Tom Rooney: Natural Selections

Unsung Birds and Secondhand Nature

On view July 12 – August 10, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, July 12th / 6pm-9pm

The Western New York Book Arts Center presents Natural Selections: Unsung Birds and Secondhand Nature, an exhibition by Tom Rooney, on view from July 12th through August 10th, 2013. Natural Selections is a collection of block prints and mixed-media paintings inspired by the artist’s lifelong love of, and fascination with, the web of nature that manages to exist, even thrive, in our modern world. Unsung Birds is a series of prints celebrating common bird species that often get overlooked despite their unique beauty. Secondhand Nature is a series of prints and paintings that reinterpret found objects inspired or informed by the natural world.

Tom Rooney is a printmaker and illustrator living in Buffalo, NY. He holds a BFA in printmaking from the State University College at Buffalo, NY and an MFA in printmaking from Drake University. From 1997 to 2011 he was the owner and operator of Pavlov’s Togs, a popular retail store and screen printing studio located in the heart of Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. The shop featured clothing and other items printed with his designs. He closed the store to concentrate on his personal work, focusing on relief printing, watercolor painting and ink drawing. He has christened this recent venture Junco Press, a new name for his collective creative work.
Rooney is one of the few artists chosen by WNYBAC for its 5 x 12 series, a year-long residency program that involves 5 artists over the course of 12 months; each artist is charged with conducting a free hands-on workshop that will be open to the general public, as well as producing a print that measures 5″ x 12″ that will be compiled in an end-of-the-year, limited-edition portfolio.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 12 from 6-9pm at WNYBAC. This reception is free and open to the public.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Community Foundation Baird Foundation
Cameron Jane Wendt Foundation StoryGrowing