Showcasing student and community artwork

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Besse Gallery

The Besse Center South Gallery is located at the entrance to the Learning Resource Center. This gallery houses the college's permanent art collection, as well as exhibits of local and national artists. Each semester a student exhibit features a wide variety of drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and mixed media.

Current Exhibits
Student Art Exhibition: Celebrating Student Success

Bay College is excited to announce the reception for the Student Art Exhibition, “Celebrating Student Success”. The exhibition of their work will be displayed in the Besse Gallery from April 27-August 2022. The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony is Tuesday, May 3 at 4 pm, this will be an opportunity to meet the artists and engage in conversation about their work.

Wingspan by Lorena Salcedo-Watson

Lorena Salcedo-Watson

Bay College announces the Celebration of Women’s History month with the exhibition and artist talk for A Span of Time, by Lorena Salcedo-Watson. Please join us in the Besse Gallery on Tuesday, March 15 at 2 p.m. for the Artist Talk.

Artist Bio

Lorena Salcedo-Watson is an artist and printmaker. Her current work consists of large-scale charcoal drawings and prints. Her imagery focuses on the relationships between the structures and essential qualities of life forms. Based on a fascination with human anatomy, botany, and entomology, she transforms and re-interprets aspects of nature, filtering through personal experience, observation, and imagination.

Her professional work has primarily been in the field of printmaking and in teaching. She worked at Universal Limited Art Editions (U.L.A.E), as a master printer and collaborator (1989-2002). There, she was involved in developing projects with artists utilizing a broad range of printmaking techniques. Collaborations with artists involved traditional as well as unconventional approaches to printmaking. She has collaborated with artists including Elizabeth Murray, Terry Winters, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Julian Lethbridge, Kiki Smith, Suzanne McClelland, Carroll Dunham, Susan Rothenberg, Jane Hammond, Lisa Yuskavage, Ellen Gallagher, and Malcolm Morley. She worked as a printer and collaborator at Pelavin Editions in NYC, collaborating with artists creating monotypes and intaglio prints (1987-1989). She has editioned projects for Two Palms in NYC and is currently working on independent printmaking projects and collaborations.

She teaches lithography, intaglio printmaking, and drawing at Stony Brook University (2005-present), where she is also currently Undergraduate Director for Studio Art and Art History. She taught intaglio printmaking at Cooper Union (1999-2005) and was on the faculty of St. Joseph's College, teaching non-toxic Printmaking and Art as Communication (2009-2015).  She worked as the program manager for the Studio at Gallery North in Setauket (2015-2019), where she teaches printmaking and papermaking workshops.

Recent exhibitions include Zero Station in Portland, ME, Marquee Projects Gallery in Bellport, the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport,, South Street Gallery in Greenport, Omni Gallery in Uniondale, 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, the Alfred Van Loen Gallery in Huntington, the Zuccaire Gallery at Staller Center at Stony Brook University, the Islip Museum, Waterfall Arts in Maine, Gallery North in Setauket, Patchogue Arts Gallery, the Giordano Gallery at Dowling College, Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, The Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich CT., the Marist College Art Gallery, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT.

Born in Guatemala, Lorena Salcedo-Watson received a B.F.A. degree from the Cooper Union, and her M.F.A. degree from Stony Brook University.

Artist Statement

My imagery describes temporal qualities of life, both witnessed and experienced. Based on a fascination with botany, entomology, and human anatomy, my work explores phases in biological developments and perceptions of the human body. My drawings interpret aspects of nature, filtered through personal experiences, observation, and imagination. Describing our relationship to the natural world as a part of an expansive and vital system, my work creates visual links that interconnect life forms and embrace ambiguities in nature’s architecture.  Contextual spaces within my imagery shift, ranging from topographical views to internal cross-sections. I want to evoke unconscious associations with nature, pulling the viewer into ambiguously familiar terrain, eliciting aspects of nature which can be both visually seductive and disturbing. Transcending familiar origins, forms become identifiable in completely different contexts. Life forms and experiences merge as a unified network of connections. These networks extend far beyond ourselves, bridging and tightening the degrees of separation between a human sternum and an insect’s thorax... my wings merging with those of a dragonfly and out beyond the skeleton of a hydrangea and outward to reveal pathways infinitely transforming into curiously familiar moments and spaces. 

My recent drawings are primarily rendered in charcoal with watercolor. From a core image, I construct dense networks of ideas and interrelationships, translating them through tone and layers of interconnecting lines, forms, and voids. In my drawings I am continually layering and stripping down, working areas densely with charcoal, and reductively wiping, smearing, and drawing with erasers. I continually build and deconstruct layers, attempting to arrive at the essence of an idea, a sensation, a psychological human space. The physical process of drawing and of describing palpable forms and human experiences often completely alters the surface of the paper. The process of creating the work is often analogous to the human experience being described.

The exhibition of his work can be viewed in the Besse Gallery from March 15 thru April 14, 2022. Artist Talk, Tuesday March 15 at 2 pm.

Hartwig Gallery

The Bay College Hartwig Art Gallery opened in January, 2000, in conjunction with the new art wing, which houses the college’s art studios for ceramics, painting, and drawing. Gallery shows feature the best artists from the upper Midwest region, and change throughout the year. At the end of each semester the Art Students Show displays award-winning art students’ work--the best of these are awarded purchase prizes and become part of Bay’s permanent Art Collection.

Current Exhibits

Joseph Franich "The Gaze"

Joseph Franich - Latitude

Bay College announces the exhibition, Latitude, photography by Joseph Franich in The Hartwig Gallery. His work will be on view from April 5 - June1, 2022. Please join us for the Artist Talk and Reception at 2 pm on Tuesday April 12, 2022.

Artist Bio

Joseph Franich was born in Gratiot County, MI, where he grew up on a family farm. During his childhood on the farm, he gained many practical skills, a master’s degree in daydreaming, and an appreciation for the natural world. He got his start in photography documenting abandoned farmhouses and barns with a 110-pocket camera, and later a 35mm point and shoot camera.

Franich was drawn north from a young age, his most cherished childhood memories revolve around spending time with his grandparents on Drummond Island. He first visited Alaska in his early 20s and has since been unable to resist the draw of Alaska’s vast wilderness, big skies, and abundant wildlife. He now splits his time between his cabin on Drummond Island, and a remote arctic research facility, 370 miles north of Fairbanks, AK.

Artist Statement

I am a Drummond Island, MI based analog and digital photographer, currently working in Alaska and northern Michigan. My current body of work, Latitude, is an exploration of nature through visual poetry, with solitude and vulnerability as the main themes. My photographs often feature wildlife, as an aid to convey a feeling.

The exhibition of his work can be viewed in the Hartwig Gallery from April 5- June 1, 2022.

Bay College West Gallery

The Bay College West Gallery is located in the Upper Commons.

Current Exhibits

Coming soon!