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Union College Visual Arts Department
Feigenbaum Center for Arts
Crowell, West, and Burns Galleries, 1st floor
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308-3107

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 4:30 p.m.

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Donna Fitzgerald & Mark McCarty

Monday, January 7 through Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts
Crowell and West Galleries

Artist Talk with Mark McCarty: Thursday, January 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m., FCVA 204
The artist will talk about his personal and commercial work over the last 50 years.
Opening Reception immediately following the talk, 4:30-6:30, Burns Gallery

Artist Statements

Donna Fitzgerald: As a photographer for over 30 years, photographing people is one of the things I’ve always been interested in, whether in the United States or in a foreign country. Candid shots, happy or sad, old or young, I’ve been drawn to recording people involved in their daily life activities. The photographs in this exhibition are a selection from extensive travel and living throughout Italy and Vietnam. Focusing on daily activities in community locations can help me explore different cultures and see past the obvious.

By photographing people in relation to their environment I can connect with strangers and experience the richness of life that is important no matter where you travel. I am curious about how things are for people and really enjoy the challenge of composing a moment filled with light, beauty and sense of place. –Donna Fitzgerald


Mark McCarty: When I was twelve or thirteen years old, my grandfather had a tiny room off his kitchen, where he made pictures. To me he always seemed a stern and unsmiling character, until he started teaching me how to develop film. He became warm and patient, and we became closer. He had photo books and magazines, and on Sundays I would flip through them. The pictures were interesting, and the more I looked, the more interested I became.

Now, more than fifty years later, I make pictures every day – for myself, for clients. My professional work has taken me from foundry floors to research labs, from gun workshops in the mountains of Turkey to families dealing with rare disease in Iowa. My personal work lets me look more closely at the things I love, lets me continue to hold those things, and keeps me from forgetting. Like any weekend snap-shooter, photographs allow me to hold an important moment – but I hope to convey a deeper, more spiritual meaning to those moments.

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