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Dorsky Museum announces call for artists for Hudson Valley Artists 2014

NEW PALTZ – The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art invites artists working in all media to submit proposals for its annual exhibition of work by artists from the Hudson Valley. Worlds of Wonder, the 2014 edition of the Hudson Valley Artists series, will be selected by Ian Berry, Dayton director of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College. A specialist in contemporary art and a leader in the field of college and university museums, Berry joined Skidmore as the Tang’s founding curator in 2000 and was named director in 2012. A great supporter of contemporary artists, Berry has curated a wide range of visionary single artist and group exhibitions.

The deadline for artist submissions to Worlds of Wonder: Hudson Valley Artists 2014 is Monday, March 24, 2014, midnight.

For Worlds of Wonder, artists are encouraged to submit work that creates connections across time, media, and subject. To what extent do science and nature, architecture, design, and history weave in and out of contemporary art making? How do artists bring together disparate elements into a singular work, or a cluster of related images or objects? Focusing on the laboratory-like environment of the artist studio and the exploration and curiosity that is at the heart of many artistic practices, this exhibition will create its own space for discovery in unexpected places while highlighting new art from the region, paying homage to the cabinets of wonder that were precursors to museum collections.

The exhibition will run from June 21–Nov. 9, 2014 in the Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. This is the sixth year that the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award of $3,000 will be used to acquire one or more artworks from the exhibition for the museum’s permanent collection. This Purchase Award is made possible through the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund. Artists whose work has been purchased in the past include Patrick Kelley, Adie Russell, Charles Geiger, Curt Belshe and Lise Prown, Francois Deschamps, Gilbert Plantinga, and Thomas Sarrantonio.

The Hudson Valley Artists exhibition is open to all 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. Artworks created in traditional and nontraditional media as well as audio, video, film, performance, and other media, are welcome. Students are not eligible. There is no application fee.

Artists’ submissions must be made online only through the following website:


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 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.