Gallery Exhibit: James A. Ridlon, A Day in the Garden


Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center
October 6 - November 4
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Artist Reception: October 8, 11:15 a.m. - Noon

Artist Statement

When constructing my college paintings, I focus on capturing the element of time by painting color and light shifts at different times of the day.

In order to record hourly atmospheric changes, I complete a vast assortment of paintings on paper during three different time periods: morning, midday, and evening. I then cut these paintings into small pieces, which I use as my pallet for each garden scene. I collage these smaller pieces into one, large cohesive work that is an all-inclusive reflection of “A Day in the Garden."

About James A. Ridlon

James A. Ridlon, artist/athlete, has achieved fame in both these pursuits. He played in the National Football League eight years - six with the San Francisco 49ers and two with the Dallas Cowboys, being named All-Pro as defensive safety with the latter team in 1964. After retiring from pro football he returned to Syracuse University, his alma mater, to complete graduate studies and coach defensive backs on the football team. He is now a professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse.

Ridlon has completed many sports-related commissions, including large assemblages for ABC Television to commemorate Monday Night Football and Wide World of Sports. He also fashioned the Outland Trophy, awarded each year to the premier college football lineman. He was named "Sport Artist of the Year" for 1989 by the U.S. Sports Academy.