April 13, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 13

Castellani's new exhibit hits one out of the park

The Castellani Art Museum is one of Niagara University's best assets. The museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Niagara's campus this September and with that anniversary comes a few new exhibits. The most recent, an exhibit about baseball - titled "Fields of Dreams" - that incorporates a bit of NU's baseball history.

Niagara has had 14 graduates that have gone on to play professional baseball. One is Joe McCarthy, the author of the "Ten Commandments for Success in Baseball (1949)."
These Commandments are:
1. Nobody ever became a ballplayer by walking after a ball.
2. You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.
3. An outfielder who throws in back of a runner is locking the barn after the horse is stolen.
4. Keep your head up and you may not have to keep it down.
5. When you start to slide, slide. He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one.
6. Do not alibi on baåd hops. Anybody can field the good ones.
7. Always run them out. You never can tell.
8. Do not quit.
9. Do not fight too much with the umpires. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you are.
10. A pitcher who hasn't control hasn't anything.
The incorporation of McCarthy's work in the exhibit helps pull in more of the history of NU into the museum.

The exhibit is composed of 26 photos of baseball fields taken by Jim Dow, and a few exhibit cases filled with pieces on Niagara's baseball history. Though the photography is one of the only art components in this, that is not the whole focus of the exhibit. Curator Michael Beam says, "The show is not about the photographer, it's about the subject matter and that helps bring a new audience and expand our museum base." By incorporating pieces of NU's baseball history (team photos, yearbooks) this exhibit helps the museum reach out to the immediate University community and display our history along with some stellar art. "The second facet of this exhibit is the Niagara University component. The exhibit is dedicated to the alums." Beam says.

Along with displaying and fostering the arts here on Niagara's campus, the Castellani Art Museum also sends out one traveling exhibit a year. This year's is "Fields of Dreams."

The exhibit opened on Monday, March 22, and continues through Aug. 2.

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