Inspired by everything from microscopic protozoa to the gaseous rings of Saturn, Amanda Buhler is using her artwork to bring communities together.
Amanda, a graduate student in the art education program at SUNY New Paltz, believes strongly in the importance of the connectivity of community and integrates it into her art.
"We need interaction that helps us grow," said Amanda, who recently completed a project, titled "Community Table of Poughkeepsie," in which she had people on the street add tiles to a mosaic. The mosaic is now on display at the M&T Bank in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
In addition to creating pieces with the outside community, Amanda helps coordinate opportunities for the campus community. Amanda is the graduate assistant of the Art Education Department and coordinator of the field experience program at SUNY New Paltz, which places undergraduate art education students in the field for a state-required 100 hours of work. Each semester, Amanda coordinates placements for 100 students and more than 60 teachers who serve as their mentors.
She also served as the president and founder of the National Art Education Association Student Chapter of SUNY New Paltz, coordinated the SAA Art Lecture Series, and is an art educator at Mill Street Loft and throughout the region.
Overall, Amanda enjoys being a part of the New Paltz campus community and credits it with providing her with many wonderful and challenging opportunities.
Why New Paltz? "New Paltz has a reputation in the art world," said Amanda.
Hobbies: loves to be outdoors, visit galleries and spend time with her friends and family
Influenced by: Her professors and artists Ida Appelbroog, Chuck Close, Michael Heizer, Faith Ringgold, Karl Blossfeldt and Joseph Beuys
Goals: To teach in a strong art program and direct local arts activities
Little-known fact: Amanda has traveled through most of the United States and was once almost eaten by an alligator in Florida!
"From the Fires"
paintings, prints & drawings
by AMANDA BUHLER
on view July 2-31, 2005
Fire House Glass Gallery
3 Dunn St., Kingston, NY
In the Rondout Arts District, during Kingston's monthly ArtHop!