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Kenan Center honors Robert L. Wood’s sculpture and legacy

For many decades, the artistic landscape of Western New York has been enriched immeasurably – if often quietly – by the contributions of the region’s many colleges and universities. Those contributions come directly from faculty members, who hail from all parts of the world and inevitably send their own creations into local galleries and museums. But at least as important as the work itself is the influence these teachers have exerted, often on multiple generations of students.

The master and student relationship will be on full display in the Kenan Center’s exhibition “Extraordinary Forms IV: The Ceramics Legacy of Robert L. Wood,” which opens Sunday and runs through June 7.

The exhibit will capture the full breadth of Wood’s 28-year career as a design professor and ceramics program coordinator at SUNY Buffalo State, a position he still holds. His own sculptures, which often fuse various media and juxtapose spherical and linear elements, will be accompanied by work from many of his star students.

The show is the fourth in a series of exhibitions at the Kenan Center that feature craft art and the first to focus on the work and legacy of a single artist. The show is free. Call 433-2617 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski

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