The Dorsky announces two special events on Nov. 11 and 12

NEW PALTZ – The State University of New York at New Paltz is pleased to announce two upcoming special events presented by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art:

    • An opening reception for the exhibition “Reading Objects 2011: Responses to the Museum Collection” on Friday, Nov. 11 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the museum.


  • A symposium on Curating and Collecting Art in the Hudson Valley on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 1 – 4:45 p.m. at the museum and the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium at the New Paltz campus.


Nov. 11: Opening Reception

“Reading Objects 2011: Responses to the Museum Collection”
Organized by Dorsky Museum staff
Nov. 12 – Dec. 11 and Feb. 11, 2012 – July 12, 2012, Sara Bedrick Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov.11, 5 – 7 p.m.

“Reading Objects 2011” is part of an ongoing, interdisciplinary series featuring works from the permanent collection of The Dorsky Museum. The works on display are accompanied by texts or other responses prepared by New Paltz faculty, staff and (new this year) students.

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.

Nov. 12: Symposium

A symposium organized in connection with The Dorsky Museum’s current exhibition “Linking Collections, Building Connections: Works from the Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium,” takes place on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the New Paltz campus.

On Nov. 12 from 1 – 2 p.m., visitors are invited to view the exhibition, “Linking Collections, Building Connections” exhibition, on display in The Dorsky’s Morgan Anderson, Howard Greenberg Family and Corridor Galleries.

At 2 p.m. in the Coykendall Science Building, author, curator and founder of Artnow Publications, Linda Weintraub presents the keynote address: Curator/Collector/Connoisseur and You.

A Panel Discussion on The Role of the Curator, moderated by SUNY Art History Assistant Professor Kerry Carso, begins at 2:30 p.m. Panelists include:

  • Michael Asbill, artist and independent curator who developed “The Cloud” installation project for the “Linking Collections” exhibition
  • Josephine Bloodgood, Executive Director and Curator, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum
  • Patricia Phagan, the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College
  • Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director and Curator, Center for Photography at Woodstock and co-curator, “Linking Collections” show

A Panel Discussion on The Role of the Collector, moderated by SUNY Professor Emeritus William Rhoads, begins at 3:30 p.m. Panelists include:

  • Arthur Anderson, Vice President of The Dorsky Museum Advisory Board, Co-Chair, Woodstock Artists Association Museum, and collector of art of the Hudson Valley region
  • Doug James, President Emeritus of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, who has worked for 30 years building the collections of the Guild, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Woodstock Artists Association and Museum
  • Lee Sider, long time collector and supporter of contemporary art and former President of the Board, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum
  • Jean Young, collector of 20th century American art with a focus on artists from the Woodstock art colony

The symposium, which is free to the public, will close with a reception with the participating speakers.

For more information about the symposium, visit

About the Museum

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, located at SUNY New Paltz, is fast becoming the premier public showplace for exhibition, education, and cultural scholarship about the Hudson Valley region’s art and artists from yesterday and today. With more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries, the Dorsky Museum is one of the largest museums within the SUNY system.

The Dorsky was officially dedicated on Oct. 20, 2001. Since then it has presented over one hundred exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects, and in-depth studies of artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff and Carolee Schneemann.

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