Dorsky Museum at New Paltz announces Hudson Valley Artists 2013 Purchase Award

NEW PALTZ – The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at New Paltz announces the purchase of three artworks for its permanent collection from “Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013,” on display through Sunday, Nov. 10.

The museum has acquired two untitled works from a series entitled “The Reveal,” by Adie Russell, consisting of vintage photographs of Marlon Brando altered with painted geometric designs. Another important addition to the collection at the museum is “175 Roman Churches,” by Patrick Kelley, a high definition video that presents a series of overlapping photographs of the interiors of Roman churches.

Kelley, who exhibits internationally, is an Olivebridge-based artist interested in perception, language, and nature, informing his artwork which ranges from flipbooks to interactive installations. He received a BA degree from St. Olaf College and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Russell is a multi-media artist who works in photography, video, performance, drawing, and painting. Her recent solo exhibitions include the Center for Photography at Woodstock and Leeds College of Art (UK). A resident of Lomontville, N.Y., Russell holds a BA degree from the Eugene Lang College and a BFA from the Parsons School of Art & Design, both at the New School for Social Research.

The purchases have been made possible through the museum’s Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award Program, as well as through the generosity of the participating artists. The Purchase Award Program, supported by funding from the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund, enriches The Dorsky’s holdings in contemporary art for future study and exhibition. Purchase Award winners since 2009 include Gilbert Plantinga, Thomas Sarrantonio, Franois Deschamps, Curt Belshe and Lise Prown, Charles Geiger, Barbara Leon, and Elisa Pritzker.

Funding for Dorsky Museum exhibitions and programs is provided by the Friends of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and the State University of New York at New Paltz.

In the museum’s current Hudson Valley Artists exhibition, “Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013,” curated by Daniel Belasco, curator of exhibitions and programs for The Dorsky Museum, 15 artists explore the screen as a material and metaphor in contemporary culture. Screens as varied as textiles, painted canvases, projected images, and digital monitors serve as poetic and practical means to translate pictures from one realm to another.

For over 20 years, the annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition has been one of the museum’s signature programs. It is curated from a call open to emerging and mid-career artists with a permanent mailing address and active art practice in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties who have not had a major one-person museum exhibition and who do not have an exclusive contract with a commercial gallery.

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, located at SUNY New Paltz, is fast gaining wide recognition as 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 Hudson Valley artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, and Carolee Schneemann, and international artists that include Seydou Keita and Ushio Shinohara.

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