August 16, 2012
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Movement in Gray: A Drawing Exhibition on Display at Adelphi Starting September 19

News, Press Release

Movements in GrayThe Adelphi University Exhibitions Program is proud to feature Movement in Gray, a drawing exhibition with dynamic works by Patricia Mamatos, John Oswald, and Richard Vaux. Together these artists explore the natural fluidity, and energy within the artistic process. This inaugural exhibition in the new Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) Gallery will be on view from September 19 through November 14, 2012. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, October 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This exhibition, recognized as a Signature Series event, is part of Long Island’s first island-wide, multi-venue arts festival called Arts Alive LI, presented by the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) and Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Signature Series events will be held throughout the month of October during the Arts Alive LI: Celebrating Arts, Culture & Community Festival. 

Richard Vaux, a native Pennsylvanian, is best known for his atmospheric drawings of his “archetypal” landscapes. With each drawing, there is a new sense of harmony with nature, a coordination and synthesis of the physical and spiritual. Viewers can sense the light and illumination, the visible and the invisible. Vaux received his B.F.A. from Miama University (Ohio) and his M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University. Vaux is professor emeritus from the Department of Art and Art History at Adelphi University. He has called Long Island his home for more than 60 years. 

John Oswald, a Long Island artist, creates his drawings with dexterous ease. By manipulating the ground charcoal with his hands on primed masonite, Oswald embraces the repetitive nature of his own fingerprint to develop seemingly organic pieces. He also uses sandpaper and erasers to build layers in every piece, by building, taking away, and blending, the piece evolves organically. Oswald, an Adelphi alumnus, born and bred on Long Island, is also an avid skateboarder, and is newly experimenting with the sport within his artistic process.  

Patricia Mamatos, a Long Island native as well, uses obsessive line drawings in graphite to produce symbolic landscapes. The linear repetition of mark creates a labyrinth within each piece. Her controlled method of drawing becomes an uncontrollable abstraction of line. Mamatos, an independent artist, received her bachelor’s from SUNY Stony Brook, and her M.F.A. from CUNY Brooklyn College. 

Movement in Gray, a collaboration of these three process-oriented artists, is a contemplative study of light, movement, energy, and abstraction. To learn more about the artists and view glimpses of the exhibition, please visit For additional updates, “Like” us on our “Adelphi University Galleries” Facebook page. For more information regarding the Arts Alive LI Festival events, please visit their website The Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) Gallery is open Monday through Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

About Adelphi University

New York’s Adelphi University is a nationally ranked, doctoral research university where students succeed by gaining the skills, knowledge and exposure to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society. Today, nearly 8,000 students from 38 states and 46 countries pursue degrees in person and online through Adelphi’s eight distinguished schools and programs—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Ruth S. Ammon School of EducationUniversity College, the College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work. Chartered in 1896, Adelphi is known for offering a personalized education—one is which students are mentored by talented and committed faculty members and readily find opportunities to initiate, innovate, explore and understand. With dynamic learning hubs on Long Island, in Manhattan and in the Hudson Valley, Adelphi serves communities, both regionally and globally, through the research and practice of its faculty, the collaborative initiatives undertaken by its centers and programs, the staging of distinguished cultural events and, most essentially, the education of future leaders and informed citizens.

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