Exhibition Featuring Regional Artists Spans Generations

Each summer, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz mounts an exhibition of work by artists in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains regions. The purpose for the exhibition is to give emerging, mid-career, and under-represented artists an opportunity to share new developments in their studio work.

Out of the Studio: Hudson Valley Artists 2004 will be on view through August 8, 2004.

About the Exhibition: Following a format begun in 2003, several established artists from the area have been asked to recommend artists who live and work in the region. This year, seven local artists of international renown were asked to recommend for exhibition a body of work that they have followed and admired.

The sculptor Mel Edwards from Accord, the metalsmith Pat Flynn from High Falls, the painter and sculptor Mary Frank from Lake Hill, the painter Catherine Murphy from Poughkeepsie, the multi-media artist Carolee Schneemann from New Paltz, the photographer Stephen Shore from Tivoli, and the sculptor Ursula Von Rydingsvard from Accord generously agreed to take time from their own pursuits to help with this project.

This year’s exhibition will highlight the work of a diverse group of artists including painter Joel Griffith from Tivoli; the painter and multi-media artist Roman Hrab from Kingston; the painter Henrietta Mantooth from Lake Hill, the photographer and installation artist Pete Mauney from Tivoli, the sculptor and ceramist Joyce Robins from High Falls, the sculptor Sal Romano from Jeffersonville, and the painter Christopher J. Seubert from High Falls.

Dr. Karl Emil Willers, curator for the museum and organizer of this exhibition, remarks: It is particularly fortuitous that artists from several generations are included in this year’s exhibition – a tribute to the wealth and diversity of artistic activity in the region.

The work of all these accomplished artists recognizes the range of creative endeavor that takes place within studios across the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains.

About Dr. Willers: Dr. Willers is currently curator at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and concentrates his time on organizing museum exhibitions as well as working with students, faculty and the larger community in energetic and dynamic exchanges through the programs at the SDMA. To his credit, Willers has organized the exhibitions Hudson Valley Artists 2003 and Reading Objects 2004. Previous to his position at SDMA, Dr. Willers was chief curator at the Norton Museum of Art in Florida, and has worked with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City on several projects.

A complementary, illustrated catalogue for Out of the Studio: Hudson Valley Artists 2004, with essays written by Dr. Willers, accompanies the exhibition and will be available June 25.

Museum hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, 1-5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, university intersessions and national holidays. Museum information: (845) 257-3844 or on the Web at www.newpaltz.edu/museum Admission is free.

About the museum: The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art is dedicated to collecting, researching, interpreting, and exhibiting works of art from diverse cultures. The permanent collection spans a period of almost 4,000 years. Areas of specialization include 20th century paintings and works on paper, Asian and Pre-Columbian art and artifacts, metals and photographs. SDMA has a special commitment to collecting and exhibiting important works of art created by artists who have lived and worked in the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions. The museum is a major resource in the Hudson Valley serving a broad-based constituency from both on and beyond the New Paltz campus.

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an institution of 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students located in the Mid-Hudson Valley between New York City and Albany. Degrees are offered in the liberal arts and sciences, which serve as a core for professional programs in the fine and performing arts, education, healthcare, business and engineering.

High and low resolution images from this exhibition are available at the following Web addresses: www.newpaltz.edu/news/images/sdmaoos1.html (Griffith, Hrab) www.newpaltz.edu/news/images/sdmaoos2.html (Mantooth, Robins) www.newpaltz.edu/news/images/sdmaoos3.html (Seubert)