Newswise — Canton, N.Y. - Ice hockey has been played at St. Lawrence University for more than 100 years, which is not too surprising, given its location just a few miles from the Canadian border. Home to championship Division I men's and women's hockey programs, St. Lawrence is offering a view of the sport this winter not only on the ice, but in its art gallery.
An exhibition called "Game On! Art & Hockey," curated by Associate Professor of Art and History Kasarian Dane, will be in the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery from January 21 through March 5. It is open to the public, free of charge.
Dane states, "In the fall of 2009, I was passing through Toronto and happened to see 'Arena: The Art of Hockey,' an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. By coincidence, I had just installed a group of my own hockey-themed paintings in a solo exhibition in Michigan. Based on the traditional team colors of the 1942-43 'Original Six' National Hockey League teams, the minimalist paintings on aluminum were a tribute to the Montréal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers. Shortly after returning home, I proposed a hockey-themed exhibition at St. Lawrence, a school with a rich hockey tradition. Also, with the University's proximity to Canada, hockey has always been a major sport in the Canton community and surrounding area."
The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, videos and photographs by selected artists from Arena and by other contemporary artists. In addition, a hallway gallery exhibition features photographs and items from the Owen D. Young Library's Special Collections, the Canton Town and Village Historian, and other local collections that tell the stories of hockey and ice-skating in New York State's North Country.
Hockey was first played at St. Lawrence in 1912, just over 100 years ago. In addition to its proximity to Canada, the University is also located within a couple of hours of the site of the "Miracle on Ice" in Lake Placid. How important is hockey at St. Lawrence? A player is depicted in a stained-glass window of its chapel.