Over the past decade, the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University has given solo exhibitions to dozens of emerging and mid-career artists as part of its popular TopSpin series. That program, while serving as a boon to working artists, has also helped to make the Castellani a must-visit destination for anyone hoping to keep tabs on the swirling pool of artistic talent in the region.

"For many of these artists," according to a museum release, "the Castellani Art Museum is their first opportunity for a solo exhibition and publication with a major museum."

On Sunday, the Castellani will open a 10-year retrospective of the series featuring work by 29 artists who have been granted TopSpin exhibitions. The show will represent a broad range of media, from sculpture by Scott Bye and miniature drawings by Jason D'Aquino to photography by Michael Veit and collage by Gerald Mead.

The show opens with a reception at 2 p.m. Sunday and runs through Feb. 17. For more info, call 286-8200 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski