Hudson Valley Artists: The Material, The Thing’ opens June 22 at the Dorsky Museum

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz will open its annual juried exhibition, “Hudson Valley Artists: The Material, The Thing” on June 22, 2022. The exhibition will remain on view through November 6.

Curated by Nicole Hayes, the 15th annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition will feature 26 local artists chosen from over 300 applications. Exhibiting artists include: Miguel Braceli | Louis Brawley | Royal Brown Jr.| Sydney Cash | Adam Chau | Monica d. Church | Melissa Dadourian | Shoshana Dentz | Dan Devine | Adriana Farmiga | Daniel Giordano | Romina Gonzales | Meg Hitchcock | Laetitia Hussain | Will Hutnick | Niki Lederer | Elisa Lendvay | Ashley Lyon | Patricia Miranda | Joel Olzak | Courtney Puckett | Jordan Rosenow | Julie Torres | Katharine Umsted | Melissa Weaver | Millicent Young.

View images from the exhibition at this link.

About the Exhibition 

“The Material, The Thing” considers how artists understand and reimagine the material culture we live in. Every time we walk into a big box store, we are inundated by meaningless disposable things. We have collectively lost an understanding of the materials that make the things we live with. Who even knows how plywood is made, or what microcrystalline cellulose is, but we all have it in our homes. In this cultural moment, artists and artisans become an essential conduit of understanding the materials and the things in our society.

Artists and artisans submitted work that investigates materials and their physical and cultural properties. We looked to see artistic practices that consider the inherent beauty of physical materials and work that questions or champions the things produced by our culture.

Melissa Dadourian, Avalanche, 2021, acrylic, dye, fabric, and vinyl on wood hanging brace, 90 x 85 x 3 in., courtesy the artist

About the Curator

Nicole Hayes is a curator who utilizes art to deepen human connection by amplifying diverse voices, and augmenting visitor engagement. Hayes joined Art Omi as curator in 2014 and has curated exhibitions and events with Allison Saar, Iran do Espitrito Santo, Nicole Cherubini, Liliana Porter and David Shrigley among others. Before moving upstate, Hayes lived in New York City and managed the studio of internationally acclaimed abstract painter Sean Scully. Hayes began her career at the groundbreaking not-for-profit cultural center, Exit Art. Hayes currently lives in the tiny hamlet of Omi, New York, with her children and dog. She enjoys watching the seasons change on her daily walks at Art Omi. Hayes has a BFA in Ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design and maintains an active studio pottery practice.

About The Dorsky Museum 

Through its collections, exhibitions and public programs, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art supports and enriches the academic programs at the College and serves as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture. With more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries, The Dorsky Museum is one of the largest museums in the SUNY system. Since its official dedication in 2001, The Dorsky has presented more than 100 exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects, and in-depth studies of contemporary artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, Carolee Schneemann and Ushio Shinohara.

Funding for The Dorsky’s exhibitions and programs is provided by the Friends of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and SUNY New Paltz.

Museum Hours

Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, holidays and intersessions.

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