Adirondack Artist Displays “Paradox Paintings” at SUNY Canton

Matt Burnett

NEW PAINTINGS - SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design Assistant Professor Matthew Burnett installs one of his multi-panel oil paintings in the Wicks Hall stairwell.

Presentation and Discussion, Nov. 18

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design Assistant Professor Matthew Burnett paints paradoxes.

His large-scale, multi-panel oil paintings combining nature and man-made elements are on display in the Wicks Hall Stairway, near the entrance to the College’s Faculty Office Building.
“The paradox in these paintings emerges around the need for human definitions of non-human concepts,” Burnett said. “When we talk about nature, we are talking about a human idea of nature, in which is embedded centuries of tradition, cultural bias, and metaphysics. These paintings were developed around this paradox of human and non-human perspectives.”

To accompany the collection, Burnett will be presenting “The Idea of Wilderness” a discussion of the themes that drive his work at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Wicks Hall Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Burnett is a native of the Adirondacks and an avid outdoorsman. He has gained regional acclaim by drawing upon his experiences and his interactions with the beauty inherent in the region.

In addition to teaching in the Graphic and Multimedia design program, Burnett has climbed all 46 Adirondack peaks and works for the Department of Environmental Conservation. He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and his master’s degree from the Maine College of Art.

Most recently, his work was featured in the winter issue of Embark, a local outdoor and recreation publication. His work is also displayed at

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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