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New art gallery honors FLCC pioneers

wayne-williams-sculptureFinger Lakes Community College is hosting a grand opening reception for ArtSpace36 by showcasing work by the college’s first art faculty.

ArtSpace46, FLCC’s new downtown Canandaigua art gallery, presents a variety of mediums in Honoring Our Roots: Wayne Williams and T. F. Insalaco. Williams created sculptures (pictured) and Insalaco focused on painting and drawing.

“The gallery is part of a college-wide effort to deepen our engagement with the community, and it is meaningful that our search for a location would lead us back to our roots in downtown Canandaigua,” says Lacey McKinney, assistant professor and director of the gallery.

The art department was founded by Williams, and two years later Insalaco was hired. Together the two worked on curriculum expansion. Williams earned his bachelor’s and master’ degrees in fine arts in sculpture from Syracuse University. He created the life-size bronze sculpture at the Vietnam Memorial Garden at Highland Park.

Insalaco earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s in fine arts from Rochester Institute of Technology. His work combines symbolism and influences of major artists throughout history.

“(Williams and Insalaco) were instrumental in establishing not just the art program, but the overall identity of the college in its formative years,” adds McKinney. “We encourage anyone who took classes with (them) and those who have enjoyed their art to join us for this event.”

Opening reception is on Sept. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both Williams and Insalaco will discuss their work. flcc.edu/artspace36

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