painting on t-shirts with fabric colors in the late 90s as a hobby. I prefer black and white portraits. They may look a bit like stencil drawings, but I have never used stencils for my projects. I paint everything free-hand. One of my very first paintings was that of Bob Dylan. Since then I have painted a number of t-shirts. I ventured out to paint some t-shirts for my sister which included colorful Disney characters.

These t-shirts are solely for personal use and gifts for my friends.

I am currently working on few other t-shirt projects along with my PhD project in viral pathogenesis.

Interested in displaying your art at the Health Sciences Library? Contact Olivia Tsistinas at maggioj@upstate.edu

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