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Alberto Rey '82

Alberto Rey '82

A faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at the State University of New York at Fredonia since 1989, Alberto Rey currently administers the curriculum for the drawing and painting program. In 2006, he was named a distinguished professor. (The highest in the State University of New York system, this rank has been held by only six other faculty members at SUNY Fredonia, and Rey is only the second person to receive the distinction in the last thirty-nine years.) He also has been honored at SUNY with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in scholarship and creative activity in 2003 and the Kasling Lecturer Award for distinguished research and creative activity in 2001.

As an artist, his professional achievement is extensive. He is known as a contemporary artist who speaks to and through his Cuban heritage. His paintings have appeared in more than 120 exhibitions in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain. In addition, his art is also part of twenty-four museum collections. Most remarkable and uncommon in his field are the numerous published reviews and monographs that focus on Rey as an artist and on his solo exhibitions.

Rey, who received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1978, studied art at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh through an IUP-affiliated visual communication program. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from IUP in 1982 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1987. He also completed additional postgraduate study at Harvard University in 1988.

He was an assistant in communication and construction for Christo’s Surrounded Islands Project in Miami in 1983 and was captain of the installation crew for Christo’s Umbrellas Project, Tejon Pass, California, in 1991. He also worked as a freelance illustrator and in art design and production. He was an instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the New England School of Arts and Design, and the Art Institute of Boston.

He became an assistant professor at SUNY in 1989 and was promoted to associate professor in 1992. In 1994, he received the William T. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award for distinguished scholarly and creative activity as a junior faculty member. He attained professor rank in 1996.

Rey has lectured, presented workshops, and served as a visiting faculty member and visiting artist in residence throughout the U.S. He has also served as the director and curator of the Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institute in New York. 

Aside from his professional pursuits, Rey is an avid fly fisherman and has attained the level of Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guide. He also founded and is the director of the S.A.R.E.P. Youth Fly Fishing Program in Fredonia.

Rey, who came to IUP from Barnesboro, Pa., resides in Fredonia with his wife, Janiel, and their children, Graciela and Diego.

He is a 2008 recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award.

Profile published on 6/30/08

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