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Connecting the Drops: The Power of Water

July 21 - October 29, 2022



Press Kit

July 21-30: Open every evening of the Stony Brook Film Festival,
August 22-October 29: Monday-Friday 12-4pm and evenings of Staller Center performances and films.
Email to schedule a visit outside of regular hours.

Reception : Saturday, July 30, 6-8pm

Featured Artists: Lillian Ball, Betsy Damon, Erin Genia, Alicia Grullón, Courtney M. Leonard, Mary Mattingly, Jaanika Peernabkj.

Connecting the Drops: The Power of Water is a group exhibition focused on environmental justice and the vital importance of water. The exhibition presents seven women artists whose work addresses topics such as the Shinnecocks' historical ties to water and oyster farming, community access to clean water, carbon absorption by the oceans, glacial melting, and the social impact of climate change.

The exhibition features a sculptural work with live plants, a room-sized interactive video game, drawings created with water soluble pigment pencil and melting ice, beadwork based in indigenous practice, and videos of water stories, among other work. All seven artists are internationally recognized artists who are committed to making a positive impact on the environment and their communities.

The exhibition will include an illustrated brochure with an introductory essay by Erica Cirino, a Long Island-based science writer, artist and activist, as well as a conversation with the seven artists about their work and collaborations.

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Top: Alicia Grullón,  7 Stories About Water (video still), multichannel video installation

Above right: Erin Genia, Earthling (detail)

Above left: Courtney M. Leonard, Breach (detail), ceramic, oyster shells, pallets, wood, paint

Above right: Jaanika Peerna, Ice Memory (artist inserting ice into melting chamber), water soluble pigment pencil

Right: Mary Mattingly, Public Water (detail), steel structure, plants, watering system

Bottom right: Lillian Ball, GO Game Series, interactive video installation

Bottom center: Betsy Damon, The Primary Motion of Water is the Vortex, ink drawing


jConnecting the Drops: The Power of Water is supported in part by a Stony Brook University Presidential Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives. The 2022-2023 Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery schedule is made possible by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Staller Center.

For further information, please call the Zuccaire Gallery at (631) 632-7240 or email The Gallery website is: Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ZuccaireGallery.