Dorsky Museum announces call for Hudson Valley Artists 2017

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz invites artists working in all media to submit proposals for its annual exhibition of work by artists from the Hudson Valley.

The 2017 edition of the Hudson Valley Artists series is titled Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor. It calls for works that address modernity by reflecting on the Hudson River: its history, its grandeur and its singular ability to provide us with a roadmap for meeting the challenges we face in the course of everyday life.

The deadline for artist submissions to Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor / Hudson Valley Artists 2017 is Friday, March 24, 2017, at 12 midnight.

All submissions must be made online:

Submissions will be juried by Livia Straus, director and co-founder of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) in Peekskill, N.Y., a non-profit organization dedicated to developing exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs that enrich our understanding of contemporary art and its relationship to social issues.

“Muhheakunnuk,” a Native American name for the Hudson River, refers to the tidal waters that ebb and flow between Haverstraw Bay near the tip of Manhattan and the Troy Dam just north of Albany.

Artists have long found in the Hudson River a metaphor for life and death, for human dreams and the obstacles we must overcome to attain them. The river seems at once to mirror contemporary social conditions and anticipate future upheavals.

This exhibition poses questions intended to document this work in our own time: What are the perspectives of contemporary artists living along the Hudson River, and how are they reflected in their art? Can we look to the history of the Hudson Valley to anchor our moral fiber? How can the river and the artists it inspires guide us through the ongoing process of adjusting to new norms and realities?

Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor will run from June 10 – July 30, 2017 in the Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery.

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 are not currently represented by a commercial art gallery. Students are not eligible. There is no application fee.

Artists are invited to submit a maximum of six images or files of work created in 2015 or later. Varied art disciplines are welcome: video, film, performance, photography, painting, sculpture, installation, multi-media, new media and community-based works are welcome. Brief proposals for new works to be created for this exhibition, including installation or performance works, may also be submitted.

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017, midnight.
Submit online:

For the eighth consecutive year, exhibited works will be eligible for acquisition into the museum’s permanent collection, thanks to the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award and the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund. Artists whose work has been purchased in the past include Amy Talluto, Nestor Madalengoita, Richard Edelman, Deb Lucke, Holly Hughes, Stephen Niccolls, Patrick Kelley, Adie Russell, Elisa Pritzker, Charles Geiger, and Curt Belshe and Lise Prown, among others.

Through its collections, exhibitions, and public programs, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, located at SUNY New Paltz, supports and enriches the academic programs at the college, presents a broad range of world art for study and enjoyment, and serves as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture. The museum is 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 contemporary artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, Carolee Schneemann, Ushio Shinohara, historic Woodstock artists Eugene Speicher and Charles Rosen, and Hudson Valley luminaries Russel Wright and Dick Polich.

Museum Hours:
Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Holidays, and Intersessions.