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Celebrate "unity of diversity" at Buffalo State by taking part in the innovative public art project Faces of Buffalo State. Students, faculty, employees, alumni, supporters, and their families are welcome to participate by drawing their own faces. No special skills are required, and creative expression is encouraged. All drawings will be combined into a roughly 6-by-7-foot mosaic. When viewed from a distance, the final image will appear as Buffalo State's signature building, Rockwell Hall.
Choose one of three convenient ways to participate:
--Pick up (and drop off) a Self-Portrait Response Form at one of seven campus locations: the Campbell Student Union, the Science Building, Upton Hall, Ketchum Hall, E. H. Butler Library, the Student Life Office (Campbell Student Union 400), or the Vice President for Student Affairs Office (Cleveland Hall 513).
--Stop by the Campbell Student Union Assembly Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on February 11 or March 10. Everything you need to sketch your face (mirrors, markers, and crayons) will be provided.
--Download a form at www.facesofbuffalo.com/faces_of_bsc. Once you complete your drawing, drop it off at one of the campus locations noted above, or mail it to 28 Whitney Place, Buffalo, NY 14201.
The Buffalo State project is funded by the Auxiliary Services Grant Allocation Committee and the Student Affairs Office. It was designed by Brian Nesline, a graphic design major who spearheaded the successful Faces of Buffalo 2002 Community Art Mosaic, the first community-wide participatory art event of its kind. The final image for that project incorporated more than 1,000 self-portraits of Western New Yorkers into the shape of a buffalo. It has been reproduced on postcards and posters.
Nesline developed the idea using the creative problem solving (CPS) model he learned in a Buffalo State creative studies course.
The intent was to "create a bridge between artists, nonartists, and art itself," said Nesline. "It's public art created by the public."
Nesline further expanded the concept by developing a Creative Icebreaker program for small businesses. The program encourages teambuilding among staff by involving them in shared creative experiences.