New Paltz student and alumni artists headline Brooklyn exhibition

The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. will open “Press:Pause,” a new exhibition of interdisciplinary works by 50 current students and alumni of SUNY New Paltz Master of Fine Arts programs.

The exhibition will open on Saturday, April 8, with a public reception beginning at 5 p.m. at the Williamsburg venue, located at 135 Broadway. It will be on view through Sunday, April 16.

“Press:Pause” is curated by Shannon Stratton, chief curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

“The empathy that much of the work communicates – for the environment, for animals, for ancestors, for neighbors and for strangers – is almost hopeful, even if the work itself is a harbinger for the social and political dangers that our current global condition portends,” Stratton said. “Rather than projecting messages – announcing or even yelling at their audience – this group has either mined the personal and poetic (even if it’s angry or hurt) or tuned into the tenor of the moment. That the impact of all of this isn’t gloomy is somewhat surprising, but perhaps that is what makes this show such an interesting bellwether.”

For more information about this exhibition, visit the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center online or contact Matthew Friday, graduate coordinator in the SUNY New Paltz Department of Art, at