The Dorsky hosts October 15 party to celebrate its 10th anniversary

NEW PALTZ – The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (The Dorsky) celebrates its founding with a 10th Anniversary Party on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Dorsky first opened to the public in April 2001 and was officially dedicated on Oct. 20, 2001.

The event schedule for the 10th Anniversary Party includes:

4 – 5 p.m. Tours of the Museum Galleries

5 – 8 + p.m. Cocktails, Appetizers, Dinner and Desserts, Raffle,
Musical Entertainment and Dancing

The event honors past Hudson Valley Master artists Lesley Dill, Robert Morris, Don Nice, Judy Pfaff and Carolee Schneemann. There will be a special tribute to the Museum’s Founding Director, Neil C. Trager.

Tickets are $90 per person through Oct. 14, $125 per person at the door, and $750 for a table of 10. Purchase tickets at or send checks payable to SUNY New Paltz Foundation, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, Attn: Museum Anniversary Party, 1112DMAY; or call 845-257-3844.

Raffle items include gift certificates from area businesses such as 36 Main, American Craftsman, In Good Taste, Lucky C Stables, Rock and Snow, the Village Tearoom and Water Street Market, among others, as well as anniversary catalogs signed by Hudson Valley Master artists and people who made the museum happen.

Dorsky Museum Artist Portfolio
In conjunction with its 10th anniversary, The Dorsky is producing the first in a series of limited edition artist portfolios to benefit the museum. Featuring new digital prints by artists Mary Frank, Eric Lindbloom and Greg Miller, the inaugural portfolio will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 15. The purchase price for the portfolio is $1,000. A 10 percent discount on the purchase price is available to those who order portfolios prior to Dec. 15, 2011. The three prints will be available for viewing at the Oct. 15 party

The Dorsky’s 10th Anniversary Year exhibitions and programs have highlighted the museum’s focus on the art and artists of the Hudson Valley, a unique region that has served as a source of inspiration and nourished artistic creation and innovation since the time of the Hudson River School painters. Current museum exhibitions showcase contemporary artists who live and work in the Hudson Valley as well as work by past masters.

Current Exhibitions

Thick and Thin: Ken Landauer and Julianne Swartz
Sara Bedrick Gallery
Through Oct. 23

Ken Landauer and Julianne Swartz, independent artists and a married couple, have produced distinct bodies of work that complement one another in process, form, and effect but have never before exhibited or made work together. Landauer’s drawings and objects play with scale and humor to provoke realizations about our expectations about representation and abstraction. Swartz’s sculptures, installations, and architectural interventions shift our perceptions of space, form, and light. Together and separately, their works address the ways we make sense of the world.

Hudson Valley Artists 2011: Exercises in Unnecessary Beauty
Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery
Through Nov. 13

This year’s Hudson Valley Artists exhibition of new and recent work by emerging and mid-career artists features painting, sculpture, multi-media installations and works on paper by 24 area artists. The annual exhibition is open to artists living in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties who have not yet had a major one-person museum show and are not currently represented by a commercial gallery.

Linking Collections, Building Connections: Works from the Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium
Morgan Anderson Gallery, Corridor Gallery and Howard Greenberg Family Gallery
Through Dec. 11

This exhibition highlights the permanent collections of the five members of a recently formed consortium that includes the Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Dorsky Museum,
Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock-Byrdcliffe Guild, Women’s Studio
Workshop. Seeking to foster connections among the partners and their audiences, the exhibition focuses on historical, recent, and contemporary works from the region and showcases the extraordinary artwork that has been made by artists who have lived and worked in the Hudson Valley.

For more information about The Dorsky Museum and its programs, visit, or call (845) 257-3844.