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PLATTSBURGH, NY- The Plattsburgh State Art Museum is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by Peter Russom, professor of art at SUNY Plattsburgh. Inspired by travels in Italy during a sabbatical leave in the fall of 2014, Peter Russom has created a body of paintings that feature bold colors, architectural structures, geometrical shapes, and the themes are highlighted by layers of textures, images and meanings. The artist traveled to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Naples, Genoa, Venice, and Tivoli, where he documented the landscape and architecture of each region with drawings, color studies, and photographs.
When he talks about the title of the exhibition, Transform, Russom reflects on his own transformation from a student to a professor, his growth as an artist, and his role as an educator. He sees transformation every day with his students. These students seek the truth and yearn to find themselves, and truth and discovery are essential elements of art. At SUNY Plattsburgh, Russom believes this vision is the real strength of the art department. “We don’t teach classes; we teach people. I may direct and guide, but I never get in their way. That is the real joy of teaching.”
When he reflects on the exhibition, he says, “I want the work to be bold and direct. I hope the paintings are inviting. I hope they engage.”
Peter Russom graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. He completed a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working in New York City for five years, he returned to Plattsburgh in 1994 to join the Art Department, teaching drawing and painting.