The Solarium originated as a sunroom in the winter and a breezeway inthe summer. The windows were strategically designed, allowing for the glass panes to drop down into the basement. With the view of the harbor and overall serene beauty, the original function of the Solarium made sense. When the property became a school, The Solarium had many uses. For a period of time, it was open to the students as an evening study hall and also primarily as the underclass lounge. In addition, when all of the meals were formal, the living room and Solarium were a designated space for students and faculty to gather before meals. After 2001, the room had no particular use except as a passage way to the Meeting Room, and for additional seating if needed. The Solarium became a gallery under a previous business manager, Ed Walters, who was instrumental in seeing the project through.
Every year, a senior art student at Knox will be appointed as Student Gallery Curator to learn and engage as a curator for all exhibitions. This apprenticeship will help expand their knowledge in actively showing their own work, an introduction to contemporary artists for networking and the technical aspects of hanging and exhibiting work in a gallery or museum.
Image by Tommy Villafane
LIGHT FROM THE SHORE: 2012-2013 Visiting Artists Series
The 2012-2013 Visiting Artist Series is a continuous exhibition of recent works from eminent local artists displayed in the Solarium Gallery in the historic Houghton Hall (located at the end of Lawrence Avenue). In addition, student work is featured in designated exhibitions. The illuminating light from the Stony Brook Harbor reflects through the full length windows of the gallery providing a serene ambiance and waterfront view.
The Visiting Artists Series will introduce and educate Knox students, parents, and alumni to "The Arts" while enhancing and broadening their general art appreciation. The artist exhibiting will be asked to provide a lecture or workshop based on their skill. In addition, The Solarium Gallery is home to shows featuring student work several times during the year.
Schedule of Exhibitions:
OCTOBER: Stelios Stylianou &
Michelle Posner - www.studioeartclass.com
NOV/DEC: Megan Cashman - www.megancashman.com
JAN/FEB: Alli Rufrano - www.fotofotogallery.org
MARCH: Rebecca Newman
APRIL: Lee Thompson - www.dancingcrowdesigns.com
MAY: Student Exhibition
For further information, please contact Patricia Colombraro, Gallery Director
P: 631.686.1600, firstname.lastname@example.org