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September 5, 1996
Southampton Graduate Campus Alumni Featured in Munford Invitational Art Exhibit

Contact: Jane Finalborgo and Joe Dionisio
(516) 287-8313

The works of two alumni will be on view in the Robert Munford Alumni Invitational art exhibit September 18 to October 18 in the Fine Arts Gallery of Long Island University's Southampton Graduate Campus.

A reception will be held Friday, October 11, from 5-7 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Andrew F. Scott (1986) and Dominick Cantasano (1974) will be featured in the exhibit, held annually since 1994.

Scott: Symbiosis Of Computers & Sculpture

With a background in computer science and electronics, Scott often employs computer graphics technologies in his sculpture. Now an Assistant Professor at Central State University in Ohio, he earned a Master's degree from Ohio State in 1988.

One of Scott's pieces, Middle Passage, is a dramatic, steel and neon ship, 25 feet long. "(It) is a pivotal work in my development," said the Brooklyn native. "The conception, creation and fabrication of Middle Passage is an excellent example of the symbiotic relationship between my work in computer graphics and my work in sculpture."

Scott's work has been on display at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex in Columbus, Ohio, Cyberspace Gallery in Los Angeles, Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, Museum of Modern Art in Saitama, Japan, and National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. His Nkonde Totem #3 inaugurated the National Afro-American Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio.

"African art plays an important part in the development and conceptualization of my ideas," said Scott. "I view it as a means of retrieving my past so that I am better prepared to step into the future."

"My artwork serves as a bridge through which I can reconcile and communicate collective cultural ideals," said Scott.

Cantasano: Symbolism & Society

Cantasano, who received Southampton Graduate Campus' Presidential Scholarship in Art in 1974, has displayed his art in more than 30 exhibits.

Ten of Cantasano's oil paintings will be on view in the exhibit. One piece, Sky Messenger, features the vivid colors, religious icons and mythical references that are the trademarks of his art.

Cantasano's work has been shown at more than 30 exhibits, including Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, Heckscher Museum in Huntington, Rathbone Gallery in Albany, and featured in Architectural Digest. In 1988, one of his solo shows was held in Manhattan at L'Ecole, The French Culinary Institute.

"My work shows society and how we perceive it," said Cantasano, a Sag Harbor resident since 1981. "I use symbolism. A color may mean something. Some of my paintings are based on things I have read, like the Old Testament."

The event is named for the late Robert Munford, a beloved Southampton Graduate Campus Art Professor (1971-91) who painted in Europe and New York City before joining the College. In Ibiza during the 1950s he joined Grupo Ibiza, a group of American and European artists who greatly influenced that era's Spanish art scene.

For information on the exhibit, contact Beth Giles at 287-8427.


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