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Morrisville State College Library Exhibit Features Art Exhibit of Professor, Syracuse Resident

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.– Reflected in the paintings and 3-D assemblages created by Aida Khalil are two of her greatest passions – art and landscape design.

The associate professor of landscape architecture at Morrisville State College is sharing her artistic work in an exhibit at the Donald G. Butcher Library at Morrisville State College through Oct. 2.

Located in the library gallery, the exhibit features an assortment of 15 pieces, from paintings to abstract works in mixed media with variable dimensions.

A reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the library Sept. 16, from 4-6 p.m. The event is sponsored with support from the Sheila Johnson Institute.

Among the materials used in Khalil’s exhibited works are wood, stone, metal, rust, wax, styrofoam, graphite, bark and bone.

“The gathering and exploration of materials is central to my creative process,” Khalil, of Syracuse, said. “Through abstraction, layering and juxtaposition, my task has been to reveal formal and symbolic sympathies (and sometimes antipathies) that exist between seemingly disparate materials.”

Khalil’s artistic skills lend something unique to her landscape design work.

“Landscape architecture, by definition, is both an art and a science with nature and culture as central concerns,” she said. “As an artist, I am more likely to seek and stress design solutions that have visual impact.”

Natural and human landscapes are a continual source of materials and inspiration for her art work.

Khalil, who grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon, moved to the United States at age 19. Her college experience studying landscape architecture sparked an interest in serious art-making.

Khalil earned a master’s degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.

The Donald G. Butcher Library at Morrisville State College is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 to 10 p.m.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options, including a new bachelor of business administration degree in business administration, a new bachelor of technology degree in criminal justice and a new associate’s degree in renewable energy technology.

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became 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.