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Art Exhibit at Morrisville State College Features Work of Philip Catania

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— An exhibit featuring the work of painter Philip Catania will be on display from Nov. 5 to 30 in Morrisville State College’s Butcher Library.

The college will host an opening reception, funded by the Sheila Johnson Institute, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the library in honor of Catania.

About the artist
Catania's interest in painting and drawing started as soon as he was able to hold a pencil. After graduating from the High School of Art and Design in New York City, he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Pratt Institute and a master of arts degree in art education/art therapy from the College of New Rochelle.

Catania taught painting and drawing for approximately 32 years to varied student populations, including school-aged children, adults, mentally and emotionally challenged adults and correctional facility inmates. After his retirement, he refocused his energies on his own artwork.

Catania moved his family to a small farm in Upstate New York in the 1980s. This environment proved to be fertile subject matter for the artist, who has incorporated much of this material into his drawings and paintings.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college was the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.