Phil Young Exhibit at D-E’s Swartley Gallery

This past month, D-E’s Swartley Gallery hosted “Selections from the Conglomerate,” a striking exhibit of works by Phil Young, Professor Emeritus of Art at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY.

“Selections from the Conglomerate” features watercolors such as “Slack Time 1” along with large scale acrylic, mixed media, and other pieces showcasing what Young refers to as his “on site for insight” work, completed in environs such as Cape May Cove, NJ; Red Rocks, CO; and Ogunquit, ME. Among other pieces on display is Young’s “I Cannot Speak, but I Can Write Jeep Cherokee,” which relates to an essay Young contributed to the critically-acclaimed “Sovereign Bones: New Native American Writing”.

The Opening Reception for the exhibit took place on April 12, and Young was also available for a “lunch and learn” Q&A discussion on April 13 in D-E’s Imperatore Library. Additionally, over the course of that week, Young, who is also the father of D-E Visual Arts Department faculty member Caitlyn Young, worked with D-E Middle and Upper School students in Papermaking, Painting/Sculpture, and Advanced Ceramics courses.


About the Artist:

Phil Young is of Cherokee and Scots-Irish descent, born in Henryetta, Oklahoma in 1947. His heritage has been a life-long thread running through his paintings, works on paper, photographs, installations, performances, and writings. He is a recipient of residencies at the Millay Colony and the John Michael Kohler Foundation, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in Painting and Sculpture, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. He has exhibited extensively in local, regional and national venues, including the Heard Museum, William Benton Museum, Munson-Williams Proctor Museum of Art, Atlanta History Center, Art-in-General and the Swiss Institute in NYC, and in numerous national traveling exhibitions.

Young is Professor Emeritus of Art at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where he has resided since 1978. In spite of his upstate residence, he states that “the red clay of Oklahoma still runs in my veins.”

For additional details about the exhibit “Selections from the Conglomerate” please Email Caitlyn Young at:

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