Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell, will exhibit “Methods Change, but the Spirit is the Same: The Art of Bill Finewood” starting Oct. 4 in the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34.
The exhibit will open at 1 p.m., followed by an artist’s talk at 2 p.m. and an hors d’oeuvres reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. All opening events are free and open to the public.
Finewood, of Newark, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and has worked in illustration and graphic design since 1974. He served as an adjunct faculty member at FLCC for about 10 years, starting in 1986. He went on to teach full-time at FLCC for two years before becoming an associate professor in the School of Art at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he served as coordinator of the illustration program.
As an artist, Finewood said he used to focus largely on digital illustration but has since expanded to other mediums.
“Now, the computer is just another of my tools,” he said. “I use it for referencing, looking at different color palettes and color correction in final images. I work with real stuff like paper, graphite, colored pencils, oil and acrylic paints.”
The exhibit will feature a sampling of his older dimensional work, created with materials such as paper, wood, metals and found objects.
“The newer work I’ll show will be drawings and paintings,” Finewood said. “Here, my interests lean toward realism, including wildlife and landscapes.”
The more recent pieces are influenced by landscapes he saw in Montana, where his two grown daughters and their families reside.
Finewood’s work has been commissioned by Xerox, Mobil, DuPont, Holt Rinehart and Winston, Citibank, the Federal Reserve Bank, Dunn and Bradstreet, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Nalge Co., Time, Habitat for Humanity, and Fisher-Price Toys. His dimensional illustrations were exhibited in the Society of Illustrators, the Dimensional and Digital Illustrators awards show and American Illustration. He served on the board of directors for Wayne County Council for the Arts Inc.
The exhibit runs through Nov. 9. The gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays-Sundays. Call (585) 785-1936 or email gallery34@flcc.edu for information.